G SKATE, the new Channel Islands Surfboards surfboard
Welcome to this new Single Quiver review of the new surfboard from Channel Islands Surfboards, the G Skate. This surfboard is the result of a collaboration between Britt Merrick and the three Gudauskas brothers, who were looking for a fast and responsive design that would allow for a more skate-like surfing style. With simple and double concaves, and a low entry rocker, the G Skate surfboard offers lightning-fast speed and impressive maneuverability. In today’s review, we will thoroughly explore the features and performance of the G Skate, so you can discover why this surfboard may be the next step in your evolution as a surfer.
G SKATE Review
The Al Merrick G Skate is a loose and fun surfboard. We are in front of a versatile twin fin 2+1 surfboard that serves us for everyday use. Perfect for surfers accustomed to surfing with a Thruster and looking for something different. We are facing a fast, agile, and responsive surfboard. A new and fresh surfboard that works well in good waves, but is also easy to handle in less good waves. It has a lot of speed thanks to its simple to double concave, low rocker, and a wide point forward. In addition, its shortboard rails provide all the precision and control you may need. If you are looking for a fast and fun surfboard, do not hesitate to try the G Skate, an exciting collaboration that has resulted in an impressive surfboard design!
The Channel Islands G Skate Surfboard
Below, we tell you what we liked the most about the new Gudauskas brothers surfboard:
- Agile, maneuverable and fast
- Versatile works well in good waves and in not so good wave
- Easy to surf, for all levels
- Not a high performance board
✓ Which fins do we recommend for the CI G SKATE ?
This stoke-infused collaboration also yielded an all-new Merrick / Gudauskas 2 + 1 fin set for the G Skate.The purpose of this twin plus trailer fin set-up was to offer the beautiful “free feel” of a twinnie yet have the refined control of a thruster—which is critical in creating a board that accommodates the broad spectrum of approaches between all three G Bros.
The recommended fin configuration is a 2 + 1 fin set up. The brand recommends Futures Fins AMT fins. These fins give you that “free feeling of freedom” of a twinfin, but the refined control of a thruster, which has been one of the basic fundamentals that has been sought with the creation of this board.
Another combination in futures fins that we like a lot if you are going to use the board in twin fin, are the Son Of Cobra fins and the CI Britt Merrick fins, that we already recommended for the CI Twin Pin.
The 3 Gudauskas brothers: Dane, Patrick and Tanner have a different surfing style and thanks to this 2+1 configuration this board is suitable for all kind of surfers.
If you buy the board instead of Futures Fins, with FCS2 configuration, we recommend Mark Richards 2+1 fins. Available in various colors.
✓ For what type of surfers do we recommend the G Skate Channel Islands Surfboards?
This is a Twin Fin surfboard focused more on surfers who are used to surfing with thrusters, combining the best of both worlds: Response and speed with pocket turns and control.
For what kind of waves do we recommend the G SKATE by the Gudauskas brothers and Al Merrick?
The G-Skate serves as a strong utility piece in any quiver where fun and performance are the goal, especially considering that while it can be used in both twin fin and 2+1 fin configurations, it gives the surfer twice the options and value when choosing a surfboard.
The G-Skate sits just above your Bobby Quad and just below your Rocket Wide, but is well suited for dipping into the low-end wave range of the CI Bobby Quad and the higher wave range of the CI Rocket Wide.
What size G SKATE Channel Islands board do we recommend?
Ride this board 3″ to 4″ shorter than your regular surfboard and the same thickness as your CI Pro.
✓ Available measurements Surfboard Al Merrick G Skate
|5.2||18 3/4||2 5/16||25.3L|
|5.6||19 1/4||2 7/16||29.1L|
|5.8||19 5/8||2 1/2||31.4L|
|6.0||20 1/2||2 3/4||38.0L|
CI G SKATE COLORS AVAILABLE
The new Al Merrick G Skate is available in the following paint schemes:
- SPRAY BLUE
- SPRAY ORANGE
- SPRAY YELLOW
Where to buy CI G Skate
You can order your Al Merrick Custom surfboard at Singlequiver.com official Channel Islands Surfboards Europe store. Free shipping and possibility to finance your purchase in easy installments. I hope you enjoyed this CI surfboards review and that it will help you to compare with other surfboards! Do you have any questions, are you wondering if the new Al Merrick Gskate is the right one for you? Leave us a comment and we’ll talk about it. Follow us on Youtube Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit our online storetienda online
G Skate Demo Tapes’ Hawai
The G Skate Demo Tapes’ Hawaii edition follows the Gudauskas Brothers during their month long stay on the North Shore of Oahu. While there, the three brothers (Dane, Pat & Tanner) tested out a new design they dubbed the G Skate which was the result of a collaboration with Britt Merrick.
During their month long stay, it was pumping nearly the entire time—letting them feel out a full range of possibilities with this shorter railed design. As you’ll see, this skatey style board allowed them to draw some very creative lines. Along the way, they shared their boards with other CI team riders like Michael February, Imaikalani DeVault, Reef Haezlewood and more. This edit captures the radical surfing that went down during those sessions.
The goal of the G Skate project between the G Bros and Britt was to create something fresh feeling that turned well in good surf but skated with ease through the not-so-good stuff. There was one major stipulation during its development: the G Skate had to still perform at the highest levels possible. They achieved this by shortening their typical shortboard rail line by 5” and adding curves and contours in key places that would keep them on top of the water and not hinder their turns in any way. Adding a 2 + 1 (twin plus trailer) fin set-up tied the whole concept together.
The G Skate has a lot of get up and go speed thanks to its light single to double concave, low entry rocker, wide point forward—and its contemporary shortboard rails provide all the precision and control you could ever want.
This stoke-infused collaboration also yielded an all-new Merrick / Gudauskas 2 + 1 fin set for the G Skate, and they also found that the AMT (2 + 1) fin set up works very well. The purpose of this twin plus trailer fin set-up was to offer the beautiful “free feel” of a twinnie yet have the refined control of a thruster—which is critical in creating a board that accommodates the broad spectrum of approaches between all three G Bros. For those that prefer traditional thruster set-ups, their favorite 3-fin set will work well in this design—giving surfers twice the options and value.
The G Skate serves as a strong utility piece in any quiver where fun and performance are the goal. Ride this board 3” to 6” shorter and the same thickness as your CI Pro.
For stock dimensions, what the surfers were riding, and who the filmers are please see the credits in the film.