Designed for “front-footed” surfers, the newly designed and released Fred Rubble Model from Channel Islands looks fun as hell. What’s a “front-footed” surfer you ask? The term refers to those who tend to lean forward onto their front foot as opposed to favoring and turning off your back foot. To compensate for the added weight and pressure the surfer puts on their front foot, the board is shaped with a bit more width up front and sometimes with the wide point of the board moved up an inch or so.
Says Conner about the board, “The Fred Rubble is actually quite a bit different than my other boards. It has a lower entry rocker and a wider outline. It has more volume than a Proton, but it isn’t really short and chunky like a Dumpster Diver. It’s just a fun board for waves from waist high to a little over head. I’ve been riding mine two inches shorter than my standard shortboard and 1/4 inch wider. For example, my standard shortboard is a 5’11″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 3/16″ Proton and I ride my Fred Rubble as a 5’9″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/16.″