Watch: Kelly Slater on the Cymatic

Stu Nettle
Design Outline

Late last year Slater had what he called "the most profound experience of my life" at a spiritual resort, now he's designing a board "that fits the vibration of a wave in our minds".

Slater designed the board with Daniel Thomson who's always come at board design from a different direction, one where the Golden Ratio and fractals light the metaphysical path, yet for most of Slater's career he was a student at Al Merrick's school of practical design. Now, however, the eleven-time world champ is transcending Al's empiricism. Levitating high above it.

The latest Tomo/Slater collab is called the Cymatic, and it continues the round nose, short rail line concept Slater began a decade ago with his Wizard Sleeve.

The Wizard Sleeve, and various other Slater incarnations, influenced shortboard design and for a few years the average length of the pro shortboard reduced. However, that moment has passed, boards have  increased both in length and volume, especially in the wake of John John's world title performance.

The marketing spiel tells us the Cymatic is a hybrid of the Sci-Fi rear end and the Omni nose, and it's for surfers who love that "barely out of control in a fun way" feeling.

As always KS is more frank on Instagram:

"Cymatics is the study of wave phenomena, esp sound, and their visual representations. YouTube it to see the shapes that sounds of differing frequencies will create in sand on a metal plate (if you find the @slaterdesigns logo let me know the Hz frequency)."

"Tomo and I had this idea to make a board that fits the ‘vibration’ of a wave in our minds. The minimal amount of board to do the maximum amount of surfing. We chopped the nose off ahead of the rail line you need and went with a pretty wide battail (like the SciFi model). With the added bite of the channels the tail still holds while giving plenty of lift."

"This edit is from one session at Haleiwa in January. I actually took the board there as a joke that day cause it was too big for what I thought it could handle. I got my best rides earlier that session but this edit gives you an idea."

"This is a four fin 5’3” X 18-5/8 X 2-5/16” X 25.5L. I don’t want to ride anything else right now and everyone who rides it wants to take it off my hands."

How do you reckon it'll go at three foot, high tide Bells?

 

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noshow commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 12:50pm

Great surfing, but lets face it KS would make an ironing board look easy to surf. I'd love to see Average Joe take one of these out to see how it compares to the standard board

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amb commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:00pm

exactly my thoughts as well.

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fcalmon commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 5:50pm

I am happy to sacrifice myself... Can you please send me one :)

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t-diddy commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 11:08pm

Not sure that's true here - this looks like sunset beach - which is really hard to surf (well) on a tiny board and also it's always been a thorn in KS' side (never done well here competitively). He is looking LOOSE here..sic

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blower commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 5:49pm

Gotta say that was some of the best Slater footage I have seen for a while. Loose and seeming to be having a blast. Unreal. If that's what the board does for him, great fun, well it is good for us as viewers of surfing. Who'd have thought...

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crg commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:09pm

Of all the different experimental boards from Kelly we've seen since the wizard sleeve, I think that looked the best so far. Obviously a touch too small, but that's a 5'3" at Haleiwa! Looked ridiculously fast and drivey in places where the board would be under extreme pressure to slide or let go, even looked like he was trying to spin it out. I'm not a huge SD fan but that was pretty impressive to me.

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Craig commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:16pm

Yeah got me frothing, looks super super fun!

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udo commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:19pm

Unreal..ol baldy boy shredding.

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channel-bottom commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:23pm

Agree. Pro's also made the minimal volume banana boards of the 90's look good as well. Dont remember that turning out well for the average surfer.

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Island Bay commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:24pm

I thought he looked sharper and somehow more interested than in a long time. Board looked great, but heck another 4-6" wouldn't go astray, would they?

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udo commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:58pm

Extra 4-6" b for visuals only ?

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Island Bay commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 2:13pm

Nah, just a bit of extra rail for those waves.

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thermalben commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:33pm

Bloody hell. How old is this guy again?

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donweather commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 1:48pm

I have a 5'6" Evo and a 5'8" Sci Fi. Also had a 5'8" Omni. Here's my rankings of these boards.

Evo - 1,000,000,000,000,000
Sci Fi - 1,000 (but haven't really had great waves to fully test ride it in yet)
Omni - 0

Found the Omni a right pig unless you were 100% in the pocket surfing. Just bogged down out of the pocket and had no speed in the turns.

Sci Fi - Jury still out and will wait to fully test ride it in Indo in August

Evo - Fck me what can I say....one of the most amazing boards ever ridden for me. The speed of this board is insane and especially through the turns. Unlike nothing I've ever ridden.

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rj-davey commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 2:19pm

No question KS is shredding, but is it just me or does the footage look like it's sped up just a tad?

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Tim Fisher commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 10:59pm

Yep. I mean, it's Kelly, you could make a case that's how fast he surfs and most people would believe you, but watch the whitewater. It doesn't move like that in real time.
I've heard it said an old surf movie trick is to speed footage up by 10 per cent, but that could just be a rumour. Being charitable, maybe folks speed up footage for Instagram so they can fit more waves into the time limit.

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Tim Fisher commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 10:59pm

Yep. I mean, it's Kelly, you could make a case that's how fast he surfs and most people would believe you, but watch the whitewater. It doesn't move like that in real time.
I've heard it said an old surf movie trick is to speed footage up by 10 per cent, but that could just be a rumour. Being charitable, maybe folks speed up footage for Instagram so they can fit more waves into the time limit.

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Tim Fisher commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 10:59pm

Yep. I mean, it's Kelly, you could make a case that's how fast he surfs and most people would believe you, but watch the whitewater. It doesn't move like that in real time.
I've heard it said an old surf movie trick is to speed footage up by 10 per cent, but that could just be a rumour. Being charitable, maybe folks speed up footage for Instagram so they can fit more waves into the time limit.

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Tim Fisher commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 11:01pm

Ahem. Apologies for the spam.

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Chipper commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 2:52pm

I just cannot believe how much speed he generates and quickly he's able to go from bottom turn to light speed......... amaaaaazzzzing!

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simba commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 3:09pm

Well so much for the broken toe excuse ,cough, but he is certainly ripping the bag.........

simba

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stunet commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 3:13pm

Ha ha...I think the recent 'excuse' was because he had pins removed - i.e cut him open to unscrew the metal bits.

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Clam commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 3:14pm

"The minimal amount of board to do the maximum amount of surfing.
We chopped the nose off ahead of the rail line you need and went with a pretty wide battail.
With the added bite of the channels the tail still holds while giving plenty of lift."

Everyone should chop off sharp & thin noses, in fact they should be banned.

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evosurfer commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 3:25pm

I was there that day and believe me he tore it to bits but
to be fare a few days later he was riding a longer board
(one of his designs) and surfed every bit as well.
Lets face it he is Kelly Slater he probably could ride one
of my boards and make it look just as good.

IF im not surfing im racing

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Blowin commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 5:24pm

Was that Haleiwa ?

Looks like so much fun. Slater was belting it.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 4:32pm

Doubt he'll ride that in comps because with the very short rail line the board struggles to carve through the second part of the turn.
The board goes flat, or loses the rail......when you compare to how hard JJF is carving through the second half of the turn, I think judges would really lowball Kelly on that.

Seen Dan Thompson absolutely shralping on a board slightly more double ended and pulled in at the tail, quad setup.

But you know what, that little Cymatic might go pretty good at 3 foot high tide Rincon......he'd be all over it.

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eat-your-vegies commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 4:51pm

“Barely out of control feeling in kook way”
Mia culpa

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dinnerdish commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 5:25pm

He could surf any board and still look great....and I,m far
more interested in his ayahuasca experience if that was the ceremony he undertook at the resort

arohabro

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Nick Bone commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 7:52pm

Here here

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 5:34pm

That's crazy surfing as good as ever.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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spencie commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 6:33pm

Bloody hell! Great surfing and the board turns on a dime without losing speed. Love watching how he surfs. What an inspiration!

easterly

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 6:45pm

Here's some very old footage of Cheyne surfing similar concept: in-and-around the pocket on a short rail length board - check how vert he can get the forehand bottom turn to lip hit:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBq9lq0orv8

There is some 3ft Rincon at the end I think.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 7:37am

Yeah that's Rincon at the end from Bells about 87-88 where he is the Blue wetty i remember the exact same footage/wave as a grommet i taped it on video from the news, i think he won that year and was in the sport report..also had him talking about the keel fin and how ben lexicon designed or inspired it.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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bbbird commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 6:52pm

Love seeing the best pushing the boundaries...4 fins and mini 5th?
Body & mind together...
Salamat سلامات

bbbird

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Nick Bone commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 7:55pm

Umm. Is that not the quickest surfing ever caught on camera. Pros look good on camera. Even better in real life. But wasnt that a level beyond next?

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Nick Bone commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 7:56pm

Assuming it was real time and not 1.5x or some shit

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udo commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 7:58pm

Noob here.....but is there a way to slow down the clip ?

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jaunkemps commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 8:51pm

Sore foot my ass, when was this shot ?

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udo commented Monday, 19 Mar 2018 at 8:55pm

January

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cycd commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 7:50am

Geoff McCoy was right eh .... seems like a lot of modern boards are heading where he thought they would. Just not as extreme.

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garry-weed commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 10:21am

Yesterday was (apparently) the anniversary of the Mini-Simmons a board which had a huge influence on Tomo via Richard Kenvin and the Hydrodynamica project. The board Kelly is riding is largely a result of that research into planing hulls and the like.It has little to do with the aims of pro surfing but is about riding waves for optimum experience and speed.This is (for me) much more interesting than the air game or the wallet drop or the two hands behind hack or "getting your feet in the wax" or "building a house" mentality of the tour....Looks like fun though.

gary weed

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alsurf commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm

watched the link of the video of Kelly Slater describing his experience . it. looks good he can't get the smirk of his face

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alsurf commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 6:20pm

watched the link of the video of Kelly Slater describing his experience . it. looks good he can't get the smirk of his face

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alsurf commented Tuesday, 20 Mar 2018 at 6:21pm

watched the link of the video of Kelly Slater describing his experience . it. looks good he can't get the smirk of his face

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SNBSROG commented Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 at 10:23pm

I would love to see him surfing that board in those conditions on his backhand... me thinks it wont look very good
looks fast and fun on forehand tho

Ben Dover

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indo-dreaming commented Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 at 8:24am

Personally i find these type of boards on my backhand even better especially quads.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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udo commented Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 at 1:15am

Now that the vid is on utube give it a few watches at 1/2 or 1/4 speed..
Unreal!

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udo commented Saturday, 16 Jun 2018 at 7:25pm

Beachgrit : Freerides 5'6" Cymatic Review

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udo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 11:56am

Sharkman you mention Carcass Thomson suing son Dan over design infringement...is it over this Board do you know ?

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stunet commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 11:58am

"Carcass Thomson suing son Dan over design infringement"

Where's this, Udo? BG thread...?

Which one?

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udo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:13pm

Comment from Brutus on Stab - Surf Mat Rage story.

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:01pm

thats not what is happening.

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udo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:20pm

Nothing to it thats good.

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stunet commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:24pm

It's not there now, however on a second read I've just joined a few dots that I missed first time around. Intriguing shit. Someone better watch themselves.

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udo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:36pm

Still on there.

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simba commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:27am

So if the cymatic is so good why was Kelly riding a Dan Mann shape at the ranch?

https://www.instagram.com/dan__mann/

simba

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udo commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:54am

the ding king insta simba......a tomo 'oh no'

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