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.
Custom of the week. CI Fish.
5’6” ️ 20 ️ 2 3/8 for Teddy Travers
@connercoffin R&D and training trip today for @wsl Snapper Rocks.
Thank you @kswaveco for the opportunity.
#ciSurfboards #ciFR2 @varial_surf
Take a behind-the-scenes tour at our Carpinteria, CA factory through the eyes of team riders Conner and Parker Coffin. The brothers have been coming into the factory and getting custom built boards from the Merrick family since they were in elementary school. See the shaping rooms of CI’s @mike_walter and #BrittMerrick, as well as a walk through the glass shop and the design library where we store the magic team boards from the past several decades. Like to full@Edit in story or find it in our blog or @youngwisetails YouTube channel in this week’s installment of Your Weekly Tube.
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A few years back, we built the Average Joe to be a fun, simple, easy-to-ride board and it became one of our top sellers. After rounds of customer feedback and team testing, we’ve created a souped-up, sleeker version for 2019 … the Ultra Joe.
In this video, watch Channel Islands' super steezy factory employee Pat Beckley @patisdoingthispartdeux test ride this new model.
For five decades, we have employed passionate, talented surfers to build our boards, believing in the practice of infusing surf stoke into every surfboard we make—no matter what part of the production cycle any of us works on.
As for the Ultra Joe itself, this new board boasts refined, sensitive rails, a double-bump squash tail, narrower nose with an updated rocker profile, and additional exit rocker. The results of this new model is a progressive step forward for beginner/intermediate surfers while at the same time is an inviting step down for average to good surfers seeking something fun and cruisy on the smaller, weaker days. Despite all these changes, one thing remains the same: the fun factor.
Worth noting: We’ve had great feedback that it works really well as a quad, but if you are used to riding tri fins that may be your jam! Hit link in our bio or story to see/learn more.
video by @seanlesh
The 2019 @cisurfboards Rincon Classic is on! Come down with friends and family to Rincon this weekend, March 23-24. We'll kick off this epic community event on Saturday with fun size surf and Sunday will see the waves jump up in size and get pretty dang good for the pro heats and expression session featuring @connercoffin @parkercoffin @cory_arrambide @kilgar @adamlsb @jabe_swierkocki @bcword @nathaniel_curran and more.
There will be live commentating, food by @rinconbrewerycarp, prizes, games, free custom CI trucker hats, and more. And on Sunday there will be a live stream at www.cisurfboards.com in case you can’t make it. See you there!
Thanks to @surfhappens for organizing this event as well@as a big shout to all the amazing sponsors! @cisurfboards_sbstore @surfhappens #SIMAManagement @sbindependent @whiteandgrube @rinconbrewerycarp @scoscheinc @alkiwellness @hydroflask @hgdataculture @carverskate @venturelligroup @sexwaxofficial @padarobeachgrill @jumpontheschoolbus @duocatering @johnnyonthespotsurfer_rashbalm @indo_board @nutbelly_pizza @luckyllamacoffee @dunecoffee @leus @guayaki @surfline @tikitoss
#rincon #rinconclassic #surf #santabarbara #carpinteria #ventura #queenofthecoast #legacy #community #gratitude
@parkercoffin’s modern take on “high line”
Fun under the sun. @sageerickson.
Everyone on the WCT is looking for an edge to get one over their opponents, so when @ConnerCoffin had time to sharpen up for big day he went early to the kswaveco Surf Ranch for some practice so he could share R&D input with CI shaper Mike Walter to help dial in the best boards possible. See link in bio or story to enjoy this short film that offers some compelling insight into his daily life midway through last year, and to get a sense of how he will approach 2019.
Video by @hunthousepictures
7-year-old @coronakingsley’s new whips. 4’1.5” Fred Rubble and 4’1” Rocket Wide shaped by @mike_andrews3. Art by Corona’s dad @yadin_nicol
#ciSurfboards #ciFredRubble #ciRocketWide
@zekelau on our new Happy model coming out soon... Photo @quiksilver
Custom of the Week: Neck Beard 2
5'5” x 18 7/8 x 2 1/4 25.6L
#ciSurfboards #ciNeckBeard2 🇺🇸