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Bobby Martinez’s California Quiver

This Winter in California has already proved itself to be a special one. With plenty of waves in our rearview, and more on the horizon, a good collection of foam is crucial to scoring. So let’s check in with one of the golden state’s most notoriously “right place, right time” kinda guys, Bobby Martinez. Three boards, all catered to his Santa Barbara roots, and well refined for anything that this season might throw at him.

BOBBY MARTINEZ
33 // Santa Barbara, CA
5’7”, 165 lbs.

BOARD 1
USE: WHEN IT’S FIRING
SHAPER: CHANNEL ISLANDS/MK99
DIMENSIONS: 5’9” X 18 3/4” X 2 5/8”
BOARD MATERIAL: PU
FIN SETUP/MODEL: QUAD GLASS-ONS, SIX-CHANNEL/CI TEMPLATE

Where do you surf this board? Anywhere that has a real wave behind it, punchy beachbreaks and so forth. What makes this board work well when it’s firing? It’s really drivey and a good board for tube riding. It’s made for real surfing, not tricks.

CZ6P3843[1]Photo: Seth De Roulet

BOARD 2
USE: DAY-TO-DAY
SHAPER/MODEL: CHANNEL ISLANDS/NEW FLYER
HEIGHT: 5’6” X 19” X 2 5/16”
BOARD MATERIAL: PU
FIN SETUP/MODEL: QUAD/CI TEMPLATE

Where do you surf this board? I like this board at soft pointbreaks, like Rincon, or any playful waves around here. What characteristics make this a good day-to-day board? It’s the best all-around board you can get. Works in everything from barreling to playful waves. Very kid-friendly. You can throw the tail but also surf rail-to-rail.

CZ6P9103Photo: Seth De Roulet

BOARD 3
USE: WHEN IT’S TINY
SHAPER/MODEL: CHANNEL ISLANDS/NO NAME YET
DIMENSIONS: 5’2” X 19 X 2 3/16”
BOARD MATERIAL: EPOXY
FIN SETUP/MODEL: FIVE-FIN SETUP/CI TEMPLATE

Where do you surf this board? Anywhere under head-high. What characteristics make this a good board when it’s small? It’s really skatey and drivey. If you can catch the wave, the board will go.