Sizes Available: 5’6″ x 19″ x 2.4″, 27.5L, 5’8″ x 19.3″ x 2.3″, 27L, 5’10” x 19.5″ x 2.5″, 31L
Sizes Tested: 5’8″ x 19.3″ x 2.3″, 27L
NEW for 2020, The Mixer features new construction that makes it significantly lighter and gives a more connected surfboard feel while maintaining bomber durability needed to stand up to the sport of kitesurfing. Upgraded to a five-fin configuration, riders can now swap between the faster, more responsive and looser feel of a quad-fin setup or the traditional, locked-in feel of a three-fin thruster. Now with a NEW winged rounded pin tail, the Mixer is going to provide a looser feel and enable smooth turns while keeping speed for bigger waves. This shape tail also makes the board quite stable in smaller less powerful surf and lighter winds. A slightly rounder outline and more robust belly on the board excels it in smaller wave conditions enabling it to float through lulls and weaker sections. The impressive top end speed allows the Mixer to keep up if the swells picks up or a decent sized set comes through.
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The Mixer this year gets a huge upgrade with new lightweight construction and a number of solid tweaks to the outline shape that maximize its light wind capabilities and all terrain approach to freeride surf. The Mixer has a fascinating template with a wider nose and has a really wide template through the mid-section with the use of double wings to pull the rail into a soft rounded pin that keeps the board super agile in the turns. The bottom shape offers a quad concave with a 5-fin box setup (we rode thruster) featuring FCS2 boxes that make installation and removal of the medium sized FCS Accelerator fins super easy by hand. The deck comes with footstrap inserts, offering four forward/aft centered inserts for the front foot and four forward/aft options for the back footstrap that also allows two duct options for both stances. We really like the upgraded deck pads this year with a spacious front foot pad and a tail kick pad that keep weight down with a fairly firm EVA that blends good comfort with control/feedback and offers traction in all the right places.
Compared to the other Slingshot boards we rode in the test, the Mixer feels like it has a little bit more heft to it; perhaps you get a little bit more durability and stiffer flex profile, probably due to its higher volume, wider template and additional fin boxes for riding in a quad or thruster configuration. The first thing we noticed about the Mixer is its extra stability due to its extra width compared to the Celero and Tyrant surfboards. The extra width makes footwork during transitions a bit easier, making it ideal for someone who wants a little extra help completing that chicken jibe or mastering their duck tacks. The Mixer excels at going upwind with its straighter rocker and volume, skates through lulls, feels as if it wants to track straight and loves being locked into an edge. The Mixer isn’t quite as playful as the Celero, so when it comes to strapless freestyle or slashing trash surf the Mixer requires a little bit more aggressive inputs and technique to push the limits of performance because the rocker feels a bit flatter. The Mixer with its efficient locked-in feel is really good at getting you back upwind, making sure you complete every jibe and works well for casual carving in the waves. When it comes to performance surfing in the waves the rider really has to pay attention to back foot placement to get the Mixer to pivot around your back foot on off the lip slashes, but key to making the Mixer sing in the surf is thinking a lot about foot placement. For instance, if we overcommitted to an aggressive bottom turn without our feet in the right place, sometimes the Mixer just wanted to charge straight. Compared to the Celero or Tyrant we had to put a little more effort into initiating aggressive turns for attacking the lip or heated bottom carves back into the wave, but for those shortcomings, the Mixer delivers extra-large upwind range and general user-friendly comfortable cruising that is unparalleled by any other board in the SS lineup. Let’s face it. We can’t all be Reed Brady or Pablo Amores, but for the larger riders out there and entry-level progression oriented kiters, the Mixer is going to be a great all around utility vehicle to keep you on the water through a wide variety of conditions for longer more comfortable sessions and fun progression. The Mixer is the king of casual freeriding, it’s the Gorge board we’d choose to make a quick jaunt out of the slog up to the Hatchery, followed by carving big rollers all the way back to the event site and then pat ourselves on the back with a rewardingly cold brewski on the grass.