Channel Islands Surfboards
Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 50 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.
Surf Better. Be Happy.
@parkercoffin on the Happy model.
vid by @ryanperry
@sageerickson x HAPPY
@reefheazlewood in his Happy place.
New York was wicked good the past few days. Oh my! And @michaeldunphy, among many others, basked in all its glory. We hope you were fortunate enough to be amongst it!
Video clip by @dronetauk - does great camera work in NY area.
Photo by @mattclarkoceanimagery - follow for fine art Northeast surf and ocean images.
Custom 5’8” CI Fish with stock dimensions.
Not much surf this weekend in some parts of the world, so why not sit back an watch an old fashioned surf movie with a great soundtrack. @_huntermartinez _ “Lost in Thought” has 30 minutes of rip roarin shredding by some of the best young talent out there. Surfers like @shane_sykes_ (seen here), as well as @eithanosborne, @johnmel_ , @andrewjacobson and the legend himself, Bobby Martinez. Link to full edit in bio and today’s story. Enjoy.
Clip is @_huntermartinez, check out his page for more.
@eithanosborne gettin loose on a custom. You can customize anything here. Ask your local shop how or build one at cisurfboards.com.
vid by @seanlesh / music by @dizzyhippy
Spine-Tek puts some pep in your step.
vid by @seanlesh
This is one of countless classic, well-ridden boards hanging in our @cisurfboards_sbstore. It, along with dozens of others, tells just a piece of our unlikely story that began 50 years ago! 20 titles and 3 generations later that story is still unfolding—and from over! Stop by sometime to check our historical collection out, we guarantee you'll recognize a good lot of them from iconic surf magazine photos, as well as key event victories and titles. This shot of Tommy Curren @curfuffle is on the same board at Zuma.
Photos by @metykojimmy
#ciSurfboards #ci50years #AlMerrick @ripcurl_usa #TomCurren
There are a lot of steps to building surfboards. Josh Hardwick's role here is to hotcoat our boards. After both sides have had the fiberglass laminated to to the foam blank, Josh adds another coat of resin which helps finish the board so it can then be sanded.
#ciSurfboards #ciTeam #ciboardbuilders
@scottdennisakawhip and his view with some room.
pic by @simonpunchphoto
#ciSurfboards #ciFever @cisurfboards_aus
Several of our models like Happy and Fever can easily be scaled to step-ups that are so good you’ll flip your lid like @cjhobgood_ here. Ask your local shop about ordering one a bit longer and thicker with a round tail or pin, or head over to our Custom Board Builder page at cisurfboards.com and design yours there.
vid by @andrecallado
#ciSurfboards #ciCustom #ciStepUp