Channel Islands Surfboards
Channel Islands Surfboards is the largest surfboard brand in the world and equips (arguably) the best surfers on the planet.
Channel Islands Surfboards and designer/shaper Al Merrick have forged a reputation for a dedication to performance and quality through innovation and creativity in their surfboard designs. Since 1969, Channel Islands has grown from a local, grassroots business based in Santa Barbara to a bleeding edge global manufacturing operation, which is still based in Southern California, a short stroll from the famous point break, Rincon Del Mar.
Purchased by Burton Snowboards in 2006, Channel Islands Surfboards continues to put surfboards under the feet of some of the best surfers on the planet, including Kelly Slater, Dane Reynolds, Lakey Peterson, Jordy Smith, Alana Blanchard and many more. Maintaining relevance to a global surfing audience through more than four decades of constant change in the surfing industry has been a hallmark of Channel Islands Surfboards success.
To this day, Channel Islands Surfboards and designer/shaper Al Merrick continue to be driven by the desire to create products at the cutting edge of performance in surfboard design for hardcore, advanced surfers while still catering the the average, everyday surfers with more user friendly designs geared for fun.
The Channel Islands Fishcuit. Another blast from the past, the Fishcuit is still standing (in CI's lineup)...still strong...still a great option in small, gutless surf! I have had two Al Merrick Fishcuit's in my time. I broke the tail clean off … [Read more...]
Looking to challenge your surfing? For the capable surfer, this cult classic, the Channel Islands MTF, which was originally designed and destined to become Rob Machado's magic twin fin, could be your next favourite board. It died, the … [Read more...]
- A good wave weapon, the Channel Islands Surfboards DFR is another bada*s brainchild of the one and only, Dane Reynolds. Dane's high performance shortboard, the DFR has intermediate to advanced surfers covered in the powerful, steep and hollow … [Read more...]
It's a Pod...with a round tail. The uber versatile Channel Islands Pod is an oldie but a goodie. Loved by the masses, it rides fun and fast. The wider outline has a good amount of volume throughout but not too much. This means it's a wave … [Read more...]
Every surfer wants a one board quiver. Shapers have responded with a multitude of models designed to get you up to your feet and having a ball in most of the conditions we surf, most of the time. While there will always be tradeoffs when trying to … [Read more...]
Designed for Jordy Smith’s power brand of surfing, Channel Islands Bunny Chow is a versatile, high performance shortboard that will tear through powerful, punchy groundswells as well as poor quality, mushy beach breaks. Experience acceleration and … [Read more...]
If you are newbie surfer looking for a new surfboard, one of the brands you'll frequently hear of from seasoned veterans is Channel Islands, which has the legendary Al Merrick at the helm as lead designer and shaper. But what makes Al Merrick surfboards a … [Read more...]
JR asked: "Love the site! Great concept and so helpful! I have a 5'4 Pier Pony and a 5'11 Blakbox I (The BB is perfect for the majority of the surf conditions I'm in). I'm looking for a board to slot in above the BB with some sort of overlap. 2-4ft … [Read more...]