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Following Release Of Shark Inspired Surfboard, Kelly Slater Drops Another

A v-bottom blade for the everyman.

elsewhere // Feb 6, 2024
Words by Holden Trnka
Reading Time: 2 minutes

“The S BOSS has been an ongoing process for a while now,” says 11x World Champ Kelly Slater. “From the beginning my vision was to incorporate a really aggressive v-bottom throughout the entire hull of a performance board, and we took our time getting it right.”

Just ten weeks since Kelly and Mike Woo released their apex predator inspired twin fin, the 11x World Champ has collaborated with his longtime partner Dan Mann to create what they’ve dubbed the ‘S-Boss’

Dan Mann, if you recall, is the famously ambidextrous San Diego design guru who made a board for Slater in 2015 — which sat in Kelly’s garage for two years until eventually being realized as magic.

Now, he’s a staple in Firewires rolodex of shapers, and stands as the creator behind Kelly’s trademark FRK model.

“The S Boss is the most user-friendly pure performance shortboard I’ve ever worked on,” said Mann, regarding his new creation. “All of Kelly’s performance intentions were incorporated into the design at the beginning of the process. As we moved forward, I built them on top of the rocker and fin configuration from the Dominator II, a shortboard that has been considered the easiest-to-surf shortboard in Firewire’s line.”

“While riding the S BOSS, I’ve done the best airs I’m capable of,” stated team rider Kevin Schulz. “But I can also recommend the S BOSS to my friends. I have a lot of friends who I can finally share my everyday shortboard with. Everyone has fun on it. It’s not like a hyper, rockered-out shortboard. The S BOSS is for everyone. But it’s also what’s advancing my surfing.”

You can order one here.

The S-Boss holding the S-Boss.


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