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_gray getting loose and skating down-the-line on a CI Fish, spraying some bros along the way.
Longer edit in IG story or Alex’s bio.
Remembering Chris Brown: A paddle out will be held at the end of Sandspit (Santa Barbara Harbor), following a memorial service at Calvary Chapel of Santa Barbara which begins at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, February 16). It’s been hard for the Santa Barbara community to process the loss of this legend that was loved by all. The Merrick family shared a lot of unforgettable memories with “Brownie” during his development as a surfer all the way through to becoming a champion. As a way to commemorate our incredible times and epic sessions together, some of the crew here built a special memory together to give the Brown family at tomorrow’s celebration of his life.
Chris, you will be truly missed by the entire CI family.
This replica of Chris Brown's early '90s board, originally shaped by Al Merrick, was carefully replicated by son Britt Merrick and airbrushed by his son Isaiah Merrick. Doug Dow laminated the original ‘90s board and he did his legendary layup on this beauty with an excellent sanding finish by Alex Banyay.
Photos and clips via @joshpomer @encyclopedia_of_surfing @chrisburkard @nathaniel_curran #RickDoyle #JeffNovak
Are you a YouTuber? If yes, we recommend subscribing to Conner and Parker Coffin’s “Young Wise Tails” channel to get their new weekly show “Your Weekly Tube” into the feed. It’s a rad series that follows them on their adventures at home and abroad as they chase swells to test new CI boards and/or train for upcoming surf comps on the Wazzle. Check their most recent episode via link in our bio or Story.
#ciSurfboards #YoungWiseTails #YourWeeklyTube
@a_gray in the film Free Jazz Vein by @dirtymovies
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@patrickgud on the Fever, the same model we chose for Mick Fanning to test ride in @stab’s most recent Stab in the Dark film—but with a twist! We added “Spine-Tek” Reflex Technology which has proven to revolutionize EPS board construction and performance, helping solve some of the riddles we’ve been working to address for years. After testing 11 different EPS constructions from 11 shapers, @mfanno gave us the nod at this year’s Stab in the Dark winner.
The film will be touring this month, with shows in Venice next week and Santa Barbara the week after. Stay tuned for more!
Patty G photo by @boskophoto
@mfanno photos courtesy @stab
#ciSurfboards #ciFever #ciSpineTek #SITD #StabInTheDark
Custom of the Week: For @mikeyfebruary
Left: Rocket Wide aka “Rocket Fish” PU with opaque white pigment. 5’8” x 13 1/2” x 19 1/2” x 15 3/8” x 2 3/8”
Right: Neck Beard 2 aka “Fish Beard” PU with opaque white pigment. 5’8” x 13 3/8” x 19 1/2” x 15 1/2” x 2 3/8”
Both were custom shaped by Britt Merrick for Mikey. Britt explains: “I love how our Team has a long history of innovating design. My dad taught me that the job of the shaper is to serve the surfer in helping him or her achieve the feeling they’re looking for. And it’s really fun to do that, and usually leads to cool stuff. In this case, @mikeyfebruary was wondering what a Rocket Wide made into a fish with twin keel fins would go like. Additionally, I’d heard about @parkercoffin asking CI Shaper @mike_walter to make a Neck Beard 2 into a twin keel fish, and that he was loving it—so I made one of those for Febs as well. Each one just requires some outline and rocker changes. Pretty stoked on how these both came out, and the vintage ‘80s lams add a nice vibe. So, if anyone else wants to try these you can custom order them—or just like for our teamriders, we can custom build just about anything you can dream up!" For reference, Mikey is 6’3” (188cm) 158lbs (72kg)
#ciSurfboards #ciNeckBeard2 #ciRocketWide #ciFishBeard #ciRocketFish
We’re stoked to see this guy on @wsl Tour this year🤘@solibailey
@danedamus on a customized Rocket Wide.
#ciSurfboards #ciRocketWide shaped by @mike_andrews3
@wadegoodall as seen in the film Free Jazz Vein by @dirtymovies
Link to download in story and bio
Thanks to the crew at @spoons_film for featuring us in your doco film premiere last night, covering just some of Santa Barbara’s characters that date back to Yater and had a big impact on surf design and culture. Great to see all our friends and local community there to enjoy the movie. Made us think about this 1984 Tommy Curren @curfuffle board and many others that proudly hang in our @cisurfboards_sbstore, reminding us of the countless era defining moments in our five decades of building boards in the area.
Photos by our good friend @metykojimmy. Be sure to give him a follow for more epic CI photos.
@solibailey and the Neck Beard 2
music by @cleanspill
@lakeypeterson has a lot to smile about this year. Recently married @thomas_allan, has a quiver of finely-tuned CIs and is heading into the next @wsl season ranked No. 2.