Slater Designs Banana surfboard 5ft 11 FCS II - White
The first official unveiling of Kelly's 'Slater Designs' quiver took place at Florida's Surf Expo in Orlando. Back where it all began over thirty years ago, Kelly gave the media their first proper look at what he's been working on with legendary shapers and innovators Greg Webber and Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson.
The Banana is the board Kelly rode during the Pipe Masters giving the world their first look at Slater Designs. The 11 times world champion rides the Banana at 5ft10 x 18.375 x 2.25 with 25.8L of volume. Without question the most progressive board in the SD line-up, the Banana is Kelly's first choice for steep and hollow conditions. Kelly told Surfer Magazine; "this board is inspired by Shane Herring’s surfing, and the designs he and Greg Webber were doing in the early ‘90s. Those guys were doing some of the best carving and pocket turns ever done and it never really saw its potential. This is a modern version of a 25-year-old shortboard that somehow got lost in time. I feel like I did some of my best surfing ever on a version of it that had more foam than I thought I could handle. Its constant curve rocker is super smooth and effortless in transitions and can handle more critical places on the wave".
Kelly has surfed the Banana in some serious Tahitian and Fijian waves and hollow beach-breaks, but has been genuinely surprised by the way it performed in less than perfect beach breaks, however we mustn't get carried away here, the Banana is designed to work in waves with a pocket, steep and hollow waves is where it really comes alive.
The Slater Designs Banana will be delivered in Firewire's tried and tested, and most durable FST (Future Shapes Technology). FST replaces the traditional wooden stringer with Parabolic Balsa Rails to control flex while the huge hike in durability comes from the high-density aerospace composite vacuumed to both the deck and hull providing impact strength, and resulting in a surfboard much stronger than a regular PU board.
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