“Hi ben, can you tell me the difference between the Channel Islands Average Joe and the Lost RV? Thanks”
A showdown between two popular grovelers, the Channel Islands Average Joe and Lost RV surfboard. Both catch the tiniest of the tiny but, while the Average Joe is fun and cruisy I find the Lost RV is more performance oriented.
Hey, this is Ben and welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! I hope you’re doing well. You can check us out on Instagram @BennysBoardroom if you haven’t already. We put some cool stuff up there other than reviews like the waves we are surfing and other cool stuff to help you expand your ocean existence. This is your questions answered, where I take a question from our Board Question Forum, at comparesurfboards.com – you can see it in the menu bar – and I answer it on-screen.
This comes from Julie and it’s one that I get asked an awful lot so I thought I’d share it with you because I think there are a lot of people who will benefit from this. The question is about the Channel Islands Average Joe [See the Full Review…] and the Lost RV surfboard [See the Full Review…]. These are two short, wide, fat groveler outlines for those tiny, tiny weak days when you’re pretty much stuck surfing a longboard or one of these really wide, fat, thick boards and they are two of the most popular grovelers out there. I get asked more questions about the Lost RV surfboard and the Channel Islands Average Joe than any other grovelers.
When I compare these two boards, the very simple answer is that the Average Joe to me is a fun, cruisy option. It would suit a beginner but that narrower, pulled in hip tail – the signature Al Merrick hip tail – also allows you to turn the board well; better than a lot of other grovelers. It’s a lively little option but it’s fun and it’s cruisy and easy to ride and just have fun with.
The Lost RV, I think, is more performance oriented. It’s got a little bit more lift in the rocker in the nose and it has that double bump at the back that pulls the tail in a little bit. Overall, I just felt like I could surf this board in slightly bigger, better waves than I could the Average Joe.
Again, they’re both grovelers, so they’re both intended for those tiny weak days and both of them grovel really well. [00:02:00] They catch anything and generate speed easily but the Lost RV, I felt, was a little bit more performance oriented and had a better wave range. I could ride it in slightly bigger waves.
That is my answer to your question Juli. Thank you very much for your question. Thanks so much for your support and for watching Benny’s Boardroom. Hit subscribe if you haven’t already, and I’ll speak to you again soon.
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