For Tavarua, Kelly keeps a lot of volume under his chest on a lot of his bigger boards
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 7 June, 2012 : - - Kelly has been spending a lot of time on Tavarua this past year and really enjoys both Cloudbreak and Restaurantsfinding them challenging and rewarding. He has been playing around with nose widths and keeping a good amount of volume under his chest on a lot of his bigger boards. Its really important to be able to drive through the tube at Cloudbreak and be able to call on short-bursts of speed when you need them.
Theres a lot of water moving so that extra thickness in the center really allows for great paddling and gets you into the bigger sets with fewer strokes. He likes his rail still a bit on the thinner side so that he still keeps the sensitivity of a thinner board on turns. For Resturants, Kelly will most likely turn to a smaller board that turns tight in the pocket and generates a lot of speed so he can cover some distance in the tube but not out run itstaying deeper for longer will be his goal there.
At top, from left to right:
510″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 5/16″ round pin, 5 fin FCS, Semi Pro 12
510″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 5/16″ (2 1/4″ rail) 6 channel out the back, round pin, 5 fin FCS, Semi Pro 12
511″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 3/8″ (2 1/4 rail) round pin, 5 fin FCS, Semi Pro 12
66″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ (2 5/16″ rail) round pin, 5 fin FCS, Semi Pro 12 Step Up
73″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 5/8″ (2 5/16″ rail) round pin, 5 fin FCS, Mini Gun
Not pictured are a 59, 60 , 63 and, for the big days at Cloudbreak: 76, 80 and a 86 x 21 x 3
Source: Channel Islands
Author: Kelly Slater / Travis Lee
Tags: Tavarua, Quiver, Kelly Slater, Channel Islands Surfboards