On the water, our testers reported a very smooth and extremely stable ride. The Slayer takes very little power to ride and get upwind on. We thought the wide outline would make it a challenge to control without straps, but in fact the Slayer is a very mellow and manageable board. It’s so stable that we feel it would make a good board for riders who want to learn basic strapless skills.
The light wind ability of the Slayer is much better than a typical surfboard. The low end isn’t as good as a board like the Airush Sector and it isn’t as fast, but it also feels much more playful. Strapless jumps are easier than average with the Slayer as the wide outline catches a lot of wind and helps hold the board to your feet in the air.
Airush intends this board to be used in flat water, but we took it into the surf anyway and found that it’s actually really fun in small surf and underpowered conditions. However once waves get over about knee high the width makes the Slayer a bit of a challenge to ride.
Overall out testers feel the Slayer makes a great light wind board for underpowered days. It’s stable and easy to ride while still delivering a playful feel that will satisfy riders who want a directional light wind board for more than just cruising back and forth.
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