Board review: Channel Islands Happy Everyday

Photograph by Jeremiah Klein

Targeted as a go-to surfboard that works well in a variety of conditions, Happy Everyday is the latest addition to Channel Islands’ Happy shortboard series (joins the Two Happy and Happy Traveler models). If you even have a quiver, you probably already have a tray for everything – you have your turntable and your tip tray, the grower and your step-up; but that does not necessarily mean that you have one board for everything. I test drove Happy Everyday, well, every day for weeks, in a bunch of different waves – Currumbin Alley, Snapper Rocks, Duranbah, T-Street, Upper Trestles, HB Southside, HB Northside – to see if it would do what I did also happy.

The dimensions of Happy Everyday that I tested were:
5’10 “x 19.75” x 2.5 “, 30.9L, built with Spinetek
FCS finds: Mick Fannings, Mayhems, Channel Island Uprights


Channel Islands says about Happy Everyday:

“Created by Britt Merrick from what was originally the Two Happy Performance shortboard model, our new Happy Everyday fills a need in every surfer’s quiver: the everyday shortboard. Britt wanted to design the performance attributes of Two Happy, but modify it to meet everyday conditions most of To achieve this goal, Britt shortened the rail to create a curved contour, especially through the tail area.For both entry and exit lashes, he lowered them to increase paddle and planing speeds to cover a wider range of conditions. under the front foot acts as an accelerator pedal and generous double concave through the fins provides lightness from rail to rail and a lot of lift in the little things. “


Originally, CI’s main goal was to deliver a cohesive family of boards that all feel familiar, so that a surfer can jump from model to model without any problems. So basically, Happy Everyday was built around complementing the other two Happy models (Two Happy and Happy Traveler) to simplify the decision-making process when buying a new board.

First and foremost, this is a small wave performance board. Contour-wise, the plan shape is more generous than other Happy models. There is also more area in the nose, a wider tail block and Merrick Hip (small bump in the outline, just above the fins). A sharp eye will also notice similarities with Curren Red Beauty, where the hip is used as a breaking point in the outline. There is also a straight section through the middle. All this helps with the planing speed.

The foil is full, which means that it feels a little higher in the hand, so it is easy to paddle and it comes more easily in waves. Once up, it just goes, thanks to the increased planing area and the moderate single concave under the front foot, which goes into a double concave between the fins. The speed is plentiful.

It is a staged rocker – as opposed to the continuous rocker curve found in most Channel Islands boards – which is a low-input rocker right in front of the fins, which kicks back to where the contour breaks, or the very subtle hip in front of the fins. The flat area on the rocker – the space between where your feet go – is where you will feel the most drive. When you lie down on it in a bottom turn, you will feel that it pushes you forward. Insert the hind foot into it and you will notice a looseness due to the amount of curve behind it. It provides a nice balance between driving and turning.

The performance

The author, testing.

Statistics: 12 sessions; 90 waves; Top speed: 36.5 km / h (Currumbin Alley); Longest trip: 299m (Snapper Rocks)

The Happy Everyday likes a more vertical, straight-up approach, and I’m generally more horizontal and carve-focused. However, the bounces of Spinetek made me try some dinner dinners. I was impressed with how quickly I could turn off the concave. The extra lift I received as I drove through it was addictive. And with that Spineteket I could really feel the flex through cuts and bottom turns. It has the resilient feel, almost as if the board stops for a millisecond before jumping into the next part of the turn.

You can use your regular shortboard length, but may find it too bulky. I suggest driving it two inches shorter, where you will enjoy that ride more. You will probably go faster and rip through the turns more easily as well. Shaving off two inches from your go-to shorty would make a big difference, even if it means having to wait a few extra weeks for a custom one; otherwise you will probably end up with too much foam under you and it will feel very boaty. I grabbed the 5’10 “, which is the same length as my regular shortboard, and after talking to Devon Howard from Channel Islands about some issues I had, it became clear that I should have taken a 5’8” instead . Shrinking the two-inch rail line has a big impact on how you can surf on a board. My weight distribution, my posture, how I turned, and my ability to find the sweet spot … All of this was thrown out of the 5’10 “victory. In some of my small wave surfing, I felt like I was pushing water, and in some of my surfing with bigger waves I felt like I could not get the rail into a turn.

It is fair to say that this was a challenging board to ride in the beginning. But when I first got the Channel Islands Upright FCS fins in it, and kept myself in 1-3-foot surfing, I found some sharp sparks, and it became easier to enjoy the board. Happy Everyday may work in everything you throw at it, but it went best for me during small beach holidays.

The Finns

Go with the template you are most used to, and then branch out from there as you become more comfortable with the board. My go-to FCS template is Mayhem Large. I like the flat foil, because it is uncomplicated. In addition, I am a big fan of tri-fins of the same size, and the Upright, MF and Mayhem fins were all the same size throughout the set. To begin with, I started with Mayhems, then tried Mick Fannings, and then ended up on Channel Islands Uprights. And for someone who lives and dies after the Mayhem template, I can honestly say that Happy Everyday fits better with Channel Islands Uprights. I got a more skatey feeling and I moved noticeably faster and faster when I was first up and cycling. But the bigger the waves got, the more I wanted a more powerful fin. So, when the surf came over three feet, I replaced the supports with the Mayhems and immediately gained more drive and control.

The verdict

I was not “Happy Everyday” on this board. It gave some challenges and it took a long time before I found some pleasure in cycling on it, but I love a challenging board and finally found some loving qualities. The model is full of energy, and gets up and walks. Add it to a Two Happy and Happy Traveler and you have a solid triple board quiver.

So, would I buy this board? Definitely, but I would probably get a custom 5’8 “in PU. That way I could play with the width and thickness, since their stock 5’8” dimmer does not work for me. And this is something you should be aware of when shopping – the storage mists are not always for everyone, which makes it a chance to take one of the racks. But if you struggle to fill the hole in the quiver – a surfboard to control everyday surfing – and your current options do not give you any excitement, Happy Everyday is worth a throw.


Buy directly from Channel Islands Surfboards in Australia or the USA

Prices vary, but expect to pay around $ 1225 in Australia and $ 955 in the US for the Spinetek option; $ 950 in Australia and $ 775 in the US for the PU option.


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