Channel Islands Girabbit – Coming February

January 9th, 2015

Exciting times here at Down The Line Surf Co. – the UK’s leading stockist of surfboards and surf hardware – with new surfboard models coming in stock thick and fast over the coming weeks and months. And one in particular we’re looking forward to getting our mitts on is the Channel Islands Girabbit.

Dunno if you watched any of last year’s Hurley Pro at Trestles but if you did you’ll recall it was won in fine style by Jordy Smith (perhaps taking second to John John in terms of overall event performance to be fair). The surfboard he was riding? Yep, the Channel Islands Girabbit…

Deck, rocker and bottom views of the Channel Islands Girabbit Surfboard, as well as the logo.

The Channel Islands Girabbit, Jordy Smiths signature performance shortboard.

Essentially a step-up version of the Bunny Chow, another Channel Islands Jordy Smith signature model, the Girabbit works best in waves with a bit of grunt somewhere around the head-high mark. But it’s pretty versatile and will perform well in a wide range of conditions.

In keeping with Jordy’s sensibilities, it’s kinda chunky, with full rails and plenty of thickness from nose to tail. Loads of rocker throughout allows tight snaps in the pocket, while full rails and a straight outline make the Girabbit great for drawn out power carves too.

Call us on (01736) 757025 or email for more info or to reserve your Girabbit now!

Channel Islands Girabbit Sizes/Dimensions

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Mescaline Surfboard by Christenson / Tomo

January 8th, 2015

Due to come in stock sometime in February, the Mescaline surfboard is an interesting looking colab between Tomo and Christenson. Followers of Australian Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson’s shapes will notice how similar the Mescaline is to his V4, one of his Firewire produced MPH series. It would appear the double diamond tail is a little more pointed and the channels more pronounced. We’ll update you with the full design info when we have it, but a key difference we can be sure about at this stage is the construction – PU/Poly as opposed to Firewire’s EPS/Epoxy tech – which will obviously give the board that more traditional feeling flex-pattern that many surfers still prefer.

Image showing two views of the Christenson 'Mescaline' surfboard.

The Christenson Mescaline Surfboard – designed in collaboration with Daniel ‘Tomo’ Thomson.

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Firewire Vader in the UK

November 10th, 2014

Firewire Vader is the latest model from Daniel “Tomo” Thomson to utilise the modern planing hull (MPH). On first inspection you’ll think it looks very similar to the Vanguard apart from the Firewire Vader has a diamond tail as opposed to the Vanguard’s vee/double diamond. Well, actually the Vader does an even better job at hiding it’s volume, allowing you to ride the Firewire Vader even shorter than you’d ride the Vanguard.

The Firewire Vader is designed for anything in the waist to double-overhead range, putting the Vader way up there in terms of versatility. Ride it as a quad in weak waves to increase the speed, and switch to a tri-fin when the swell picks up and you need a little more control. Trust me it’ll still offer plenty of speed!

Check out the foil on it, short and chunky with the width pulled in is the name of the game

Firewire Vader foil

The Foil and Rocker of the Firewire Vade

We will be getting the Firewire Vader in stock this week in a 5’5-5’10. Strictly limited stock, so contact us today if you want to reserve one, or alternatively give us a ring on 01736 757025.

 Length  Width  Thickness  Fin Set up  Volume
 5’5″  18 3/8″  2 7/16″  5 fin FCS2  28.8
 5’6″  18 5/8″  2 1/2″  5 fin FCS2  30.5
 5’7″  18 7/8″  2 9/16″ 5 fin FCS2  32.1
 5’8″  19 1/8″  2 5/8″ 5 fin FCS2  33.9
 5’9″  19 3/8″  2 11/16″ 5 fin FCS2  35.7
 5’10”  19 5/8″  2 11/16″ 5 fin FCS2  37.6

I suppose you want to have a look at the Vader don’t you? Well here she is! Please note we’ll have it as FCS 2 and not futures as shown.

Firewire Tomo Vader Surfboard

Firewire Tomo Vader

This is how Firewire describe the Vader surfboard:-

“Dan describes the Vader as a Mind Surfing Machine, which reacts instantaneously to desired directional changes with incredible bursts of speed. Controlled, drawn out carves and radical tight angle snaps are achievable with an effortless and intuitive shift in a surfer’s weight. In addition, paddle power and generally usability have been increased with a larger volume distribution throughout comparative to the Vanguard, which encourages surfers to ride the Vader even shorter than previously considered functional.”

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Pukas Surf Resin Cake

October 22nd, 2014

Resin Cake logo
The Pukas Resin Cake is the latest surfboard to be created under the hand of Pukas’ shaper Axel Lorentz, and jeepers are we excited! With a firm nod towards the understandably successful Pukas Sixtyniner, the Pukas Resin Cake adds some more width and thickness but borrows the Sixtyniner tail. The result will be a board more geared towards the groveler side, but will still hold in steeper stuff thanks to the pulled in tail.

Have a look, see what you think?

Resin Cake Surfboard

Pukas Resin Cake

When I picked this board up today to have a look at it, one of the first things I noticed was the relatively deep double concave with vee running through the back end of the board. This is going to make turning a piece of cake and rail to rail surfing a whole heap of fun… Which is basically what this board is about, having fun. That’s why we all surf right?

Here’s what sizes the Pukas Resin Cake comes in.

Pukas resin Cake Surfboard Dimensions

Resin Cake Surfboard Dimensions
We have an order in place now, and they will be in the shop in six weeks time. Contact us for more info or to order your slice of the cake. We also do custom orders on all Pukas, Lost and Channel Islands surfboads, so give us a call on 01736 757025 to have a chat.

Mmm, all this talk of cake, I’m off to get me some lemon meringue pie right now.

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Free wetsuit delivery in Europe

October 14th, 2014

Just thought I’d remind all you good people out there that we offer free wetsuit* delivery to anywhere in Europe. The Winter’s on it’s way and we’re all beginning to think about dusting off the Winter wetsuit. Or if it’s been a fruitful Summer you may be thinking of treating yourself to a brand new Winter wetty. Well look no further as we have a full range of all the top brand’s wetsuits in stock. Check here for all the rubber you’ll need to make those December dawnies all the more bearable.

Here’s just a few of the wetsuits we have in stock.

C-Skins Legend Winter Wetsuit

Men’s C-Skins Legend 5/4/3mm Winter Wetsuit
Only £150, the C-Skins Legend chest zip wetsuit has everything to get you through the Winter

Rip Curl Flash Bomb Wetsuit

Men’s Rip Curl Flash Bomb
Men’s Winter Wetsuit. One of the warmest wetsuits out there. Super fast drying lining so two surfs a day is no problem

Patagonia R3 Yulex Nexkin Wetsuit

Patagonia R3 Yulex Nexkin Wetsuit
The cream of the crop. Featuring Yulex Biorubber, Patagonia are pioneering the eco-friendly movement.

Did I say *free European delivery? So there’s no risk. Buy a wetsuit, and if it doesn’t fit then send it back and we’ll give you an immediate refund. All you’d have to pay is for your return postage. Obviously we want you to get the perfect fit first time, so feel free to contact us for any questions or queries you have. We’ve been fitting people in wetsuits for over 20 years, so I’m absolutely confident we can find you a perfect fit for you budget and body. Also, we love talking about wetsuits. In fact, we could talk about wetsuits all day long. We’re in the right job! So give us a ring on +44 (0)1736 757025 and pick our brains on all things neoprene.

Cheers for now!

*Free delivery on blind stitched wetsuits only. Flatlocked wetsuits are not eligible for free delivery.

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