Channel Islands DFR Review

What the Channel Islands site says about the DFR:

‘No, not the “Dane Fred Rubble” the DFR is a design from Dane freaking Reynolds. First ridden in 2012 and a staple on the world tour, the DFR is an ultra-modern short board, the plan-shape allows for a short rail line while maintaining drive. The bottom is predominately single concave and features an aggressive flip in exit rail rocker. A full outline provides enough volume to ride the DFR about the same length as your height. This short board is not only ready for big airs but also allows for the heaviest carves you can lay down. Designed to be ridden approximately the same length as you are tall Dane rides his DFR his own height. 6’0″ x 19″ x 2 3/8.″’

Image Source: SurfStitch.com

Image Source: SurfStitch.com

Image Source: CISurfboards.com

Image Source: CISurfboards.com

What people are saying about it:

“The good, the bad, and the ugly about the Channel Islands Surfboards DFR model. The good, this thing is fantastic, dynamic, fast, really fantastic in bigger, better surf. It holds, it gives you confidence that you’re going to make a steep drop, it feels really good in the barrel, it just feels really nice when the waves are a bit more powerful and a bit better. The bad, again, I think when the waves don’t have a lot of push, I certainly struggled getting speed, getting down the line in it, because again this is quite a high performance design with a bit of rocker. The ugly, there’s not really too much ugly about this other than I would say, this is not really a board I would recommend to a beginner or even a novice and potentially even intermediate. It’s not intended to be extra user friendly. It doesn’t have a great deal of width in the nose that gives you stability nor in the tail and throughout the board. It’s not really intended for a less experienced surfers, it’s more for intermediates and more advanced surfers.” – Benny on CompareSurfboards.com

“I’m 6’4″x185-190pounds, the 6’1″ stock DFR, 29.6L is my go-to board for San Diego. I only surf when there’s surf and I have the time, so I may go months without surfing sometimes,.. and then I hop right back on. As long as the waves have some push weather from size or hollowness this board goes great for me from waist high to however much size I can paddle into, because the board can hold fine. The 6’2″ was too big for me, though I could ride it of course, but the 6’1″ for my lean 6’4″ body allows me to have more positive control over handling and maneuvering the board. And also, as though I can play more effectively with the ‘fulcrum’ curve of the rocker, one foot forward of the rocker ‘apex’, one at the tail,… and then zing!… like on the principles MP applied with his rocker back in the 1970’s.” – Scot on CompareSurfboards.com

“If you want to surf good waves on a modern shortboard with a bit more volume than an all out barrel machine this is the board.

If you aspire to surf like Dane and don’t want a board that will hold you back when you’re doing airs or big carves this could fit the bill, experienced surfers who appreciate quality boards will love it.

The perfect board for when it’s pumping.“ – MagicSeaweed.com

“Excellent board light loose and fast.” – Simon Gibbs on MagicSeaweed.com

Size Chart:

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Here are some videos we found of the Channel Islands DFR:

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