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.
Surf Film Premiere this Thursday in HB at @jacksurfboards for @patrickgud’s FEVER VOYAGE. Surfboard panel discussion/Q&A with G Bros and CI Shaper Mike Andrews @mike_andrews3 . Rocket Wide SpineTek giveaway, too. Come join us!
Patty G explains: "It’s been a pleasure to work closely with @cisurfboards team of shapers for more than half my life. The CI Fever is a highlight of many hours (and days) spent in the shaping bay frothing on board design and performance correlation with the team: Mike Andrews, Britt Merrick, and, of course, Al Merrick. FEVER VOYAGE Is a short film that celebrates the many hands that a surfboard travels through to make it from concept to session under your feet. Beyond that, FEVER VOYAGE is a collection of surfing footage from around the world all put together by film maker wizard himself @alexkilauano.”
Free event / Doors open at 6pm / Film starts around 6:45pm. Jack’s Huntington Beach - 101 Main Street. Free custom trucker hats made onsite. Hang with @patrickgud @danedumas @tannergud. Rocket Wide SpineTek giveaway.
#ciSurfboards #ciFever #FEVERVOYAGE @mike_andrews3 #BrittMerrick
CI's DEMO TOUR truck is now at @surfnsport82, starting today through July 23rd!
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 @surfnsport82 a ring with any questions, and be sure to stop by before its end date July 23rd.
Tag a friend in the area that should know about the CI Demo Truck. @badboyryry_
Howdy neighbor! @cliff_kapono, South Shore, Oahu, yesterday.
Gudauskas brothers film premiere night is this Thursday at @jackssurfboards HB shop on Main and PCH! Join @patrickgud @danedamus @tannergud and the CI crew for a premiere of their new short surf film “Fever Voyage”, followed by a surfboard design discussion panel with the G Bros and CI shaper Mike Andrews @mike_andrews3. Free custom trucker hats made onsite, and we’ll be giving away a new Rocket Wide with SpineTek! Doors open 6pm, film starts approx 6:45.
Highlights from today’s #CoronaHighline heat featuring @mikeyfebruary @stephaniegilmore @johannedefay and @ryancallinan all riding @cisurfboards 5’11 CI Twin Fins with the new CI Keels made with @futures.
Mikey Febs took the heat but there was some incredible surfing by all.
Be sure to follow @wsl to watch the remainder of the @corona J-Bay Open where #BrittMerrick will be all week hanging with the CI Team, doing some design R&D, hosting a panel discussion on shaping, getting some long J-Bay walls on his own CI Twin Fin and getting into some travel adventures down the coast with his son @isaiah_merrick.
Happy Birthday @ConnerCoffin
Today, @bethanyhamilton’s new film Unstoppable debuted in US theaters nationwide.
See @unstoppablethefilm by @lieberfilms this weekend as it hits theaters for the first time. Unstoppable tells Bethany’s incredibly inspiring story and journey from shark attack to victim to becoming one of the world’s best surfers, who is now raising a young family along the way. We highly recommend seeing this great film. You can find the Fandango link to theaters/tickets near you in our bio.
Sample of @andrewjacobson’s latest edit “A Snap Back To Reality”. Link in his bio.
6’6” x 19 1/8 x 2 9/16 #ciTacoGrinder
Captured by @owenmilnemedia
Epic pairing in South Africa: @zekelau and the Happy.
In the spirit of J-Bay this week, throwing it back to these 2013 clips of @connercoffin on his black beauty from the edit he and @ryanperry made “Highline”.
#ciSurfboards #ciBlackBeauty #JBay
CI Surf Shop Manager Evan walks us through @cisurfboardssantamonica to talk through the performance attributes of our most popular summer models. How to decide? All of the boards covered here go really well in the small stuff, but there are some definite points of difference which we’ll summarize here. When choosing between the Rocket Wide, Neck Beard 2 and Ultra Joe, we always recommend self-evaluating your current surfing ability along with what type of surfing you hope to do. This can help you narrow down the options much easier. If you’re looking to solve your needs for small, gutless waves, and are of good to above average ability—but wanting to still have a high performance characteristic to your surfing—the Rocket Wide is likely the way to go. Although both the Neck Beard 2 and Ultra Joe are considered to be versatile, the Rocket Wide gets the nod by the majority of our customers for less than stellar type of conditions due to excellent paddling and trim speed in the super mushy stuff, while maintaining a “shortboard” feel to your surfing. The Neck Beard 2 performs great in small surf but leans even a tad more toward performance side of things—and a notable difference to the Rocket Wide would be that it favors those looking to take to the air more. Additionally, if considering the Neck Beard 2, you are likely a good to very good surfer looking for a more aggressive, high-performance board in average or below average conditions. It’s worth noting that both the Rocket Wide and Neck Beard 2 are not limiting if you show up and the waves are a bit better than you expected. While you may wish you had your high performance Fever or Happy with you for those bigger/better days, both will work unreal in the good stuff, too. What really sets the Ultra Joe apart from Rocket Wide and Neck Beard 2 is that it’s geared to be a progressive step forward for beginner/intermediate surfer. But it’s important to note that it’s still a very inviting step down for average to good surfers seeking something fun and cruisy on the smaller, weaker days. That said, if you are not someone that is looking for a typical, high performance board feel we’d definitely recommend Ultra Joe!
@michaeldunphy reaping the upsides of a roundtail Fever.
5’10” x 18 1/2 x 2 5/16 26.3L
Clip by @hatsumiajinomoto