We have a full size run of the new Channel Islands Fever model in store at Zak Surfboards. This new model was developed to add a new, relatively user friendly & accessible high performance surfboard to the Channel Islands range. The type of board that would work for a broader number of people – rather than just experts & pros.
Created as a collaboration between team rider Patrick Gudauskas and Channel Islands in house shaper Mike Andrews – they grabbed Pat’s favorite features from other high performance models of the past and combined them with a subtle single concave and lower, relatively continuous, user friendly rocker. The combination of these two features has created a shape with a huge sweet spot.
The Chanel Islands Fever also has an outline with less curve, giving it heaps of speed and projection down then line, helping it to pick up speed with ease and chase down those sections that try to get away from you. This speedy outline combined with the moderate continuous rocker vastly broadens the range of conditions and wave types that this performance shortboard works in. Comfortable in anything from 2 foot soft beach breaks to faster, down the line point waves, to overhead hollower & chunkier days. You can ride this board in most conditions from quite average, to where a proper step up is required.
If you are in the market for a high performance all-rounder, this model is definitely worth checking out. The Channel Islands Feveris well suited local waves with a great combination of speed, acceleration and responsiveness. A full size run is currently on our racks – come by the store or check them out ONLINE
We now have the brand new FCSII AM PC Twin in store on our racks. Channel Islands founder Al Merrick designed this signature Twin Fin set which consists of an XLarge pair of twin fins with the added option of a stabilizer
Created with fast controlled turns in mind, this broad & upright twin fin template gives you blinding speed and quick pivoty direction changes – perfect for slicing up a storm in small to medium waves. A small stabilizing trailer has been added to this set for a of touch of extra control for those of us that are heavier footed.
These fins are a great choice for many of the more specialized small wave & retro crafts that we currently have on our racks or to add a little extra spice to one of your broader tailed boards.
Come and check these and the rest of our range of FCSIIfins out in store or ONLINE
We currently have a small size run of the Channel Islands Campbell Brothers Bonzers on the racks – How sick are these things?! As many of you know, the boss man has a bit of a crush on all things Bonzer and as soon as he saw these beauties, he had to get some in for the shop. The two models that we have in store are the Shelter & the Biscuit Bonzer – designs that mesh the decades of board building expertise shared by the iconic Channel Islands label and Campbell Brothers surfboard brands.
From their beginnings in the late 60s/early 70s, a short distance of only a few miles of coastline separated Al Merrick and The Campbell Brothers (Malcolm and Duncan). Al and Malcolm first began working together in 1985, when Malcolm came on board and shaped for Al/CI for over 20 years …while still developing unique shapes with his brother Duncan. Now (30 years on) a design offering is born out of the combined experience and mutual respect for each others designs.
The Shelter model is contemporary performance oriented 5 fin Bonzer shape. Gifted it’s name from the 2001 surf film “Shelter” by Chris Malloy – a 6’2″ and a 6’4″ version of this model were ridden in the movie by surfers Taylor Knox & Donovan Frankenreiter to great effect. The Shelter is a versatile all round shape, that has been designed to perform well in a wide variety of conditions. You can surf this model at a similar size, width and thickness to you favorite short board. The distinguishing characteristics of this board are swift, catch free rail to rail transition and a tremendous amounts of drive. Bonzer designs are also known for maintaining speed exceptionally well through carving maneuvers – wally waves of Victoria watch out!!!
The Biscuit Bonzer combines the extremely popular Channel Islands Biscuit model with a the Campbell Brothers bonzer bottom contours and fin set up. The ultra-flat rocker and pronounced spiral vee really meshes well with the Bonzer 5 fin set up resulting in a super fast but still relatively forgiving speed machine. The flat rocker and relatively generous foil ensures early wave entry, great paddling speed and glide galore once on a wave face. The reasonably curvy outline and spiral vee in the tail helps tighten up the arcs you can draw, making it easier to put and keep this board on rail . The Biscuit Bonzer is a great model to spice up your surfing in small to medium sized waves with a really nice, lively feel underfoot.
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 SurfboardsONLINE
We have a full size run of the Channel Islands Mini in store at Zak Surfboards. Designed in collaboration with team rider Kalani Robb, the Mini was created to add a bit more performance & versatility to an easy surfing, fun surfboard shape. With an eye pleasing outline that draws heavily on classic fish shapes of the 70s and a few modern performance tweaks, Channel Islands have successfully created a very fun surfboard that performs in a wide range of conditions.
The Channel Islands Mini has a fairly relaxed or low rocker and broad outline. This combination gives you ample amounts of speed & glide plus pretty darn good wave catching abilities. A wider nose and extra thickness up front means that you can get you chest further forward on the board while paddling – which definitely helps to get you up and into waves super early.
The Mini has a fairly wide squash tail combined with an aggressive single to double concave bottom which gives this model heaps of board speed and lift – ensuring that you’ll be zipping down the line with ease in even the weakest conditions. Fairly low rails combined with with vee out the last part of the tail means makes this board quick to respond and really easy to redirect – as a result the Mini is much more responsive to surf than the dimensions would have you believe. Designed to have a blast in conditions ankle to head high, the Mini is definitely one of the better boards to check out if you are looking to add a groveler to your quiver.
We now have the Channel Islands Sampler in store now hanging on our racks at Zak Surfboards. Are you looking for a board for less than ideal conditions but don’t want anything too weird or fishy that will change your approach? Then you might be wise to check out this new Channel Islands Sampler model – developed with their team rider Dane Reynolds, this is a high performance step-down. Intended to be ridden a little bit shorter and wider than your regular shortboard, the Sampler will add that bit of extra spark to your sessions in smaller and weaker surf, with our sacrificing performance.
This model has a fairly flat entry and center rocker for speed, with a generous amount of curve through the tail for tight arcs on smaller wave faces. The Sampler features a fairly deep single concave that runs through the length of the board. There is a touch of double concave within this single as it goes through the fins which then flattens to a small vee through the last few inches of the tail. This model has a fairly full outline outline broken by an exaggerated and slightly forward hip and a wide old-school squash tail.
These features combine to create a board that motors into waves, speeds down the line and has plenty of lift in smaller, mushier & flatter faced waves. Unlike a lot of small wave models though, the Sampler is still able to draw tight arcs on smaller wave faces and respond like a normal shortboard.
We now have a full size run of the new Channel Islands Black and White Model on our racks at Zak Surfboards. The Black and White is an all round, high performance shortboard designed for down the line speed and easy rail-to-rail transitions. Based on a favorite hand shape Britt Merrick made Dane Reynolds for Santa Barbara area point breaks. This model features a fairly low entry rocker, a staged flat-ish section between the feet, and an accelerated kick through the tail. A single concave runs the length of the board, is deepest near the front fins and shallows into a hint of vee exiting the tail block.
The flat deck design of the Channel Islands Black and White offers improved flex characteristics nose to tail, a solid under-your-feet feel and a touch more foam in the rail to push against. It also allows you to ride this board a touch thinner than other performance shortboard models, so keep that in mind when scoping the dimensions.
The Channel Islands Black and White in the right length is suitable for intermediate to advanced surfers as a great all round shortboard – come check them out in store or have a squiz at the and our other CI models that we have on the racks ONLINE
We now have the Channel Islands Rocket 9 model in store on our racks at Zak’s. This relatively 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 centre 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 curve, with a wide point forward and tider tail means this model is pretty darn comfortable being surfing in and around the pocket. A medium hard rail allow you to push hard through turns on rail without the board squirreling out. A fairly deep single to double concave bottom keeps it quick, with a touch of vee off the back few inches of the tail ensures nice easy transitions from rail to rail and clean release off the tail.
Come in store and check out the Channel Islands Rocket 9 or check out our full collection of CI SurfboardsONLINE
After a load of shit fight and a bunch of headaches we are finally offering you the real thing direct from the mother land. Come in and feel the real thing for yourself they look insane with there colour ways. We have all the latest models and sizes instore and are trying to get them up onto the online store as quick as there selling out of our shop.
We have prices at a premium not to disturb others but are well worth the extra. Call the Shop on 0394167384 to lock in your dream board. We will freight anywhere in Australia under 6’6 for flat rate $50. Fins not included but will do a killer price on any package.
Our next shipment will be landing early Feb so lock in any model or size NOW……