Everything the Rocket 9 should’ve been but wasn’t, the Channel Islands Rocket Wide is a blast to ride from waist high to overhead. This is the Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard Review.
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Benny’s Channel Islands Rocket Wide is a stock standard 6’2 x 21 x 2 7/8 at 40.7 L’s.
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Synopsis of the Channel Islands Rocket Wide
We dig the CI Rocket 9 but this board is tons of fun if you live in a place where the waves don’t get good often. This is the Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard Review for Compare Surfboards!
This super-easy-to-like relative of the CI Rocket 9 is a blast to ride from waist high to overhead.
The wider tail block and more forgiving outline doesn’t hold you back when the waves get a little bigger and better. Yet, this is a super nimble little performer when the waves are small and weak.
What We Rode
Benny rode the Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard at the stock standard dimensions 6’2″ x 21 x 2 7/8 at 40.7 liters. He rode it with the Futures F8s in smaller waves, and also surfed it with the Futures Fins AM2 Honeycombs in better waves.
Standard Channel Islands Rocket Wide dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
The Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard excels on a more open, flatter face wave. It’s a really versatile all-around small wave surfboard or small wave hybrid surfboard.
- The Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard has a slightly wider outline
- The rails are more medium rails so they have a little bit more volume in them
- The Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard is notably more forgiving than the Rocket 9 with a more user-friendly design
- It has a relatively flat rocker. A relaxed rocker designed low in the nose so that the entry is nice and easy
- The wide swallow tail is very performance oriented
- The concaves are about the same as the original Rocket 9, or as the Rocket 9, but been relaxed slightly
- The foam runs throughout the foil and comes all the way through to the rails that hold quite a lot of volume
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The Channel Island Rocket Wide Board
If we rewind back a second, the Rocket 9, I think a lot of people looked at that Rocket 9 and they’re like, “Ah, that’s awesome.” It’s like the board that I want. It’s something that looks like it can be surfed down a little bit, and a good all-rounder for small or more average waves. But the CI Rocket 9 actually needed quite a lot of push and power to get a lot out of it. I had some good surfs on the Rocket 9, but it definitely needs a decent wave to get it going.
The Channel Islands Rocket Wide, I think, is what most people thought the Rocket 9 would be – in that it’s got quite a lot of foam. It’s got slightly fuller rails. It’s got a flatter rocker. It’s more geared towards those more average conditions.
It’s just the type of board that I like to surf, especially where I live (Sydney, Australia). And while it’s supposed to be intended for the smaller wave range, it works in the odd Sydney day where it gets a foot or two overhead.
I felt it handled those waves just fine. I’ve surfed this in a lot of different conditions. I’ve been surfing for quite a while. And it handled a lot of those conditions just fine.
So what did they do with the Channel Islands Rocket Wide versus the Rocket 9? As the name suggests, the Rocket Wide is a little bit wider. But importantly it’s got a little bit more width in the nose and more width in the tail. So you can see that it has this wider swallow tail. But it’s not too wide, you know? It’s definitely not a fish, like a classic fish.
Experience in the Surf
You can see too that I had an interesting situation where I was surfing this beautiful, glassy day. Like three to four foot, just perfect. The days that we wish for as surfers. And I took off on the first wave, got it really cracking left, and then I popped up on the next one and almost took the next wave on the head, and my fin plug literally yanked right out of the board. Not just the little plug coming out but literally chunked straight out.
So that was several weeks of not getting to surf this board which is a little disappointing.
But the Channel Islands Rocket Wide has the slightly wider outline. The rails are more medium rails so they have a little bit more volume in them. And they’re just a little bit more forgiving than the Rocket 9, although I didn’t find the Rocket 9 to not be forgiving. It just wasn’t as forgiving and user-friendly, I would say, as this design.
You can see that it also has a relatively flat rocker. So they’ve relaxed the rocker and made it really low in the nose so that the entry is nice and easy. Good to get into on flatter faced days , which more average days is what we get most of the time here. But then it’s a little bit more aggressive in the tail, and the tail is, I would say, for a wide swallow it’s very performance oriented. It’s really easy to turn it up in the pocket and throw it around a little bit. It never sits and sticks which some wider fishtail boards do.
The concaves are about the same as the original Rocket 9, or as the Rocket 9. But they’ve been relaxed slightly. I think the one thing that I really noticed about this board is, again, you’ve got the foam really running throughout the foil so it comes all the way through to the rails. It has quite a lot of volume.
So my Rocket Wide is just the stock standard six-two. So it’s six-two by 21, by two and seven-eighths. It’s 40.7 litres, and it doesn’t feel big and bulky at all. So again, that foam is really distributed well throughout the foil. I think if you had looked at the Rocket 9 or you maybe heard some things about the Rocket 9 that didn’t really impress you that much, and you want a board that is just geared for fun and can fly across gutless, smaller waves, even down to the waist-high range.
I wouldn’t actually surf this board much smaller than that. I mean, to me when I go below the waist I’m looking for something that’s more of a groveler. Which I’m just about to review maybe my favourite groveler ever. So this, to me, is just like a waist / stomach high to, again, head high or even a foot overhead.
I had somebody ask me what’s my favourite smaller wave surfboard for steep shoreys right now. And I would say it’s the Puddle Fish, which I’ve just done a review of or this board. Both of them will handle that steeper face. It’s not the best board for those types of waves. This excels on a more open, flatter faced wave. But it will handle those slightly bigger, better days. So it’s a really versatile all-around performance small wave board or small wave hybrid surfboard.
So I’ve switched the fins up a little bit depending on the conditions for the Channel Islands Rocket Wide. Right now I’ve got these in because we’ve been having a few smaller days. So these are the Futures Blackstix F8s. They’re the large Blackstix fin. I’ve been surfing these things for years and I love them. I think anybody who wants a good fin for smaller, more gutless waves, you should have a set of Blackstix. They’ve got the big V2 foil here which helps you generate speed. They’ve got a lot of spring so they just feel lively even when the waves are a bit gutless. These are the large ones, which I like the large ones. But the medium fins, I think, would be a great option as well.
I’ve also surfed this board in slightly better waves with the new AM2s. Which the AM2 Honeycombs are a capable all-rounder surfboard fin. They work in a lot of different boards, I think more geared towards slightly bigger, better waves. For me anyways. But anyways, when I was surfing slightly better days that’s the fin that I was surfing. But lately I’ve been surfing these.
Channel Islands Rocket Wide Surfboard Summary
That is the Channel Islands Rocket Wide. This board would be great, I think, for most surfers. Maybe novice and up. I don’t know if you’d give this sort of board to a beginner, I just don’t think it’s that type of board. And it’s probably not for the absolute top 5% of surfers either I think. For good, small wave performance board, yeah. I think a lot of people will like. Even better surfers would enjoy it.
But I think this would fit the small wave profile for most surfers and certainly for myself, who’s just an average everyday surfer. I absolutely love surfing this board. It’s super fun, fast, skates well. But handles a slightly wider wave range.
That is the Channel Islands Rocket Wide. Hope you enjoyed it. And I hope you’re out and getting some waves.
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Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
Standard Channel Islands Rocket Wide Dimensions & Volumes available at the Channel Islands website:
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