Channel Islands Rocket Wide Spine-Tek 5'9 x 19 3/4 x 2 9/16 Surfboard
The Channel Islands Rocket Wide Spine-Tek 5'9 Surfboard is a collaboration between CI and Shapers Australia. SpineTek is a unique stringer made of resin and fiberglass that works under the principle of elastic and kinetic energy as it flexes under pressure and then returns the surfboard back to its natural rocker. The result is a more lively and responsive feel. For you, this means less fatigue as it provides speed, power, drive, and flow. And no worries about it adding extra weight, it comes in at a mere 1/4 pound which replaces the traditional heavier timber stringers and remains break free.
So about that Rocket Wide. “My brothers and I loved the speed and control we were feeling with the Rocket 9 and we wanted to see how we could apply those same levels of fun and performance to a board for small and gutless waves. The Rocket Wide features a wider tail block to skate across flat sections and a wider nose area to accommodate for better paddle power. It’s a shorter, wider skate machine designed to lift the fun factor when the waves are not at their best. So don’t let those small days get you down cause the Rocket Wide is ready for blast off!!” -Dane
Lastly, and maybe even more importantly, like all Channel Islands EPS/Epoxy Surfboards the Spine-Tek boards are certified Eco-boards: a partnership with the Sustainable Surf Program. Give love to your ocean.
- DIMENSIONS: 5'9 x 19 3/4 x 2 9/16
- VOLUME: 31.9L
- TAIL: Swallow
- FIN CONFIGURATION: Tri-Quad
- FINS: Futures
- CONSTRUCTION: Polyurethane/Polyester Resin
- SURFBOARD TYPE: Fish
Polyurethane is the traditional way of hand making surfboards. This technique was introduced in the '50s and came after wooden surfboards. It starts with a polyurethane foam blank which is then glassed over with a fiberglass cloth. Polyester Resin is then applied by working on several layers before the board is finally sanded down to its final state. The result is a nice clean, smooth, hand shaped surfboard. What's also nice about this construction is that the PU foam is a closed cell so that it won't easily soak in water if you happen to encounter a ding. Plus, the technique has been perfected over the years and surfers know it so it feels familiar under their feet.
Spine-Tek The SPINE-TEK concept focuses on the importance of flex to provide increased efficiency to turn (the ability to redirect body mass faster and at more acute angles). The result is increased efficiency (the way the board moves through water), the Spine helps a surfer achieve greater output from less input; a lighter amount of force required through the bottom turn to create more acceleration for the top turn. Some surfers will simply push/try harder (use more force) to achieve a more powerful response (bigger turns, more pop for punts etc). Maximizing this efficiency is also a way to minimize surfer fatigue and maintain energy. A critical component is the ability of a product to be able to change shape (distort) and then return back to its optimal form (shape) with force. The SPINE flexing is loading up on energy (this load process is ‘storing energy’ = Elastic Potential Energy). When the board responds back to its natural shape (the boards rocker curve), this stored energy is converted to Kinetic Energy (the energy of motion). In simple terms, the surfboard loads up on energy (potential) and then the boards springs back with energy (kinetic). In surfing terms.. Speed, Power, Drive, Flow.