Channel Islands Fred Rubble Surfboard Review
Safari Town team rider Irwin Langeberg shares his thoughts on the Channel Islands Fred Rubble with his Channel Islands Fred Rubble Surfboard Review
The Channel Islands Fred Rubble has been a go to board of mine for all surf conditions ranging from waist to solid head high. A staple in my surfboard quiver for several years, this board has a clean simple design with a big “sweet spot” under your back foot. With the slightly wider outline, as well as having the wide point a bit forward, this design allows you to surf a bit front footed at times without feeling like the board is “sticking” to the face of the wave. The transitions from driving off a neutral stance to shifting your weight/power off your back foot feels effortless on this board.
This model likes to be surfed vertically in the pocket as well as having great down the line speed/drive thanks to a simple outline and entry/exit rocker. Single to double concave bottom with vee out the tail provides quick acceleration, as well as a loose and smooth rail to rail feel in all surf. The medium rails on The Fred Rubble have an amazing feel and hold when you really push this board hard. This model also hides the foam/volume well so, don’t hesitate to order this board a little shorter than what you’re used to riding. The round or thumb tail version of this design gives it a great feel in more solid surf although, I prefer the Squash Tail for most of the conditions I surf this board in.
The Fred Rubble by Channel Islands Surfboards has been a proven design, as well as one of the most popular surfboard models in recent years. A super easy to ride shortboard to surf in a wide variety of conditions, it has become one of my favorite surfboard designs. Just follow the Channel Islands website regarding size and width recommendations and you will score a great surfboard surely to become one of your favorites.