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Slater Designs Omni surfboard 5ft 3 FCS II - 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 email@example.com or call us on 0044 (0) 1243 674250.
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Gavin (reviewed 20/08/2018)
Ruairi og (reviewed 12/08/2018)
Simon M (reviewed 19/07/2018)
I loved all of the Tomo boards, the Vader was my personal favourite, but it struggled a bit in steeper, heavier waves, there is just a bit too much junk in the trunk to turn it hard off the take off. On rail all the Tomo's go great, but it depends what type of waves you like riding and how you want to ride them.
You only have to hold the Omni under your arm, you can feel how much more refined it is than the others, whether its the Slater influence or just design evolution, no one that appreciates a clean rail can ignore it. The Evo in comparison is a bit frumpy..... thats why it works in mellow waves of course, but I never held an Evo and got the same feeling of it being a special board. Its a great board in its own right, but soft and forgiving and because fo that it has limitations for more experience surfers.
The Omni takes away the issues that the other boards have, it has a much narrower tail which gives it a far more performance board feel whilst still having the famous Tomo speed and lift. In essence you get all the benefits of a loose performance board and twin them with the forgiveness and lift of a Tomo without feeling like you're on top of the wave, or skimming as sometimes an Evo does.
I've just spent the last 5 days surfing at Sennen, it's been 2ft to 6ft and I surfed the Omni in a mix of Quad/Tri.
It's not a groveller, but a good/experienced surfer can surf it in 2 ft, no probs at all, it goes just fine, it does need the to surfer to do a bit more work, but you can throw it around like a shorter wider board with no issues at all. (if you are a proper surfer). It's not for beginners or low level intermediates, it's a proper board that experienced surfers will get the benefits from.
When the waves get 3ft+ it comes alive, it really comes alive, so fast and thats the benefit of this shape, compared to an Evo, the rails are thinned out, the tail makes the board far more manoeuvrable , its super light and there's no sense of are the conditions a bit much for this board...... 6ft Sennen and an Evo..? Not for me, but on the Omni, so much fun, so much confidence, this is unquestionably the best Tomo shape I have surfed and owned, I loved the Vader, but it had its limitations, it was a great board but this is better.
if you're reading this and thinking, yup, this is the board for me, I will re-itterate, this is not a learning board, it's no where near as forgiving as an Evo, if your the type of surfer that likes 3ft more than 4ft + don't get this, stay with the Evo, this is a proper board for proper surfers..... it's not a gimmick.
If you do some research on the Board, you find Tomo's video talking about the shape, he mentions "this is by far my favourite board in the Slater Designs range"
who am I to argue with him...... especially when he's spot on, this really is a fantastic board, I wish i'd got one sooner, it is the most fun board I have had in a long time, I have no hesitation in recommending it to experienced surfers, not learners or people that get in once or twice a month...... can't thank the guys at Boardshop enough, they're always available to take a call and discuss all things surfing.
one happy punter.....
c niermann (reviewed 16/07/2018)
What a board!!! It’s ridiculous how much fun I had with it in the last two weeks. I had it in the water five times now in Yorkshire (Whitby) and up at Dunnet Bay, all the times in waves that in my opinion it is intentionally not made for. But it went so well from the first paddle out I was laughing out loud after my first wave. It is SO EASY to surf, so easy to paddle, it holds so well, it just feels perfectly right and just feel absolutely confident. I made my drops on parts of the wave I normally wouldn’t even think of doing and didn’t screw even one of them the first session (2 to 3 foot pretty clean waves) and simply got every wave I wanted. Of course you feel the thumbtail limiting it in soft and small waves but even then it was absolute fun to surf. The sizing advice you gave was just perfect!
I tried my Puddle Jumper RP one evening to compare. Switched back to the Omni after half an hour because the PJ just felt big and boring...
Will (reviewed 09/07/2018)
Mike (reviewed 17/05/2018)
The Omni goes exactly where you want and when you want, no straight line tracking and no twitchy turns. Goes top to bottom lovely, get some steep face in the wave and it charges.
It looses a bit of speed when the wave face is flat It goes ok in slack waves but not as good as a groveler would.
If you're wondering about size/vol its got good float under the chest so catches waves very well, go down on volume not up.
The planing hull adds a bit of lift which on a whopping end section floater gives the strange feeling of the board being "corky" its not, it just flies, again don't go to high on volume.
Boardshop were, as always, great, helpfull with advice and quick delivery.
Get one, Enjoy!
Matty Stanley (reviewed 02/05/2018)
Well stoked! Thanks Ian!!
Matty (reviewed 01/05/2018)
Will (reviewed 24/04/2018)
Paul Barrington (reviewed 22/03/2018)
Sharper easier to wrench into full pocket carves. Holds when you want rail. Spins when you want to rotate.
Such a special board. I never thought i would have two of the same boards in my quiver ever. But i will probably get another. It is that good.
Paul Barrington (reviewed 05/03/2018)
Dont even quibble with it. Give them your money and take some more of mine whilst youre at it.
Francisco Cabello Asis (reviewed 12/01/2018)
La tabla ha llegado perfecta y muy bien embalada.
Eso significa que seguire comprando mas tablas en el futuro.
Estoy muy contento.
Gracias y un abrazo
Alex O. (reviewed 28/12/2017)
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.
micheal richards (reviewed 13/03/2017)
Mike (reviewed 10/03/2017)
nigel (reviewed 09/12/2016)
Peter (reviewed 25/10/2016)
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oli (reviewed 19/05/2016)
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