Yadin Nicol's "Stealth Bomber" #4

  • 04.16.2021

A cool little write up at SurfingMag.com about Yadin’s ”Stealth Bomber”

5’9” x 18 7/8” x 2 1/4” 26.4L

“The #4” by Channel Islands Surfboards
Age: 29
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs

Denpasar international airport is bustling with tourists swarming Bali from all over the globe. One of them, Ashley Osborne (Julian Wilson’s gorgeous girlfriend), happened to be on our flight and is waiting to clear customs in front of Yadin Nicol. Yadin is dragging the biggest boardbag I’ve ever seen, with eight brand new Channel Islands stuffed inside. In Bali, you’re only allowed to enter with three. “This is perfect,” Yadin tells me. “Stay just behind Ashley. Hopefully this customs officer gets sidetracked flirting with her.”

No dice.

“How many boards you bring to Bali?” The officer asks Yadin, peering down at the monstrosity from behind his desk as he hands Yadin back his passport.

“Ahhh, just a few. And they’re old — they have paint all over ‘em.”

“You’re only allowed…”

“Excuse me, sir.” It’s Ashley. She kindly interrupts the officer. “I’m sorry, but I think you still have my passport?”

With his own passport back in hand, Yadin takes off and never looks back. Caught up in Ashley’s glowing smile, the officer doesn’t even notice.
–Zander Morton

Yadin Boards

YADIN: For this trip I brought eight boards. A couple step-ups, a few shortboards and this #4 — which is technically a groveler, but shaped more like a shortboard. I brought all new boards here, so I didn’t want to count on them working. I needed to have options so I didn’t end up pissed off if none of ‘em worked, and I got super lucky I didn’t have to pay the customs dude on the way in. . That’s the biggest scam; you know they just pocket the cash. On this trip, the board I thought looked the best — a copy of the board I rode in Morocco with Dane and loved — went pretty bad. So it happens. But luckily all other seven feel good. I’m pumped I brought this one. It’s the perfect board to ride while we’re waiting for this next swell.


CW087061Photos by: Corey Wilson

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  • 04.16.2021