Firewire/Machado – Go Fish
Hi and Welcome to Rogers surfboard reviews, today we have one of most anticpated boards of 2017 the Go Fish by Machado Surfboards and Firewire. I ride a 6’1 x 21 ¼ x 2 ⅝ coming in 39.5L. I got this board a litre and half above my Spitfire as I wanted that extra float and paddle power in weaker surf.
Before we get into the review there are a few things I want to point out a few things that are important to note that gives a glimpse into how this board surfs.
- Unlike most Fishes the Go Fish as a slightly pulled in tail.
- The tail is also thinned out a lot more that would you would expect from a board of this type
- The bottom contours are what Rob Machado describes as board eat board
Now these three things put together gives you a board that has most the traits of a traditional fish with some updated ones that makes the board surf like a thruster and drive round sections with speed, flow and draw lines that put a huge smile on your face.
Now onto the review, I got this board to fill a spot in my quiver, of something different. I haven’t surfed many twin fins of any description. But the Go Fish certainly makes me want to try more, its fast and loose and pulls of vertical turns with ease. Now don’t get me wrong if your feet aren’t placed correctly this board feels stiff and like its stuck on railway tracks. This mainly occurs when both your feet are set forward. You’ll notice however this the video below though, when your feet are placed back so your back foot is just in front of where the swallow comes in this board will come alive, it jams in the pocket and drives through open cut backs with more speed then you know what to do with.
I’ve surfed this board in a variety of conditions so far, from weak wind swell, 1ft beach break to 2-3ft point break and a same size beachie. It has handled them all way better than I ever expect and has made every session fun. Rob states on the Firewire website “I wanted a board that was fun to surf in any condition” and he’s hit the nail on the head. In saying all this fishes aren’t for everyone and I would say you would want to be a reasonable surfer to get the most out this board. It is designed to take the Furtures Rasta Keel (click here) or the FCS 2 Modern Keel (click here). I have heard of people trying the power twin or the MR twin and found the board lacked drive and speed to complete turns and make sections.
Overall I love this board way more then I thought I would, I am yet to find its limit but I imagine anything overly steep and hollow above 3ft would cause some problems however I can comfortably say it would handle a fairly open wave with the occasional steep section up to 6ft with ease. When sizing this board i would got a litre or two above your standard shortboard but not as high as your groveller as this board is far from that but can handle some pretty average conditions. This is a board that would compliment your everyday shortboard for when the mood takes hold that you want to ride something different.
If you have any questions please feel free to comment below, if there are any boards you would like me to review please let me know.
Until next time keep surfing.
If you would like to get a Go Fish of your own, visit the boys at Beach Beat Alexandra Headland
164 Alexandra Parade
Phone: (07) 5443 2777
If you would like to see how the Go Fish Surfs – click below
Full Go Fish sizes below
|5′ 1″||20″||2 1/8″||DEEP SWALLOW||25.5|
|5′ 3″||20 1/4″||2 3/16″||DEEP SWALLOW||27.4|
|5′ 5″||20 3/8″||2 1/4″||DEEP SWALLOW||29.3|
|5′ 7″||20 1/2″||2 5/16″||DEEP SWALLOW||31.1|
|5′ 9″||20 5/8″||2 3/8″||DEEP SWALLOW||33.1|
|5′ 11″||20 3/4″||2 7/16″||DEEP SWALLOW||35|
|6′ 1″||21 1/4″||2 5/8″||DEEP SWALLOW||39.5|
|6′ 3″||21 1/2″||2 3/4″||DEEP SWALLOW||42.9|