The distinctive template ( outline ) of a Slotstik produces a nose section that recalls short surfboards and may appear narrower than others. This shape allows for quicker wraps and a more maneuverable skimboard. The renowned high plane rate (speed) of our boards cancels out any drawbacks that may occur from this aggressive design, such as sinking or knifing. The back of most models feature the versatile and prevalent pintail design. The unique wingfish and squashtail shapes feature broader noses that compensate for shorter lengths and employ steeper rockers which tighten the turning radius of a wider template.
BOXED OR ‘BOXY’ rails are steep and thick throughout with a tighter radius. In marginal conditions the increased volume adds a little more float and speed making boxed rails less demanding than radically shaped designs. On larger waves with steeper faces they feel slightly sketchy and do not track as predictably as tapered or hybrid rails.
TAPERED rails are low in appearance with a wide radius that reaches deeper into the deck. They are ideal for big surf where fast moving water requires control and ultimate adhesion to the wave face. This is a performance specific design and novice riders in smaller conditions will have difficulty bringing out the inherent characteristics.
HYBRID rails have a progressive radius and contain blended attributes of both boxed and tapered designs. They provide a middle road for skimmers who ride many breaks in varied conditions but may not have the coin for multiple skimboards.
Slotstik employs a three stage rocker design:
a) The Entry (Front)
b) The Center or Flat Spot
c) The Tail
The relationship between these regions contributes significantly to overall performance and combinations are nearly unlimited. Variations in the entry and tail rockers effect the speed and versatility of every board. Mild (lower) rockers add speed but sacrifice maneuverability and aggressive (steep) rockers are more rider friendly but give up velocity. The center of the board between the rockers is referred to as the flat spot. Consistency in this region keeps the board from twisting, generates advanced amounts of velocity and keeps the board gliding smoothly.