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.
photos by @mattpowerphoto
@parkercoffin’s new short edit is his best yet. Hit link in bio or today’s story to enjoy some serious ripping and prepare to get psyched for the weekend!
@yadin_nicol schralping his new twin-keel fin, high-performance fish-tailed board we call the FishBeard.
@parkercoffin said it first: “A Neck Beard 2 would work sick as a twin-fin fish!” So we got to work redesigning the back half of the NB2 template and rocker, paired the board with our Al Merrick Keel Fins (AMK), and the FishBeard was born.
A sleeker, more performance-ready design than the CI Fish, the FishBeard is pure business in the front and all party in the back. Get forward on this user-friendly board and drive from the center and you’ll have all the speed and flow you always desired. Step back on the tail to engage the fins and rails, which provides you hold, pivot, projection, and the freedom to rip as hard as ever. To keep the party going, we dug into the archives and found some vintage mid-’80s, fluorescent logos and recreated CI’s iconic layup from that era.
AMK by @futuresfins: Make no mistake, this fin ain't retro. Although inspired by classic keel outlines, the all-new AMK template boasts a modern rake shape, graduated tip flex and flat inside foils finely tuned for fast, high performance surfing. This keel-fin design is built to rip but also ideal for those that just want to groove.
Video by @gothic_dolphins
@connercoffin on the FishBeard
photos by @seanlesh
The CI Mid.
@devon_howard on a 6’10”
Hit link in bio to learn more about our new midlength shape.
Clips by @g___r___a___n___t
BOARD GIVEAWAY @tannergud wants to get this #ciRocketWide into the hands of a grom who most embodies “surf stoke.” There are no restrictions on your post to win this 4’7” with Tanner’s art work on it. If you know a kid you’d love see surfing this, tag them or their parents here (or on Tanner’s post) to let them know he’s giving this away. All they need to do to win is post a photo or video by end of day Jan 31 that demonstrates (explains) their stoke for surfing! Please tag #ciRocketWide so he can find your post and choose the most surf stoked Grom!
Listen to @surf_n_show’s recent chat with Britt Merrick on “Twin Fins" as well as our new "FishBeard" via link in bio or story.
Britt sat down for coffee with host Noel Salas after a quick surf on their FishBeards, and they did a deep dive on the Al Merrick Keel fins.
Stay tuned for full FishBeard review dropping soon!!! #ciSurfboards #surfnshow #twinfin #ciFishBeard
Surf Better. Be Happy.
Surf Better. Be Happy.
vid by @ryanperry
@tannergud and wait for it... his wingman @patrickgud
A sleeker, more performance-ready design than the CI Fish, our new FishBeard is pure business in the front and all party in the back. Get forward on this user-friendly board and drive from the center and you’ll have all the speed and flow you always desired. Step back on the tail to engage the twin-keel fins and it’s refined rails, which provides you hold, pivot, projection, and the freedom to rip as hard as ever. To keep the party going, we dug into the archives and found some vintage mid-’80s, fluorescent logos and recreated CI’s iconic layup from that era.
The idea for the FishBeard stems from this guy right here @parkercoffin and this photo is by @badboyryry_
Custom of the Week: CI Mid for @alex_banyay
6'8" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/4" 42.6L