A genuine all round shortboard for average surfers in everyday waves. Maximum wave count and stability with some worthwhile performance features.


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Excellent delivery service came in perfect shape. Board is great, tonnes of paddle speed and really quick down the line. Goes in tiny surf! Much more manoeuvrable than I was expecting, very pleased!”

Garrance, 30 Dec. Review is from Channel Islands Average Joe. Translate.
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The Channel Islands Average Joe Surfboard is probably the most accessible all round 'shortboard' on the market today. Similar in concept to boards like the Lost Bottom Feeder or the JS Pier Pony, the Average Joe takes the concept of super wide high volume boards back a little further towards typical shortboard performance.

The width and thickness means absolutely maximum stability and wave count - perfect as a groveller in the smallest, weakest surf but also for the surfer transitioning from a longer board to a first short board. However unlike many of it's competitors it's rediscovered rocker and a narrower tail. This means it'll be less quirky in better waves and turn off the back foot a lot more like a performance shortboard.

There's always a compromise between wave count, paddle ability, stability and performance but this board looks a lot less like a quirky addition to the normal quiver and a solid attempt at a balance of all three for the average weekend warrior.

Over the last six years and hundreds of stops on our demo tour we have learned a few things. One of those is that surfers sometimes want something simple, fun, and easy to ride.

Light single concave for the first 1/3 to deepening concave vee throughout. The Joe can be surfed off the rail or tail that has Al's signature hip tail template to keep drive. Full rails keep high volume in a short outline.

Increase wave count, make more sections. The average Joe is geared towards the things that makes surfing fun.

Channel Islands first and foremost is performance based and athlete driven, but not everyone's next paycheck hinges on how critical their equipment works.


No experience necessary


Recommended for knee to head high.


2-8" shorter than your height depending on ability

Dimensions & Fin set-up:

Length Width Thickness Volume/litres Fins
5ft3 20 7/8" 2 3/8" 29.6 Futures x AM1
5ft5 21 3/8" 2 1/2" 33 Futures x AM1
5ft7 21 7/8" 2 5/8" 36.5 Futures x AM1
5ft9 22 1/8" 2 3/4" 39.9 Futures x AM2
5ft11 22 3/8" 2 7/8" 43.4 Futures x AM2
6ft1 22 7/8" 3" 47.6 Futures x AM2

The five fin plugs allow you to use the board as a thruster with the three Futures fins, you will need to purchase a set of trailing Futures fins or a quad set to use the board as a quad.

Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 38 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through three decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.

"The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world's greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion" - Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper

In July of 2006, Channel Islands Surfboards was acquired by Burton Corporation. This is a marriage of two like-minded companies; both being privately held organizations focused on rider-driven product and manufacturing the best possible equipment available. At a time when the surfboard industry was undergoing massive changes, the added resources brought to CI from Burton allowed us to renew our focus on design and board building in our home of Santa Barbara California. CI promptly moved to a larger facility just blocks from Rincon Del Mar, setting the foundation for developing, testing, and building boards in Santa Barbara for many years to come.

  • Why does the price change when I look at the different sizes of boards??

    hi, the price does scale up with the different sizes, this is because there is alot more material in the 6'1 compared to the 5'6.

  • Are these boards already equipped with fins?

    Yes, the Average Joe is supplied with a set of Futures fins.

  • How many oz's of cloth on deck and bottom?

    The Average Joe has two layers of 4 ounce glass on the deck and one on the bottom.

  • the 6'1 is buyable?or is out of stock? the fin set up is only future?

    It is available now, we only have futures on our stock boards, but can do fcs as a custom board

  • Excellent delivery service came in perfect shape. Board is great, tonnes of paddle speed and really quick down the line. Goes in tiny surf! Much more manoeuvrable than I was expecting, very pleased!

    , 30 Dec 13. Review is for Channel Islands Average Joe.
  • Great service! The shipment took only a week from ordering to delivery in Northern-Norway! The Average Joe is an awesome board! It works great in the smallest weakest surf, but also in bigger waves. On days my only option was a longboard, I can now make those turns and have great fun with the Joe!

    , 23 Feb 14. Review is for Channel Islands Average Joe.
  • Excellent service and arrived in perfect condition. It's an amazing board, easy to paddle, plenty of float ( I'm 6'2, 175lbs ) Goes great in knee high surf up to about head high

    , 12 Jul 14. Review is for Channel Islands Average Joe.

Average rating of 5 from 4 ratings.

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