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Slater Designs Omni surfboard 5ft 11 Futures - White
As soon as Kelly announced his acquisition of a lions share of Firewire Surfboards the industry rumour mill began grinding. Towards the back end of 2015 Kelly was seen riding some new and interesting shapes, both in competition and at the unveiling of his astonishing wave pool.
The Slater Designs Omni is perhaps the most interesting board in the quiver for the average guy in the line-up.
The Omni looks like being your go-to board for day-to-day use in pretty much every kind of wave. Kelly stated; "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 product of the dream collaboration between Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson and KS. The Omni carries Tomo's basic dims mixed with Kelly's more tucked-in tail and tuned to his eye.
The blunt nose makes the Omni look like a small wave groveller when in fact the outline and overall profile results in a board more than capable in good overhead conditions and the tucked tail enjoys more speed and allows the rider to really push his turns on the face.
This simple and attractive shape has embraced 'less is more' school of thought with a generous planing surface and nothing to hinder it's progress.
The Omni looks like THE board to go for from the Slater Designs stable if you're looking for an every-day sled that'll perform at your local break as well as on your travels in almost any conditions you're likely to encounter at home and overseas.
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 surfboard, 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.
We're happy to consider trading in your old or unwanted 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.
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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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