Channel Islands New Flyer Review

What the Channel Islands site says about the New Flyer:

‘In 1999, Al Merrick designed the Flyer, revolutionizing high performance surfing in small waves. For 2013 Channel Islands has modernized the Flyer into a shorter and wider package. This new plan-shape allows for the same volume in a shorter rail line. We kept the forgiving 2-stage rocker and added spiral vee starting in front of the fins to allow for rail-to-rail quickness. The signature Merrick hip provides a pivot point for tight arcs.

The New Flyer is now available with a unidirectional carbon strip on the bottom. The carbon stiffens the middle of the board, increasing flex and bend in the tail and thereby a tighter turn radius. The carbon also reinforces the middle portion of the board against breakage with no detectable weight.’

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Image Source: CI Surfboards

Image Source: CI Surfboards

What people are saying about it:

“I don’t find the Channel Islands New Flyer as versatile as the old Flyer. I’ve heard this same feedback from other people so I don’t think I’m alone. This board, I think, works really well when the waves are clean, a little bit more lined up and maybe shoulder high to a couple feet overhead and even a little bit hollow. I think it excels in those conditions, unless you have the swallowtail and you surf it as a quad, in which case it is a little bit more playful in smaller surf.” – Benny, CompareSurfboards

“Picked a 5’9″ x 19 3/8′”x 2 3/8″ (27.9L) two years ago. I am 5′ 10′ and 165 lbs (75kg). Surfed it in 3ft slop to overhead point breaks. I’m lazy paddler, so I like to make really late drops and this thing just handles it yet if the waves are small, you can catch most waves with a little effort. Unless you’re exerting a pressure on the back foot, the board doesn’t seem to generate much speed down the line. Prefers lined-up clean faces. For fins, I’ve used AM-1 Blacksticks, TP1’s and Jordy larges. For most conditions, I’ll use the blacksticks. If its chest high or bigger, i’ll go Jordy’s and for head high +, I’ll use the TP1’s for absolute control and to conserve speed. When the waves are working, this is my go to board!” – User Paul on CompareSurfboards

“Wazup guys, went to Maldives last september for a 8 day trip, surfed Pasta Point pretty much all the time… I’m 6’3” (1,91), 188 lb (+ -85 kg). Took 2 boards. 6’3” 19 3/4 2 1/2 Channel Islands Flyer 33,3L, and a 6’6” DHD Commander, that must be around 34,5L…Rode the Flyer 95% of the time, from waist high to a couple feet overhead… Worked great. Took two fin sets, futures… The AM-1 honeycomb felt a lit bit looser and faster than the AM-2 Techflex, IMO…” – User Joao M on CompareSurfboards

“I just got a NF swallow tail 5 fin , love it .. Surfed so far 1-4 ft solid Sth swell to peaky 2ft suckers . #4 Looks like a 1981 Simon Anderson original ; I’ve owned an original and the NF has so much more speed which gives you drive as well with hold when you drop the rail hard down . For mush maybe a motor boat or JS revolution “ – User Stickit on CompareSurfboards

“I agree with the “limited range” but for me its sweet spot is waist to shoulder. In “bigger” punchier waves I need a straighter rail. Unless I get my foot all the way back over the leashplug I tend to slide out. Maybe it is technique and/or because i’m a light footed lanky surfer . Still love the board in small waves. – User Urbanrunoff on CompareSurfboards

“I’ve just ordered my 2nd New Flyer and have found it to be the most well-balanced board I’ve ever owned. I very rarely find myself in over 4ft these days (unless travelling) so it’s pretty much a one board quiver for around home. I was sliding out on steep take offs as well, but upped my fins to 7s (I hover right in the middle of the recommended weight range for 5s and 7s) and it was perfect without compromising manoeuvrability. If I ride my Fred Rubble in well-shaped, or bigger waves, for a few days straight the new flyer does start to feel a little boaty. I don\’t want to pay $810 for a new board, but this thing just works for me.” – User Jayso S on CompareSurfboards

Size Charts:

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