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.
A rarely seen angle of the Queen of the Coast with Mr. @patrickgud, brought to you by @seth_de_roulet.
5'10 x 18 1/2 x 2 1/4 #ciFEVER #cisurfboards
It’s no surprise @lakeypeterson is loving the feel of the new @patrickgud FEVER model, seeing as how it originated from a Rookie/MBM (Rook15 is her go-to).
From the Rookie we stole the "engine room” i.e., the entry rocker and the rail rocker leading into the fins, but lowered the overall rocker. We also used the slightly shallower concave found on Al’s Remix, compared to the Rookie, helping it be more adaptable in less than perfect waves. - @mike_andrews3 (designer/shaper)
5’8 x 18 1/4 x 2 1/4 24.5L #ciFEVER
Music by @patcurren
Puppies make everything better, especially when the waves are small ... some spring time grovel action with #BobbyMartinez and his 3 month old black lab (Bizzy) yesterday morning. Enjoy! #surfboardsequalhappiness #puppiesequalhappiness .
vid by @cisurfboards
music by @realamotbeats
board: 5'3 x 19 x 2 5/16 epoxy 4 fin (glass ons) Pod Mod/High5
It took us some deliberating to pick this month’s #thisismysurfboard winner, but we kept coming back to this one by @sailingcatflap. We were trying to NOT pick a CI post as the winner, but his story was just too good.
Tell us your story about your board, #ThisIsMySurfboard and tag @cisurfboards so we can get you on a new custom
@sealtooth with a little two-for-Tuesday combo action ️️check the guy paddling back out on the second wave #waynesworld
6'0 x 19 1/8 x 2 1/2 31.1L #ciBlackandWhite
vid by @miniblanchard
music by @patcurren
@solibailey's #ciShelter done up just right by the crew at @cisurfboards_oz 5'11 x 19 x 2 3/8 28.4L #bonzer5 @campbellbros #surfboardsequalhappiness
" Something that changed my life was surfing with Kelly Slater at Cloudbreak... I was on a 6'6" and he was on a 5'9". During the session he looked at me and said I was riding too big of a board. I brushed him off and laughed thinking no way, you're Kelly slater and only you would be riding that short of a board right now. Well, I decided to take his advice, and it changed everything for me! “ - @a_gray
Click the link in our bio to read more about Alex’s love for Fiji and how Kelly Slater changed his life forever ~ pic by @nickliotta #surfboardsequalhappiness
DEMO VAN will be parked @etsurf shop in Hermosa Beach, CA from the 24th-3rd! Come test out all of our latest models for FREE! #ciFever #ciRocket9 #ciGromseries #ciBlackandWhite #ciTwinFin #ciHoglet #ciSampler #ciBiscuit #ciPodMod #ciMini #ciFlexBar ~ #cidemotour17
Presented by @mini @miniusa.
+ get a free CI Traction, Leash, and Fins with purchase of a new CI @etsurf during demo week
"I wanted a more accessible Tour Performance board that anyone who jumped onto it would instantly feel the speed and zest for creativity. For the Design we lowered the rockers of my existing boards, added the hip on the tail to give it maximum speed, and maximum drive/control. With the single concave, and simple outline, the Fever has become my favorite surfboard. In my mind the Fever is a board of Speed, Flair, and Drive with a dependable sweet spot for paramount fun. Enjoy!” - @patrickgud #ciFEVER
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