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.
@mikeyfebruary slicin’ and stylin’ on the Black and White model.
Clips via @stacegalbraith
Custom(s) of the Week: 5’7 & 5’9 Rocket Wide; 5’8 & 5’10 Neck Beard 2, 5’10 & 6’0 Sampler Round Tail for @pilgrimsurfsupply in New York.
Whether for an individualized custom, or a unique quiver of boards made for a specific surf shop like this one in Brooklyn, we love making anything that our customers and dealers can dream up!
Check Pilgrim Surf Supply’s IG feed and site to get more info on these customized color laminations for some of our most popular models.
#ciSurfboards #ciRocketWide #ciNeckBeard2 #ciSampler
Bunny hop madness on the CI Fish @connercoffin
#ciSurfboards #ciFish #ciSpineTek
photo by @jimmicane
What bliss looks like when you're 6-year-old @coronakingsley.
Corona rides the Rocket Wide.
Ask your local dealer about our Grom Series or have a look-see on our site.
Follow cam is via dad @yadin_nicol
#ciSurfboards #ciRocketWide shaped by @mike_andrews3
We were crushed to hear this morning that a dear friend and iconic member of our CI family has passed away. Chris Brown was a force to be reckoned with in the late ’80s and on through the mid ‘90s, notably of which he often thwarted his competitor’s title runs and also won the PSAA (Bud Tour) title in 1994 along the way. It was during this era that Peter Townend coined the famous phrase "Chris Brown Wrap-Around” to describe his powerful, quick cutbacks.
He faded out of competition by the late '90s but re-invented himself as a big-wave surfer, helping push the boundaries in the early days of tow surfing along the West Coast. Chris later became an urchin diver and still lived for paddling into bombs anywhere from Mavericks to Todos.
Our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends. Rest in Peace, Chris.
Slide 1 photo 1990 by Rick Doyle; slide 2 1995 Jeff Novak; slide 3 @chrisburkard; slide 4 By Pete Frieden; slide 5 clips @joshpomer from The Kill 3; slide 6 edit by @encyclopedia_of_surfing; slide 7 clip by @joshpomer
Britt Merrick yesterday, shaping a Neck Beard 2 for @sealtooth
#ciSurfboards #ciBrittMerrick #ciNeckBeard2
Congratulations @eithanosborne for winning the QS 3000 in Israel, this year’s first qualifying series event. Off to a great start buddy! 🤘
Eithan rode a proto model that’s still in development stages but hopefully be dialed in and released later this year, stay tuned on that. (FR2 aka Fred Rubble 2, shaped by @mike_walter with teamrider collaboration and direction from @connercoffin)
@ConnerCoffin, last week, enjoying the fruits of his backyard.
photo by @stevemophoto
@seabassz_ digs the liveliness and pop that our Spine-Tek Reflex Technology provides. It turns ordinary moments into extraordinary. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Ask your local dealer about SpineTek built boards or learn more on our site, where you can hit our Chat option and one of our surfboard gurus would be stoked to answer any questions you may have. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
clips via @happilystoked, edit by @isaiah_merrick ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
@a_gray having some fun on our CI Twin Fin, a board that has a retro, 70s feel but with updated, dialed-in performance qualities.
It was originally designed and hand shaped by Britt Merrick when asked to compete in a surf contest where shapers ride retro boards they have created themselves. Inspired by a twin fin that his father Al had shaped for himself in the late 70s, and that a friend had recently found at a garage sale, Britt took a template off it, drew it on a blank and updated the rocker to have a more modern feel with added positive drive and carving ability. Thus, the new CI Twin Fin was born.
The Twin Fin has been ridden by Britt, Dane Reynolds and our CI Team in everything from weak beach breaks to good Rincon, and has proved to be a fast and fun, as well as a great paddler.
To offset negative characteristics of a usual high-volume retro design, the Twin Fin’s rails are tapered and relatively thin feeling for added sensitivity and responsiveness.
Our Twin Fin comes standard with 3 Future fins plugs. Ride the Twin Fin 2” to 4” shorter than you are tall; 1/2” to 1” wider, and 1/8” to 1/4” thicker than your normal shortboard.
clips via @andrew_schoener and edit by @isaiah_merrick
@quincydavis, currently chasing summer far from home back in New York, brought with her a well-suited travel companion: the CI Fish.