Dane Reynolds latest model by Channel Islands is an über fast, fun, versatile small to medium size wave all rounder but will easily handle big, hollow waves, too! This is the Channel Islands #4 Review.
+ Paddles easily, extra fast yet nimble in a variety of conditions
+ Double wing and rounded square tail combo is a winner on steeper wave faces and in hard turns
+ Versatile performer: excelled from shoulder high onshore mush to lined up, hollow, well overhead beach breaks
– I haven’t found any yet! Have you? Let me know in the comments
The Channel Islands #4 at 6’2 x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4 @ 38.6 CL’s (‘Groveler’ Dimensions) with the Futures Rasta Quads. See the full Channel Islands #4 model dimensions and volumes at the bottom of this page.
Anything from shoulder high to a few feet overhead…hollow, flat, mushy…the ‘#4’ loves almost everything.
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Hey, this is Ben and Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I am excited to talk to you today about this little weapon of a board. I haven’t been this excited about a board since the …Lost Rocket, which if you read the blog you know it’s my all time favourite board to ride in anything from smaller but not grovelly waves all the way up to overhead, hollow beach breaks. Pretty much anything that I threw at the Rocket, it would handle. So far that is how I feel about the number four, which is the latest model by Channel Islands in America. It’s the new Dane Reynolds model.
I think a couple of things help this board to excel in a lot of different types of waves. It’s wide point is right in the centre and it’s got a wide outline in general but it pulls in at the nose and it also has this double bump in the tail, which takes that width and pulls it in quite quickly into this nice, rounded square at the back.
Now, the first time I surfed this, it was waist to shoulder high and a little bit onshore and a little bit sectiony. Not generally very good conditions and the first wave I took off on…I stacked it horribly, actually, but the second wave I took off on, I set my line and I literally flew down the line. Nice, flowy, maneuverable but not too loose. I then I took the 4 out in bigger, over head, more powerful beach break surf and I took off on my back hand and again, got to my feet and the thing just took off – it accelerate so quickly. It was the perfect balance and speed and maneuverability. I am really, really enjoying surfing the Channel Islands 4 model so far.
So, you’ve got the wide outline. You’ve got a small bit of rocker in the nose and in the tail, so you can see the rocker kinda pulls up in the nose here, is relatively flat in the centre and then a nice kick in the tail, which is good for a variety of waves. There is quite a bit of volume running throughout the middle, so you can easily paddle on to waves and it easily generates speed. I ride the ‘Groveller’ dimensions and the rails carry a bit of foam from the centre to the rail and it’s a medium rail. Whereas the ‘Utility’ dimensions are a little bit more refined. The Channel Islands 4 has a standard, single to double concave, running through the back. Other than that double wing to rounded square tail, it’s a fairly standard, wider, shorter, fatter, all rounder shortboard but really fantastic and fun and fast and I am so excited to surf this board, again.
If you’ve had a go on the Channel Islands Four model, I would love to hear what you have to say about it in the comments and thank you so much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
From Channel Islands 4 dimensions and volume from the Channel Islands website:
|5’4||18 1/2||2 3/16||23.2L|
|5’5||18 3/4||2 1/4||24.5L|
|5’7||19 1/4||2 3/8||27.4L|
|5’8||19 1/2||2 7/16||28.9L|
|5’9||19 3/4||2 1/2||30.5L|
|5’11||20 3/8||2 5/8||33.9L|
|6’0||20 5/8||2 5/8||34.9L|
|6’2||21 1/4||2 3/4||38.6L|
|5’6||18 1/4||2 3/16||23.6L|
|5’7||18 1/2||2 1/4||25L|
|5’8||18 3/4||2 5/16||26.4L|
|5’10||19 1/4||2 7/16||29.4L|
|5’11||19 1/2||2 1/2||30.9L|
|6’0||19 3/4||2 9/16||32.7L|
|6’2||20 3/8||2 5/8||35.4L|
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The board is awesome once you are in the pocket. Getting into the wave may be an issue as the large amount of rocker for a growler makes the board not paddle as well as a grovler with less rocker. The board I road was 6’ and 33L and my 5’8” white diamond 2 paddles easier into waves with only 30L of foam
I have ridden the Utility 4 and find it to be an excellent board. One of the best AL Merrick boards I have ridden. In fact I'm riding it too much. The forward volume is best suited for a front foot surfer. If you rely on your back foot more then go the New Flyer. I have ridden the NF but found the 4 to be better for all round beachbreak surfing. See you in the water.?
CI #4 short board is one of the best board I've ridden. Paddled like a champ & had incredible drive. Went rail to rail. There was a good combo swell here in Oceanside, CA with awesome offshore Santa Ana conditions. 3-5 ft occ. 6ft. The board handled it like a champ. Rode it as a quad. I've tried a lot of CI models and this one is the best. I'm 39 years old, 205 lbs (fit, solid built). 10 years surfing experience. Great board!!!
I weigh 90kg and was born in 62!! so most 'off the rack' boards don't suit me. Reluctantly a mate gave me his 6'1 #4 groveller to test out over march. At first sight I was hardly impressed, what an ugly duckling- 21 wide, 23/4 !?.......and I love my rounded pins and swallow tales and hadn't ridden a rounded square in 20 years. so how did it go? I was stunned at how much fun a 2ft wave can be- pic says it all!!