Category Archives: AL Merrick / Channel Islands

Fred Rubble

Fred Rubble Review

Model: Fred Rubble

Length: 5 ft 11

Width: 19

Thick: 2 5/16

Tail Shape: Round

Volume (litres): 27.2

Fins: FCS

Wave Size: 4-6 foot

Wave Type: Beach break

Overall Rating: 7/10

My Feedback:

This one's a little different to the other CI models I've ridden.  It has a lower entry rocker and wider outline. Its been a fun board for beach break waves waist high to a little overhead, and fits nicely in the quiver between a proper step-up and an every-day small wave performance ... Continue reading
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Al Merrick Sampler Review

Model: Sampler

Length: 5 ft 8

Width: 19 1/4

Thick: 2 3/8

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 28.2

Fins: FCS

Wave Size: 2-4 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating: ★★★★★

My Feedback:

The Al Merrick Sampler is a Dane Reynolds small wave step down board. The board has a quiet standard outline in relation to the nose and mid section, keeping volume throughout with a flat deck. This board has a pulled in hip beginning from just above the front fins which is quiet ... Continue reading
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Fred Stubble Review

Model: Fred Stubble

Length: 5 ft 8

Width: 20 1/8

Thick: 2 5/8

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 32.2

Fins: FCS

Wave Size: 2-4 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating: ★★★

My Feedback:

My Custom Stubble has a slightly wider outline with a concave in the bottom of the board. This board has went great in all conditions from sucky beach breaks to fat waves, also went great out on the reef.  This Stubble went great in small waves from 1-4ft, I took it out when the ... Continue reading
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Dumpster Diver Review

Model: Dumpster Diver

Length: 5 ft 8

Width: 19 3/4

Thick: 2 3/8

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 29.4

Fins: Futures

Wave Size: 2-4 foot

Wave Type: Beach break

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

This Channel Islands board is a Dane Reynolds model. This board is a groveler and a great performance board which can be surfed in anything from 1ft to up to 6ft in my opinion. The board has a wide outline with volume forward of centre. The rails are full and there is a fair amount ... Continue reading
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Neck Beard Review

Model: Neck Beard

Length: 5 ft 6

Width: 19 1/4

Thick: 2 1/4

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 26.5

Fins: FCS

Wave Size: 1-2 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

This board is a Channel Islands Dane Reynolds model. This board has medium to slightly full rails and has a wide point forward of centre. The main feature of this board is the very wide tail. This board is an excellent groveler due to the wide tail and forward wide point it makes ... Continue reading
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#4 Groveler Review

Model: #4 Groveler

Length: 5 ft 7

Width: 19 1/4

Thick: 2 3/8

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 27.4

Fins: Futures

Wave Size: 1-2 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

This board is a Channel Islands Dane Reynolds model. This board  has a wide outline as most grovelers do with the wide point of the board forward of centre. The rails are quiet full and the rocker is flat enough to excel as a groveler but also has enough tail lift and nose rocker ... Continue reading
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Girabbit Review

Model: Girabbit

Length: 5 ft 11

Width: 18 7/8

Thick: 2 3/8

Tail Shape: Round Square

Volume (litres): 27.8

Fins: FCS

Wave Size: 4-6 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

The Girabbit is a Jordy Smith model by Channel Islands. The board has full rails and a wide tail. There is a good amount of tail lift and nose rocker. This board allows you to put a lot of power into your turns and generate a lot of speed. The wider tail is more forgiving in this ... Continue reading
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Bunny Chow Review

Model: bUNNY cHOW

Length: 5 ft 10

Width: 18 7/8

Thick: 2 5/16

Tail Shape: Swallow

Volume (litres): 28

Fins: Futures

Wave Size: 2-4 foot

Wave Type: All wave types

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

The Channel Islands Bunny Chow is a Jordy Smith model and is probably the best crossover board I've ridden so far. This board performs in 1ft to 6ft quiet well. The Bunny Chow has full rails and quiet a thick tail and mid section. This wide point of the board is slightly lower than ... Continue reading
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Bunny Chow Review

Model: Bunny Chow

Length: 5 ft 10

Width: 18 7/8

Thick: 2 5/16

Tail Shape:

Volume (litres): 28

Fins:

Wave Size: 2-4 foot

Wave Type: Beach break

Overall Rating:

My Feedback:

I typically ride this board on rights (forehand) with EA futures.  Nice and quick off the bottom and responsive off the top.  Holds speed really well after each tun and into the next.  Not as fantastic on backhand - a little sticky off the top and not alot of drive through turns ... Continue reading