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Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Howly Wolf » Wed May 13, 2020 11:30 am

Does anyone have any opinions on tail channels and how they perform in local conditions?

Seemed last year channels were all the rage, especially 4-6 channel twin fin midlengths, such as this Morning of the Earth trip from Scott Rowley: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzmppJYHtd6/

From what I gather, the idea is to optimize hold and reduce drag to get a loose and groovy feel on larger waves. Sounds fun-- very fun-- but there's a big difference between the waves Torren Martyn is surfing (not to mention his skill) and what most of us score... Curious what others think? Are channeled midlengths the new blech um... er... black?
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Major Lazer » Wed May 13, 2020 12:28 pm

I had an old 80s Caster thruster. Apparently Caster was one of the masters of channel design in the 80s. Board was pretty sweet, typical 80's thruster, with glass on fins too. I surfed it here and there locally and noticed it was pretty fast for a thruster, but also had that flat 80's style rocker that so many boards have currently. Not sure if that contributed to the built in speed? Went pretty well at say HH-OH Shorties. That is my only real experience with channel bottoms and nothing I am against but not really seeking out, but perhaps they provide a little more bite with a twin or quad set up. Scott's boards have been looking really nice and he's not a whinny beoch like Biolos.
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Howly Wolf » Wed May 13, 2020 2:02 pm

Major Lazer wrote:perhaps they provide a little more bite with a twin or quad set up.


That's the idea-- replace the center fin with channels and go for it. I just wonder if wind bump and chop would spin it out in larger surf? Regardless, they look like a lot of fun-- I really like riding my 7'1 as a twin when the surf is small so I can see the appeal.

What's going on with Mayhem? Did he get black pilled or something?
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby smithgrind » Thu May 14, 2020 8:58 pm

Howly Wolf wrote:What's going on with Mayhem? Did he get black pilled or something?


Give his IG account a follow. He flies his flag blatantly.
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Howly Wolf » Sat May 16, 2020 11:48 am

Hoo boy-- he's gramming screenshots from Facebook... no coming back from that.
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Major Lazer » Mon May 18, 2020 12:26 pm

OK he kinda cleared the water in this podcast:

https://bleav.com/podcast-show/surf-center/#

Check out Covid Chronicles Ep 1.

That said found Sals more interesting. Covid Chronicles Ep 3. Funny how political surfing has gotten recently.
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Howly Wolf » Tue May 19, 2020 11:05 am

That interview with Sal is amazing-- lots of insights that shifted my paradigm a little. Thanks for recommending.

Haven't listened to the Biolos interview yet. I'll give it a chance eventually, but honestly I care more about his perspective on channel bottoms than his politics. More on that here for the interested lurker: https://beachgrit.com/2016/11/learn-mat ... l-bottoms/

Speaking of politics in surfing has anyone checked in on The Illusion lately? He's been going down the rabbit hole for awhile now...
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby Major Lazer » Tue May 19, 2020 5:20 pm

Nice yeah I don't really do surf podcasts, but that one was good. Maybe its cause how political things have gotten with beach closures and stuff.

Anyways back to channel bottoms. Came across this:

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https://oregoncoast.craigslist.org/spo/d/portland-christenson-surfboard-510-gerr/7116586755.html

Dims are to pinner for me, but nice looking channel bottom priced right.
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Re: Channels Are the New Blech

Postby SlimVest » Thu Jul 09, 2020 4:49 pm

Had a Team Low Tech Cort Gion probably 10yrs back now. Not sure what the board was really made for. Went okay. Think I had a couple fun rights in the cove. It was wide and flat up front but with a channeled tail. Groveller up front and action in the back. Mine was a 6'0 and said "speed kills" on the stringer.

http://lincolncitysurfshop.com/product/62-cort-gion-grease-slapper-fish-surfboard/
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