Lost Stealth FST Surfboard by Firewire

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Lost Stealth Firewire FST SurfboardSurfing! That’s a topic I have introduced to my blog before but not talked too much about yet.  Well, surfing’s a big part of what I do so you’ll see more of it here in the future.

I recently picked up a Lost Stealth FST 6’0″ from a friend.  This model is built by Firewire in their FST technology.  FST is essentially a type of sandwich construction with strong deck and bottom skins and parabolic balsa rails.  This makes the board very light and very strong.  I’m not going to go much in depth into the construction but if you want to find out more about Firewire tech, go to firewiresurfboards.com.

I went with the 6’0″ model with the intention of testing it as well as a 5’10″ before deciding which to keep.  I’m  5’10″ 170lbs and I’ve been surfing for 13 years (at the time of this writing).  I’ve spent some time jumping in and out of the sport while doing other things, so my skill level is experienced, yet far from pro.  On paper, the board size is good for me, but I could go with the smaller 5’10″ to help increase performance in better waves while sacrificing a tad bit of paddling ability and crappy-wave performance.

I had a chance to ride the board yesterday at Swamis, Encinitas in the morning and at Grandview for an evening surf.  The surf was head-high to a foot or two overhead for both sessions.  Still, the evening conditions at Grandview were much cleaner than Swamis in the morning.  The board handled better than I originally expected.  It felt long, but that’s only because I’ve been riding small 5’10″ and 5’8″ fishes lately, not to mention my 5’6″ quadfish! The board is quite responsive as a quad and turns really well.  It floats a lot for its size and paddles better than most shortboards but not as well as some true grovellers.  I wouldn’t feel comfortable with it in a big pitching or barreling wave but for most of the stuff around here it’s superb.  Did I say the board is FAST?  It’s a little speed rocket!  It also cuts through foam beautifully, so I don’t get bogged down or knocked over like on some fatter board that I have.

Did I say the board is FAST? It’s a little speed rocket!

I found it to be very snappy and quick.  I could definitely feel the springiness of the balsa rails.  The construction feels really solid.  I’ve only ridden it a quad so far with a set of FCS SF4 Performance Core fins.  I suspect it rides better that way.  It turns more like a thruster than any other quad I’ve surfed before.  I’m ready to try other fin combos on it very soon.

I’m going to be riding it for the next couple weeks and try and get a hold of a smaller 5’10″ model after that.  I’m pretty sure I can squeeze more responsiveness out of a slightly smaller model without losing too much paddling ability.  Overall, the Lost Stealth in Firewire FST construction is truly an awesome little board!

Lost Stealth Firewire Surfboard Deck

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Danny Cruz is a resourceful creative designer, publisher and lover of the ocean and water sports. He's also a musician and overall cool guy. Follow @sixstringsensei and connect with him on Google+

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nate May 25, 2010 at 9:21 AM

i have surfed alot of the lost boards but not this 1. the firewire is a great board also so i cant imagen what it would be like. where did u get this board i have been lookin for 1 for a while but just cant find 1 ?


Danny May 25, 2010 at 8:52 PM

These boards are pretty common here in San Diego. I sold this one to a friend and I just ordered a Rapidfire version of it from a shop in Carlsbad called Carlsbad Pipelines. Great guys to deal with. I recommend them.


Adrian April 15, 2012 at 8:49 PM

Great review. How’d the Rapidfire version compare vs the FST version? Also, what length did you end up with? How’d you find it in hollow surf? Any other observations you’d like to share?


Danny Cruz April 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

You know, it’s hard to say really. I prefer the feel of the Rapidfire model more – but marginally. The FST version is supposed to be more durable, but my RF board was in perfect condition still after many sessions. If I were to buy again, I’d go for the RF version given it’s cheaper, I like the looks and it performs just as well as the FST. I’ve even kited on some of my Rapidfire boards and they’ve held up really well.


jose May 20, 2012 at 5:49 AM

Hi! It seems an unbiased review which is useful. Do you think the FST is strong enough to skip the traction pad?


Danny Cruz May 20, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Yeah, you’ll get a bunch of little dimples on the deck instead of a caved-in deck. If you are the type that gives boards “tail cancer” I’d still use a pad. But, that’s me, cause I always use pads.


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