Slater Designs Banana Review

What the Firewire Surfboards site says about the Banana:

“Inspired by the extreme rocker boards that Greg Webber and Shane Herring developed in the early 90’s, the BANANA is a far more user-friendly version that Kelly and Greg developed for intermediate to advanced surfers. And meant to be ridden in better than average conditions. The BANANA has a smooth outline curve from nose to tail, a slight bump wing in front of the fins, as well as a generous single concave bottom contour. The end result is an extremely high performance surfboard that can be pushed hard through turns, while holding it’s own in deep barrels. In other words, the carving rail turns and extreme tube riding that Kelly was doing at Pipe on the smaller days during the 2015 Masters.

FST (Future Shape Technology) relies primarily on the PARABOLIC Balsa Rail to control flex while the high density aerospace composite vacuumed to both the top and bottom decks provides significant impact strength, and is stronger than a traditional PU surfboard.”


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What people are saying about it:

“When you make the right choice and sink the rail in a steep section the rocker seeks a path of least resistance through the the water. When it happens the feeling is electric. Turns feel effortless. Kind of slippery…and the Banana name takes on new meaning.” – Stu Nettle of Swellnet

“They ain’t for beginners. Unless you’re turning, you’re sinking. Get ’em moving and they’re rockets.” – Derek Rielly of Beach Grit

“I don’t get it. Slater himself has talked about that design being the biggest “mistake” in surfboard shape history. Why try to bring it back? Shane Herring killed it on them though.” – user manbearpig on the Surfer Mag Forum

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