The Channel Islands Dagger
is designed by Taylor Knox with help from Al Merrick and the Channel Islands surfboard team. When you have Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Connor Coffin, Rob Machado and a slew of other top-level pros all under the same roof, good boards like the Dagger happen often. Taylor Knox wanted to loosen up his small wave surfing so he shaped the Dagger surfboard to be responsive and have versatile capabilities in weak waves.
The Daggers outline is inspired by Tom Curren so if you were to look at this surfboard from a distance you may mistake it for something you would've surfed in the 80s or early 90's. But up close the dagger is obviously feature heavy and has a technical design that's very modern. It features a really deep double concave and a downturn rail which both work to increase the amount of response the board will have on small waves. As a result of the downturned rail (You may even call it a step deck) Taylor's Dagger holds more volume through the deck of the board than most shortboards. This means that if you order this board custom made from Channel Islands you should order it slightly shorter than your normal short board.
The Channel Island Dagger's deep double barrel concave in the tail.
Something that makes the Dagger different than other Al Merrick surfboards Like the Barney Rubble, Neck Beard, Biscuit and others is that the Dagger was designed by a surfer with a very signature style of surfing. Taylor Knox has been known for power surfing on rail and precision ever since he entered the WCT contest circuit. If you've ever watch him surf it's remarkable to see how he seems to be on rail all the time and driving through turns consistently without ever missing a section or doing a nonfunctional move on a wave. When a pro like Knox designs a surfboard it gives other surfers a unique opportunity to try and replicate their favorite surfers style by surfing the exact same surfboard they do. If you want to focus on power surfing and carving and your local spot has lots of small, weak waves the Channel Islands Dagger may be a board to experiment with.
Channel Islands Dagger outline
Since the Dagger's design is different than most short boards you may be used to, it may be a good idea to surf a demo version of the board at your local surf shop or waiting for a Channel Islands demo day at your local beach before buying it or writing it off as too expensive.
Depending on what surf shop you buy the Dagger at you may be able to get some free gear with it as well. When this surfboard was released Channel Islands worked with Taylor and his sponsors to do a promotion where anyone who buys the Dagger gets a pair of board shorts, headphones and bamboo fins. Some shops aren't involved in this promotion, but some are, so call around before you buy it.
Rocker of the Dagger by Taylor Knox and Al Merrick.
Since Knox is from California and the waves there are often waist high and less than powerful, the Dagger may be a very good choice for lined up point break style waves in the state.