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.
When your magic #ciFever almost meets a tragic end. @patrickgud
Quiver of the Week: “Grateful days with my best @cisurfboards quiver under 6 foot yet!” says @a_gray ”Thank you @mike_andrews3 for your extra time and effort on these beauties.”
#ciUltraJoe 5’4” x 19 x 2 1/4
#ciNewFlyer 5’5” x 18 3/4 x 2 1/4
#ciOGFlyer 5’7” x 18 1/8 x 2 1/4
#ciHappy 5’9” x 18 3/8 x 2 1/4
The Happy is a new performance shortboard model built to give surfers the freedom to easily go wherever their mind takes them.
It’s an all-in-one board made for our Tour surfers that only want to think about one model they can scale up or down with ease.
Low entry rocker and strategically placed forward volume allow the board to paddle well, get up to speed quickly, and perform extremely well in the tube. To harness all that speed, Happy’s refined rails and thinned out tail make for a highly responsive board that is also extremely forgiving through critical maneuvers and it holds like a mutha – no matter how hard you turn.
Single concave under the front foot, transitioning into double between the fins, and flat off the tail give the perfect combination of speed and control.
Over the past two years Britt refined and tweaked the design (originally made for Dane G) thanks to a steady stream of Team feedback by the likes of Zeke Lau, Lakey Peterson, Mikey February and Connor O’Leary—who have all since been riding it on the pro tour.
Surf better. Be happy. Now available at a surf shop near your or https://www.cisurfboards.com/board/happy/
@connercoffin and our new performance shortboard model: Happy.
Always use protection!
The Snuggie ERP is not your average board sock. Built with a thick, stretchy polar fleece, this unique day bag design provides 4mm of padding on the rails so your surfboard will get extra love during daily car trips or added protection abroad when placed inside a travel bag. - Enhanced Rail Protection (ERP) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- Stretch Polar Fleece
- Corrosion Free Zipper
Offered in two styles: “Performance” for standard shortboard shapes, and “Specialty” for stubby, wider boards like fish, eggs, etc., the Snuggie is a better way to protect your board.
Snuggie bags start at just $42, and you can find them now at your local CI Dealer or our site (link in Story). Edit @isaiah_merrick , Surfer @josiah_amico
This might just be our favorite wave pool edit ever. Watch @ParkerCoffin, Bobby Martinez and @BethanyHamilton rip Waco a new one. Link in bio and today’s story. Enjoy.
#ciSurfboards #ciSpineTek #ciNeckBeard2
filmed by @miniblanchard and edit by @blakemichel_
Our CI Team groms cleaned up in some of the Am events over the weekend—on both coasts! Congrats to @jabe_swierkocki, @bellatreas_kenworthy, @braedenkopec, @cjmangio_ and @laybackjak. We're stoked to be in your corner and looking forward to more wins this summer.
Slide 1 - 2: @jabe_swierkocki 5'9 x 18 3/16 x 2 1/8 Fever — West Coast Open Mens Regional Champion.
Slide 3 - 4: @bellatreas_kenworthy: 4'11 x 16 7/8 x 2 — Happy West Coast Open Super Girls Regional Champion.
Slide 4 - 5: @cjmangio_ Fever Spinetek 5'4 x 17 1/4 x 2 — U14 & U16 ESA Northeast Regional Surfing Champion. Also awarded Jr. Iron Man award.
Slide 6 - 7: @laybackjak: 5'1 x 16 7/8 x 2 — Fever/Spine-Tek West Coast Open Boys Regional Champion
photos by: @dalwaves @zixabi @jrkenworthy @nssasurf @surfesa
#ciSurfboards #ciFever #ciHappy #ciSpineTek
@hollywawn in her happy place on a Happy board.
Pic by @gfunk_
CI's DEMO TOUR truck is now at @ripcurl_sanclemente, starting today through May 28th!
Come by at any time (during shop hours), check out a board from our Demo Truck, then go to your favorite break to enjoy a number of our top models like the Rocket Wide, Neck Beard 2, Happy, Ultra Joe, CI Fish, Fever, OG Flyer, and more.
Oh, and you can test out our new engineered reflex technology: Spine-Tek. Give @ripcurl_sanclemente a ring with any questions, and be sure to stop by before its end date May 28.
Tag a friend in the area that should know about the CI Demo Truck.
@mikeyfebruary on the CI Fish.
Music: Itadi - Dodzi
filmed by @fanlightfilms
Custom of the Week: CI Fish with Spine-Tek
5'8 x 20 1/2 x 2 5/16 - 31.6L
#ciSurfboards #ciFish #ciSpineTek