Slater Designs Helium Gamma surfboard 5ft 8 FCS II - White
Over the last year Kelly has collaborated with several top shapers and experimented with different shapes and templates, but it has been his own creation which has stolen his attention.
Kelly's interest in CAD design has given him the opportunity to experiment and mess around with variables, test riding numerous prototypes until he arrived at the awesome Gamma, an all-round performance shortboard that he'll no doubt be riding throughout his 2017 campaign.
The Gamma has a very speedy template with a single concave running to a slight vee behind the trailing fin. The vee behind the back fin eases rail to rail work and the rocker and rail shape would be classed as "medium" in the world of high performance shortboards. The outline has a clearly defined "hip" which reduces the turning radius and allows the Gamma to be ridden in shorter, wider dims as well as regular HPSB dims.
The Slater Designs Gamma will perform in surf from thigh-high to well overhead.
Firewire’s Helium tech is all about making an already amazing set of construction options even better. Its lighter, seems strong, no signs of any pressure marks at all, and very fast. High Density Aerospace Composite Deck Skins and a new Paulownia/Balsa mix on the rails gives a faster flex response. Having surfed the tech in a couple of different models it does feel light but the speed through a stiffer feel and responsiveness is exceptional, Helium is here to stay.
Boardshop is stoked to be a key partner for Firewire and Slater Design surfboards across Europe and beyond, we've been with them since the very start. The surfboards are more durable than other surfboard manufacturing processes, and for 90% of surfers they will improve your surfing. Firewire is pushing the limits of applying new technology and innovation to surfboard design and always has an eye on the environmental impact of what they do, they truly are different to the other board companies out there. A big chunk of the boards in both the Slater and Firewire ranges are perfectly suited to the waves that 90% of us surf on a regular basis, so if you haven't already, give them a try.
We're happy to consider trading in your old board against a new Slater Designs surfboard, so If you have any questions about this we'd be delighted to answer them and advise on any potential board choices or enquiries you might have, just drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0044 (0) 1243 674250. And don't forget we offer interest free finance on all new premium surfboards!
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mike pemberton (reviewed 11/12/2018)
Well done again Boardshop in stocking slater designs/Firewire
Dimitris (reviewed 04/12/2018)
I didn’t had the chance to surf the board in good conditions yet but the only thing I can tell is that it has way better flex that the Lfts.
Chris (reviewed 04/10/2018)
Mike (reviewed 12/04/2018)
If you're a good surfer this board would be amazing. The response and the helium tech is so far above that of PU.
I had to trade this in though -bought it at the same volume as my other boards (33L at 80kg) but the rocker made it a dog to paddle in winter (not too bad in summer), and the rocker.. although making for some epic turns with feet placed perfectly did not allow for much forgiveness. I previously had a Fred rubble which this board replaced and the rubble was far more user friendly.
I'll still give it 5 stars as its epic, just needs to be in the right hands. The Evo suits me a lot better!
Attila (reviewed 20/11/2017)
I just want to let you know that the Gamma is an amazing board way over my expectations!!
Again thanks for your help
Paul Barrington (reviewed 06/11/2017)
The hips in the tail draw into what should be a great high performance shortboard that will sit alongside my omni perfectly.
I jave now had one surf on it in horrendous 5 ft howling north westerleys and although difficult to get a real feel for it it seemed to be awesome. Paddles extremely well despite the lightness. And although bouyant it duck dives like a dream.
I found it very easy to drive off the bottom and whip it vertically into the lip and whip back down on my backhand. (Didnt get to go frontside much)
I am excited to get this board into some good waves and see how it performs but i am pretty confident it is gonna be a keeper.
Slater designs all day long for me.
They just bloody work.
Fabio Angelini (reviewed 31/10/2017)
The packaging was incredibile, nothing can damage it.
It came to me very soon, from U.K., to Italy in 5 days. Puncutality, seriousness and competence.
The board is really light, fast and strong. The innovative materials in Helium Technology, makes me feel new sensations under the feet. So responsive and so high performance. It's a new concept of surfing.
I'm 175cm x 73kg, I've bought a 5'9 x 19 1/4 x 2 1/5 - 28.5 lt Helium Gamma, I often surf in Italy with small swells and sometimes medium days. It goes well in every condition, windy or glassy, 1 ft or 6 ft, barrels, mushy or small days.
I will buy boards and accessories from Boardshop so many other times, thanks for the level of service.
I advise BOARDAHOP.CO.UK. at all ... So Happy! See you in the water!
James Hay (reviewed 17/10/2017)
Daniel (reviewed 21/08/2017)
And Helium feels very solid, like FST, maybe a bit softer on the outside, but good resistance, and with a slight weight advantage (2,9 kg with pad w/o leash compared to 3,1+ish on my other FST boards). Still doesn't feel too light. Frothing to get it wet soon.
I was worried it could be a too blown up hybridish shape but that's gone. Great work by KS and Firewire.
Ian (reviewed 23/07/2017)
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