Slater Designs

“I’m not sure if the perfect board really exists, but I’m enjoying the freedom to collaborate with some of surfing’s most innovative shapers and designers.

It is a quest to create something different in a slightly different way that appeals to where I want to go on a wave. Discovering a new feeling under my feet, drawing a new line, or taking a completely different track on a wave is something I never stop dreaming about.

Now being able share and grow that idea with others is what keeps surfing fun for me.”

-Kelly Slater

#DrawingNewLines since 2016

Three years ago Slater Designs was launched using the image above, showing Kelly on the Sci-Fi in Fiji, shortly before Stu Kennedy rode it at the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast.

Since then the Sci-Fi has remained a favorite on surf shop racks everywhere alongside the Omni, Cymatic and Gamma.

Watch below to see Kelly’s surfboard designing mind in motion as he tests two stock 5’9 Gammas; one in Helium and one in LFT.

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@dan__mann pairs the new 'Action Pad' with his NO BRAINER. Designed by @kellyslater and inspired by @actionthedog, the 'Action Pad' is a five piece pad.

Kelly created two slits down the center of the arch to make it feel more subtle than a traditional arch.

He also expanded the space between the two tail kick pieces to prevent your leash from catching.

Built with @bloomfoam the 'Action Pad' fits perfectly on the NO BRAINER, FRK, Cymatic, Sci-Fi 2.0 and most other grovelers and performance shapes.

#DrawingNewLines #StokeLivesAtSurfShops #ElectricInLFT

BEHIND THE DESIGN: This never before seen conversation created the Action Pad, and shows why it has two slits down the arches center.

After traveling with razor blades and modifying his arch and tail kick for several years, @kellyslater settled on his favorite arch modification, and showed @dan__mann during lunch at Surf Ranch.

A year later, the Action Pad (named after Kelly's dog) is complete and made with @bloomfoam at surf shops everywhere.

Press our bio to order yours, and witness the complete conversation, now seen for the first time.

#DrawingNewLines @bloomfoam @alexkilauano @kellyslater @dan__mann @firewiresurfboards @actionthedog