So You Want To Buy A Slater Designs Sci-Fi Surfboard?

29 Apr 2016 18

Tim Hanrahan

Coastalwatch Board Reviewer

COASTALWATCH | Reviews

SLATER DESIGNS, SCI-FI REVIEW

Since January when World Championship Tour Wildcard surfer Stu Kennedy sky-rocketed to glory at the Quiksilver Pro, Snapper Rocks, the Sci-Fi board has been a hot topic. 

Tim from Aloha Surf has said it's been flying off the racks since it came into stock just a couple of weeks ago, so he took one out and tested it for himself to see if the hype worthy of all the froth.

SEE ALSO: 2016 Surf Gear Review

THE REVIEW

I've spent the last week riding and reviewing one of the most technically advanced boards on the planet, right now appropriately named the Sci-fi.

This model is the brainchild of the lethal duo of Kelly Slater and Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson. I'm pretty sure the perfectly executed timing of Stuart Kennedy tearing up Snapper in the first WSL contest of the year, combined with consistent plugging from the WSL commentators, definitely assisted in launching this new model into the spotlight with all engines firing.

SEE ALSO: The 2016 Quiksilver Pro Board Review

It has resulted in everyone, including myself frothing on getting their hands on one to test it out and answer the blatantly obvious question, 'is it the board, or is Stuey Kennedy just a freak of nature?' Fortunately, for myself, I was one of the few lucky ones to get hold of one thanks to the good kind folks at Firewire HQ.

Stu Kennedy the giant slayer, taking down champions and pulling off incredible moves, Photo by WSL

Stu Kennedy the giant slayer, taking down champions and pulling off incredible moves, Photo by WSL

I must admit after all the hype I was pretty excited to give it run.

Firstly let's review the stats: The board I rode was the 5'10 x 19 1/2 x 2 9/16 and the volume is 30.7 litres. For the record, I'm around 80 kilos and a pretty strong paddler and although my boards are usually between 29 to 30 Litres I felt the 5'10 would be better than the 5'9 at 29.2 litres.

The first surf I rode it in was really clean two-foot beachies. Usually, I would have chosen something a bit more small-wave orientated but the Sci-Fi still felt quick with a lot of drive and release.

SEE ALSO: The Hayden Shapes Hypto Krypto Review

It's a complex design with its straighter rail line, quad concaves to channels and a flyer double bat tail so it felt quite different to most other boards. Although the outline is slightly fishy, it still felt like it needed a more push in the wave to get it going properly. Hence, I was still super keen to try it again in a bit more juice.

Round two, the next surf I had was in a punchy four-feet east swell at my local beach North Steyne. It was onshore and pretty lumpy and choppy but I couldn't believe how much speed the board generated. Paddle power was great and the board just drove thru both steeper and flat sections with ease. It felt like the bat tail was pivotal and loose yet it also held thru the turns with heaps of control.

All in all my conclusion was that Stu Kennedy is a freak but the board is an exciting new model and I'd recommend it to any competent surfer looking for something fresh. Wow, I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys can develop in the future.

If you live in Sydney you can drop into Aloha Surf Shop Manly to pick up your own.

Have you already purchased a Sci-Fi for yourself? Let us know what you think below...


Tags: video , tomo , surfboard , review , sci-fi , slater , designs (create Alert from these tags)

blog comments powered by Disqus
More From Reviews
Nick Carroll On: The Waterboys

Nick Carroll On: The Waterboys

Kai Lenny vs. Laird Hamilton

4 5 Oct 2017
4 Boards For 4 Dads Who Shred

4 Boards For 4 Dads Who Shred

Are you a dad in your 30's, 40's, 50's or 60's?

7 29 Aug 2017
South Swell Board Test: How Did These Boards Run?

South Swell Board Test: How Did These Boards Run?

Lost Mayhem Proformance Series

0 25 Aug 2017
Recent

How To Forecast Your Next Surf Trip

Six DIY tips to help you get the most of the magic.

0 9 Dec 2017
And the Superbrand Tazer Surfboard Goes To...

And the Superbrand Tazer Surfboard Goes To...

0 8 Dec 2017
Wave of the Week: Wade Carmichael On Point

Wave of the Week: Wade Carmichael On Point

0 8 Dec 2017
Jump On The Surfer's Christmas Gift Guide

Jump On The Surfer's Christmas Gift Guide

0 7 Dec 2017
Luke Stedman's Three Mental Things To Focus On In Your Next Surf

Luke Stedman's Three Mental Things To Focus On In Your Next Surf

0 5 Dec 2017
Latest News

How To Forecast Your Next Surf Trip

Six DIY tips to help you get the most of the magic.

And the Superbrand Tazer Surfboard Goes To...

7 Boards, 7 Weeks Winner Announced!

Wave of the Week: Wade Carmichael On Point

What's the 2018 rook look like on a long righthander?

Jump On The Surfer's Christmas Gift Guide

And stoke out your loved ones!

Luke Stedman's Three Mental Things To Focus On In Your Next Surf

The way you breathe plays a massive role in your surfing.

Go to Top