Looking to challenge your surfing? For the capable surfer, this cult classic, the Channel Islands MTF, which was originally designed and destined to become Rob Machado’s magic twin fin, could be your next favourite board.
It died, the MTF. Then Dane Reynolds chose to ride a slightly modified replica of the original Channel Islands MTF – dubbed the Channel Islands MTF Altered – at the 2009 France WCT, breathing life back into the design.
This board is purpose built to be fast and loose, with a very tight swallow tail and heaps of hidden forward volume. Great for more mushy, average surf.
This is the Channel Islands MTF review by Al Merrick.
- Fast and loose, this board will challenge the most capable surfers skill set (in a good way) in average conditions
- Purpose built to help intermediate to advanced surfers get the most out of mushy, more average conditions
- Tight, thin swallow tail with a deep vee underneath makes this board loose and
- This is a different ride for a different style of surfing…and not for entry level or beginner surfers
The Channel Islands MTF at 5’7 x 19 1/4 x 2 7/16 at approximately 27-28L’s, using the Futures AMT Al Merrick [Shop Futures Fins…] twin fins plus trailer. This is a specialty model, sorry, no standard dimensions are available for the CI MTF.
Best Wave Type
Junky, mushy small to medium size (waist high to just overhead) waves.
- Made for junkier conditions
- Tight, thin swallow tail
- Has a double concave that comes into a very hefty vee off the really thin tail
- Geared for intermediate to advanced surfers
- Lots of hidden volume forward, under chest
Hmmmm, any suggestions? It is a pretty unique and special flower…
My name is Craig, and today I’ll be doing a review of the Al Merrick MTF, for Compare Surfboards.
This is the Al Merrick MTF, not the MTF Altered. It is five seven and a half, nine and a quarter two and seven six eights, doesn’t have exact literage regarding volume. I think it comes in around twenty seven to twenty eight liters. They don’t have literage files for these cuts, I’m not sure why but they don’t. I got this copied off of, I was at a Channel Islands Surfboards shop (Onboard Store in Mona Vale, NSW), and they had one of Dane Reynold’s old boards on the wall, so I got it copied just a tad shorter as he is a bit taller than I am.
So this is the MTF, I think it originally came out, it was in a twin fin model by Rob Machado, and I think it was made famous a few years ago. Dane was riding one of Rob Machado’s old boards, the tail had been worn away from being repaired so much on the fly there that the flyer and been sanded away and they had brought out the MTF Altered; the is the original. It has a chimed rail, which was lost with the MTF altered.
The board is kind of, I think, more made for kind of junkier kind of conditions, it’s really flat. There is not a lot of rocker in the board. There’s a lot of volume and a really full rail and it holds a lot of volume through the center, and as you can see through the tow there it thins out quite dramatically. Also, on the bottom it has I think what would be a double concave that comes into a very hefty vee off the really thin tail. I ride it with the Futures AMT Al Merrick twin fin setup, with the stabilizer. I haven’t ridden it with anything else and people who I’ve seen ride the board, I haven’t seen them ride with with anything else either. I don’t think I could ride it without the stabilizer, I think it would be too loose just as a twin fin, because that tail is just really, really narrow.
The board is, I would say, one of the better boards I’ve ridden. It’s probably not for everyone though, probably more of an intermediate kind of advanced surfer board. It’s challenging to ride at times but I think it definitely improves your surfing.
Experience in the Water
I’ve surfed in a variety of waves, it’s pretty fun on your rip bowls and beach breaks and shoreys, where it’s a bit junkie and you’re connecting sections and doing turns and that. It’s really quick, it gets pace through floaters and what not and it picks up a lot of speed.
I was up the coast recently, I had it on a point break up the coast, and going down the line it is one of the fastest board I’ve ever ridden. The pace that it picked up going down the line was just incredible, but in saying that I also surfed it later that day on kind of a little kind of slabby little reef break, where you take off on a ledge and it was barrelling, and it just didn’t really go. It was too flat, you would get into them but then I think it would lose pace, there’s just no volume towards the back end of the board, and you just kind of wouldn’t come out of stuff. But for down the line waves, junky, shoreys, stuff like that it’s a lot of fun, also the tail it’s not like any other shape you’ve ridden.
“You will get a wave and do the turn of your life and the next wave you might do the worst turn you’ve ever done, definitely challenging.”
So that is the MTF by Al Merrick Channel Islands. Thanks for watching and I hope you’ve enjoyed the review.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
There are no standard dimensions for this specialty Channel Islands Surfboards model.
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