The Christenson Gerr is probably my favourite of any of the boards I’ve had a chance to review. If there was ever a surfboard that I get very excited about riding, this is it.
I’ve had this board in the quiver for the best part of 12 months, which came after about 2 years of wanting one in the quiver. Being a big fan of the surfing of Brad Gerlach, and the shapes and designs of Chris Christenson – I had to have this. I’ve been lucky enough to surf the Gerr in a variety of conditions across the last 12 months from 1-2ft little runners, to 6-8ft heavy barrels and large open faces. Unfortunately the footage here doesn’t capture much of the latter.
I ordered the board and decided to step it down from the stock 5”11’ that was around the right dimensions for me after riding a 5”8’ that Chris had shaped for Hawaiian charger Ian Walsh – that little 5”8’ was magic! A lot of people I know ended up having a little borrow of that board and moving straight onto purchasing a Gerr of their own.
The Gerr is a lot of fun to ride, but surprisingly for a board which is a few inches shorter (5”9’) than my general performance shortboard (5”11’) it goes really really well when the waves may normally have you reaching for a slight step-up. The channels in the board seem to lock-in and make the board feel longer than 5”9’ when you want down the line speed and pace, and they also seem to almost generate speed through turns in nice open faces or in the pocket.
One surf in particular mid-2017 on the Sth Coast of NSW stands out as the point when I felt the real magic of the Gerr, 6-8ft beach break and absolutely pumping. And I was watching it for a while and torn between the 5”9’ Gerr, and a 6”2’ slight step-up I had in the car. I’m happy I took out the Gerr. The surf offered large heavy barrels, and big open faces to turn on, the board could do no wrong this day.
The board also came on a trip to Bali with me, and seemed to really like the open faces, and the down the line race of Uluwatu. If you are thinking of going to Indonesia or somewhere with mid-size but powerful swells, I think the Gerr would be a nice choice!
Surprisingly the board isn’t too bad in smaller/average waves, I thought the channels wouldn’t really like this but they are ok with it, but it isn’t something that I would take out in 1ft junk.
The Gerr comes with six channels in the bottom, but Speaking with Chris Christenson about it, if you want to put Futures Fins in the board or if you want fewer channels, you can order it with 4 channels.
We hope you enjoyed the review – and if you get a chance to check out a Christenson Gerr I suggest you do.
Brad Gerlach was one of my favourite surfers growing up and now he is one of my best friends and my team rider.
Whether it’s surfing, art, music, or fashion, Brad has a great sense of detail.
And because of that and his track record of being one of the best surfers in the world I respect his feedback.
The Gerr model is a reflection of hid world wide savvy to wave knowledge and equipment.
His style is smooth yet powerful, graceful yet explosive and this is the board he does it on.
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