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Channel Islands - Happy

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The Surf Station
Jack’s Surfboards
Surf Ontario (Canada Only)

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In this episode I put two custom “Happy” boards through the paces in a variety of wave types and conditions.

Both boards are custom with the exact same dimensions. One board is EPS (Squash Tail) in CI’s award winning construction they call Spinetek. The other board in Polyurethane foam with Polyester resin. (Swallow Tail)

We spent all summer testing both of these boards in 3-8’ surf and we even took the Spinetek EPS board to BSR Surf Resort to see how it goes in the pool.

Both boards went good but the PU Swallow tail out performed the EPS Squash tail in 4-8’ surf. The PU offered more hold and predictability on rail when the waves had more size with texture from wind.

Overall the Happy is a solid HPSB and I recommend it for the upper end intermediate to pro surfer looking to maximize performance pocket surfing in 4-8’ surf.

Board DIMS:
5’7” x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 Liters 25.5

My Height: 5’9”
My Weight: 160 lb or 72.57 KG 

Board Weight with Tail Traction:
EPS Spinetek: 4.90 lb
PU/Poly: 5.30 lb

Suggested Fins:
Al Merrick Fins