This is getting a bit retarded. The topic is the Firewire Sweet Potato and how it rides, who has ridden one, what their impressions are etc... If you guys want to whine about asian made surfboards, start your own topic.
Most of the people on this forum look for the root of innovation. If someone is looking for fanboy love of a Firewire model then they should go to the Firewire website and their forum. If we want to know about FW construction we go find Bert Burger and Greg Loher on Swaylocks. It we want to know about the Sweet Potato we talk to the designer here or call him at his factory, Mr Dan Mann. If you want to read bashes about a surfboard conglomerate started solely for the sake of profit by a clothing guy that used to run Gotcha you came to the right place.
This isn't fanboy love any more than any other thread to discuss any other board model. It was a ride report, someplace to compare notes with others that have surfed the same board. Compared to the Tomo/Coil/Roberts/Von Sol threads this one was fairly low on fanboy love (not that there is anything wrong with any of those boards - just pointing out the hypocrisy).
If Dan Mann would like to chime in on the design of the board here, Im sure the original poster would be thrilled. I think that would be an ON TOPIC and appropriate response.
I think what you're saying is that we are expressly forbidden to give and discuss ride reports if the board happens to be a Firewire. That's asinine. No one is hijacking any other threads here. No one goes into a thread about Stretch's boards and complains about his tuflite M4s. Stop being blowhards and keep it on topic.
If you posted a review of a Surftech model, what do you think the response would be on this board? Do you think it would eventually revolve around where THAT particular board was made/produced? That is what is happening on this and every other FW thread. Someone here will raise the issue because it deserves to be raised. As was said, you want to bask in a FW stroke fest, go to their own forum.
I have said this before, buy what you choose. However, do not pretend that your choices do not have direct consequences on an industry very close (as opposed to one that is already materially gone such as the textile business).