Reviews

by -
Channel Islands DFR Surfboard Review

Dane Fucking Reynolds. That’s what you think when you watch him surf, and that’s what this board is named (although acronym’d to avoid complaints).

Everybody wants to surf like Dane (or at least everyone used to, he’s been falling off the radar recently), so the DFR is extremely popular.

Lots of rocker on the DFR makes it extremely maneuverable. This is a performance shortboard.

Watch Dane do what he does best, in cold heavy beachbreaks:

The tail rocker really helps with tight quick maneuvers, as well as landing airs. It can provide a bit of “cushion” as you land, and helps you rotate around in the wave.

Surfers who like loose surfboards with flow in the pocket, generally will like this kind of tail rocker.
Surfers who like really drivey surfboards, who don’t like surfing so much in the pocket, and aren’t as interested in release in the lip, might be less interested in this extreme of a tail rocker.

When compared to the Fred Rubble, both boards are surfed at roughly the same length. But the DFR has a bit more volume in the rails, and it has a thinner tail. The Fred Rubble has a bit thinner of a rail, and a wider tail. The Rubble also has less rocker, which probably makes it better for driving down the line instead of surfing in the pocket.

Single concave throughout the board. Pinched in nose. You better be a pretty good surfer, surfing pretty good waves if you’re buying this board. Got what it takes?

by -
Firewire Tomo Vanguard Surfboard Review

The Vanguard has been out for a couple years now, but it still blows my mind when I see it. It looks so much like a wakeboard!

There’s all sorts of technical reasons why it’s better than a standard shortboard, but there’s still just something weird about it. Even when pros surf it, it still doesn’t look right.

But hey, that’s just my opinion, right? Anyways, it’s probably smarter to care about how a board performs, rather than how it looks.

by -
Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper Surfboard Review

This shred stick is the handiwork of Yadin Nicol, and was ranked the #10 best selling surfboard of 2014.

I’m not quite sure why it’s called the Weirdo Ripper, because it’s really not that weird. Pretty standard small-wave shortboard.

Generous foam from rail to rail, and nose to tail. Great for mushier waves.

Check out the following clip to see it being surfed in all kinds of waves:

The swallow tail comes out like a normal swallow tail, but then kind of squashes off. This will help you grip the wave better.

The weirdest thing about the Weirdo Ripper is probably the wings on the tail, which give the board somewhat of a pivot point for turning. If the wings weren’t there, the board would be a bit more out of control because there would be more surface are on the water.

It’s another great all around shortboard, especially for the smaller/mushier waves.

by -
Lost Bean Bag Surfboard Review

When I bought my Couch Potato, I thought I was buying the best small wave “short” board.

Then a few days later, I saw the Bean Bag. I was kind of upset at first, but I got a good deal on my Couch Potato, so it’s all good. They are very similar boards anyways.

Bean Bag Features:

  • Extremely wide through the entire length of the board (wider back end than the Couch Potato)
  • Thick, full rails
  • Bottom V contour makes it easier to initiate turns on such a wide board
  • All this volume in a board that is shorter than your standard shortboard!
  • Super stable and easy to ride, even for beginning surfers.

The Bean Bag is best for waves that are more laid back and open-faced, not hollow barreling waves.

It’s a very fast board, so you might want to use stiffer, bigger fins if you have them.

Don’t want to strap a longboard to your roof to catch the small summer waves? Throw the Bean Bag in your trunk with the seats folded down. Plenty of volume for those tiny summer days.

If you’re looking for a “short” board to surf in sub-4-foot waves, I think the …Lost Bean Bag is your best bet!

by -
Fred Rubble Surfboard Review

The Fred Rubble (not to be confused with Barney Rubble sushi roll) is the Channel Islands surfboard designed by Connor Coffin.

Connor loves surfing point breaks, but that’s not all this board is good for! Even Kelly Slater started using the Fred Rubble as his go-to board.

by -
Channel Islands Average Joe Review

The Channel Islands Average Joe, as you may have guessed, is designed for the average Joe.

Most people aren’t advanced surfers, and can’t take advantage of some of the high-performance surfboard designs on the market.

In fact, those high performance boards can be much more difficult to ride if your skillset just isn’t at that level yet.

This is where the Average Joe comes in. Still a shortboard, but it’s wider and thicker than the average shortboard.

Win a Surf Poncho