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.
We are all so fortunate to live on such a beautiful planet Happy #EarthDay everyone!
pic by @tallteef
The CI Twin Fin was designed with FUN in mind, perfect for those small summer days! @wadegoodall demonstrates on his 5'7 x 19 1/4 x 2 3/8 27.4L #ciTwinFin // pics by @lachiecarey @cisurfboards_oz #surfboardsequalhappiness
A nicely documented piece of history brought to you by @arijill An Al Merrick shaped mid-80s thruster. Would you ride it or hang it?
#flashbackfriday #ciFBF #surfboardsequalhappiness
We'll be there, will you?? @hsssurf #surfboardsequalhappiness
The next generation of Rincon rippers are looking solid!! ️🇺🇸 #surfboardsequalhappiness @cisurfboards_rider_sessions #ciGromseries #ciINT #allabouttheyouth // pic by @chriskeetsb
@connercoffin - " Not every day you lose a heat with two 8's! Level on the @wsl tour is high!!! Always so fun to surf good waves with 1 guy and throw everything but the kitchen sink at em been having fun making little jams with a new IRig while traveling #ywtshortclip by @ryanperry / @ripcurl_usa "
5'11 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 #cifredrubble #cisurfboards
What happens when you get three creative minds together and one raw blank??? Wish we could show you now, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out! ️️️ @sealtooth, #BrittMerrick, & @campbellbros
After his runner up finish last year to Wilko, @jordysmith88 finally got to ring that big !! Congrats on getting that well deserved WIN!! #RipCurlPro #BellsBeach.
6'3 x 19 x 2 1/2 #ciTacoGrinder #cisurfboards.
pic by @badboyryry_ #surfboardsequalhappiness
We thought he was up in time, what did you think?!?! @zekelau #RipCurlPro #BellsBeach
The FEVER by @patrickgud Check them out at your local CI dealer or online @cisurfboards.com // vid by @poorolddave ~ music by The UpBeat // #ciFever #surfboardsequalhappiness
We hope you all had a beautiful Easter weekend!! Just in case you missed the action at Bells, we've got you covered ~ click the link in our bio for the entire photo gallery & find out what the team's been riding! @zekelau (pictured here) is into round 4 along with @jordysmith88 @seabassz & @adrianodesouza #goTeam // also big congrats to our girl @lakeypeterson on her 3rd place finish!! #RipCurlPro #BellsBeach ️️️pic by @tallteef #surfboardsequalhappiness
@zekelau gets the win over fellow CI Team rider @connercoffin with a 9.40 and a 9! Both surfers looked in solid form but Zeke came out on top, Conner with a 16.40 total and Zeke an 18.40 #RipCurlPro #BellsBeach
Zeke: 6'2 x 19 x 2 1/2 round pin #ciProton.
Conner: 5'11 x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 round pin #ciFredRubble.
Pic by @snaketales