Channel Islands Rocket 9 Review


What the Channel Islands website says about the Rocket 9:

‘The Rocket9 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’

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What people are saying about it:

“Rocket 9 is one of my favorite models thus far do to the fact that it’s one of my fastest, loosest boards I have and I pretty much have 80% of all the models. I love the rocket 9 with the twin sides and the small trailer. It’s okay as a regular thruster…” – user Craig on Channel Islands website

“Just purchase your Rocket 9. Love the shape… Feel it performs especially well for Florida waves. However, I have never experienced such a poor glass job. It dings super easy. This board will maybe last 3 months. My question is why are you charging so much ($750) for a board that won’t hold up? I can understand if I was using it a few times for competition; but this is a stock board!” – user John Procacci on Channel Islands website

“I just got one. I got the 5’9 stock dims. I’m 6’0, 160 pounds. love it. I’m riding the AM1 merrick fins in medium. I might go large, felt a bit squirmy at first. Board is magic though!” – user adamwhite299 on YouTube

“Man I just purchased the rocket 9 and after 3 months it has pressure dings all over the top and sides. For such an expensive board they don’t last!” – user John Pro on YouTube

“Loved this board as a thruster, it was punchy Panama Beachbreak and tried the 2+1 but chose the Rocket9 in thruster setup is my new all-rounder.” – user Scott Anderson on YouTube

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Here are videos of the Channel Islands Rocket 9:

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