July 10, 2018 2 min read

Channel Islands New Flyer Surfboard Review by Noel Salas:

In 1999, Al Merrick designed the Flyer, revolutionizing high performance surfing in small waves. For 2013 Channel Islands has modernized the Flyer into a shorter and wider package. This new plan-shape allows for the same volume in a shorter rail line. We kept the forgiving 2-stage rocker and added spiral vee starting in front of the fins to allow for rail-to-rail quickness. The signature Merrick hip provides a pivot point for tight arcs.

The New Flyer is now available with a unidirectional carbon strip on the bottom. The carbon stiffens the middle of the board, increasing flex and bend in the tail and thereby a tighter turn radius. The carbon also reinforces the middle portion of the board against breakage with no detectable weight.

This episode is about the "New Flyer" by Channel Islands Surfboards. Noel dives into the attributes of the New Flyer and test drives three different boards in three different materials PU, EPS, and the Surftech TLPC. 


The Polyurethane is the staple in todays surfing world says Salas but with new technology we are ever evolving into whats next. In this review each board is broken down in their own video segment so you the viewer can decide what looks best under Noel's feet. 

Every board has it's own story and draw their own lines so sit back and enjoy the review as Noel breaks each one down.

This is what Channel Islands has to say about the New Flyer.

In 1999, Al Merrick designed the Flyer, revolutionizing high performance surfing in small waves. For 2013 Channel Islands has modernized the Flyer into a shorter and wider package. This new plan-shape allows for the same volume in a shorter rail line. We kept the forgiving 2-stage rocker and added spiral vee starting in front of the fins to allow for rail-to-rail quickness. The signature Merrick hip provides a pivot point for tight arcs.

The New Flyer is now available with a unidirectional carbon strip on the bottom. The carbon stiffens the middle of the board, increasing flex and bend in the tail and thereby a tighter turn radius. The carbon also reinforces the middle portion of the board against breakage with no detectable weight.

FLEX & FEEL
USER FRIENDLY
DURABILITY
PADDLING
SPEED
CARVING
RAIL TO RAIL
POCKET SURFING

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