I continue to be amazed at the availability and price of genuine Al Merrick hand shaped boards on Craigslist. They’ll routinely pop up every few weeks or so with little to no fanfare.
Part of me wants to scream from the rafters: people, this is Al Merrick we are talking about! The man shaped boards for Shaun Tomson, Tom Curren and Kelly Slater, just to name a few! And he hasn’t really been shaping them since, either.
This board, which is available on Craigslist in Santa Barbara, was purportedly one of Al’s own personal riders. It looks like it’s still in great condition, though you’d have to strip off the wax to really get a good look.
The real feature here is the signature on the stringer. You can see this is a genuine Al Merrick shape because of the way he signs “Al”, with the “l” in his name transitioning into the fish shape. There are many Channel Islands boards that have a fish on the stringer, but you want the ones that have the clear “Al” written.
Otherwise, I love the subtle neon colors and the old school script logo on the nose. These Channel Islands boards are my absolute favorite, and it’s an added bonus that this one was apparently owned by Al himself!
Oh, and the best part…this thing is only $300! Granted, you’re going to want to check out the board and make sure the condition is as good as promised, but either way, if this is truly a board Al shaped, that makes it a pretty attractive collector’s item. I can’t help but think that prices on these Merricks are going to skyrocket within the next few years.
Check out the board on Craigslist here.