Thruster Setup - FCS II
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The Fever in the words of Patrick Gudauskas:
Overview: The Fever was born from a desire for an all-around performance board based on elements I love, Speed, Drive, and Flair. My Goal in designing this board with Mike Andrews and Channel Islands was to create a surfboard that I could surf in almost any conditions and have a hell of a good time on it. I wanted a more accessible Tour Performance board that anyone who jumped onto it would instantly feel the speed and zest for creativity.
Conditions: I like to surf my Fever in anything from 2-3 foot softer California style beach break and point break waves, to 6ft+ World Tour style waves, like Snapper, J Bay, Bells, Lowers, Haleiwa, and Backdoor. I prefer to ride it just above my groveler/small wave board, and all the way until I need a step-up or round tail surfboard.
Background how the Fever came to be: The Fever stands for speed and drive. For me, as a Channel Islands team rider of 16 years, I have ridden almost all the models that Al Merrick and CI Surfboards have designed and loved them all in their own individual ways. Most recently, I had been searching for a board that could encompass all my favourite boards into one surfboard. I wanted it to be easily accessible to find the sweet spot, and to keep me inspired to surf creatively in all conditions be it small onshore beach break, or perfect reeling point break 6 – 8 foot. In the years leading up to the FEVER, I spent a lot of time on the world tour surfing really good waves. I spent a lot of time surfing boards like the Rookie, The Proton, the T-low, and the MBM. The thing that I realized was that each board in its own way served a style or purpose to the waves I was riding. The Proton felt amazing in hollow or powerful waves where the curve of the board suited the curve of the wave face, but when the wave went flat suddenly it felt like I was pushing water or loosing speed. The Rookie/Rook15 felt great in Bells Beach style waves where there was open face for big arcs and turns, but for me struggled in punchy quick beach break style waves. I was finding that in my quiver I had either a board that was one thing, or another, but not both. This is where the Fever was born, from a desire for an all-around performance board based on elements I love, speed, drive, and flair. My goal in designing this board with Mike Andrews and Channel Islands was to create a board that you could surf in almost all conditions and have a hell of a good time on it. I wanted a more accessible Tour Performance board that anyone who jumped onto it would instantly feel the speed and zest for creativity. For the Design we lowered the rockers of my existing boards, added the hip on the tail to give it maximum speed, and maximum drive/control. With the single concave and simple outline, the Fever has become my favourite surfboard. In my mind the Fever is a board of Speed, Flair, and Drive with a dependable sweet spot for paramount fun. Enjoy!
TEAM/ STAFF REVIEW
Taylor Hutchison – Team Rider and Staff Member rides:
(6’3 / 75 KGS)
BOARD: 5’11 x 18 7/8 x 2 3/8 – 27.9 Litres
FINS: FCSII Large Carver (NeoGlass)/ FCSII Filipe Toldeo Large
Ideal conditions: 3-5 ft, Point and Beach breaks
I have surfed the CI Fever in just about every wave type and condition and have found it to be the best all-rounder I have owned to date. It goes best for me in the 3-5 foot range on both point breaks and beach breaks. It has instant speed straight off the take-off which carries through just about any type of turn in any part of the wave.
Once you start getting into the 5-6 ft+ range this board does struggle a little however still does the job, especially if the waves are clean. Overall, the Channel Islands Fever is a great model that is my favourite CI model to date and would have to be one of the best all-rounders on the market.