Channel Islands Surfboards
Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through four decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.
“The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world’s greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion” – Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper
CI is a privately held organization focused on rider-driven product and manufacturing the best possible equipment available. Located in a state-of-the-art facility just blocks from Rincon Del Mar, the CI HQ represents a foundation for developing, testing, and building boards while providing jobs in Santa Barbara for many years to come.
Channel Islands Surfboards was created by Al and Terry Merrick in 1969. From his birth, Britt spent his days in the factory by the beach in Santa Barbara, from toddling around blanks to sweeping out shaping rooms. Eventually he started shaping alongside his father Al in 1990. He is now the lead shaper and designer for CI and carries on the family tradition of developing high performance board designs collaborating with the world’s greatest surfers. From Tom Curren, to Dane Reynolds, Channel Islands continues to evolve with the highest standard of surfing.
The DEMO TOUR is now at @surfride’s Oceanside shop through June 1.
Come by at any time, check out a board from our Demo Truck, then go to your favorite break to enjoy a number of our top models like the new Rocket Wide as well as the Fever, Sampler, Rocket 9, OG Flyer, Pod Mod, Bonzer 3D and much more. Oh, and you can test out our new engineered flex technology: Spine-Tek. Give their north county San Diego shop a ring with any questions, be sure to get by there before its end date of June 1 and feel free to tag a friend in the area that should know about the Demo Truck. #ciDemoTour
Slide 1 - @patrickgud quiver, photo by @mike_andrews3
Slide 2 - @connoroleary, photo by @tallteef
Slide 3 - @connoroleary milk run, video by @lukeegan
Like most of us, @connercoffin is on a never ending quest to find equipment that helps him surf better. Conner has found it in recent months via a breakthrough in surfboard flex technology: Spine-Tek. Click link in bio to hear his take on the benefits of engineered flex.
#ciSpineTek #engineeredflex #ciSurfboards
Video by @ryanperry
Music by @lukasnelsonofficial
@a_gray Stepping it up—on his step-up—yesterday at Cloudbreak.
Best flex ever. #ciSpineTek can be custom built into any model. See link in bio to learn more about how controlled flex can improve your performance.
Always ready. Tour surfers like @mikeyfebruary roll with a fleet of boards to adjust to any conditions on the road. In hand is a #ciFever and tucked away over in the corner of his temporary apartment are various sizes of Fevers, a few #ciBlackAndWhites, as well as #ciBonzer and a #ciRedBeauty.
As follow up to this morning's post on @zekelau: He's looking more than ready for Bali. Seen here riding the #ciBlackAndWhite model.
Video by @coleyamane
@zekelau has been on fire lately—ranked 6th in the world—so Britt surprised him with a batch of new blades for the upcoming Bali event. Including these #ciBlackAndWhite round pins (6 '0" x 19 x 2 7/16) with color work to match the roll he's on.
While on his way to Indonesia from Brazil—where he finished 3rd—Zeke dropped by our Santa Barbara factory over the weekend to pick them up. Britt has been working on some special little tweaks to Zeke's Keramas quiver, and they had a chance to chat about them before he bolted to LAX.
@parkercoffin is currently lurking with #bobbymartinez for an upcoming project. "What an amazing experience to be at one of my favorite places in the world with my childhood idol.” explains Parker. "I grew up watching his video parts in Oz and now I'm lucky enough to see them in real life. … He's still got it, in case you were wondering.”
Parker is on a 5’9” #ciFever and Bobby is on a customized prototype.
Video by CI’s @seanlesh, music @spencrregan
Best winter ever to be an Atlantic based surfer? Hawaii's @kiron_jabour flew over to find out for himself, albeit in and around one of its more tropical zones. Video by @leideee
The DEMO TOUR is now at @hanger94 through May 25.
Ever wanted to try some of the models our CI pros like @lakeypeterson ride all the way to WSL finals? How about sampling our line grovelers to help decide which new summer board is going to be the call? You can do all that when you take advantage of CI's DEMO TOUR. Starting today our Demo Truck is at the San Diego based surf shop @hanger94, where you can come by at any time, check out a board, then go to your favorite break to put them through their paces. Give the shop a ring with any questions, and be sure to get by there before its end date of May 25. #ciDemoTour
vid by @williekessel & pic by @badboyryry_
Hear Britt’s take on a slight update to our CI Twin Fin model at the recent @boardroomshow. The #ciTwinFin has become a popular design that our riders and customers have been really digging the past few years. It has a retro '70s feel but with updated performance qualities. This model was designed and hand shaped by Britt Merrick after he was asked to compete in the Cosmic Creek surf contest—an event where shapers ride classic boards they’ve created themselves. His choice of craft was inspired by a twin-fin his father, Al, had shaped for himself in the late '70s. Britt took a template off the board—which his friend had recently found at a garage sale—then penciled it on a fresh blank and updated the rocker to have a more modern feel, with added positive drive and carving ability. To offset negative characteristics of a usual high-volume retro design, the CI Twin Fin’s rails are tapered and relatively thin feeling for added sensitivity and responsiveness. Britt’s evolution to the design is in the form of channels, and you can hear more details about the new design tweak by tuning into this video @surfermag just posted (find the link in our bio).
Never leaves home without it. #ciSpineTek #ciFever