A cool, unique good wave design by an interesting shaper, Nick Blair of Joistik Surfboards. The Nick Blair Surfboards Slipper is silky smooth as it flows down the line on a small, clean swell.
+ Super flat and fast
+ All business up front with a really unique backend. That tail may look a little bit strange (or cool) but it works. This thing turns hard!
+ The Slipper gets lively but also loves to prrr down the line; flowing top to bottom effortlessly on small, clean waves
– I found the Slipper better in sub-head high surf. I struggled to get it around without sliding out on bottom turns in bigger, more powerful waves
The Joistik Surfboards Slipper by Nick Blair at 6’1 x 21 x 2 3/4 at ~36.25L’s of volume (custom dims). Full standard Nick Blair (Joistik) Slipper surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Waist to head high, peaky or flat faced waves. Slipper likes cleaner, more lined up waves.
(it’s hard to compare the Slipper directly with anything…)
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Hello, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Welcome back. My name is Ben and I buy, ride and review lots and lots of surfboards because I love surfboards and surfing. This is the Nick Blair Slipper. Nick Blair’s a really lovely, interesting guy. I met him originally because I had [00:00:30] reviewed another one of his boards, the Cab Sav, which is in my opinion, one of the best performance-oriented groveller, or tiny weak wave surfboards around. Anyways, I went and I had a chat with him and talked through some of the boards that he had. He’s got a really interesting take on boards and he does things a little bit different. The shape of the Cab Sav is a little bit different than a lot of the grovellers out there. It is really quite unique.
This surfboard, the Slipper, I also really like the look of because it really is a different design. If you look at this thing, if you forget about the back half of the board [00:01:00] for a second, you look up front; this is just a performance shortboard-esque design; all business up front. Then you come back from the nose and it’s got this wider outline through the center – a good, smaller, fatter, wider, design for smaller waist-high to head high-waves. Then it pulls back into this really, really tight, quite sharp pin tail at the back here (“reverse-hip pin tail”). You can see that this pin moves from the center bit, and there is almost a little double wing. You can see it wings here, [00:01:30] and then it wings here again. It goes into this really, really steep pin tail at the back. This board, I was very curious about; very curious to see how it rides.
The way the ride was described to me by Nick was pretty spot-on. This is one of those boards that you take off and – I don’t know if I would surf anything too hollow or critical with it, but for average waves that a lot of us surf – this is just a beautiful, flowy, down-the-line-type of ride on this Slipper by Nick Blair. [00:02:00] I did surf this board a couple of feet overhead; quite a solid day surfing my local beach break and I did find that that tail, at least combined with these fins – mind you, I have quad fins with quite small trailer fins at the back – would drift a little bit going down through bottom turns when it was a little bit bigger and a little more powerful. Again, in that waist high to, I’ll call it shoulder high to head high to just overhead beach [00:02:30] break conditions that a lot of us surf a lot of the time; this is a beautiful board to ride.
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That is the Slipper by Nick Blair of Joistik Surfboards. If you’ve had a go on the Slipper, I am really interested to hear you think of it. Again, it’s quite a different and unique design in a world where a lot of surfboard manufacturers are making very similar shapes. This is still a shorter, wider, fatter surfboard. It’s got a bit of volume but also a different tail shape and a different take on that style of surfboard [00:03:00]. That is the Nick Blair Slipper. Please let me know what you think of it and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Nick Blair (Joistik) Slipper surfboard standard dimensions and volume:
|5’4||19 1/4||2 3/16||22.9L|
|5’6||19 1/2||2 5/16||25.31L|
|5’8||19 3/4||2 3/8||27.33L|
|6’0||20 1/4||2 1/2||31.55L|
|6’2||21 1/2||2 5/8||34.52L|
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