The TangentBy Kelly Slater
The Tangent is the board design that Kelly consistently relied on in 2008 to get the job done during his 9th world title run with wins in solid surf at Fiji, J-Bay, and Trestles. In 2009 he won the WCT in Brazil on this board. It consists of single concave and comes with the popular and versatile squash tail or Kelly’s preferred round pin tail. During the 2008 quest for a ninth world title, Kelly and Al basically went off on “a tangent” when it came to board design. They tried many formulas which involved one single constant, the rocker. They manipulated countless variables in design: vee bottoms, concaves, shrinking down the size and widening the board up, changing tail temps, fin angles, and fin clusters all depending on the wave to be surfed. During 2010, Kelly has been experimenting with vee bottoms on The Tangent and really liking the feel, went on to design the Semi-Pro in late 2010.
Ride this board 1″ to 3″ longer than you are tall.
“This is my work horse – it’s a very consistent all around board.” - Kelly Slater.
Intermediate to expert surfers in waist high to double overhead waves.
For best results ride this board with the Merrick template—look for the hexagons.
NOTICE as of 9/1/2013 Channel Islands is building and installing our own two-tab (FCS compatible) fin box that will come standard in all boards.
We will custom build with Fusion or X2 upon request (upcharges apply Jan 1 2014).
Stock Dimensions and Volumes
|5’11||UL/SO||18 1/8||2 3/16||23.6L|
|6’0||UL/SO||18 1/4||2 1/4||24.9L|
|6’1||UL/SO||18 3/8||2 5/16||26.1L|
|6’2||UL/SO||18 5/8||2 3/8||27.6L|
|6’3||UL/SO||18 7/8||2 3/8||28.5L|
|6’4||UL/SO||19 1/8||2 1/2||30.1L|
|6’5||UL/SO||19 1/4||2 9/16||31.4L|
|6’6||UL/SO||19 1/2||2 5/8||33.1L|
|6’8||UL/SO||19 7/8||2 3/4||35.3L|