Surf Science: The Six-Channel

The Six-Channel

Hamish Graham loves channel bottoms.

HG704 Six-Channel

Shaper: Hamish Graham

Length: 6’ 2″

Width: 18 1/4″

Thickness: 2″

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Smaller side fins make board more pivotal and carvy. Hamish likes to use Aercor’s TrueLite composite fins with narrower bases.

Pronounced vee through the tail allows for better roll on the rail, further increasing responsiveness.

Six 3/8″ deep channels funnel water under the board and work to amplify the energy of the wave. Six-channel boards are known for their ability to allow a surfer to ride deeper and faster on powerful, glassy waves. Because of their particular qualities and sheer responsiveness, and due to the fact that they’re designed for really good waves (meaning a bit bigger and more powerful), the boards are usually for advanced surfers. “In the right waves, nothing else gets close,” Hamish says with a smile.

Slight ear eighteen inches down from the nose allows the board to keep roundness and makes it more pumpable from the front foot. This also keeps the board from having straight rails at its nose, which can be very unforgiving.

Vee between the fins makes the board more sensitive and responsive.

Soft rolled vee entry at nose.

Concave under front foot.

Swallowtail allows for more area under the back foot. (Hamish notes that the six-channel works equally well with round, rounded pin, and blunt squaretails.)

A flatter deck (as opposed to a domed deck) and rolled rails can make a thinner board (and channel-bottoms are intrinsically thinner) feel thicker.

Because of their many angles and lines, channel-bottom boards are harder to glass and sand, so how the board is finished profoundly effects the final product. Its also makes the boards a bit more expensive, but when you get them in the right surf you realize they’re a bargain.