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.
Major Congrats to CI Teamriders @lakeypeterson and @johannedefay for taking the No 1 and 2 spots respectively at the @wsl Freshwater Pro!
Johanne was leading the field right till the end thanks to her searing turns and what @kellyslater described as the deepest barrels he’d seen at Surf Ranch.
In a clutch moment, with a last chance opportunity to overtake Johanne’s lead, @lakeypeterson pulled out all the the stops with big turns and strong tuberides, punctuating her final ride with an air-reverse to earn a 9.33 and the Freshwater Pro Championship!
Lakey now sits at No 2 on the world title race leaderboard with a championship title well with in her sites. Good luck to Lakey, Johanne and the rest of the CI Team at the upcoming Quiksilver Pro in France!
Lakey photo @noahjm22 ; Johanne photo @badboyryry_
"I love Spine-Teks when the waves are softer, I feel like they really help keep me more on top of the water, adding more liveliness to whatever I’m riding." — @connercoffin
Model: Rocket Wide with Spine-Tek
Vid by @ryanperry @seanlesh
#ciSurfboards #ciRocketWide #ciSpineTek
Three-pack of customized custom shapes for @yadin_nicol.
Art by Yadin.
#ciSurfboards #ciCustom #ciSpineTek #ciTraction
One of our most reliable, best all-around shortboard designs: OG Flyer.
Clips by @alexkilauano
There are a lot of incredible surfers that have greatly contributed to creating our board brand over the past five decades, helping #AlMerrick refine designs that would win world titles and ultimately be available for you to ride. Following the spotlight put upon us from @shauntomson’s work with Al, @curfuffle's surfing during the ’80s catapulted Channel Islands Surfboards onto the world stage in ways we never imagined possible.
#ciSurfboards #ci50years #ShaunTomson #TomCurren
Join us to take action during the Global #ClimateStrike this Friday, September 20, when countless students and businesses (and their employees) everywhere will march together and send a message that we want positive and immediate action to help remedy the climate emergency.
To support the next generation, we’re closing our headquarters in Carpinteria and stores in Santa Barbara and Santa Monica for business so everyone can walk out and join the strike in their cities on September 20.
Our stores will be closed for business but we’re using them in Santa Barbara (open 10-11am) and Santa Monica (open 9-5pm) as Action Centers where people can make signs and walk to nearby marches.
For 24 hours, on September 20, cisurfboards.com will not take orders or make any sales worldwide. The site will instead re-direct to the Global Climate Strike website to help build awareness for the cause. All of our CI owned stores will not sell product that day.
Learn more via link in bio or today’s story, or go to globalclimatestrike.net
Unless you’re a hipster, or never fall, you probably wear a leash. And when you need a trusty cord, we make some pretty neat ones. Here’s the Dane Reynolds leash.
@kayuvianna on a Happy roundtail step-up.
@photo by @henriquepinguim.
If passing through Bali check out our 3 shops via @cisurfboardsbali, including a new one opening very soon on the Bukit.
#ciSurfboards #ciHappy @onboardstorebali
Happy Monday from @parkercoffin
Filmed by @jacobvanderwork
Custom of the Week: ULTRA JOE
5'7" x 20 1/2 x 2 7/16 31.8L
#ciCustom #ciUltraJoe #cisurfboards
50 years, 20 titles and 3 generations later we’re still at it! Getting up every morning more fired up than ever to build the best boards in the world. We wouldn’t be here today without your stoke and support for what we do! Looking forward to another 50 with today's new generation, and those to come.