Slingshot Celeritas Review by Toby Diggens
Slingshot have stayed consistent from 2013 to 2014 with this year’s Celeritas. The round tail has remained and the flatter more user friendly rocker and outline have stayed similar.
There is no doubt that this board is a good shape and when testing it in some decent waves for a few days it became evident that the board will suit a great deal of riders, it was great through turns and off the bottom. The round tail offers great hold in better more hollow waves and the wider front outline (when compared to a more high performance shape) still allowed for speed generation down the line if the face of the wave started to flatten out.
As with all production kitesurf boards, it was stiff and did not feel super lively under foot. This is traded off by the fact that the board will stay solid and resistant to dings for a far longer time than a higher performance, lighter construction. For those riders who buy the Celeritas in order to ride strapped then this is a major advantage.
As with last year, the larger sizes are wide and if you are buying this board for good waves then the 5’8 would be my choice for everyone under 210lbs as you can still drive upwind well when powered and use that wider outline to offset the need for length. The 5’6 would suit riders from 175lbs and down.
For a lightwind board, the 5’11 is great and would offer the directional surf rookie a great platform to perfect gybes, tacks and all else that goes into learning the discipline.
For the taller rider, the front pad was a little far back and you will have to add traction or wax in front of this pad to give yourself scope and peace of mind that you will not be slipping off when your front foot goes forward to head back to the point and take on the waves again!
A great board with huge range and worth every penny if you want a proper all round surf vehicle in your quiver!
REAL Pro Tip: If you are trying strapless airs on this board then wax right the way up to the nose so that if you land forward on the deck after a reverse or big punt you will not slip!
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