The idea behind the Firewire Machado Seaside Quad Fish is "evolving the Go Fish to something new, really. The Go Fish goes fast and feels skatey and loose and I love it, and riding it for a couple years made me want to feel more high performance - more carves, tighter turns. So the Seaside is about refining… less area in the tail, narrowing the tips of the swallow, creating more curve and narrowing the nose. All elements for ripping while the Go Fish stays cruisey and fun."
In this episode, Firewire sends down two of Machado’s latest performance fish called the “Seaside” for review. I test this new model thoroughly in 1-5’ surf with Machado’s new Quad set up designed exclusively for the Seaside. After a couple weeks of surfing these two stock 5’2” fish-shaped boards, I was shocked at the level of high performance they can do.
I thought we were done shooting for this review as we captured great footage in epic surf as a Quad. Then, I thought, “How will this board go as a Twin Fin?” To my surprise, it went insane with Channel Islands new fin called AMK by Futures Fins. (Al Merrick Keel) I highly recommend the new Machado Quad set designed for this board but, if you cannot afford the board and fins right away, no worries…. I tested this board with a normal set of Quads, and it goes good that way too.
FLEX & FEEL
RAIL TO RAIL
The Seaside has a fish-type outline with a lot of foam under the chest for good paddling and low rocker for warp speed in 1-6’ surf. Don’t be fooled like I was by its outline…. this board looks like a cruiser, but the performance level is unmatched for a fish-type board from my perspective. If you’re looking for a good Groveler in 1-3’ surf or a fun daily driver in 3-6’ surf with a fresh performance vibe in a fish package, then look no further.
The Seaside is very versatile in wave range and fin options, coupled with Firewire’s Helium Technology, is very lively under foot and next level durability. Enjoy the full review!!! Board DIMS: 5’2” x 20 x 2 5/16 Liters 26.5 My Height: 5’9” My Weight: 160lbs or 72.57kg