Channel Islands #4 Review


What the Channel Islands site says about the #4:

‘A performance based California utility board, the “four” was the fourth board in a series of numbered concept boards built for Dane Reynolds just prior to the 2012 US Open. Each concept board incorporated a blend of single to double with vee, 13”+ nose and 15”+ tail with a double bump. After a few months of tweaks and refinements, the result is a design that can be ridden in two different dimension sets to dial in the type of waves and conditions you ride. Dane rides a 5’8” x 19 1/2 a 2 7/16 as a GROVELER and a 5’9” 19 1/4 x 2 7/16” as a UTILITY board.’

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What people are saying about it:

“I have ridden the Utility 4 and find it to be an excellent board. One of the best AL Merrick boards I have ridden. In fact I’m riding it too much. The forward volume is best suited for a front foot surfer. If you rely on your back foot more then go the New Flyer. I have ridden the NF but found the 4 to be better for all round beachbreak surfing. See you in the water.?” – Nero Davis on

“CI #4 short board is one of the best board I’ve ridden. Paddled like a champ & had incredible drive. Went rail to rail. There was a good combo swell here in Oceanside, CA with awesome offshore Santa Ana conditions. 3-5 ft occ. 6ft. The board handled it like a champ. Rode it as a quad. I’ve tried a lot of CI models and this one is the best. I’m 39 years old, 205 lbs (fit, solid built). 10 years surfing experience. Great board!!!” – Mike T on

“The board rips. I had a blast. Sure, Dane surfs it a little better than I (sideways smiley face), but I found the board very responsive and extremely fast. The little double bump effect on the tail harkened back to old Stingers, but gives the tail a wildness that was fun and unpredictable in that first session.” – Jay DiMartino on

“Overall the #4 Utility is a good all-rounder for your quiver. Is it an essential addition? Probably not, but if you have the extra cash to burn you’d be hard pressed to find a better board to spend it on. Plus, everyone wants a little Reynolds in their lives right?

The extra width meant it delivers in smaller waves, but still holds in slightly bigger conditions as well. It was durable considering it’s team glass, paddles well and has that amazingly awesome new board smell (but what freshly glassed board doesn’t!). If you think airs are awesome (read – can do them) then odds on this board would take off for you.” – Empire Avenue

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