CHANNEL ISLANDS - FEVER   6'1" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2"  30,8L  FUTURE FINS

CHANNEL ISLANDS

CHANNEL ISLANDS - FEVER 6'1" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2" 30,8L FUTURE FINS

R8,899.00

CHANNEL ISLANDS

FEVER

6'1" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/2"

30,8 L

FUTURE FINS

THE FEVER HAS ITS ROOTS IN AL MERRICK’S TRUSTED AND PROVEN HIGH PERFORMANCE SHORT BOARD DESIGNS. THE GOAL IN DESIGNING THIS BOARD WITH MIKE ANDREWS AND PATRICK GUDAUSKAS WAS TO CREATE A MORE ACCESSIBLE TOUR LEVEL PERFORMANCE BOARD THAT ANYONE WHO JUMPED ONTO IT WOULD “INSTANTLY FEEL THE SPEED AND ZEST FOR CREATIVITY.” BORROWING PAT’S FAVORITE ELEMENTS OF THE PROTON, ROOKIE AND MBM, AND COMBINING THEM WITH A SUBTLE SINGLE CONCAVE AND LOWER ROCKER RESULTED IN A BOARD WITH A HUGE SWEET SPOT. WITH A SLIGHTLY MORE PARALLEL OUTLINE AND FORGIVING ROCKER THE FEVER HAS PROVEN TO BE AN ALL-AROUND DESIGN THAT EXCELS IN A WIDE RANGE OF CONDITIONS AND WAVE TYPES.

THE BOARD ORIGINATED OFF THE REMIX (ROOKIE/MBM) WHICH I SURFED FOR SEVERAL YEARS ON THE WORLD TOUR.  I LOVED THESE DESIGNS BUT WANTED MORE SPEED AND DRIVE THROUGHOUT THE BOARD.  WE CHOPPED ROCKERS OFF THE NOSE AND TAIL TO FLATTEN THE DESIGN OUT AND ALLOW IT TO FLY.  WE ADDED A SINGLE CONCAVE, AND A TAIL TEMPLATE INSPIRED BY THE CI MBM, ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE SURFBOARDS BY CI.  THE INTENTION WAS TO GIVE THE SURFBOARD DRIVE AND CONTROL OFF THE BACK 1/3 OF THE SURFBOARD, SO IT COULD BE FAST, BUT ALSO DOMINATE IN BIG SECTIONS AND HOLLOW BOWLS.  THE GOAL, MAKING IT A RELIABLE, EASY TO ACCESS SWEET SPOT FOR MAXIMUM FLAIR. THE FEVER STANDS FOR SPEED AND DRIVE.  FOR ME, AS A CHANNEL ISLANDS TEAM RIDER OF 16 YEARS, I HAVE RIDDEN ALMOST ALL THE MODELS THAT AL MERRICK AND CI SURFBOARDS HAVE DESIGNED AND LOVED THEM ALL IN THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL WAYS.  MOST RECENTLY, I HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR A BOARD THAT COULD ENCOMPASS ALL MY FAVORITE BOARDS INTO ONE SURFBOARD.  I WANTED IT TO BE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO FIND THE SWEET SPOT, AND TO KEEP ME INSPIRED TO SURF CREATIVELY IN ALL CONDITIONS BE IT SMALL ONSHORE BEACH BREAK, OR PERFECT REELING POINT BREAK 6 – 8 FOOT.  IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO THE FEVER, I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE WORLD TOUR SURFING REALLY GOOD WAVES.  

I SPENT A LOT OF TIME SURFING BOARDS LIKE THE ROOKIE, THE PROTON, THE T-LOW, AND THE MBM.  THE THING THAT I REALIZED, WAS THAT EACH BOARD IN IT’S OWN WAY SERVED A STYLE OR PURPOSE TO THE WAVES I WAS RIDING.  THE PROTON FELT AMAZING IN HOLLOW OR POWERFUL WAVES WHERE THE CURVE OF THE BOARD SUITED THE CURVE OF THE WAVE FACE, BUT WHEN THE WAVE WENT FLAT SUDDENLY IT FELT LIKE I WAS PUSHING WATER OR LOOSING SPEED.  THE ROOKIE/ROOK15 FELT GREAT IN BELLS BEACH STYLE WAVES WHERE THERE WAS OPEN FACE FOR BIG ARCS AND TURNS, BUT FOR ME STRUGGLED IN PUNCHY QUICK BEACH BREAK STYLE WAVES.  I WAS FINDING THAT IN MY QUIVER I HAD EITHER A BOARD THAT WAS ONE THING, OR ANOTHER, BUT NOT BOTH. THIS IS WHERE THE FEVER WAS BORN, FROM A DESIRE FOR AN ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE BOARD BASED ON ELEMENTS I LOVE, SPEED, DRIVE, AND FLAIR.  MY GOAL IN DESIGNING THIS BOARD WITH MIKE ANDREWS AND CHANNEL ISLANDS WAS TO CREATE A BOARD THAT YOU COULD SURF IN ALMOST ALL CONDITIONS AND HAVE A HELL OF A GOOD TIME ON IT.  I WANTED A MORE ACCESSIBLE TOUR PERFORMANCE BOARD THAT ANYONE WHO JUMPED ONTO IT WOULD INSTANTLY FEEL THE SPEED AND ZEST FOR CREATIVITY.  FOR THE DESIGN WE LOWERED THE ROCKERS OF MY EXISTING BOARDS, ADDED THE HIP ON THE TAIL TO GIVE IT MAXIMUM SPEED, AND MAXIMUM DRIVE/CONTROL.  WITH THE SINGLE CONCAVE, AND SIMPLE OUTLINE, THE FEVER HAS BECOME MY FAVORITE SURFBOARD.  IN MY MIND THE FEVER IS A BOARD OF SPEED, FLAIR, AND DRIVE WITH A DEPENDABLE SWEET SPOT FOR PARAMOUNT FUN.  ENJOY!

 

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