Designed and shaped by Britt Merrick, the Channel Islands Twin Fin Surfboard is a fun, high-performance twin fin surfboard to light up your daily sessions.
The ultimate performance twin fin surfboard? This is the Channel Islands Twin Fin Surfboard Review! The CI Twin is “a damn lot of fun” and not your vintage, cruisy twin keel fish.
This Channel Islands Twin Fin handles pumping, down-the-line waves but still holds its own in smaller, more average conditions. It’s a great, fun option for more experienced surfers (intermediate or better) who want to spice up your average daily sessions.
Al Merrick Twin Finner surfing is always a bit of fun and this Channel Islands Twin Fin will take your twin fin surfing to the next level.
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+ A versatile, fun, high-performance twin fin surfboard you can count
+ Paddles well and it holds a turn down the line
+ Not just a groveler and therefore not limited to the smallest, mushiest days
– This board could be a bit of a maverick for surfers who haven’t been into twinnies yet or for those who’ve been riding a thrust a long time already.
Craig rides the CI Twin at 5’8 x 19 ½ x 2 7/16 at 29 L’s.
Standard Channel Islands Surfboards CI Twin Fin Surfboard dimensions and volumes may be found at the bottom of this page.
Best Wave Type
Best from stomach to head high and likes waves from weak/mushy to medium/steep.
Craig has been surfing the Channel Islands Twin Fin for a year now and he had some amazing surfs on it. He’d be happy to take this thing out whether the surf was good, bad or indifferent. It would hold its own in pumping, hollow waves, loves racing down the line and it turns well. It’s not too loose but it also it lights up those fun two foot onshore sloppy surf conditions we get so often in Sydney and the East Coast of Australia.
- Best for a more powerful, carving approach but still cruises down the line and turns well (not super loose like some twins)
- Medium rails for all around versatility
- Best suited for skill levels from intermediate to expert
- Likes a neutral to front foot orientation
- Pointed nose shape with a relaxed nose rocker with just enough curve to not catch is steeper surf
- Curvy outline
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Hey, I’m Craig and today for Compare Surfboards I’m here to do a review of the CI Twin by Channel Island Surfboards. The CI Twin that I’m reviewing today is 5’8 x 19 ½ x 2 7/16, which is directly in between the stock 5’7 and 5’9, and it comes in around 29 L’s.
You can see by the CI Twin, the outline is pretty different, has this massive straight edge comes into a fly, then it pulls into a really narrow tail here.
Then the main thing why I guess it’s called the CI Twin is the fin setup, which has got the Futures Fins AMT Al Merrick twin fins and then that tiny little baby trailer. I didn’t understand why the trailer was there for a twin fin surfboard but I took out once and it felt pretty strange…so I put it back in. It looks like it doesn’t do a lot but I’m pretty sure it does.
I’ve been surfing the Channel Islands Twin fin for close to a year now. I’ve ridden it all over the place, and it is a damn load of fun. It’s a really pretty flat board.
It has a bit of lift in the nose so it never really gets too caught on things. I think people look at twin fins these days as being a bit of groveler fun board and this board is really fun.
But I would characterise this more as a performance twin fin surfboard. If you are someone who likes riding a twin but you think sometimes they are limited by wave size and type, this CI Twin Fin is worth checking out. I would be happy to take this thing out if the surf was good, bad or indifferent.
The Channel Islands Twin Fin would hold its own in pumping hollow waves, it flies down the line, it turns well. It’s not too loose, but it also it lights up those fun two foot onshore sloppy surf we probably have most of the time.
Experience in the Surf
Like I said, I have been surfing the Channel Islands Twin Fin for a year now and I’ve had some amazing surfs on it. Sometimes I think I prefer the twin fin on my forehand. On the backhand it feels a bit funny but it feels more natural and it’s not too loose on my forehand. On my backhand I feel like if you do like a backhand re-entry, kinda swivels out and you kinda lose your momentum.
I guess growing up on a thruster and then also riding a few quads, I am used to a bit more hold. So, you’ve got that release when you go say for a back hand reentry. It’s really quite loose and feels very different to a thruster. But if it was a board you rode all the time, you’d maybe get used to that and that feeling would be quite nice.
I’ve had a lot of surfs on it and the board, yeah, it’s been really good. Even though I had a trip up North and I thought the waves were going to be pretty crappy but I ended up surfing Snapper Rocks along with a Right Hand Point Break and it was probably three to four foot.
My first thought was that I kinda really wished I had a performance shortboard in that scenario – with good, lines up point break waves of a decent size. But, the Channel Islands Twin Fin was perfect. It paddles really well and it holds a turn down the line. It’s really flat but just that little bit of lift through the nose, especially shaped through the bottom of the board, really kinda keeps it out of the water. You’re not, you know, burying in like you might with other flat twin fin surfboards that I’ve ridden that are generally more for like mushy, average kinds of waves.
My understanding is that this was one of Britt Merrick’s shapes. Britt overlooks all of Channel Island Surfboards designs now and this is one of his designs based off of old twinnie that they had. They’re doing some stuff together with Dane Reynolds and I know it came out and they’ve had a few versions of it and this was the final version that came out. And it’s been a pretty awesome board.
The CI Twin comes with these Futures Fins AMT Honeycomb Twin Fins Sets. They actually give you a set with the board if you buy it from a Channel Islands Surfboards dealer this little baby trailer is included in the set. Again, I took it out once because someone was like “what would that do?”. But it actually does quite a lot. It felt quite strange surfing the Channel Islands Twin Fin without it.
The Channel Islands Twin Fin has a, it feels like, single concave coming down the board and then through the fins, I think it’s a bit of a double through a single. Then as you come out the back of the board, it is quite a pronounced vee off the tail and you can see it come off the sides on to the rail. That would give you a really nice rail to rail transition and feeling. But, you can see that double there, but if you put a ruler or a bevel or whatever across it, you can see there’s still a single going through it. So it feels like single, then there’s double through the fins and then that vee off the tail, which feels quite nice and works quite well with the twin fin set up.
Channel Islands Twin Fin Surfboard Summary
Overall, I’d say the Channel Islands Twin Fin is for most surfers but is better suited to someone who is intermediate to advanced. It’s not the easiest board to surf but I think someone who can surf and wants to challenge their surfing and surf a little bit different would really enjoy the CI Twin Fin.
And for all kind of waves, like I said, this is the board. Twinnies are hot right now. Everyone’s doing a twinnie. Every manufacturer’s got some sort of twin fin surfboard model. This is one that you know, they’ve got their even keels and flatter fun twin boards, but this is for someone I think who can surf and wants to take it in any waves. But just like a little bit different, maybe been riding thruster a long time and want to do something a little bit differently.
That’s my review of the Channel Islands Twin Fin by Channel Islands. I hope you’ve enjoyed this surfboard review and hope you get to check a Channel Islands Twin Fin out. Thanks a lot!
Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume
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