Hi and Welcome to Rogers Surfboard Reviews, today we have the Slater Designs/Firewire co-lab Gamma. Which is stated as been Kelly Slaters utility board for the 2017 season. I have the 6’4 x 20 1/2 x 20 7/8 coming in at 38.4L.
Now been a classed as utility board means to me it will work in everything from knee high to well over head. Well surprisingly it actually does, the first surf I had on this was thigh to waist high day, not too much push but did have a wall to it and it still went, allowed snaps and top turns without loosing speed. The next was knee high, clean lined up wall and once again it performed great. Then finally some swell arrived it wasn’t big a nice 2-3 ft that was very disorganised but had some serious push to it. Been that it was disorganised it had heaps of flat spots to and some long sections to great round. The Gamma handled the flat sections well and drove round the sections with so much speed if you weren’t careful you’d over shoot but were able to wrap back in the pocket with ease. This to me makes the Gamma exactly what it says a utility HP short board that handles a range of conditions that an every day surfer will come across.
I’ve ridden it with the Futures AM-2 and Large Jack Freestone, of the two I would highly recommend the Jack Freestone. The inside foil and more up right template compliments the Gammas rocker and bottom contours well. Interesting the Freestone fin is the exact same template as the large JJF so if you love the JJF fin and want something that helps generate speed a bit more then check out the Freestone fin. You can click here to check Futures full range of fins
The Gamma as deep single concave running throughout with a V behind the fin. The rocker is considered medium continuous rocker, with a decent amount of entry and exit rocker, making for a living fast board that is loose and fun with the added hip just in front of the side fins which allows for some tight turns but will still drive out a roundhouse cut back with ease. The Gamma comes in two types of dims the normal type and HP dims. The normal dims have a medium rail while the HP dims have a lower more HP rail. Both come in a 5 fin option but in all honesty with the hip and pulled in squash tail I don’t know how well quads would work. The Gamma also comes only so far in Firewire’s new Helium Tech which I’ve come to love, it’s lively, fast and durable really complementing the design. However if this construction isn’t your thing later in the year you will be able to get them in LFT and also in a swallow tail.
Overall if you after a day to day HP shortboard and only want a one board quiver then this will do the trick. I’m really looking forward to seeing how powerful of a wave this board will handle and pushing my surfing ability up. I’m finding this board is HP enough to allow me to perform moves I may not of been able to before but forgiving enough that if I haven’t come in with enough speed of set up just right I can still finish the turn out. Well thats if for the review. I hoped you like it.
Please let me know your experiences on the Gamma in the comments below. Till next time.
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The Full normal and HP dims are below
|5′ 0″||16 7/8″||1 15/16″||SQUASH||16.9|
|5′ 2″||17 1/4″||2″||SQUASH||18.4|
|5′ 4″||18 1/2″||2 5/16″||SQUASH||23.4|
|5′ 6″||18 7/8″||2 3/8″||SQUASH||25.4|
|5′ 8″||19 1/8″||2 7/16″||SQUASH||27.2|
|5′ 9″||19 1/4″||2 1/2″||SQUASH||28.5|
|5′ 10″||19 1/2″||2 9/16″||SQUASH||30|
|5′ 11″||19 7/8″||2 5/8″||SQUASH||31.8|
|6′ 2″||20 1/4″||2 3/4″||SQUASH||35.4|
|6′ 4″||20 1/2″||2 7/8″||SQUASH||38.5|
|6′ 6″||21 1/2″||3 1/16″||SQUASH||44.1|
|6′ 8″||22″||3 1/8″||SQUASH||47.3|
|5′ 6″||18 1/4″||2 1/4″||SQUASH||23.3|
|5′ 9″||18 3/8″||2 5/16″||SQUASH||25.3|
|5′ 10″||18 1/2″||2 3/8″||SQUASH||26.5|
|5′ 11″||18 7/8″||2 7/16″||SQUASH||28.1|
|6′ 0″||19 1/8″||2 1/2″||SQUASH||29.7|
|6′ 3″||19 1/2″||2 5/8″||SQUASH||33.1|