A Channel Islands Surfboards cult classic. Extension and slightly tweaked version of the über popular Channel Islands Flyer model, the Channel Islands Flyer F is a team favourite.
The ‘F’ is for ‘flat’ as the Flyer F has a slightly reduced rocker versus the original flyer.
This is the Channel Islands Flyer F review for CompareSurfboards.com.
+ Keeps a lot of flow and speed during most conditions
+ Versatile performer with a great wave range
+ User friendly design: suitable for a variety of surfing ability levels
– Craig didn’t like riding the Flyer F as a quad…but he doesn’t like quads generally 🙂
The Channel Islands Flyer F at 5’9 x 19 1/2 x 2 5/16 at 27.8L’s of volume. Craig loves riding the Flyer F with the large Futures AM2 template. See the bottom of this page for full standard dimensions and volumes.
Best Wave Type
It’s a versatile beast. Ride the Flyer F from mushy, average beach break conditions to better, more solid waves (up to 2x overhead)
- ‘F’ is for flat: the Flyer F has a slightly lower rocker versus the original Flyer
- Single concave through the front to a double through the fins
- Excels in small to medium surf but still rides and responds like a conventional shortboard in larger conditions
- As of 2012 this model is CUSTOM ONLY
- Quite full rails; the outline is fairly generous
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Hey, my name is Craig and today I’m doing a review on the Al Merrick Flyer F. So, this is my Flyer F. It is 5’9 x 19 1/2 x 2 5/16ths, and it comes in just under 28 liters at 27.8, but it definitely feels like a bit more than 27.8. It’s really quite full on the rail, especially under the chest here, and it doesn’t thin out too much through the tail, thins out a bit through the nose. The outline is fairly generous. There’s a fair bit of volume throughout the board.
Experience in the Surf
This board, I’ve kind of ridden in all conditions. I’d say it’s good, even when the surf gets up 5-6 feet (up to double overhead), like decent kind of waves, and it’s even good when you’re surfing pretty average, junky kind of beach break conditions before you maybe get on your little kind of grovel board. But it still handles those conditions. It’s a pretty fun all-around board.
I’ve been riding the Channel Islands Flyer F as a thruster with Futures Al Merrick AM2s thrusters, which is a large Al Merrick fin from Futures. I’ve also got a quad set up in it, but I rode it as a quad and I didn’t really enjoy it. I’m not much of a quad person. The only boards I’ve liked as a quad have been the ones that have rear fins are set together a bit closer. I think Hayden (Cox of Haydenshapes) does it with a tighter fin. I’ve enjoyed them. But I just thought I’d get it to try it. You almost get two boards for your money with this thing.
The Flyer F has been a bit of a favorite with, I think, Al Merrick team riders and staff. It’s a bit of an underground model. It hasn’t been one of their hottest models and hasn’t been heavily advertised but a lot of people I know ride it. It’s a good board to go to; good across all conditions.
The Flyer F has a single concave through the front, comes to a double through the fin, keeps a lot of flow and a lot of speed during most conditions. I’d say the Flyer F is a board for almost anyone. I think it’s a good intermediate, beginner, advanced board. I think, just tailor to your size and whatever. It’s good in all conditions for almost everyone. Definitely enjoy the board. It hasn’t been my first Flyer F. I have had a few of them that’s been replaced, so it definitely stays in my quiver.
That’s my review of the Al Merrick Flyer F, and I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Thanks a lot.
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I have a flyer in 6' 19 1/4" 2 3/8" as a thruster with medium merrick template templates and it's the fastest board I've ever owned. The rails are really full so I have a lot to push off in smaller surf.
I wholeheartedly recommend this board, and be sure to order it at your same height, II'm 6' and mine fits my stance perfectly.
Great board for 3ft up. Lower rocker helps it paddle really well, but still responsive. The rails are really beefy (a 2 3/8" feels like a 2 1/2" in a daily driver surfboard) so it's pretty stable.
Since it's only custom, I'd order it at your same height, keep the width close to the stock dims ( https://www.cisurfboards.com/surfboards/legacy-lineup/the-flyer/) and adjust the thickness for your weight.
Best board in my quiver, get one you won't regret it!