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October 29, 2015 2 min read

Channel Islands Biscuit Surfboard



Channel Islands Biscuit Surfboard Review:

The Biscuit by Channel Island is a short and stubby tri-fin: the biscuit design was developed with Rob Machado. Like Rob, the Biscuit rides free and easy in the smallest surf and catches waves like boards a foot longer. Order your biscuit 8” to 10” shorter, 1” to 2” wider and ½ to ¾” thicker than your shortboard.


You are open to drawing new lines with the shortest rail possible. Everyone should ride this board at least twice.


Rob Machado on the Biscuit Surfboard:

“…foam is your friend…don’t be scared of it. A little bit of extra foam here and there is good for the soul… and your surfing.”

– Rob Machado

Surf Station Owner Tory Strange Channel Islands Biscuit Review:

The Channel Islands Biscuit is one of the fullest, floatiest surfboards on the market. It was once the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) "Board of the Year" with its creative design. It can be ridden super short compared to the other surfboards in your quiver. For its size, it's hard to get more float and glide in a surfboard, and yet with the pulled in tail it turns easy!


After trying my first one, I liked it so much I rode it over and over until I wore it out and needed a new one. I now have ridden/gone through 3 CI Biscuits and each time I go shorter without any negative consequences. Since I normally ride a longboard, going to a shortboard can feel very awkward, yet I was able to ride a 6'2" as my first Biscuit, then went down to 6'0", and now am riding a 5'10" and love it. I am over 50 years old, the design of this surfboard helps my surfing so much. It can be a 'one board quiver' it is so versatile. I have taken The Biscuit it to the Abaco Islands and rode average and great surf with it. It was the only board I took. Not only does it ride well in small surf because of the high volume, but the pulled in nose allows for ease in duck diving. In larger surf, off the bottom, it fits under the lip better than my other wider nosed surfboard.

Al Merrick and Rob Machado did do great job with this board design! Another thing I like, is the bottom foil and flow. The double concave under my feet allows this surfboard to be super fast. In large surf, I can get into the waves earlier than my other shortboards, due to the extra foam, and thus ease in paddling. This board has tons of float and glide. I credit the Channel Islands Surfboards design team for making such a fantastic surfboard.

Check out a video review on the Channel Islands Biscuit Surfboard below!
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