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Surfboard Reviews

Surfboard Reviews from the Surf Station on all the latest Channel Islands, Lost and Firewire Surfboards.

Rob Machado's Seaside & Beyond Surfboard

Rob Machado's Seaside & Beyond Surfboard

November 08, 2019 2 min read

At the time Rob was riding this seven footer a lot, and for the past year, he’s continued to swap mostly between it and his original Helium Seaside.

You can’t show up to the beach everyday with ten boards in your car… Instead it’s almost like, making your quiver a little bit smaller so that each board covers more ground.

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Britt Merrick Explains Spine-Tek

Britt Merrick Explains Spine-Tek

October 07, 2019 1 min read

SpineTek’s optimized flex translates to next level performance. It redirects faster; is livelier and sensitive; maintains flex memory; and is Eco Board Certified.
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Slater Designs No Brainer Florida Groveler

Slater Designs No Brainer Florida Groveler

October 05, 2019 1 min read

The Firewire No Brainer is the latest surfboard from Slater Designs by Dan Mann. The shape features a single to double concave bottom contour with flatter rocker which is designed to be able to go fast even in small mushy waves like we have in Florida most of the time.
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The Seaside at Seaside - Rob Machado's new Helium shape by Firewire Surfboards

The Seaside at Seaside - Rob Machado's new Helium shape by Firewire Surfboards

October 01, 2019 3 min read

The Seaside is about refining… less area in the tail, narrowing the tips of the swallow, creating more curve and narrowing the nose. All elements for ripping while the Go Fish stays cruisey and fun. They’re both in my van all the time.
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Parker Coffin: Inspire - HOME

Parker Coffin: Inspire - HOME

August 19, 2019 1 min read

Parker Coffin loves his hometown of Santa Barbara, especially in winter which is its prime time. The rest of the year is pretty much micro to flat, so that’s when he packs up and chases swells across the far reaches of the globe. But in between all that he chases swells up and down the coast of his backyard, from the long, shreddable walls of Rincon to hidden beach break barrels that require some commitment to hike in.
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Channel Islands Happy Surfboard Review

Channel Islands Happy Surfboard Review

July 24, 2019 1 min read

Beach Grit takes to the CI Happy Surfboard Review with an anonymous masked rider. The results are shred-tastic.
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What is an ECOBOARD?

What is an ECOBOARD?

February 14, 2019 3 min read

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Channel Islands Fever Surfboard: Pat Gudauskas’ Do-Everything Board

Channel Islands Fever Surfboard: Pat Gudauskas’ Do-Everything Board

July 02, 2018 1 min read

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Board Talk at the Shop: Tails

Board Talk at the Shop: Tails

June 25, 2018 4 min read

With the summertime doldrums upon us here on the East Coast of Florida, it’s more important now than ever to be dialed-in with your equipment and surfboard design. Having a basic knowledge of board design and its effect on your ride can make or break a session during a summertime flat spell. This week we’re focusing on an integral component of a surfboard’s overall design: tail shape.
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Channel Islands Rocket Wide Blast Off

Channel Islands Rocket Wide Blast Off

June 05, 2018 2 min read

“There’s nothing more enjoyable than a surf trip to some right points with a crew of friends,” explains Tanner Gudauskas in reference to his edit that features Channel Islands Surfboards all-new groveler model—the Rocket Wide. “Our Project Wide short film mostly celebrates the lighter side of surfing, with me, my brother Dane and Nathaniel Curren in some cruisy Mexican point breaks riding the Rocket Wide we helped design with CI shaper Mike Andrews. I even brought along my 16 mm Bolex to shoot some of the fun as well.”
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Summer 2018 Soft Top Surfboard Review

Summer 2018 Soft Top Surfboard Review

June 01, 2018 2 min read

It’s a paradox that we as surfers all must face: the thrills, trials and tribulations of sweet summer time. Sure, we’re all eager to shed the layers of neoprene that we’ve been rocking all winter in waters cold enough to take our breath away, but lackluster summertime swell quells this excitement for warmer waves. Fear not, because there are ways to survive the summertime flat spells and the easiest solution is clear: time to hop on the soft top. Whether you are a beginner just getting a taste of the surf bug, or a seasoned professional looking for a way to pass the summer days, the shapes below are bound to keep you in the water this season.
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Surfboard Review: Softech EG Flash Soft Surfboard

Surfboard Review: Softech EG Flash Soft Surfboard

May 02, 2018 1 min read

This all-round hybrid shape has a fuller nose and lots of volume under the chest for easy paddling, and a tapered tail outline for tighter turns in hollow sections.
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