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2013 Airush Slayer Light Wind Board Review

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Airush Slayer
Sizes Available: 154x54cm (5’1″ x 21.25″), 165x60cm(5’5″ x 23’5″)
Size Tested: 154x54cm

Airush Says:

With a significant trend towards customers riding surfboard on flat water, focusing on jumping, carving and surface tricks, we developed a unique new product. The evolution of the Slayer has opened up an extremely fun aspect of kiting for riders who are not blessed with waves or stronger winds. The breakthrough comes with the step bottom, which creates incredible stability. This enables intermediate riders to ride strapless with ease, even at 60cm wide. The Slayer 54 serves up a compact and dynamic ride for higher wind and bigger air. It’s the new style.

TKB Says:

The 2013 Airush Slayer is a very interesting directional board targeted at light wind strapless riding. It features a very wide outline, concave deck, and a wide square tail.

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The bottom of the Slayer is where things get really interesting. The front of the board features strakes (kind of like channels) and the middle of the board has a full-width step. The Slayer has almost no rocker behind this step.

For fins the Slayer is equipped with five mini tuttle boxes and ships with a thruster set of relatively large swept-back fins.

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The Slayer has inserts and ships with a set of straps, but because it is targeted as a strapless board we never installed them. The Slayer has EVA deck pads with a high arch bar on the front pad.

On the water, our testers reported a very smooth and extremely stable ride. The Slayer takes very little power to ride and get upwind on. We thought the wide outline would make it a challenge to control without straps, but in fact the Slayer is a very mellow and manageable board. It’s so stable that we feel it would make a good board for riders who want to learn basic strapless skills.

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The light wind ability of the Slayer is much better than a typical surfboard. The low end isn’t as good as a board like the Airush Sector and it isn’t as fast, but it also feels much more playful. Strapless jumps are easier than average with the Slayer as the wide outline catches a lot of wind and helps hold the board to your feet in the air.

Airush intends this board to be used in flat water, but we took it into the surf anyway and found that it’s actually really fun in small surf and underpowered conditions. However once waves get over about knee high the width makes the Slayer a bit of a challenge to ride.

Overall out testers feel the Slayer makes a great light wind board for underpowered days. It’s stable and easy to ride while still delivering a playful feel that will satisfy riders who want a directional light wind board for more than just cruising back and forth.

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