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Slater Designs Sci-Fi surfboard 5ft 11 FCS II - White
The KS pot has been simmering for quite a while now but it looks like the first three tasty Slater Designs are ready to be dished up. The quiver is small but comprehensive catering for all competent surfers and pretty much all conditions, from thigh-high all the way up to challenging overhead waves.
The Sci-Fi is a Daniel 'Tomo' Thomson shape and is being produced using Firewire's proven LFT (Linear Flex Technology) with the addition of a prototype carbon fibre strip down the centre of the board for added strength and flex.
Kelly said "When Tomo and I started surfing his boards together, this one really stuck out to me. It looks like a novelty idea but once you ride a wave it’s clear it’s anything but that".
The look is definitely futuristic with a relatively flat low entry rocker and an intricate, wide bat-tail to help carry speed and prevent bogging-down in the mushier sections of the wave. First up you'll find the Sci-Fi a breeze to paddle, it catches waves like a modern groveller but has none of the limitations of some of these fat-arsed boards.
Kelly says; “The Sci-Fi is a board that has an inverted round tail curve. If you take those lines, cut and invert them, they form this bat tail of sorts. It's a throwback to a board I had as a kid in that way. This tail has tons of area and a relatively flat rocker that helps with lift and planing. The tail and bottom curves give a nice lift and bite but also allow a very manoeuvrable board with good control. I like the quad version for such a large area but the Thruster has a great feel here also. Maybe I'll try it as a twin fin. Any other reasons you picked this board? When Tomo and I started surfing his boards together, this one really stuck out to me and so we tuned it in for what seemed unique and performed well. It looks like a novelty idea but once you ride a wave it's clear it's anything but that”.
I'm guessing by now you've seen Kelly's inaugural wave at his frankly stunning new wave-pool? If not it's well worth checking out to see the full potential of the Sci-Fi in action.
Firewire's Linear Flex Technology (LFT) has proven itself over the last couple of years to be the go-to construction for the perfect blend of durability and flex. LFT features an 18mm wide composite Springer HD Suspension System that runs the length of the board (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.
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Joao (reviewed 27/07/2017)
But was really amazing was the service! I wrote many emails before and always had a very quick reply in the best way possible. That made me confident enough to order such expensive board online. I ordered it on a Friday night and it arrived on a Thursday morning so well packed that I think it would be impossible to have any damage. Flawless! Many thanks
Col McCann (reviewed 19/07/2017)
Board: 6'0 x 20 x 2 11/16 Sci Fi using Large FCS II MF fins
I bought this board on the hype as I was looking for something to give me more pivot in my turns and it definitely delivered in spades. My first surf was on an overhead day with clean open steep faces and the amount of grip in the bottom turn was great but it was when I went to carve long drawn out too turns off close out sections that I noticed the grip on the face was savage and allowed for more force to be placed into turns and to get a lot more lean into the face of the wave in the bottom and more layback in the front hand turns without the board sliding out and leaving me on my backside. The board creates speed very well through the lift supplied and the ability to pivot the board to gain traction in trimming. I found it easy to get into waves as the additional lift in the tail allows it to plane fast into the waves. The deck has zero compression dings after constant riding since November which is great. The Slater Designs tailpad didn't stick to the surface at the very back around the kicker. I ended up buying a second Sci Fi in the 6'1 x 20 1/4 x 2 3/4 for smaller days when I needed more volume but still wanted performance and it had the same problem with the tailpad not sticking but it goes to show that the board was so good I bought it twice!
Antonio (reviewed 07/07/2017)
Fred H. (reviewed 15/03/2017)
So the Sci Fi was my big bet, a performance shortboard, shorter than any board I've ever owned but with equivalent volume. Looks like a board for young ultra fit super light Groms... At 83 kg with a 6'1 in hand I started wondering if I was completely off target. This thing takes off on anything, its insane. My best session of the trip was on a nice powerful and hollow beach break with overhead and a half sets with a very fast very radical take off. The Sci Fi is so fast and so nimble it fulfilled all my wishes of what a short board should be. Its like I wasted 10 years of surfing with my 6'6... I was carving backside and it felt like I was on a rail, completed bottom turns practically lying down in front of the wave. I was flying through sections, paddling around the whole line up catching everything in sight and driving guys crazy (it was a first in my surfing career and felt pretty damn good!).
The cons of this board is that it is extremely reactive so doesn't forgive small mistakes and it doesn't like choppy conditions. I hit a couple chops on some waves and literally flew over the handle bars. I don't even dare imagine how this board is going to perform in super glassy offshore conditions.
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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leigh pope (reviewed 06/09/2016)
Super drivey, loads of grip but loose and really easy to surf! It's so drivey on rail but if you go into the lip it releases and pushes the fins out easily! Such fun 2 surfs yesterday which is rare on a new board Glad I went up the litre as I think the 5'6 would have been too loose and would have sacrificed drive Thanks for sorting it out
Daniel (reviewed 29/08/2016)
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