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Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper Surfboard Review

 

 

It’s weird and it rips!  The Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper surfboard review by Yadin Nicol and Al Merrick excels is smaller, better quality waves.  I love this board when it lines up.  In fact, this was my ‘go to’ board for a recent trip to the Maldives.

 

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Pluses
+ Excels in clean, lined-up small to medium size waves; fast, lively, responsive
+ Lots of volume in a small package yet very refined
+ The Weirdo Ripper takes a steep drop despite the wide outline

Minuses
– I struggle with the Weirdo Ripper in mushier, more average waves

Benny Rides
The Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper by Al Merrick at 6’2 x 21 3/8 x 2 3/4 @ 40.3L of volume (know your volume sweet spot?  see ‘
Know Your Volume, Catch More Waves‘).  I’ve been riding the Ripper with these weird looking Futures Solus fins…they feel great in this board.  Curious to learn more about surfboard fins?  Check out ‘Surfboard Fins Explained‘. Full Weirdo Ripper standard dimensions with volume at the end of this post.

Best Wave Type
Good quality beach, reef and point break waves from waist high to a few feet overhead.

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Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper Surfboard – It’s Weird, And It Rips!

 

Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Ben. This is Benny’s Boardroom and this is the Weirdo Ripper; it’s weird and it rips! This is a really fun small to medium wave size board. I bought my Weirdo Ripper on a trip to California last year and I surfed it in Santa Cruz at Pleasure Point.  It was shoulder high to a little bit overhead and I felt the Weirdo Ripper was really, really, fun and fast.  Later, I went to the Maldives and that was when I fell in love with this outline.  I was surfing this wave called Love Charms, in the southern atolls of the Maldives, and it was a couple feet overhead and not too critical of a wave.  It wasn’t very hollow but had big, fun, fast walls and I reckon I was doing the best turns I’ve ever done on a surfboard with the Weirdo Ripper.  I find this board really great in those types of conditions.  Inversely, if there is one bad thing I’ll say about it, it is that it’s not the board I reach for when the waves aren’t very good. If they’re a little bit more mushy and a little flatter and more sectiony.  The Weirdo Ripper really likes to have a lined up wave to do its thing.

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A couple things about the design: cool, wider nose, wide point forward and lots of foam running throughout this board so it’s really easy to paddle into waves and get speed down the line. It’s got this really kind of cool, different tail shape in the back. So, while it’s really wide through the center, it comes back and there’s a little wing here that draws the tail right in.  The tail itself is a hybrid swallow crossed with a squash tail, which is really cool. You get the release of the swallow tail in smaller waves but then you get some of the drive benefits of a rounded square or squash tail when the surf is a little bit more solid. It’s got a fairly standard single concave running up through the front of the board, but it comes into this big, almost hump of a double concave out the back, which is great for channeling water through through turns.

 

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Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper Surfboard Hybrid Swallow / Squash Tail

 

Overall, the Weirdo Ripper is a really fun, fast board, for, I would say, better quality, small to medium sized surf.

If you’ve had a go on the Weirdo Ripper, please feel free to leave comments. Let me know how it feels for you and thank you so much for watching. I hope you enjoyed the show.

 

Stock Standard Dimensions & Volume

From Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper dimensions and volume the Channel Islands website:

LengthWidthThicknessVolume
5’418 1/22 1/823.3L
5’518 3/42 3/1624.7L
5’6192 1/426.2L
5’719 3/82 3/828.6L
5’819 5/82 7/1630.1L
5’919 7/82 1/231.8L
5’1020 1/82 1/232.7L
5’1120 1/22 9/1634.5L
6’020 3/42 5/836.3L
6’221 3/82 3/440.3L

 

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Channel Islands Surfboards by Al Merrick Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper It's weird and it rips! The Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper surfboard review by Yadin Nicol and Al Merrick excels is smaller, better quality waves. I love this board when it lines up. In fact, this was my 'go to' board for a recent trip to the Maldives. SKU UPC Model Weirdo Ripper

Good for juicy waves

Sep 14, 2014 by Joao M
Location: Brazil 

Hey Ben, bought a WR a couple of months ago, and I'm having the same impression... I was thinking it would be a good groveler to replace my old Flyer, couldn't be more wrong... been using it on Brazilian summer... really struggling on small, weaker mushy waves we pretty much have around here... Got a couple of days when the waves were a little bit more juicy, and the board felt much better, though not great... Can't wait for the first autumn swell down here to really fell it working...


Solid little board

Sep 05, 2014 by Nigel

Love the reviews Benny. I bought this board in the 5'11 x 20 1/2 x 2 9/16 dims after watching this review. Took it on a trip to the Central Attolls in the Maldives this year with a 6'8 JS Forget Me Not Pin tail as a step up. Ended up riding the WR the whole time, even in 4-5 foot barreling waves at Machines... Excellent paddle in but only started to feel the drag from the V when conditions got too fast for the little board, but excellent all rounder, felt solid in good waves. Only felt it want to skip in solid surf, otherwise a fun skatey feeling board. Has me reaching for the step up board less than I used to!


Weirdo Ripper

May 29, 2014 by john raguinan
Location: United States 

I surf the Poles in Jacksonville Florida and i find the WR doesn't like weaker mushy waves either. It likes a more lined up punchier wave, it is kinda hard to lay a big gouge too because of the speed. I would think it would like airs but i don't know how to do those, it feels like it wants to take flight.


3.3 4.0 3 3 Hey Ben, bought a WR a couple of months ago, and I'm having the same impression... I was thinking it would be a good groveler to replace my old Flyer, couldn't be more wrong... bee Channel Islands Weirdo Ripper
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  • http://www.comparesurfboards.com/ thebenny

    Hey Hoss, I love the Weirdo Ripper but found it likes good, lined up waves and struggles a bit when the conditions are more average. The #4 is a great all around utility board – it works well in a variety of conditions so will likely be better for you given your description

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

    Hi Mike, I love the Weirdo Ripper but, in my opinion, it does like a more lined up face.

    The #4 does have a bit of rocker but it still went well for me in smaller, junkier surf.

    I’m not familiar with Sebastian and NSB so can’t comment!

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

    Cheers Dan!

    If you have a free moment, submit your own review of the Weirdo Ripper – only takes a moment. Look for the ‘SUBMIT YOUR OWN REVIEW’ button at the bottom of the post!

  • Nikita

    Hey Ben !!

    I am keen on buying a Weirdo Ripper, but am not sure, as I am juggling up between the Weirdo and the Roach by Stacey (one of your favorites). I have a pretty good deal on the Weirdo Ripper !! I’m in South Australia, and get some pretty rubbish surf; BUT during winter there can be a pretty juicy 6-8 ft wave on the South Coast, even the odd A-frame out near Waitipinga. I have an Al Merrick Biscuit for the average days (2-4 ft), and want a board for the 3-7 ft range; which would you recommend, the Roach, or the Weirdo Ripper ?? The Roach is really expensive as well, whilst the Ripper is about $400 pretty new !!!!! Also, most surf days in the colder months are around 4-7 ft, but not that juicy!! I would be looking for a 5’9″ board on both boards !!

    Mainly though, would the Weirdo Ripper be able to handle a strong 6-7 ft wave ???

    Also, I have read a lot of your reviews, and love what you are doing, keep up the awesome work man !!!!

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

      Hi Nikita, I like the Weirdo Ripper in smaller, more lined up surf but I wouldn’t pull it out when it’s really solid! The Roach, however, works best for me when it’s bigger.

      The price tag is an issue but, given your description, I think you will be better off with the Roach.

      Cheers,
      Benny

  • Joao Marcelo

    Hey Ben, bought a WR a couple of months ago, and I’m having the same impression… I was thinking it would be a good groveler to replace my old Flyer, couldn’t be more wrong… been using it on brazilian summer… really struggling on small, weaker mushy waves we pretty much have around here… Got a couple of days when the waves were a little bit more juicy, and the board felt much better, though not great… Can’t wait for the first autumn swell down here to really fell it working…

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

      Hi Joao,

      Great to hear your experience with the Weirdo Ripper. The board is deceptive; it looks like it would tear apart summer mush but it finds it’s own in good, clean, small waves.

      Please come back and let me know how it goes in proper Autumn swells!

      All the best,
      Benny

      • Joao Marcelo

        Tks, Benny, I will!
        Cheers from south Brazil!

        PS. Lovin’ the website and the youtube channel, mate! Great job, congrats!

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

          Cheers Joao, I really appreciate your kind feedback. Thank you for your support!

          Cheers,
          Benny

          • raguripper

            I surf the Poles in Jacksonville Florida and i find the WR doesn’t like weaker mushy waves either. It likes a more lined up punchier wave, it is kinda hard to lay a big gouge too because of the speed. I would think it would like airs but i don’t know how to do those, it feels like it wants to take flight.

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

            Cool shot Raguripper! Thanks for sharing your experience with the Weirdo Ripper – I think other surfers will appreciate it.

            If you have a free moment, I would love your help to test out a new function we are testing. Click the button at the very bottom of the post (above this comments section) entitled ‘Click here to submit your review’ and share your experience with the Weirdo Ripper!

          • raguripper

            Did it.

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