Channel Islands

Channel Islands

Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through four decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.

“The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world’s greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion” – Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper


  • Torq Channel Islands Pod Mod -5'6"

    In 2000 the original Torq Pod rapidly became a global favourite, allowing surfers to drop six inches off their shortboards and revolutionise punting.

    The Pod Mod design is a heavily modified Pod, designed to be ridden even shorter and wider than the original, catering to the surfer that wants a little more volume forward to catch waves but doesn't want to sacrifice performance. The tail has been widened for small wave glide, and the original single to double concave has been replaced with a flat entry to concave vee for quick rail to rail transitions.

    Experienced surfers ride this board 3- 6" shorter than you are tall.

    Level - 2 > Expert
    Wave Height - Knee high to Overhead

    X-Lite is a brand new Epoxy technology developed specifically for performance boards. This is lighter, stronger and more Eco than a traditional PU/Polyester board. This new innovative technology is used exclusively on the Channel Islands model, the POD MOD.

    HD-EPS Core 2 x Biaxialcloth Epoxy Resin
    Stronger, Lighter and more Eco than your PU/Polyester surfboard

    Carbon Torsion
    Carbon torsion strips on the base controls flex, provides snappy response

    Precision Moulded
    Precision cut aluminium moulds create 100% perfect reproduction from the Channel Islands original

    Dimensions - 5'6 x 20 3/8 x 2 1/2  Vol 31.3 l

  • Whether new to surfing or just looking to enjoy a cruisy session, the all-new Torq Chancho is a super user-friendly, stable board that catches waves with ease. The Chancho boasts generous volume for its mid length size, and features low nose rocker for early wave entry. Its subtle vee-bottom contours that run through the fins help it turn effortlessly.

    An offspring of the popular Water Hog model, the Chancho is available in X-Lite construction.


    X-Lite is a torq Epoxy technology developed specifically for performance boards. This is lighter, stronger and more Eco than a traditional PU/Polyester board, now with a 50% thinner Shield Skin for weight reduction. This innovative technology is used exclusively on the X-Lite Channel Islands models; the best selling Pod Mod and all new Chancho.

    The Pod Mod features an Impact Mesh layer on the deck for strength and ding resistance, the Chancho features a Carbon Strip on the deck for longitudinal strength and responsiveness.

    8’0 x 22 1/4” x 3”- 63.0 ltr


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    Our fin system is designed by Futures Fins of California - one of the most respected fin systems on the planet.


  • Channel Islands has modernized the Flyer into a shorter wider package. This new-plan shape allows for the same volume in a shorter rail line. It keeps the forgiving 2-stage rocker and adds a spiral "V" starting in front of the fins to allow for rail-to-rail quickness.

    *** Fins not included