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Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds Surfboard Review

 

 

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Dane Reynolds latest model by Channel Islands is an über fast, fun, versatile small to medium size wave all rounder but will easily handle big, hollow waves, too! This is the Channel Islands #4 Review.

 

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Pluses
+ Paddles easily, extra fast yet nimble in a variety of conditions
+ Double wing and rounded square tail combo is a winner on steeper wave faces and in hard turns
+ Versatile performer: excelled from shoulder high onshore mush to lined up, hollow, well overhead beach breaks

Minuses
– I haven’t found any yet!  Have you?  Please let me know in the comments!

Benny Rides
6’2 x 21 1/4 x 2 3/4 @ 38.6 CL’s (‘Groveler’ Dimensions) with the V2 Rasta Quads.  See all Channel Islands 4 model dimensions at the bottom of this page.

Best Wave Type
Anything from shoulder high to a few feet overhead…hollow, flat, mushy…the ‘#4′ loves almost everything.

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Video Transcript

Hey, this is Ben and Welcome to Benny’s Boardroom!

I am excited to talk to you today about this little weapon of a board. I haven’t been this excited about a board since the …Lost Rocket, which if you read the blog you know it’s my all time favourite board to ride in anything from  smaller but not grovelly waves all the way up to overhead, hollow beach breaks. Pretty much anything that I threw at the Rocket, it would handle. So far that is how I feel about the number four, which is the latest model by Channel Islands in America. It’s the new Dane Reynolds model.

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I think a couple of things help this board to excel in a lot of different types of waves. It’s wide point is right in the centre and it’s got a wide outline in general but it pulls in at the nose and it also has this double bump in the tail, which takes that width and pulls it in quite quickly into this nice, rounded square at the back.

 

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Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds Surfboard

 

Now, the first time I surfed this, it was waist to shoulder high and a little bit onshore and a little bit sectiony. Not generally very good conditions and the first wave I took off on…I stacked it horribly, actually, but the second wave I took off on, I set my line and I literally flew down the line. Nice, flowy, maneuverable but not too loose.  I then I took the 4 out in bigger, over head, more powerful beach break surf and I took off on my back hand and again, got to my feet and the thing just took off – it accelerate so quickly. It was the perfect balance and speed and maneuverability. I am really, really enjoying surfing the Channel Islands 4 model so far.

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So, you’ve got the wide outline. You’ve got a small bit of rocker in the nose and in the tail, so you can see the rocker kinda pulls up in the nose here, is relatively flat in the centre and then a nice kick in the tail, which is good for a variety of waves. There is quite a bit of volume running throughout the middle, so you can easily paddle on to waves and it easily generates speed. I ride the ‘Groveller’ dimensions and the rails carry a bit of foam from the centre to the rail and it’s a medium rail.  Whereas the ‘Utility’ dimensions are a little bit more refined.  The Channel Islands 4 has a standard, single to double concave, running through the back. Other than that double wing to rounded square tail, it’s a fairly standard, wider, shorter, fatter, all rounder shortboard but really fantastic and fun and fast and I am so excited to surf this board, again.

 

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Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds Surfboard – Tail

 

 

If you’ve had a go on the Channel Islands Four model, I would love to hear what you have to say about it in the comments and thank you so much for watching the show.

 

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Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume

From Channel Islands 4 dimensions and volume from the Channel Islands website:

‘Groveler’ Dimensions

DimensionsVolumes
Stock LengthWidthThicknessLiters
5’418 1/22 3/1623.2L
5’518 3/42 1/424.5L
5’6192 5/1626L
5’719 1/42 3/827.4L
5’819 1/22 7/1628.9L
5’919 3/42 1/230.5L
5’10202 9/1632.1L
5’1120 3/82 5/833.9L
6’020 5/82 5/834.9L
6’1212 3/437.6L
6’221 1/42 3/438.6L

 

‘Utility’ Dimensions

DimensionsVolumes
Stock LengthWidthThicknessLiters
5’618 1/42 3/1623.6L
5’718 1/22 1/425L
5’818 3/42 5/1626.4L
5’9192 3/827.9L
5’1019 1/42 7/1629.4L
5’1119 1/22 1/230.9L
6’019 3/42 9/1632.7L
6’1202 5/834.3L
6’220 3/82 5/835.4L

 

 

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Channel Islands Surfboards by Al Merrick Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds Dane Reynolds latest model by Channel Islands is an über fast, fun, versatile small to medium size wave all rounder but will easily handle big, hollow waves, too! This is the Channel Islands #4 Review. SKU UPC Model #4

Riding it too much!

Sep 12, 2014 by Nero Davis

I have ridden the Utility 4 and find it to be an excellent board. One of the best AL Merrick boards I have ridden. In fact I'm riding it too much. The forward volume is  best suited for a front foot surfer. If you rely on your back foot more then go the New Flyer. I have ridden the NF but found the 4 to be better for all round beachbreak surfing. See you in the water.?


Like a Champ

Sep 12, 2014 by Mike T
Location: Oceanside, CA 

CI #4 short board is one of the best board I've ridden. Paddled like a champ & had incredible drive. Went rail to rail. There was a good combo swell here in Oceanside, CA with awesome offshore Santa Ana conditions. 3-5 ft occ. 6ft. The board handled it like a champ. Rode it as a quad. I've tried a lot of CI models and this one is the best. I'm 39 years old, 205 lbs (fit, solid built). 10 years surfing experience. Great board!!! 


An Ugly Duckling

Sep 11, 2014 by Tim

I weigh 90kg and was born in 62!! so most 'off the rack' boards don't suit me. Reluctantly a mate gave me his 6'1 #4 groveller to test out over march. At first sight I was hardly impressed, what an ugly duckling- 21 wide, 23/4 !?.......and I love my rounded pins and swallow tales and hadn't ridden a rounded square in 20 years. so how did it go? I was stunned at how much fun a 2ft wave can be- pic says it all!!


4.0 5.0 3 3 I have ridden the Utility 4 and find it to be an excellent board. One of the best AL Merrick boards I have ridden. In fact I'm riding it too much. The forward volume is  best suit Channel Islands #4 by Dane Reynolds
  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi David,

    Apologies for the belated response…I thought I had written before! Both boards will work but I would go for the Fred Rubble. If you haven’t already, check out this article on a Maldives quiver!

    http://bit.ly/MaldivesSurfboardQuiver

    All the best,
    Benny

  • disqus_x2RzpjzIGR

    I’m waiting for my 5’6″ and will directly take it for a trip to Nicaragua and get back to you to write my experience. I’m having very high expectations for that board.

    • Admin

      Hey, hope you had a great time in Nicaragua. Yeah, we’d definitely want to hear your experience with the #4. Let us know what happened. Have a good one!

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Tough description John. Between the three, I think the #4 is the best call. Also, have you considered the Average Joe?

    Here is the Joe review: http://bit.ly/CIAverageJoeReview

    Also, here is a guide to help you with surfboard sizing:
    http://bit.ly/knowyourvolume

    • NewSurfer

      I bought the Average Joe and absolutely love it! You can ride small waves like a champ. I’m a beginner and decided to get it over a long board and couldn’t be happier. I bought it on the bigger side and would highly recommend to go 2-4 inches shorter than your height. I’m 5’9″ 165 lbs and find it difficult to paddle out on rough swells but thats cause I chose a 5’9 and which I wish had gotten 5’5″. I am now considering purchasing the #4 for the winter season here in SoCal. Any thoughts? Are there any other boards worth considering before making a big purchase?

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hey there David, I think both boards will work really well there. If you haven’t seen this already, check out this article on a recommended Maldives quiver:

    http://bit.ly/MaldivesSurfboardQuiver

    All the best,
    Benny

  • lukman prasetyo

    Hi Benny , i saw some interesting custom #4 at Channel Islands Bali , double wing round tail and also double wing round pin tail. Do you think it’ll be a better or as as good as standard #4 ( double wing rounded square tail ) ?

    • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

      Hi Lukman, it’s a bit of personal preference but I like round tails so I would be keen on the round tail #4

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  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hey there Station Mk, I dig the #4 for a variety of conditions. It handles bigger stuff but also small (~chest high), mushy days. I had the Groveler dims so that’s my pick

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    It’s a pleasure Kit! Be sure to circle back and share your experience with the board – you can submit your own review on this page!

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  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Jon, I dig both boards and while I think the Weirdo Ripper turns with more precision, I found it really likes a lined up wave to do its thing. Other surfers have shared similar feedback here on the site. The #4 turns, paddles well and doesn’t mind the mush so I think it will serve you better given your description.

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Andrew, I can’t comment on ‘sucky’ but I have surfed my #4 is steeper, hollow, bigger waves and it goes just fine! That said, have you considered the V3 Rocket?

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hello AJN, I haven’t surfed Simon’s Spudnick but my #4 goes really well in a broad range of waves…and catches waves and generates speed like a beast!

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  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Elrox1, I’ve surfed Triggs a few times and either would work but I would prefer the #4 as I felt it handled steeper drops a bit better.

    Also, it’s worth checking out the Lost V3 Rocket – http://bit.ly/V3Rocket – it’s my average wave all rounder of choice at the moment.

    All the best,
    Benny

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Elrox1, I’ve surfed Triggs a few times and either would work but I would prefer the #4 as I felt it handled steeper drops a bit better.

    Also, it’s worth checking out the Lost V3 Rocket – http://bit.ly/V3Rocket – it’s my average wave all rounder of choice at the moment.

    All the best,
    Benny

  • http://seabreaksurf.blogspot.com.au/ D. Weir

    So now Im torn between this and a JR voodoo ….. As you have ridden both these boards what would be your pick as a good allrounder for average small to medium sunny coast beach breaks?
    Cheers mate!,
    Dean :)

    • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

      Tough call Dean but I reckon I would go the JR Voodoo. It’s a little bit more of a modern performance fish and, I think, would suit your Sunny Coast waves better.

      We have them in the CS Shop here (http://shop.comparesurfboards.com/products/voodoo)!

      All the best,
      Benny

      • http://seabreaksurf.blogspot.com.au/ D. Weir

        Cheers mate, love your work !
        Dean

        • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

          Thanks Dean!

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Andrew,

    In my opinion, the #4 is the more versatile option overall. I didn’t find any drawbacks to the #4 in flatter faced waves. Mind you, I have the ‘Groveler’ version.

    I hope this helps you.

    All the best,
    Benny

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for sharing your experience! It’s so easy to get locked into a pattern of thinking and doing simply because it works…but then you try something different and are reminded that variety is the spice of life!

    Anyway, it’s great to hear from you and I’m stoked to hear you dig the #4!

    Cheers,
    Benny

  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hi Tiz, sorry for the late response!

    I think the the #4 by Dane Reynolds is a great option for what you describe! Note, there are always tradeoffs with a ‘one board’ quiver but I find the #4 really versatile. It handles smaller, weaker waves but doesn’t mind a hollow peak!

    I hope this helps you!

    All the best,
    Benny

  • tiz

    Hi Benny, thanks a lot for all the awesome reviews. Have been looking at stepping up my board from a 6.6″ fish to a high performance shortboard. Am an intermediate surfer, at the moment surfing the “easier” bali waves in 3-4ft range. Am 6.0″ at 84kgs, do you think this would be a good “1 quiver board” for most conditions (reef breaks to some of the Padma beach breaks)?

    thanks!

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  • Boyd

    Hey Benny, were those Rasta quad fins any good? I have wanted to try them but at 85kg I thought I would be too heavy for them. Did they hold in ok for you?
    Cheers

    • thebenny

      Hi Boyd, the first time I used the Rasta quads was in the ‘4’ but they performed very well for me in overhead, hollow beach break waves and I am 105kg’s. That said, I was surfing medium period swell (circa 12 seconds) – I don’t know if I would use the Rasta’s at, for example, Uluwatu or something with a bit of grunt.

      I hope this helps you.

      Benny

      • Boyd

        Nice one. Definitely gonna try them now.
        Thanks

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