Watch: Kelly Slater on the Cymatic
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?