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.
+ 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
– I struggle with the Weirdo Ripper in mushier, more average waves
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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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.
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.
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:
|5’4||18 1/2||2 1/8||23.3L|
|5’5||18 3/4||2 3/16||24.7L|
|5’7||19 3/8||2 3/8||28.6L|
|5’8||19 5/8||2 7/16||30.1L|
|5’9||19 7/8||2 1/2||31.8L|
|5’10||20 1/8||2 1/2||32.7L|
|5’11||20 1/2||2 9/16||34.5L|
|6’0||20 3/4||2 5/8||36.3L|
|6’2||21 3/8||2 3/4||40.3L|
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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...
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!
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.