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November 06, 2018 2 min read

Over the past weeks we have gotten 2 new models of Channel Islands Surfboards, the Neckbeard 2 and CI Fish.

The Neckbeard 2 was Dane Reynold's favorite board at The Electric Acid Surfboard Test down in Mexico. 

Here's what Channel Islands has to say about the new Neckbeard 2:
A big fan of single concave, Dane asked Britt to turn the original Neckbeard's double concave to single throughout. This changed the rocker landscape some, but in a very positive way—enhancing its wave entry, down-the-line speed, and overall control. They also widened the tail block 1/2" and added a slight hip, resulting in increased responsiveness and maneuverability. Dane prefers the Neck Beard 2 as a tri-fin, but those that like quads may notice added down-the-line speed. It comes with a five-fin setup to get the best of both worlds. Available in both PU/PE and EPS Spine-Tek.

Channel Islands Neckbeard 2 Poly Surfboard
Channel Islands Neckbeard 2 Poly Surfboard

Channel Islands Neckbeard 2 Spine-Tek
Channel Islands Neckbeard 2 Spine-Tek Surfboard

At the end of October, 2018 we got a full run on the new Channel Islands Fish Surfboard in Poly construction. Tyler Warren took a spin to help Channel Islands with some R&D on the new CI Fish. Check out the section in Surfline’s recent “Twinning” article with him and Josh Kerr test driving various twin fin models by nine different board builders.

Channel Islands has this to say about the new Channel Islands Fish:
“It is a modern twin-keel design born from our extensive history with the Skinny Fish and MINI models,” explains CI lead designer Britt Merrick. “Our goal with the new CI Fish is to keep the speed, fun and forgiveness of a fish while not sacrificing the performance characteristics sometimes associated with its traditional form. Along with creating a new Futures fin template for this model, we paired our modern foil and concaves with a traditional outline that and unique rocker to bring a new twist to the classic fish design.”

Channel Islands Fish Surfboard
Channel Islands Fish Surfboard