The 2013 Slingshot Celeritas is an all around kitesurf board that designed for 1ft mush or flat-water through to thumping head high surf.
The new Celeritas offers 2 different constructions to choose from: EPX and WVX. Check out the WVX version of this board. Other new additions to the 2013 Celeritas include a “thumb” tail and a little more rocker than the proven original template. This allows riders to be able to cruise through mushy waves AND maintain control in larger surf. You can ride this board strapped or strapless.
CELERITAS EPX SPECS:
• 5’6” x 18 ½” x 2 ¼”.
• 5’8” x 18 ½” x 2 ¼”.
• 5’11” x 20 ½” x 2 ½”.
• EPX Construction (EPS + Fluid X)
• FCS fin boxes / Tri fin setup. EPX comes stock with plastic fins.
• Pre-installed Eva surf pads and straps are included.
What we like:
This board feels really smooth underfoot and cruises through chop well which will make getting back upwind after catching a wave more comfortable. The EPX construction makes this board one of the lighter production kitesurf boards available and slingshot have also reverted to a regular strap insert system which you can hardly notice if you choose to ride the board without straps. The pads feel grippy and cover enough of the board that your feet won’t slide off if you choose to get critical!
What we don’t like:
The EPX Celeritas comes stock with plastic fins which feel a little flimsy when you are riding – we highly recommend a fin upgrade with this board to improve overall performance (view the full range of fcs fin upgrades) . The new EPX construction does provide a more price-friendly option however riders looking for maximum performance should consider the WVX version of the Celeritas.
Why you want the Celeritas EPX:
This board is a tremendous option that can be used in a huge range of conditions. Great construction, a decent shape and a friendly price are all reasons to add this board to your quiver. Intermediate and advanced riders will appreciate the smooth ride and the performance in medium to good waves.
I really enjoyed riding this board and think it deserves a spot in many people's quivers. The only downsides are the pre-installed front pad and sub-par plastic fins.
REALpro Tip: Don't be afraid to wax the whole deck of the board (even in front of the front pad). You never know when your foot may slip off the pad and you will be thankful to have a little extra traction.
by Pete H. on October 11, 2013
I have ridden this board a lot and the construction is reasonably light weight for a kite surf board. Could do with some decent fins but overall its a great shape and fun board.
by Mike on July 14, 2013
You need to be well over 200lbs to ride this board. It is way thicker than 2.5" stated. I sent it back. Matt was helpful. Mabe the smaller sizes are better. Not happy with SS on this one.
Works really well behind a kite
by Stellato - REAL Lesson Center on November 5, 2012
This board feels great behind a kite and is the first kite-brand board I've preferred kiting in waves over my boards from traditional surf brands. Goes upwind easily and stays on plane with little effort.
The board has a litte extra weight with the glass schedule and footstrap inserts, and has a pretty flat bottom (no real concaves or vee etc). Not the best choice for paddle surfing but the magic happens when it gets windy. The extra weight in the board feels much better when powered and riding through chop etc, The rail tuning and fin placement make the board scream upwind easily.
A little stiff in carving turns but once you find the pivot point in the board it's easy to bust the fins loose and really turn critically on a wave. Board is durable and built to take abuse and airs.
One thing I really disliked about the board is that it really wants to point downwind and run away from you when you're trying to recover the board and water start. It is difficult at first to get the board to catch rail under your front foot and set the board perpendicular to the wind for waterstarting. Will not be a problem after your first few sessions.