Tomo

SKX - 5’7” X 18 3/8” X 2 ¼” - 24.7L

Tracks - - Contents - See footage of the Tomo SKX at tracks­mag.com

Shaper’s com­ments

Daniel “Tomo” Thom­son is a ded­i­cated, in­spired freesurfer and surf­board de­signer. At 33 he is al­ready be­ing touted as a de­sign guru with the ar­rival of his ul­tra-mod­ern per­for­mance-plan­ning con­cepts. The SKX is Stu­art Kennedy’s go to all-around short­board for the 2017 sea­son. The SKX fea­tures a com­pact out­line with an even vol­ume dis­tri­bu­tion and rocker, that lean to­wards the lower end of the gen­eral wave spec­trum. Com­bined with the Trade­mark Tomo (QISC) ‘Quad-In­side-Sin­gle-Con­cave’ bot­tom con­tours, the SKX has instant ‘get up and go’ and in­cred­i­ble re­spon­sive­ness that com­pli­ments a dy­namic wave at­tack.

First Im­pres­sions

The Tomo looks like it has a whole bunch of tech­nol­ogy go­ing on. There’s this crazy con­cave that I don’t even know how to ex­plain. De­spite that it’s a pretty nor­mal out­line though, it’s nice and light and has a lit­tle bit of nose rocker. But those chan­nels def­i­nitely have some­thing in­ter­est­ing go­ing on there. This could be a re­ally good air board.

Tester’s com­ments

The Tomo looked like a pretty stan­dard high per­for­mance out­line with a squash-tail, but then there are a whole bunch of fu­tur­is­tic mods on it. It’s got a sin­gle chan­nel run­ning up the board and in the mid­dle of that there’s a deep, dou­ble con­cave. I rode it in peaky 2-3-foot beach breaks and the board felt su­per drivey. It’s got a lot of squirt out of turns, which could be as­so­ci­ated with the car­bon-fi­bre strip in the cen­tre of the board. As a board that’s been de­signed in con­junc­tion with Stu Kennedy I dare say it would have been tested at Len­nox Head, which, is quite a long point break. I no­ticed when I was surf­ing it, I would get one or two turns in and all I wanted to do was link up a cou­ple more, so I think this board would be per­fect at a point break. It was still fun in beachies, but I think it would re­ally go off in those types of waves.

Tak­ing the tech-heavy SKX for a spin, lit­er­ally.

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