So the Channel Islands Pod Mod we used was a 5’2”, it’s 19 and 78 x 2 and 5/16 (26.5 liters of volume). I’ve also got the 5’4” and the 5’4” is 20 and 8, by two and 3/8, liters of volume 28.5, two liters difference between the two, two inches in length different.
I would think that I would originally choose the 5’ 4” and stay with it, it did feel good I rode it in all types of different sizes of surf. I rode it in choppy surf and it felt fine, but it was a little buoyant for me so I thought you know what maybe I should try the 5’ 2” and boy am I glad I did.
I want to talk about that for a minute. On the 5’ 2”, it’s 7 inches shorter than I am which is the shortest board I’ve ever ridden, but because of the wide nose, the hybrid nose and the wide point front from center, it had tons of paddle power for me.
Just in the outline itself and the way they put the foam in, it felt great, and I’m also serving lower trestles so it gets really crowded there and I have no problem catching waves.
And that’s the most important thing when you ride a small wave, board or a gobbler, is that you can catch waves and generate your own speed. Let’s get into the contours and what makes this board so fast, okay so we’ve got a single concave to a double concave to a V out the tail, and it’s very similar to the contours of the mini, I think the mini had a more aggressive concave, but this board went rail-to-rail just fine.
I mean it was really fast, you guys can tell from the video I felt like I could surf this board and can make any section I wanted to, because of the rocker and the concave. Now it’s got a very mild rocker in the front, but it’s got a good amount of tail rocker. When you put a tail rocker on and you pull in the tail like the pod mod has, you’re going to get the ability to do quick short turns, and because of the rocker you’re going to be able to sit in the pocket and do turns.
At times it felt like a high performance, small wave board for me, and that’s an important thing because I’m a pocket surfer. I’m not the kind of guy that flies down the line and does a lot of airs, although I’d like to do more airs, that’s not how I surf on a regular basis.
So between the 5’2” and the 5’4” Surfboard, I chose the five two because it became my favorite board of all time so far in small waves. I also rode the 5”2’ in choppy surf, I wanted to see what the board would feel like if I surf lowers on the south wind. Now, what happens is when you’re surfing choppy surf and there’s a bump in the waves, if you put the board on its rail on the bottom turn that chop will try and disengage the rail and make you slide out.
When we last tested the Pod I noticed that I drove through turns, the board was sticking and it felt really good through every turn. I was also generating speed the entire time, so it worked good in choppy surf. I rode it in small glassy surf, it was like shoulder high and down, and I also rode it in like a foot overhead and I got some barrels on believe it or not.
Because it’s so short on, when I came out the bottom, I could come up to the top and do a little quick turn and grab my rail and pull in. That’s what you get when you ride something that’s short and super maneuverable. If I was riding a longer board that probably would not have happened as good as it did, and the board was so fast that it drove through the barrel fine. I came out and I was able to finish it. So there are so many benefits to being on a shorter board with more volume. I highly recommend that you consider riding the pod mod to your surfing ability and your weight, but don’t be afraid to go a little bit smaller like I did.
Let’s talk about one more thing real quick. The Channel Islands website recommends this board as a thruster, I rode both boards as thrusters. I also use the same fins, I use the FRP by Channel Islands, I use the size large.
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FRP: Fiberglass Reinforced Polymers
Now what they’ve done is taken a plastic fin that had lots of flex and put fiberglass inside the fibers so it would stiffen up the flex pattern and keep the fin affordable.
So I think Channel Island did a great job with that. Throughout the whole time I was surfing, I was riding the large FRP fins in both boards. The five-two will stay in the quiver and it goes down in my book as a board that’s legit for pocket surfing. It flies down the line so you can use it for airs. I highly recommend getting one. I hope you guys enjoyed it, thanks take care!