The Channel Islands Fred Stubble by Al Merrick promises to be a condensed version of the Fred Rubble – a board that was loved by the masses. I love my Fred Rubble and felt the Fred Stubble didn’t live up to expectations. This is the Channel Islands Fred Stubble review.
+ Once it gets going, the Fred Stubble’s ride is precise and lively
+ Paddles well
+ Hards turns, reos or floating across flat sections – this board will serve the advanced surfer well
– I surfed the Fred Stubble at waist high and I had to pump to get it going
– Unlike the Fred Rubble, which makes me feel like a better surfer, the Fred Stubble reminds me of how much I have to learn
The Channel Islands Fred Stubble surfboard by Al Merrick at 6’2 x 20 x 2 3/4 @ 36.1L’s of volume. Full standard Channel Islands Fred Stubble surfboard volumes and dimensions at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Intended for use in chest high or smaller waves (down to waist high)
- Versus the Fred Rubble (per Channel Islands website):
- Slightly wider in the nose and tail
- Less rocker in the nose and tail
- Single concave entry bottom contour, which leads to a large double concave to vee behind the fins
- Rounded square tail
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This is the Channel Island’s Fred Stubble, the latest shortboard by Al Merrick and Channel Islands. I was very, very excited, as I know a lot of people are, and were, to hear that Channel Islands were coming out with this board. The Fred Rubble surfboard was and is a great, great model. [00:00:30] I have so many friends who have bought that board and absolutely loved it. It’s got a great wave range; it just works in so many different conditions. It’s a really magical all-around shortboard. It works in big powerful reef breaks. I’ve surfed it in Indonesia as a step-up and I have surfed the Fred Rubble at my local beach break at shoulder high and flatter faced waves and it excels in so many different ways. My only gripe with the Freddy Rubble was that, in order to get the volume that I wanted, I had to ride a board that was bigger than I like to ride. [00:01:00]
When I saw the dimensions for the Fred Stubble, it appeared as though they had fixed that problem for me. My understanding from reading about the board on Channel Islands’ website is that this surfboard was going to be a shorter, more compact version of the Fred Rubble. But, I’ll be honest, I didn’t gel with this board at all. I’ve ridden the Fred Stubble quite a few times over the last few weeks and I ended up letting a friend of mine, Johnny V, ride it. He’s a much better surfer than I am and he has a Fred Rubble, and loves it. Because I thought maybe I was just having a bad string of surfs. I just couldn’t quite get the groove on the board. Johnny V felt the same way. [00:01:30] He thought that the board felt a little bit slow and a little bit stiff and I feel the same way. I just couldn’t quite gel with this Fred Stubble.
Now, expectations are an interesting thing, and I think my expectations were set very high because of the Fred Rubble, and because I assumed that this board was going to be simply a shortened version of that for smaller waves. Anyway, that is my experience and I’m not an expert, I’m just an average surfer. That was my experience but I’d love to hear what other surfers think. So please leave your comments.
I’ll talk you through [00:02:00] the more resonating changes with this board versus the Fred Rubble. Channel Islands have widened the tail slightly and they’ve widened the nose slightly. At the same time, Channel Islands have reduced the rocker in the tip and tail. The rocker is a little bit lower in the tip and the tail than it was on the Fred Rubble. See below the Fred Rubble vs. the Fred Stubble rockers. Although I have to say, [00:02:30] the nose and the tail didn’t feel all that much different to me in width than the Fred Rubble. As to the concave, it has a slight single running through the nose and through the entry of the board, and that goes out to a double barrel concave out the back with just a slight vee off the tail.
That is the Fred Stubble, a smaller wave version of the Fred Rubble [00:03:00] that is intended to perform best in sub chest height conditions; but again, I couldn’t gel with this surfboard like I could with Fred Rubble. That was my experience with the Fred Stubble. If you’ve had a go on it, please let me know what you think and thank you very much for watching the show.
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Channel Islands Fred Stubble surfboard by Al Merrick full standard surfboard volumes and dimensions from the Channel Islands website:
|Standard Dims||5’4||18 1/4||2 1/4||23.3L|
|Standard Dims||5’5||18 1/2||2 1/4||24L|
|Standard Dims||5’6||18 3/4||2 1/3||25.4L|
|Standard Dims||5’7||18 7/8||2 3/8||26.7L|
|Standard Dims||5’8||19||2 3/8||27.2L|
|Standard Dims||5’9||19 1/8||2 4/9||28.5L|
|Standard Dims||5’10||19 1/4||2 1/2||29.9L|
|Standard Dims||5’11||19 3/8||2 4/7||31.3L|
|Standard Dims||6’0||19 5/8||2 5/8||32.9L|
|Standard Dims||6’1||19 7/8||2 5/8||33.8L|
|Standard Dims||6’2||20 1/8||2 3/4||36.4L|
|Minus Dims||5’4||18 1/8||2 1/8||21.9L|
|Minus Dims||5’5||18 3/8||2 1/8||22.6L|
|Minus Dims||5’6||18 5/8||2 1/5||23.9L|
|Minus Dims||5’7||18 3/4||2 1/4||25.1L|
|Minus Dims||5’8||18 7/8||2 1/4||25.6L|
|Minus Dims||5’9||19||2 1/3||26.9L|
|Minus Dims||5’10||19 1/8||2 3/8||28.2L|
|Minus Dims||5’11||19 1/4||2 4/9||29.6L|
|Minus Dims||6’0||19 1/2||2 1/2||31.1L|
|Minus Dims||6’1||19 3/4||2 5/8||33.6L|
|Minus Dims||6’2||20||2 3/4||36.1L|
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The board needs to be pushed hard and AM 2's sorted my Stubble out immediately, Dumpster or Neck beard goes better in fatter conditions but when presented with a pocket the stubble is fun and fast and looking forward to getting away in some head high reefs soon.
I surf the FS on the Gold Coast & North NSW beach breaks when it’s 2-3+ foot. I ride the round tail model with Christenson 2-Tone Quad fins or Christenson/ Jordy thrusters - depending on wave type. This is one of my favourite small wave boards! A few of my mates have tried my FS & love riding this board too. Maybe it’s the different tail type/ fin set-up??? because this review is so different to my experience. This board shreds!
I've been surfing this for about a month now in Florida. Had the same experience in the beginning until I switched my fins to a bigger template (AM2). Started to drive off the tail more and just tried to push it harder in frustration. Now it's my favorite board of all time... my rubble is getting fixed so I can't wait to get back on it to compare. I'll try to write a follow up soon.?
Thanks for letting me know. I just bought one and surfed glassy knee to shoulder high beach break and it was fun but it is definitely taking some getting use to. I to felt that it was a bit slow to get going but I really like how hard of a turn you can take with it.....