A wicked little small to medium size wave all rounder, I dig the shape of the DMS Slapper. Like a shrunken down step-up board, the tight pin tail holds in a hollow wave but the girth through the center helps to pack volume in a tight package. Overall, a really cool design.
+ A cool twist on the niche of boards suited for small, good waves
+ Setup your bottom turn well and you are off to the races…this DMS Slapper is F A S T
+ Plenty of paddle power but not bulky
+ Tight pin tail feels at home in a steep or hollow wave face
– I found the DMS Slapper didn’t like weak waves very much…it needs a bit of push and power to get going
The DMS Slapper surfboard at 6’0 x 20 3/4 x 2 5/8 @ 36.5L’s of volume. Standard DMS Slapper dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist high to just overhead. The DMS Slapper likes a cleaner, more lined up face
- Cool, squashed down step-up outline
- A touch of rocker at the tip and tail, flat through the center
- 5-fin setup
- Medium rails for stability
- Foil concentrates volume under the chest for easy paddling but doesn’t feel bulky
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This little elliptical nugget of a board is an awesome little shape by Dan MacDonald of DMS Surfboards from the Gold Coast in Australia. This DMS Slapper is a cool take I think on a versatile small to medium size wave board; something that you can surf in a lot of different conditions from waist to shoulder high, flat face beach breaks all the way up to something that is a little more hollow and critical.
To achieve that combination in the design, you can see it’s almost like DMS have taken a longer, almost Indo style [ 00:00:45] board and squashed it down. The DMS Slapper has this really tight rounded pin tail at the back and it loses a lot of bulk through the back of the tail here but it also has kind of nice kick of rocker in the nose as well.
The outline, that wide outline will help you to get up and get going and generating speed but if you look at the rocker and the tip and tail combination, it will also again allow you to surf the DMS Slapper in more critical, more powerful, more hollow waves. Again, kind of a gradual rocker through the nose, going through a flatter section through the center of the board and then a gradual kind of kick in the tail.
That rocker fits nicely into a steeper face. I have surfed the Slapper in steeper waves and it’s gone really, really well. I made some steep drops with it and as soon as you make the drop, this thing is off to the races. Again, it’s got this cool wider outline, which is quite elliptical going back into this pulled tip and tail. That allows the board hold a lot of volume with a smaller package. This is only a six foot long board and yet it has plenty of volume for me to get up and get going in smaller surf.
The bottom contour is quite [00:02:00] a standard single concave running through the nose and that comes out to a double and then a vee off the tail. A great, versatile all rounder surfboard for small to medium size waves but again it gives you a little bit of range and will allow you to surf it in steeper conditions all the way down to kind of your average beach break waves.
That is the DMS Slapper review. If you have had a go on the Slapper, please let me know what you think. I think it’s a really cool, different design and enjoyed riding this in small to medium size waves. Thank you very much watching Benny’s Boardroom and I hope you have a wonderful day.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard DMS Slapper volumes and dimensions from the DMS website:
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