CI employees Pat Ecker and Brandon Smith surfing their Average Joes.
The Average Joe. Deck, rocker, and bottom views. Photo: Channel Islands
As expected, the Joe packs on the foam, which is nice to have in the winter. The 5’5 actually floats at a chunky 21.375 wide, 2.5 thick, and with a super buoyant 33 liters of volume. (The 6’1 is nearly 50 liters!)
The hip in the rail line and the surprisingly narrow tail tip make the Average Joe more maneuverable and easy to surf off the tail, and the super wide outline makes the Joe an incredible speed generator going rail to rail.
The Joe. Tail and fin setup. Photo: threeways.cl
It also has a nearly flat rocker to add to its incredible speed as it glides over sections. This combined with its beefy dimensions make it hard to imagine this surfboard ever bogging or slowing down.
Joe looking clean in the grass. Photo: threeways.cl
The Average Joe is the tested and preferred surfboard of Channel Island’s employees, not their sponsored pros, which definitely says something for the shape’s usability.
Chris Grow’s Shred Show breakdown of the Joe.