Channel Islands Average Joe Review


What the Channel Islands site says about the Average Joe:

‘Over the last six years and hundreds of stops on our demo tour we have learned a few things. One of those is that surfers sometimes want something simple, fun, and easy to ride.

Light single concave for the first 1/3 to deepening concave vee throughout. The Joe can be surfed off the rail or tail that has Al’s signature hip tail template to keep drive. Full rails keep high volume in a short outline.

Increase wave count, make more sections. The average Joe is geared towards the things that makes surfing fun.’

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What people are saying about it:

“The Average Joe has a slightly more tuned nose and tail than you see on some of the other groveler surfboard models. The nose is slightly pulled in and thinned out and then the tail is the signature Al Merrick hip tail, which pulls into a really nice rounded square. The Joe has plenty of foam throughout so you do get all of the paddle power that you need in smaller, weaker surf but that tuned nose and tuned tail combined and with just a touch of rocker in the nose on an otherwise very flat board helps to make the board feel more lively versus other grovelers. I think this gives this Average Joe more versatility that you might find in other grovelers and I find that it’s a really fun and fast board to ride.” – Ben on

“HI ,I’m 41 ,180 cm, 80 kg surfing for 25 years , got the 5.11 ,it has some extra volume but this is what I wanted just to have fun in the smallest days , in those days I would usually grab a 7.2 fun board , found the board extremely fun , gets in every wave and moves easily ,paddling is easy and fast, in fact since I got it I just took it almost to every session , you just take so many more waves so my sessions became so much more fun, I took it with me to the maldives and it worked well also in overhead peeling point breaks , was a bit tricky in very fast bottom turns but amazing flow down the line , I highly recommend this board !!” – Kobi S on

“Easy paddling, enough volume to keep your momentum on the fatter sections of the wave and Al Merrick has put a nice little hip on the tail just in front of the fins. This hip combined with a relatively narrow tail make the Channel Islands Average Joe quite manoeuvrable in small surf.

The width in the center of the board allows you to generate a lot of rail to rail speed which is pretty useful to get across those fatter section and make the next section.” –

“The Channel Islands Average Joe Surfboard is probably the most accessible all round ‘shortboard’ on the market today. Similar in concept to boards like the Lost Bottom Feeder or the JS Pier Pony, the Average Joe takes the concept of super wide high volume boards back a little further towards typical shortboard performance.

The width and thickness means absolutely maximum stability and wave count – perfect as a groveller in the smallest, weakest surf but also for the surfer transitioning from a longer board to a first short board. However unlike many of it’s competitors it’s rediscovered rocker and a narrower tail. This means it’ll be less quirky in better waves and turn off the back foot a lot more like a performance shortboard.” –

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