A New Daniel “Tomo” Thomson Shape With Input From Shane and Jackson Dorian
If you keep up with the latest developments in surfboard design, then you have no doubt seen the Sci-Fi in action. Shaped by Daniel “Tomo” Thomson and released by Firewire/Slater Designs, the Sci-Fi is a funky, bat-tailed shortboard with Tomo’s signature “quad inside double concave” bottom contour that has been shredded by some of the world’s best surfers. The Sci-Fi first popped onto our radar when Stu Kennedy surfed it in the world tour event at Snapper Rocks a few years back. Stu was going so fast and ripping so hard on Tomo’s design that it made everyone else in the event look like they were surfing in slow motion, and it wasn’t long before the Sci-Fi became a bestseller.
Now we are excited to share with you that we have the Sci-Fi 2.0. Shane Dorian and his mini-grom Jackson have been working with Firewire to help refine the design, and they are raving about the board. In preparation for the release of the Sci-Fi 2.0, I got in touch with the guys at Firewire to learn as much as I could about the updated design.
The first thing they told me was that the board will have a lot of similarities with the original Sci-Fi. For instance, it will have the same rails and generally the same outline, with the only major difference being that the wide point has been moved a little farther forward to make the board looser and more responsive from rail to rail, and also provide a bit of extra volume for paddle speed and drive. The tail is pulled in so not quite as wide as the original Sci-Fi
Meanwhile, the bottom contours have been reinvented, and are actually the inverse of the original Sci-Fi. While the first iteration of the board had the “quad inside double concave” where the outside channels extended farther up the middle of the board, the Sci-Fi two still utilizes the “quad inside double concave,” but the middle two channels extend father up the board, rather than the outside ones. The tail also has a touch more rocker, providing more pocket control and a tighter turn radius in the pocket.