Channel Islands "MINI" Surfboard Review by Noel Salas Ep. 4

Click to buy: SURF STATION - https://www.surfstationstore.com/collections/channel-islands-surfboards/products/channel-islands-int-mini-soft-surfboard No obligation, but these links & ads help support the site and keeps the reviews coming! If you decide to buy somewhere else or would like to support the show, please donate at https://www.paypal.me/surfnshow This video is about the "Mini" by Channel Islands. Noel Salas reviews the latest small wave board in the CI line up. This is a review about how the contours of the Mini surfboard work and flow together. Come and enjoy the footage of surfing and talking about what makes this small wave so special and unique. Channel Islands Surfboards is pleased to announce a surfboard design collaboration with Kalani Robb and MINI. By incorporating our common passion for performance and having fun we developed a versatile surfboard that performs in a unusually wide range of conditions. The MINI offers a ultra relaxed rocker, wider nose, wider squash tail, thinned rails, and aggressive single to double concave with vee out the tail. Taking a page from Al’s popular Skinny Fish design the MINI incorporates all the speed and wave catching ability of a traditional fish with the performance benefits of a squash tail. Designed to work best in knee to head high surf. This board is best positioned as your go to groveler in your quiver. Ride this board 3″ – 6″ shorter than your height. The Mini I am riding in the video is 5'3 which is 6" shorter then I am and the Channel Islands website is very good at helping with this information on all of their models. I suggest having a range on the volume for all the different board types, i.e. small wave boards, normal short board, and your step up. My range at 170 pounds is 26 on my normal short board to 29 on my small wave grovel boards. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoyed the surfboard review. Cheers!!!

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Click to buy: SURF STATION - https://www.surfstationstore.com/collections/channel-islands-surfboards/products/channel-islands-int-mini-soft-surfboard No obligation, but these links & ads help support the site and keeps the reviews coming! If you decide to buy somewhere else or would like to support the show, please donate at https://www.paypal.me/surfnshow This video is about the "Mini" by Channel Islands. Noel Salas reviews the latest small wave board in the CI line up. This is a review about how the contours of the Mini surfboard work and flow together. Come and enjoy the footage of surfing and talking about what makes this small wave so special and unique. Channel Islands Surfboards is pleased to announce a surfboard design collaboration with Kalani Robb and MINI. By incorporating our common passion for performance and having fun we developed a versatile surfboard that performs in a unusually wide range of conditions. The MINI offers a ultra relaxed rocker, wider nose, wider squash tail, thinned rails, and aggressive single to double concave with vee out the tail. Taking a page from Al’s popular Skinny Fish design the MINI incorporates all the speed and wave catching ability of a traditional fish with the performance benefits of a squash tail. Designed to work best in knee to head high surf. This board is best positioned as your go to groveler in your quiver. Ride this board 3″ – 6″ shorter than your height. The Mini I am riding in the video is 5'3 which is 6" shorter then I am and the Channel Islands website is very good at helping with this information on all of their models. I suggest having a range on the volume for all the different board types, i.e. small wave boards, normal short board, and your step up. My range at 170 pounds is 26 on my normal short board to 29 on my small wave grovel boards. I hope this helps and I hope you enjoyed the surfboard review. Cheers!!!

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The BenSman
The BenSman - 1 year ago
5 mins 20 secs. Sick, technical moment! Backside under the lip snap turns into functional barrel stall. I love it! Nice to see the possibilities on a quad as I’ve never quite gotten the hang of them. And on a 5 foot 3? That’s a skateboard! Great review, epic shredding
Mohd Hafizhzar
Mohd Hafizhzar - 2 years ago
can u review about puddle jumper high performance.?
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 2 years ago
Mohd Hafizhzar The Ave Joe is a cruiser too. Fun...
Mohd Hafizhzar
Mohd Hafizhzar - 2 years ago
Surf n Show Reviews how about average joe?
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 2 years ago
Mohd Hafizhzar The Lost PJHP is way more high performance for small waves. The CI Mini is a cruiser... it will do fun carves and go fast but it struggles in the pocket.
Mohd Hafizhzar
Mohd Hafizhzar - 2 years ago
Surf n Show Reviews can you recomend between mini and puddle jumper hp? which is more better. im 75kg. 5'9 height. I dont know what level am i.I think. im going into intermediate level. cause im starting to turn left and right even I lost many waves and im paddle out alone. last surfboard I use is 6'2 x 18 3/4 x 2 3/8 for me 70% lost wave 30% catch wave. I dont know the litres. can you suggest me the best volume? and dims? really need some help.
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 2 years ago
Mohd Hafizhzar Yes!!! That review drops next Friday!
manuelott29
manuelott29 - 3 years ago
hi,noel..love your reviews..keep it up..i would like to hear from a real surfer about the benefits of a short board with good amount of volume..i am 44 years old now.i used to surf when i was younger and now i am back into surfing,feeling a little lost with the volume calculators..i am 5 foot 6 inches and 150 lbs..at my age the board formula spits out 45 liters and up..that is too much to deal with in the water..i can paddle,duck dive,late take offs,ride the face of the wave with no issues..i have a 5.5" joe and it feels just right..please comment..thanks..
manuelott29
manuelott29 - 3 years ago
Yeah...i went to get the wierdo and the shop did not have it,so i opted for the high five standard 5.8 with 32.8 lts.i surf south fl..mostly 2 to 3 feet mush...i think it was a good choice..
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 3 years ago
Since you already have the Joe I would not go Mini but maybe consider the 5'8" Pod Mod for the summer. It can handle 1-4 surf just fine and it will be way more high performance compared to the Mini. You will have more speed, faster turning abilities, and it will pocket surf better too.

I still recommend the Weirdo for you as a short board for waves 3-6 but it does not grovel that well, but you do have the Joe right?
manuelott29
manuelott29 - 3 years ago
Do not go too big on the joe...5.7 i would say will be good for you..i am 5 feet 7 inches and 156lbs..i ride the standard 5.5...
manuelott29
manuelott29 - 3 years ago
The wierdo is a great board..but at the beginning stage stick with the joe..you will love it...catches every wave you paddle for and still turns excellent. ..
linoworks
linoworks - 3 years ago
I know, I obsessed. What's this average joe board that looks amazing...unfortunately not too many on the used market. Better for my skill level vs. mini or weirdo?
linoworks
linoworks - 3 years ago
haha one more note...or am I selling myself short with so much volume at 33l? My current standard thruster is 6'3" 2-5/8" and 19-3/4", no listed volume but my comparisons put it at 35/36. I still struggle a bit when diving bigger sets so just not sure about the paddling power/duck diving conundrum. :) ahh surfing...
linoworks
linoworks - 3 years ago
Hi Noel, Great reviews!

Funny you mention the Weirdo. I'm torn right now between a weirdo ripper and the mini. I'm 5'11" 155 beginner/int. and have been riding a standard thruster bout 35/36l. Feel it's time to go smaller as I catch everything but am struggling with quick speed pumps and snappier turns; bottom turns typically no prob, stalling a bit on top turn (frontside) and less volume duck diving would be amazing when it gets big. Both boards I'm considering are 33l with the mini being more a fish shape. Which may help my turns and pumps for speed? Thanks and keep up the amazing work!
manuelott29
manuelott29 - 3 years ago
ok...thanks noel..will check it out and let you know...
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 3 years ago
Stoked you like the reviews..... Yea at 5'6" and 150 it seems to me that 45 liters is a bit much. Your Joe has 33 liters and I would use this as your guide not the volume calculator. Once you find a volume that works for you that should be you new guide, just remember that the Joe has the round nose which helps your paddling. If you want to get a more standard short board then you might want to go with a 5'11" Weirdo Ripper or something custom if you want it a little shorter. The Weirdo Ripper is a great board with all kinds of foam packed in a shorter outline. You should go to a shop that sells CI's and have a look at it. Let me know what you think. Cheers!!!
fazorba
fazorba - 3 years ago
I have 95kg 1.65 height. You think one mini 6'1 around 43 L to much for me? Thanks
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 3 years ago
I think the 6'1 Mini at 43 L is too much compared to your 5'10 Evo at 39.3 L. I think you should consider the Ave Joe for small waves at 5'9 39.8 L. The Ave Joe is a really fun and forgiving small wave board.If the Joe does not look good to you then I would go custom on the Mini and go 5'10 and try to get your liters around 40.
fazorba
fazorba - 3 years ago
Im still surf with evo 5'10 and would like another board little bit different than evo .but which good paddle
Sam Trenary
Sam Trenary - 3 years ago
Would you recommend the AMT twin fin for the mini? Was wondering how that would perform
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 3 years ago
That is a really good question. I am not sure the Mini shape can handle that kind of fin but it's worth a try if you have the AMT fins. If you give it a go let me know what you think.

I think you will get a lot of drive down the line but I am not sure how the board will be going in and out of turns.
MrREMBERY
MrREMBERY - 4 years ago
I've had my Mini for around a month and surfed it many many times so I can give some good feedback. Just go out and get one. I got this as a grovel board for when my New Flyer is not quite giving me what I want and I am truly blown away. This is the easiest funnest board to ride I've ever had. Don't think you can't surf high performance on this thing because you can tear the bag out of anything that moves. I'm 43 years old, 5'7 and 81 kg's and ride the stock 5'5 which comes in around 29.6 litres. I've been surfing for 30 years and surf everyday there are waves on the Gold Coast Australia.
I seriously have not had a bad surf on this board. It's not temperamental at all. You just stand up and the thing picks up speed like a rocket. It's surprisingly responsive and goes wherever I want it to go. It has no problems getting vertical and you can hit the lip as hard as you can with ultra smooth landings and smooth transitions into your next turn. For me it is a magic board. Even my friends have been commenting on how fast it looks and how well I'm surfing on it (my mates aren't normally ones for praise either).
I'm riding it with the Futures AM1 fibreglass as a thruster. As a quad I've settled on the FG AM1's in the sides with the medium Channel Islands FRP quad rears (ridiculously loose but still not out of control). I've also surfed the Lge FRP sides with the Lge FRP quad rears which is what Noel is surfing in this video and it went great. I like the smaller fins because the waves I surf require more pivot then the waves Noel is riding. I like the fibreglass fins because although the fins are small for my weight i can push them as hard as I want and they still hold. I can't ride medium honeycomb AM1's as they just don't feel like they engage enough for me. There is a massive difference in feel and drive. I've also surfed the CI Tech 2 mediums in the sides with the medium CI FRP quad rears and it went great as well. I would ride those if it got a bit more powerful and the mini was the only board in my car.
I'm also surprised at what this board can hold size wise. Even though it is super flat it handles sucky waves no problems. It would easily surf well overhead waves if it wasn't top to bottom.
For me the only bad aspect of the MINI is I can't get off the bloody thing because I love it so much.
Go get one now.
Liam Rodriguez
Liam Rodriguez - 3 years ago
MrREMBERY I am also getting a 5'5 soon...the stoke is on after reading your comment! Thanks dude! I will let you know how it goes !
krusher74
krusher74 - 4 years ago
"The sharp rails gonna grip the water" (2.04) if your gonna do surfboard reviews you need to know your physics basics. Water grips curves, releases from sharp edges.
krusher74
krusher74 - 4 years ago
Coandă effect
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 4 years ago
Thanks for the comments. I pulled this info from the Surf Science website and it brings truth both to what you are saying and what I said in this review. Cheers and thanks for reaching out. Performance Harder rails best suit the modern shortboard. They will knife into the water's edge easier, making it plane faster and turn quicker. This is because that hard edge, especially in the tail, allows the water to abruptly release from the board's rails, creating more maneuverability and speed. If the surfer is so inclined to use his rails rather than rely heavily on the fins, it also allow for long drawn out rail turns. On the downside, hard rails with edges make pivotal turns more difficult. These rails are generally better in large, steep and hollow conditions. The hard edge allows the board to gain a firm hold in the wave and remain stable at faster speeds. The compromise is in rail volume. Even a shortboard must have thicker, softer rails in the center of the board if it is to float the surfer. The nose and tail volume will remain thinner and harder for speed and performance.
CG WGGW
CG WGGW - 4 years ago
Noel, question about poly vs. EPS if you don't mind. Being any board HP or groveler. I am hung up on EPS being associate to groveler boards only. What are your thoughts on EPS and Poly as they play in towards a High Performance board or a groveler. I just picked up a custom mini in EPS and the thing is a blast.
CG WGGW
CG WGGW - 4 years ago
+Surf Show and Tell Reviews Thank you sir! Helps a lot!
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Surf n Show Reviews - 4 years ago
+CG WGGW Wow Mini in EPS sounds really fun.... I like EPS for both HP and Grovelers because the are so light and responsive, but If the glass job is too light on the HP board then it tries blow away from my feet when the waves are overhead. If you are going to go EPS on the HP maybe do it in Ultra Light and not Team Light. That should make it better when it's windy.... I hope this helps......
Daniel Goldwing
Daniel Goldwing - 4 years ago
Hey Noel,
Thanks for the quality review. I have a question: Did you find turning the board in tight arc required considerably more effort than when surfing your standard performance shortboard?
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 4 years ago
Yes... The Mini feels more like a fish type of board. It likes to go fast and carve. Tight turns in the pocket take much effort. The Pod Mod feels much better in the pocket because the tail is pulled in. I hope i answered your question....

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Alessandro Sozzi
Alessandro Sozzi - 4 years ago
keep those vids coming man!! that's a good quality review and greatly reinforced by the shots of you surfing!! Cheers from Italy!
Luke
Luke - 4 years ago
this board looks great under your feet. better than most boards you have demoed.
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Surf n Show Reviews - 4 years ago
+luke Armstrong Thanks this board is super fun to ride.
Scott
Scott - 4 years ago
Best online reviews by a MILE! Thanks for doing all of these reviews, would be nice to see you on a variety of boards which included brands other than Channel Islands but I'll take what I can get! Keep up the good work... Great job!!!
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Surf n Show Reviews - 4 years ago
+conversations with jose Thank you for the props on the reviews. I appreciate it!!1 Make sure you subscribe if you haven't already so you get all my new stuff when it hits You Tube. Cheers...
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Marco, Thank you for the comment and I recommend the Pod Mod as it is more forgiving and easier to surf in my opinion. The Pod Mod is more responsive too and it can handle a bit bigger surf than the Mini. Both boards are very fast but I had more fun on the Pod Mod and it was easier to maneuver. I hope this helps.....
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
What a compliment and Kelly is one of my favorite surfer. We both know that there is only 1 Kelly slater but I have watched so much of his surfing that sometimes I think the brain starts to mirror what it is looking at all the time. Thank you again for the compliment....
shinonuma115
shinonuma115 - 5 years ago
i swear everytime i saw the surfing footage you showed, i thought it was kelly slater. Not just the bald head lol but your style too. You rip bro!
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Andrew, After riding the Pod Mod and the Mini i feel like the Pod Mod is more high performance and more versatile when the waves get a little bigger. (3-5) Out of all the CI small wave boards the Pod Mod is my favorite.
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Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Marco, Yes this is a small wave board. You can order one custom with those dimensions but I recommend focusing on Liters of volume and not too much on the DIMS. Make sure you have good volume on the smaller wave boards because you have to generate your own speed. Your volume and skill level should go hand and hand. Error more on the board floating you good in small waves. You will go faster and have more fun!!!
Marco Renzi
Marco Renzi - 5 years ago
+Surf Show and Tell Reviews
I've seen right now the review of the pod mod!Looks nice and you say it is similar to the mini.
Which one should i prefer for 2-4ft mushy waves(italy)? I would like a board that is easy to paddle, that is manouvrable and get speed to try to perform small aerials. What do you suggest?
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Sandro, Thank you for the encouragement and I am so stoked on the Channel Islands that I don't have the Rusty Panda in my sights at the moment. Sorry that I can't give feedback on that board. I the Pod Mod up next, then I have another board that has not been released yet and I can't talk about just yet. Stay tuned and I hope one of the boards I eview soon will inspire you to try one out. Cheers!!!
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Andrew, the Pod Mod is a good grovel board and it will work good in a little over head too. The Pod Mod is my favorite small wave board and I even got to ride it at Lowers over head and it went mental. I will pst the Review this week and you can judge it for yourself as I grovel and surf some waves with some power.

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Andrew Palfery
Andrew Palfery - 5 years ago
Cool. my dilemma is do I need a grovel board as well as pod mod? Can pod mod grovel as well as hi 5 / mini? Thanks
Surf n Show Reviews
Surf n Show Reviews - 5 years ago
Hey guys I will be posting the Pod Mod in a few days and it goes off!! I have to tell you if you are looking for a high performance small wave board then you might want to wait for the Pod Mod review before you make a decision on a small wave board.
Sandro Fonseca
Sandro Fonseca - 5 years ago
Nice show, congratulations! What about to review the new Rusty Panda model? I am interested in one and You're the one to listen as it's noticeable that You are a surfer, not a free talker. Rusty Panda model, please!
Marco Renzi
Marco Renzi - 5 years ago
+SurfSHow : Can this be considered a small wave board? What about changing stock size to 5'5 x 21 x 2 3/4?
I'm 181x 180lbs intermediate surfer....surfing small waves the most of the time...
Maynard Lim
Maynard Lim - 5 years ago
noah, really digging the reviews and you rip!! thanks for putting these up. I have a high 5 now and digging it!
Andrew Palfery
Andrew Palfery - 5 years ago
Hey Noel, great insightful reviews. I was going to get a Pod Mod but now am thinking Mini / Hi 5? after watching your vids. How does the Pod Mod compare (positive or negatives) to the Mini?
Dan Choi
Dan Choi - 5 years ago
Another sick video Noel! How did you like this board in different wave sizes? Looks like you surfed it in everything from waist to HH plus. Was there a sweet spot?

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