The Rocket 9 is suited to your average waves like we find around California. It works great in beach breaks because it can be skatey when you want to generate that speed, but then you step back on that tail and you can absolutely hammer some vert wall. I also think that with the shorter nature of it, it fits really well in the tighter transitions of beach breaks. I have ridden it on big open walls of some point breaks in Morocco and it went well too, kind of like a little scalpel or snowboard, but I think the optimal range for this board would be 2 to 6 foot beach breaks. The Rocket9 outline has the wide point forward a bit and the tail is pulled in making it super snappy and maneuverable. The swallow gives a great fast release as well. One of the major desires for this board was I wanted was to go fast and then turn hard when I wanted in waves ranging from super average California beach breaks all the way to grinding little tubes. It's one of the most versatile boards I have ever ridden. I like to ride my Rocket9 two inches shorter than my normal shortboard length. With the wider outline up front its able to hide a bit of volume under the chest to make the paddling still super easy even though you are on a shorter board. – Dane Gudauskas
About Fusion Dual-Core: The old PU or EPS debate is no longer. Welcome to the best of both worlds. Fusion Dual-Core. Fusion Dual-Core may be the biggest leap forward in surfboard building technology since the change from wood to foam. To get you up to speed, just incase you are still surfing a wood board (not that there is anything wrong with that... we actually still make one), modern boards are made of foam and resin. There are two main types of foam used in production; polyurethane, known as PU and expanded polystyrene known as EPS. Each foam has its pros and cons. EPS offers more float or buoyancy, allowing an easier paddle into waves and more speed. PU on the other hand offers better vibration absorption and since it has less float, the surfer is able to dig the rail deeper into the water on carves. So, how does Fusion Dual-Core offer the best of both? To put it simply, each board combines both types of foam. EPS through the center of the board to offer paddle speed when catching waves and speed generation once on the wave. And PU rails to absorb vibrations, both at high speeds and through surface chop. Also, the lower buoyancy properties also allow the rail to go deeper in the water on carves, which in turns, allows for better hold and sharper turns. The true magic of how these boards ride just doesn't come from the fact that 2 types of foam got slammed together in the blank. What really makes these boards over the top us the TPU material that sits between the foams. You can see it through the resin. TPU is thermoplastic polyurethane. It is used in products such as skateboard wheels and snowboard rails. The main properties of the material are high abrasion resistance, high shear strength and more importantly, high elasticity. Combining PU and EPS is nothing new for Surftech. We have been dreaming about this ideal combination for years, but it wasn't until we put TPU between the foams that everything truly came together. As lead designer Dan Watts puts it, the TPU is like the suspension in your car. Think of the PU as going from a rock wheel to a rubber and air tire. And the EPS as the chassis of your car. Sure, its going to ride nicer with those slick rubber wheels, but without shocks and springs, it is still going to be a rough ride. The TPU between the foams in the Fusion Dual-Core is essentially the shock and springs for your car. It is the crucial component that joins the 2 pieces and allows everything to work seamlessly together. On top of all the fresh tech, the blanks also use stringer-less technology with added carbon down the deck and hull of the board, as well as carbon tail patches. We made sure to put science and design at its best and you can thank us later! We are so excited about Fusion Dual-Core that we decided to partner with Channel Islands and make three of the best surfboard shapes ever out of this technology. The Rocket 9, Twin Fin and Mini. The technology was first tested by Surftech's rigorous team of athletes for performance and durability. After everyone on the team gave it a thumbs up, boards where sent to Alex Gray and Dane Gudauskas on the Channel Islands team. It only took one session for both Alex and Dane to also give it the thumbs up.
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The Channel Islands Rocket 9 Fusion Dual-Core Surfboard works great in beach breaks because it can be skatey when you want to generate that speed, but then you step back on that tail and you can absolutely hammer some vert wall. You Should ride your Rocket 9 about 2"-3" shorter than your standard shortboard.