Reviews

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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.

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Firewire Cornice Review

Some might say the Firewire Cornice was inspired by Paul Fisher’s “dick board”…

Paul Fisher's dick surfboard
Paul Fisher’s dick surfboard

But the name Cornice lends itself to snowboarding, which is more likely the source of inspiration for this board.

Firewire worked with a company from Spain that designs wind turbine blades. They played around with their software to work on the hydrodynamic performance of different surfboard shapes.

After a few revisions and tweaks, Firewire had a design they were happy with.

The sidecuts cut into the middle of the Cornice by about 3/8″ on each side.

The front of the board is only about 17 inches wide, which is about 3 inches narrower than boards of similar volume!

The widest point of the Cornice is the back of the board, beneath your back foot. Unheard of, right!?

Features

  • Down rail
  • Very narrow outline
  • Easy to rock side to side with subtle movements
  • Low tail rocker for speed and down-the-line flow

This is probably not a good board for beginners, because of how narrow it is. Any slight lean in your body, or foot adjustment, could be enough to tip the board and dig a rail.

However, if you are an intermediate-advanced surfer, the Cornice could be really fun! It’s very sensitive to shifting your weight, so you will feel like you’re always on rail.

It looks pretty whacky, but I would love to try one out and see how it feels. Actually I would love to see Kelly ride this board, and see what he can do on it. Kelly, are you reading this?

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Youtube surfboard reviews

Shred Show – The Internet’s Most Stoked Surfboard Show

This is hands down the #1 surfboard show/channel on Youtube.

It’s not a surfing channel, but a surfboard channel.

Ever wondered how a specific surfboard works? Chris Grow from Shred Show will explain it all in great detail and enthusiasm.

There’s not that many channels dedicated to surfboards anyways, but Chris blows them all out of the water.

He’s reviewed about 25 boards so far, and each episode is usually 5-10 minutes. You can request which surfboard he should review next, just leave a Youtube comment. Great way to learn about that new board you’ve been eye-ing up.

Even if you can’t understand everything he is talking about, you’ll love how worked up he gets over each board!

The only downside is the lack of consistency – sometimes we have to wait a month or two for another video. But hey, you can’t expect consistency from a surfer, right!? 😉

He’s also working on some new ideas for the show, like “Shred Talks” where he interviews shapers:

These are Shred Show’s two most popular videos:

Channel Islands Average Joe Review

Firewire Timbertek Baked Potato Review

So if you like learning about surfboards head over to Youtube and subscribe to Shred Show. Then you won’t be so confused the next time you are shopping for a new board!

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Lost Couch Potato Review

$100 for a foam longboard (Wavestorm) from Costco is a great deal.

I even snapped mine in half, and they replaced it for free.

The Wavestorm can make even the smallest summer days fun to surf. But there’s just not much you can do on it. Some floaters maybe, but that’s about it. At least for me.

I started wondering if it was possible to make a surfboard that was the same volume as a Wavestorm, but only around 6′ long. I did some research, and apparently Wavestorms have about 80 liters of volume.

The biggest Couch Potato is 45 liters, but I actually couldn’t find a shop that carried that size. I saw a 5’10” (40.8 liters) on sale at RealWaterSports.com (maybe because …Lost just came out with the Bean Bag?). Normal price $710, sale price $500.

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O'Neill Psycho III Review

When I bought my first O’Neill Psycho III wetsuit in the fall of 2013, I was stoked.
In the past I had some issues with cheaper wetsuits… the necks would “rot” from my sunscreen or whatever reason, or something else on the suit would fall apart.

But now I could finally afford a top-of-the-line wetsuit.

After plopping down $500 or so at the surf shop, I was in heaven.

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