We like Dane Reynolds & we get excited when he comes out with new models. After a few ‘fun’ small wave models, Dane, CI and Al Merrick hit hard with the Channel Islands Peregrine. A brand new high performance shortboard…with a twist.
We always get excited when Dane Reynolds comes up with a new creation! This surfboard review is for the Channel Islands Surfboards Peregrine Review + Futures Fins AM2 thrusters. Unlike the stubbier boards Dane, Channel Islands and Al Merrick have released in the recent past, the Peregrine is a high performance shortboard with a twist…four channels through the belly of the board add an extra element of fun and excitement.
Despite the high performance outline, the fuller, Bunny Chow-esque rails carry foam to the rail and make the Channel Islands Peregrine surprisingly capable in smaller, more average conditions.
I hope you enjoy this surfboard review of the Channel Islands Surfboards Peregrine, Dane Reynolds and Al Merrick’s latest and greatest creation.
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+ Purpose built for fast, powerful surfing in good waves
+ Fuller, Bunny Chow-esque rails carry foam to the rail and make the Channel Islands Peregrine surprisingly capable in smaller, more average conditions
+ The unique channels make this board feel incredibly fast
– If you’re not paying attention, the channels of Channel Islands Peregrine tend to pull the board off in its own direction when you are in smaller surf or going slow
The Channel Islands Peregrine at 5’9 x 1/4 x 5 6/8 x 28.4 L’s. Craig stuck to his tried and true Futures Fins AM2 thruster fins in the Peregrine.
Standard Channel Islands Peregrine dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Channel Islands Peregrine comes into its own when the surf is punchy, powerful and hollow yet it grovels surprisingly well for a high performance shortboard. Ride it from chest high to well overhead.
- Four channels running through the belly compliment the design, which is geared for fast, powerful surfing
- Peregrine has a fairly low entry rocker, which accelerates gently through the tail
- Flatter deck with foam carried to the rail means this holds more volume than the outline suggests
- The Channel Islands Peregrine has a single concave that runs throughout the board to the four channels in the belly
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Hey, I’m Craig and today for Compare Surfboards I am doing a review of the Peregrine by Channel Island Surfboards. I’ve been riding the Peregrine at 5’9 x 1/4 x 5 6/8 x 28.4 L’s and this volume felt pretty good.
Experience in the Surf
I have been able to surf the Peregrine in a variety of conditions. I recently went up the coast and was able to surf some at the points, and break walls, and wedges – a good variety of wave types – that we have on the (NSW, Australia) North Coast and the board was great. Some of the waves had a lot of push and a lot of punch, and the board definitely excelled in those conditions but I was also very surprised when the wave weren’t that great – around waist high, junky, not great conditions – the board held it’s own in that grovelly stuff where you normally step down and get off your high performance shortboard.
Riding the Peregrine, I quite enjoyed it. Recently, I had the Bunny Chow by Channel Islands, and I tell you, the rail through the Peregrine, is very similar to the Bunny Chow. It’s a little bit thinner that I’d normally ride, which is close to the two and a half. This is two and five-sixteenths, and it’s hold its volume to the rail, which is very similar to the Bunny Chow but the outline is very different. I think it’s more of like a Fred Rubble [See the Channel Islands Fred Rubble surfboard review…], Rookie type outline, I don’t know what they’ve done, but they’ve done well with it. It’s a bullet that goes well in all conditions.
Recently, at one of our local beach breaks, we had a few punchy swells, around four or five foot (overhead to a few feet overhead), and there quite heavy shoreys and beach breaks that were really fun. You really noticed the water pulling through the board as the waves had a lot of punch and a lot of pull. The thing just takes off.
I’d definitely say it has to be one of the fastest boards I’ve ridden for quite some time.
I don’t know if it’s just the design, the concave, or the channels, but you get the waves that really stood up and were really backing up behind you and you would just get this pace, down the line, that’s unlike anything else I’ve felt before. It’s definitely different at first. It was quite interesting, but once you got used to it, it was pretty good.
Then again, the channels, which is probably the most unique feature about the board obviously, they don’t really deter you in any other areas of surfing. They kinda hold their own.
I thought with the channels, I’d probably have to pull down to a smaller fin, but I stayed with the fin that I normally ride, which is a AM2 by Futures Fins, which is a large, Al Merrick template. I thought the channels would have a lot of hold and because if that hold, you’d probably go to a smaller fin but I put these in first because they’re what I’m used to and they were completely fine. I stayed with them throughout the time.
With the Peregrine, I’ve been riding the AM2’s by Futures, the large, Al Merrick template with Future Fins. It’s gone really good. They have a nice rake for the fin and they’re quite a soft tip and they’re quite enjoyable. They went really well with that board, but other that than, and most of my boards, and it goes well.
Like I said, the Channel Islands Peregrine is the new Dane Reynolds model. Everyone loves Dane and gets pretty excited when he puts things out, and especially a new board. It’s like everything he puts out, it has a lot of hype around it.
I think the Peregrine is probably best left for the intermediate to advanced surfer. The thing goes fine if someone is, maybe, a beginner to intermediate, but I think to really enjoy the benefits of the board, which the unique part is the channels in the bottom, I think you’d want to more of an intermediate to advanced surfer, just to feel what they do and what they don’t do, and where they go well and where they don’t. That’s definitely the most unique feature about the board.
I think someone who can surf quite well and has a bit of experience would really enjoy the feeling of the channels through the board. I think there are only a few boards on the market at the moment with channels but it’s not a regular thing. I don’t think shapers like doing them and I don’t think glassers like doing them too much. Supposedly they are a bit of work.
Overall, about the Peregrine, the pros of the board is it good with a lot of punch and it also comes down when conditions aren’t that great and it holds its own. The fuller rail really helps in less than stellar conditions and it goes quite well.
The only con I’d have to say about the board, which is when I first rode it, when you are going quite slow, when you have the water going through the channels, when you’re going quite slow, it tends to kinda pull in its own direction, but that’s really when you’re not paying attention, not really on top of the board, but when you’re on it, and you pull it your own way, it’s fine. Yet, obviously, water is going to flow through those channels, and it you’re not careful, it’s going to go off in it’s own direction.
That is my review of the Peregrine by Channel Islands Surfboards. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching it. Have good day. Hopefully you can check one out!
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Channel Islands Peregrine Dimensions & Volumes available at the Channel Islands Surfboard website:
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