We have a full size run of the Rocket 9 by Channel Islands in store on our racks at Zak Surfboards. This fairly new model for CI is quite the performer in a wide range of conditions. What really stands out when you look at this board is it’s unique outline, it has a distinctly forward of center wide point and pulls back into a relatively tidy tail. Despite the pulled tail and relatively pointy nose this board has a decent amount of hidden volume – meaning that you can definitely ride it a fair bit smaller than your standard shortboard, while keeping your normal volume (or even opting for a touch more for extra paddle).
The medium, constant rocker that kicks in the tail, with a forward wide point and tider tail area means that this model is pretty comfortable in steeper sections and being turned in and around the pocket. The medium but boxy rail allows you to push hard through turns on rail without the board squirreling out. A fairly deep single to double concave bottom keeps this model quick and adds a bit of lift. A touch of vee has been placed off the back few inches of the tail to ensure nice easy transitions from rail to rail and clean release through turns off the tail.
Come in store and check out the Channel Islands Rocket 9 or check out our full collection of CI Surfboards ONLINE