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Slater Designs Omni surfboard 5ft 10 FCS II - White
Rarely has a new quiver of boards been so hotly anticipated, in fact, never in the last 20 years of surf industry employment have I experienced such a buzz about a new surfboard brand! The back end of 2015 saw Kelly paddling out and ripping on some new and exciting shapes; work in progress boards that have been fine tuned by Kelly and Tomo and finally are due for sale Spring 2016.
The Omni is the most accessible board in the line-up for the regular guy looking for a go-to, every-day stick, a board you never leave home without.
Kelly says; "I’ll ride this in basically any surf that’s not too big, but even then, I’ll try it if I can catch the wave. My personal favourite wave for this is a punchy, head-high (or slightly bigger) wave with a face to carve".
The Omni is a Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson design which has been developed with Kelly, it runs with Tomo's basic dimensions and Kelly's more tucked-in tail.
Don't be fooled by the Omni's domestic first impression, yes it thrives in small waves, but according to the main-man it can readily handle decent, overhead conditions with the help of Kelly's tucked tail.
This smooth outline follows the 'less is more' school of thought with a generous planing surface and nothing complicated to restrict it's speed and agility.
Firewire's LFT or Linear Flex Technology is an eco friendly construction process that results in a durable board with a unique flex pattern. LFT uses an 18mm wide Composite Springer HD Suspension System that runs from nose to tail (in effect a space age stringer) and is overlaid with a top-deck sheet to improve the boards resistance to 'ridging' often seen on traditional PU boards with a wooden stringer. LFT produces a feel somewhat akin to a brand-new PU shortboard, but with a huge hike in durability, this will last for the lifespan of the board! Enjoy the lively sensation of a brand new board with the added durability of modern sandwich construction.
Why not trade in your old stick against a new Slater Designs board? Fire us an email with some quality photos and an honest description outlining any dings, damage and repairs and we'll get back to you with a provisional valuation ASAP. Any questions you have about surfboards or any other surfing related subject, just email firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a ring on 0044 (0) 1243 674250 we love talking surfing!
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Overall Customer Rating
Owen (reviewed 10/09/2017)
This is 43L, duck dives great, and has enough volume to catch decent waves. It feels like it starts moving faster than the 6'6" spitfire it replaced, and takes off about one stroke earlier (4 strokes instead of 5...not that I count...). It generates a lot of speed easily and carries well over flat spots and around sections, really squirty.
Digs in well for big turns but still felt very loose on backhand snaps - it rotates very quickly, probably because of the low weight and shorter length (less rotational inertia).
Only possible downside is that it doesn't seem to deal with chop very well, but I haven't had many bumpy waves yet.
It worked on waist high (but not quite grovelling) to overhead and barrelling. Takes some effort to control all the speed it wants to generate though!
Top consultation from the team at boardshop, I'll be coming back for my step up.
Fred H. (reviewed 15/03/2017)
The big winner was the Omni. This board is so unique, so special I can't even beging to understand it. When you ride it it feels like you're on an air cushion. Its so intuitive as soon as you shift your weight it comes alive. Its very fast, very stable and honestly it felt like someone was playing Playstation with me on the board. I've never felt so comfortable so quickly on a surfboard. It was the most popular board. We are good 40 year old surfers with 20 years experience but none of us are throwing vertical maneuvers. We like to cruise and carve and take off on big waves. One thing we did note is that the new FCS2 system is absolutely brilliant.
Ian's advice on size and volume was perfect despite my endless doubts and questions. Service at boardshop is really perfect.
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