Sizes Available: 4’8″ x 17.4″ x 2″, 18L, 5’0″ x 17.7″ x 2.1″, 21L
Sizes Tested: 5’0″ x 17.7″ x 2.1″, 21L
New for 2020, the Sci-Fly is a modern short board designed for aerials and powered-up, progressive freeriding. A parallel rail outline helps with edging and load/pop off the water, while its relative high rocker helps soften landings, helps prevent nose diving and gives the board a looser, skate-like feel. To aid in mid-air maneuvers, the Sci-Fly has top and bottom grab rails for easy grip and a chopped nose that reduces swing weight. A winged diamond tail gives the board plenty of back-end grip and a clean exit when releasing from the water.
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Our Testers Say:
“One of my favorite boards of the test week, lively but never out of control. Great through the chop, fun in the small waves with super light construction and very comfortable.” // Roland Erni
“Lots of surface area for such a small board, planes quickly, generates speed easily and loves to be ridden fast with supreme comfort at high speed. Edges really well, like a twin tip due to its tight rails and low volume.” // Dray Murray
“Lightweight, smooth through chop with great upwind ability. Slices through the water with skatey and active feel. Easy to manage in the air on strapless freestyle, great for landing that next trick.” // Dan Lerer
It’s a whole new world for the Slingshot line of surfboards with a pro-level construction that takes lightness and performance to the next level and shines particularly bright with the new Sci-Fly compact surf shape. The Sci-Fly features a chopped off nose with a fairly rounded template (for a compact shape) that tapers to a narrow tail with a single hip. There’s a generous amount of nose and tail rocker with a deep single concave bottom from end to end which all terminates in a pointed squash tail. The fins are medium-sized Reactor FCS fins laid out in a thruster configuration that boasts the easy FCS pop in and out boxes for setup and dismantling without the use of any tools. The deck features a ¾ length corduroy deck pad with drilled out holes for weight saving and extra traction and offers four inserts for forward/aft strap placement on the front foot and four centerline placement options on the back foot. The deck has a nice domed feel with ample use of carbon weaves and carbon/bamboo under the heels for durability, and sports substantial grab rails routed along the mid-section of the rail for easy carrying into the water and superior grip on grabbed strapless tricks.
The first thing that testers noted when they grabbed the Sci-Fly is the super lightweight construction that feels super flickable and easy to maneuver. For a compact shape, the Sci-Fly has a ton of curve in its outline and seemingly more rocker, but nonetheless feels fast through the water with really good upwind speed and quick acceleration. When you point the Sci-Fly upwind you can feel its tight rails effortlessly slicing through the chop and the increased rocker and template make smooth work out of abrupt chop for a more comfortable but active ride. This board has a nice balanced grip — you can break the fins loose if you exert enough pressure, but the tracking is solid and dependable otherwise. The Sci-Fly isn’t quite as wide as some of the boards we tested which makes it more agile for carving, but for testers still working on their footwork that side-to-side activity required more attention to foot movements. The Sci-Fly really scores points with more aggressive riders that like a fast, agile board that is chomping at the bit for quick carves and thrives in the active strapless freestyle arena. The tail rocker and outline has the feel of a board that just wants to turn with super easy initiation into carves while still being quick and playful. When it comes to waves, the Sci-Fly is super fun and perfectly suited for small to medium active wave riding. Turns are effortless and when shooting down the line it’s super easy to square up, hit the lip, come down and drive immediately into the next section. The Sci-Fly can dial in any turning radius you want with the only limit being your imagination. When it comes to strapless freestyle, the Sci-Fly is king with its medium grippy tail and extra tail rocker; this board wants to load and pop into impressive amplitude with clean releases every time. Its low weight makes the Sci-Fly stay glued to your feet even in lighter sessions which is the recipe for strapless freestyle mastery. The Sci-Fly sparks a new chapter in the Slingshot surfboard lineup that delivers an incredibly active platform for bump and jump freeriding, high caliber strapless freestyle and masterful crossover into wave riding of any size.
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