The Lowers Jam Session with Channel Islands Team Riders
When rocking up to a crowded spot like Lowers you know better than to go head-to-head with that crew on a little chippy thing. You want a board with a bit of extra paddle and planing power, but one that still performs and lets you get critical in the pocket or take to the air when a ramp is coming at you. That's why when the Gudauskas brothers, Yadin Nicol and Eithan Osborne recently met up for a CI Team jam session there, they knew to bring either a Rocket Wide or Neck Beard 2. The results? We’ll let you be the judge, but from where we're sitting it looked like a pretty solid call.
Dane Gudauskas is on the Rocket Wide: 5’8” x 19 1/4” x 2 7/16”
Eithan Osborne is on the Neck Beard 2: 5/4” x 19” x 2 3/16"
Yadin Nicol is on the Rocket Wide: 5’6” x 19” x 2 5/16”
Tanner Gudauskas in on the Rocket Wide: 5’8” x 19 3/8” x 2 3/8”
About the Rocket Wide:
This may be the most versatile of the two. The Rocket Wide has everything you love in a good performance board’s tail surfing characteristics but seamlessly employs the paddle power and lower entry rocker of a classic groveler. This single-to-double concave design can be enjoyed as a three-fin, four-fin and two-plus-one, helping surfers easily adapt to the changing conditions.
The brainchild of Dane Reynolds, the Neck Beard 2 is a crisp turning, high-performance board that features a single concave and moderate rocker profile well suited for tight, quick arcs but also lends itself to approach air sections with ease—and its wider tail makes for easier landings. This is the same board that Eithan won $20,000 for the highest air at the recent Stab High event (hyper link to the blog we did on him)