Designed for Jordy Smith’s power brand of surfing, Channel Islands Bunny Chow is a versatile, high performance shortboard that will tear through powerful, punchy groundswells as well as poor quality, mushy beach breaks. Experience acceleration and maneuverability in average to good conditions with the Channel Islands Bunny Chow now!
+ Designed for surfers with styles characterized by power
+ Intended for poor to fair waves, which is what I surfed most of the time, but also performs just fine in better quality waves. My first surf on the Bunny Chow was in solid overhead beach break conditions at a 16 second period groundswell
+ Feels lively, accelerates quickly. Did not have trouble getting speed with this board!
– Has fuller rails with a lot of foam carried out to the rails. I heard feedback from other surfers that this made the board feel bulky but I didn’t have a problem with it
The Channel Islands Bunny Chow surfboard at 6’4 x 19 3/4 x 2 5/8 at 36.1L’s of volume. I surfed the Futures Fins Matt Biolos MB2 thruster fins with the Bunny Chow. A larger fin with no foil, this setup worked really well in this board in bigger surf. Standard Channel Islands Bunny Chow dimensions and volume at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Chest high to a few feet overhead (surfed my CI Bunny Chow to double overhead), beach, reef, point breaks. Poor to fair, average conditions but it will handle powerful, punchy groundswells, too
- Staged rocker – flat through the center with slight rocker in the nose and more kick off the tail
- Tail lift with a slightly wider tail shape pulled in to a slightly narrower swallowtail which helps turn the board hard
- Carbon strip at the bottom to concentrate the turns and the flex back on the tail of the board
- Slightly fuller, wider shortboard outline for the larger, power surfers
- Full rails to provide maximum volume
- Tri-fin set up
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Hello, welcome to Benny’s Boardroom! Hope you’re doing well. This the Bunny Chow by Al Merrick and the good people at Channel Islands. This is their latest high-performance shortboard. It is Jordy Smith’s signature model.
I was very excited that this board was coming out because Jordy is a bigger guy, especially on tour. He towers over a lot of the other guys that are on tour. He can do anything on a surfboard, but his surfing style is characterized by the power that he puts into turns and maneuvers. This board is designed for his kind of style.
I’m definitely more of a power surfer. I don’t surf with a lot of finesse. I don’t do anything with a lot of finesse! I was curious to try this Al Merrick Bunny Chow because it’s designed for a slightly larger surfer and also a power surfer. I enjoyed surfing this board. This board is intended for poor to fair waves. I think, in the grand scheme of things, they’re talking about poor to fair waves in the context of a competitive surfer who gets to surf a lot great waves all the time.
For me, this board really worked well in the conditions that I surf most of the time, which are average. I had some days where I surfed this in bigger, better, more punchy, powerful groundswells. Actually, the first time I took this board out was in a nice, solid groundswell, which is quite rare for where I live. Most of the time, I’m surfing this in waves that weren’t perfectly lined up and perfectly hollow and perfect. I really enjoyed this board.
I think it’s designed for those more average days. There are some elements that help you in that context. It has slightly fuller rails. You can see the deck is more flattish and domed. A lot of the foam carries out to the rail and you have these fuller rails that aren’t as catchy. They won’t catch when it’s a little bit more mushy, when the wave face isn’t as clean.
The rocker is what Channel Islands calls a staged rocker, which is geared for Jordy Smith’s kind of power surfing. You can see that. There’s a little bit of rocker in the nose. It’s a little bit flatter through the center here, then there’s a little bit more kick off the tail. That tail lift as well as the tail shape, which is a slightly wider tail for a high-performance board but it’s a slightly narrower pulled in swallow tail. That tail combination helps you to turn the board very, very hard. I think that harnesses the power of Jordy Smith’s surfing.
It has this carbon strip which you see on a lot of boards these days. The purpose of this is to concentrate a lot of the turn and the flex back on the tail of the board. When you’re turning it, you’re not getting as much flex all the way through the curve of the board but you’re getting more on the tail. Overall, a slightly fuller, wider shortboard outline that’s intended for either a slightly larger surfer or a more powerful surfer.
I’ve been surfing with these Matt Biolos MB2 Futures Fins. These have no foil and they’re a larger fin. These worked well for me in this board. I’ve actually been surfing these fins in a lot of boards like this when I’m surfing in slightly bigger, better waves. Now I surfed this board when it was a little bit smaller. I only surfed it down to probably the smallest I surfed it was maybe chest-to-head high. When I took off on a wave, I could feel the acceleration, that flattish rocker running through the center and a wider, more foam distributed outline makes this a very good paddler.
Yet, it felt really lively. It would pick up. It would accelerate quite quickly. Again, I didn’t have trouble getting speed. I didn’t surf it any smaller than that. Then when I got up and surfed it in those bigger, more powerful waves, that groundswell that I spoke about earlier, it think it handled those bigger, better waves with ease.
This is not intended to be a board that you take necessarily to Indonesia, surf good waves like that but I actually would take this board to Indonesia. I think it would easily handle those types of waves. Really, this is intended for more average conditions that most of us surf most of the time.
That is the Channel Islands Bunny Chow, Jordy Smith’s signature model. If you’ve had a go on the Bunny Chow or you’re curious about it, please give it a try. I think you’ll enjoy it. I think it’s a great little board. That is the Bunny Chow Review at Benny’s Boardroom. Thank you so much for watching. Again, hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. I will speak to you again soon.
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Went with the bunny chow at 6'2. I'm 6'1 200lbs. Arrived the other day and just got in the water today. Waves started waist high and mushy but built to chest high and clean throughout the day. The board rips. Favors the bigger sets but can get some decent speed on the smaller waves too. Thanks for the info