From four foot to fourteen foot.
The first seven waves in this clip illustrate how versatile the SKX is beneath Stuey’s feet. He’s getting barreled in Fiji. He’s doing airs at home. He’s wearing boardshorts and wetsuits and setting everything up with a Slater Designs four piece flat pad.
Dan Thomson describes how Stuey gets away with one board in so many conditions:
‘My philosophy with a lot of my design is that at ground level, every board should work well in crappy conditions. The SKX also works well in the conditions I designed it for, which is more of an unruly ocean where a planning hull, a wide tail, might be too much lift and speed. with the SKX, the channel out the squash tail will give a little more control in those situations. ‘
The SKX Compared to The Sci-Fi
Many compare the SKX to the Sci-Fi, which is fair – they do share similar design elements. But they really are two separate boards for separate wave conditions.
The Sci-Fi has a wider tail which makes it feel most exciting in flatter faced waves. The sort of waves that Daniel refers to as ‘low power situations‘. But the same tail width that helps in the Sci-Fi weak waves can possibly lead to a sort of ‘red lining’ in the steep waves. With the more pulled and narrow squash tail design of the SKX, it may feel tamer in the sort of barrels seen in the clip above.
In fact, the entire outline of the SKX is narrower than the Sci-Fi. The SKX also has more tail rocker as seen below.
This increase in rocker curve again show’s how the SKX design is refined for waves with slightly more power.
But the video below shows more of the SKXs versatility, as Stuey and Daniel trade head high waves on the same boards (that’s right, they surf the same dimensions).
Dimensions and Sizing Recommendations
Stu’s dimensions are the same as the stock 5’8 version you see on surf shop racks. It lands at 25.8 liters of volume with a width of 18 5/8 and a thickness of 2 5/16ths.
Stu is 5’9 and weighs about 160 pounds (73 KG), so if you’re a good surfer, you can plan on surfing the SKX at about your height or an inch shorter. But the relatively narrow outline of the SKX (without much width placed forward of the boards center-point) will let you get away with surfing it up to about 2 inches longer than your height if needed, to get the volume you want.
For perspective, Stu surfs his Sci-Fi at stock 5’7 dimensions, so one inch shorter than his SKX.
SKX dimensions break down as follows:
|5′ 1″||16 7/8″||1 7/8″||17.8|
|5′ 2″||17 1/8″||1 15/16″||18.9|
|5′ 3″||17 3/8″||2″||19.9|
|5′ 4″||17 5/8″||2 1/16″||21.0|
|5′ 5″||17 7/8″||2 1/8″||22.3|
|5′ 6″||18 1/8″||2 3/16″||23.3|
|5′ 7″||18 3/8″||2 1/4″||24.7|
|5′ 8″||18 5/8″||2 5/16″||25.8|
|5′ 9″||18 7/8″||2 3/8″||27.3|
|5′ 10″||19 1/8″||2 7/16″||28.7|
|5′ 11″||19 3/8″||2 1/2″||30.2|
|6′ 0″||19 5/8″||2 9/16″||31.5|
|6′ 1″||19 7/8″||2 5/8″||32.8|
|6′ 2″||20 1/8″||2 11/16″||34.6|
|6′ 3″||20 3/8″||2 3/4″||36.0|
|6′ 4″||20 5/8″||2 13/16″||37.4|
|6′ 5″||20 7/8″||2 7/8″||39.4|
|6′ 6″||21 1/8″||2 15/16″||40.9|
The Quad Inside Single Concave
The Quad Inside Single Concave that has added so much to the Evo and Sci-Fi is now in the guts of the SKX.The Quad Inside Single Concave was developed initially for Tomo’s Modern Planing Hull designs. It first arrived at shops as part of the EVO before becoming one of the key performance elements of the Sci-Fi, and it’s now deep in the guts of the SKX. It’s not your normal channel bottom. Daniel Explains:
“A regular channel might feel more trackey and drivey, whereas the Q.I.S.C. enhances speed and promotes detachment from the water until the board is on-rail. At that point, it really grips into the wave like a channel bottom. It’s the best of both worlds.”
Descriptions of performance aside, the feeling that surfers of any skill level will notice most about this unique approach to channel design is the ‘get-up and go’ sensations it provides the second you get to your feet. Stuey puts it simply:
“Stuey says: I’m most excited for everyone to feel the speed and the flow“
You can find out more about this LFT shape from Tomo Surfboards by clicking here.