Want to surf like Kelly Slater, easy just head out to your local surf shop or online retailer later this year and look for a new surfboard company called Slater Designs. The only issue I see with these boards currently is they are A. not eniviormentally firendly (altough surfboards have been notrouious of this for years) B. these things are being made in Thailand. Take that and stick it up your ass local surfboard shappers, you can now compete with Kelly’s computer mold surfboards.
All kidding aside Firewire Surfboards are the most fun boards to ride in almost any conditions, however they cost way to much money and for the most part the only people buying them are kooks (sorry Donnie) or very wealthy surfers. If I had money to burn, I would have a quiver of these boards. However most surfers, or atleast any good ones typically don’t have much extra money laying around as surfing is always priority #1 over work, relationships all of it.
With a brand new surfboard company, and a barreling training facility at his personal disposal, one must wonder if Slater plans to make a run for the World Surf League Championship title in 2016? Odds are, the 43 year old surfer ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. Unlike football, basketball and other “professional sports” when it comes time to “retire”, surfers will still be surfing while the other guys put on suits, and enter the business world. Now Slater does have some serious business obligations infront of him, but again you really think anyone, anything or any brand can keep the fish shown below out of the water?
According to Tracksmag.com Slater Designs will also be available in Firewire Technology. And since people like Al Merrick and Greg Webber have shaped boards for Slater in the past odds are everything in this line will be solid, even if its being make in a galaxy far far away…
Ready for the snowboard world connection? Well Slater bailed on Channel Islands which is owned by.. (wait for it) Burton Snowboards. Chuckle, Chuckle worst part is this is true. Not sure how Burton ever got in bed with a surfbrand, but back in 2006 Burton Snowboards purchased Channel Islands Surfboards.
This is what Jake had to say about the merger “Burton has experienced several years of income growth since the recession and paid out bonuses to employees over the last two years, That said, the economy has a voice of its own that we all have to listen to, and the message is clear: do what you do best and focus purely on it. In our case, that means to narrow our focus to the sport and lifestyle that got us here – snowboarding. We will continue to support Channel Islands in its endeavor to make the best surfboards in the world and Gravis in its new home in Japan, but when you walk through the front door here in Burlington, Vermont, it will be all snowboarding and snowboarding lifestyle all the time – driven by the Burton, Analog and anon brands.”
Anyone else confused? This part had me smiling “do what you do best and focus purely on it” how does a company in Vermont have any say in the surf world. The only connection I can make is that Channel Islands is based in Carpenteria California, and Jake’s wifes goes by Jake Burton Carpenter, so its sort of close.
Either way Slater is the best surfer in and out of the water the ocean has ever seen, he’s actually so good he can mind surf and feel waves against his body.