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Enjoy this review as Noel partners with Jett Schilling and some of the local San Clemente Groms ripping on the Rook 15 and Sampler.

The Rook 15 is the work horse for most of the CI team riders as a high performance short board. Salas goes into detail about the Rook 15 and it's contours and why it works so well in competition for some of the worlds best surfers.

The Sampler is Noel's board of choice for small mushy waves and he talks about using the Sampler as a competition board because it still has that standard short board outline. When the waves get small and gutless you need a board that excels in flat spots, and generates its own speed. Riding a board like the Sampler in competition with subpar conditions will set you apart from other surfers who are riding a standard short board with too much rocker.

The crew meets up with 13 year old Jett Schilling for roughly 10 days of shooting Trestles, CA on Jett's favorite board the Rook 15. Noel narrates as Jett is surfing on the board as it transitions from rail to rail and drives down the line.

Surf Show and Tell also catches' up with three local boys that get to test out the Rook 15 & Sampler that are perfect for their size. Channel Islands sends down four different size Grom boards with colored foam ranging from 4'8 to 5'4.

Catch the stoke from the kids as they rip as hard as they can at Lower Trestles.

Here is what the Channel Islands website has to say about the Rook 15 & Sampler.

First seen on the WCT tour in 2010, the Rookie has been rediscovered by our entire CT team this year; Seabass, Kelly, Adriano, Lakey, Bianca, Sage and Kai all have won heats on the new Rookie 15. Ridden shorter and wider than the original, the Rook 15 is the ultimate contest workhorse. Single concave throughout, the Rook 15 works best when on rail. Ride this board your same height to 2” longer.

Now available in 4’8, 5’0, and 5’2 GROM SERIES dimensions


Take your good wave game to conditions that are not. The Sampler was developed with Dane Reynolds to be that step-down board you ride a little shorter and wider in smaller or weaker surf while not sacrificing performance. It fits in your quiver between something fishy like a High 5 or Pod Mod and your normal shortboard.

Loosely based off the Dumpster Diver,it has flat, racy entry and center rocker,with ample curve out the tail for tight transitions and airs. A generous single concave runs the whole length of the board, with a slight double within the single between the fins, and just a little vee to provide kick off the tail. The outline is full but sleek in the front half, with an exaggerated and slightly forward of normal Merrick hip, and a wide old-school squash tail.

The Sampler is suitable for every level of surfer and should be ordered 2-4 inches shorter, 1/4 to 3/4 inches wider, and the same or slightly thicker than your normal shortboard.

Now available in 4’10 and 5’2 GROM SERIES dimensions