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Kelly Slater for Channel Islands

Do we talk enough about Slater and Al Merrick’s longtime partnership? Slater obviously has strong opinions about his equipment, and I would love to hear a more in-depth account of how he and Merrick collaborated over the years, during Kelly’s utterly dominant run in the 90s. I think a lot of us remember…

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The CI Log

Greetings, Shredderz! If, like me, you grew up on a steady diet of late 90s and early 2000s surf magazines, who went out of their way to look down their noses at most longboarders not named Joel Tudor, you are probably shocked to hear that Channel Islands is releasing a longboard model called…

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Vintage Channel Islands Single Fin

Greetings, Shredderz! Even if Al Merrick weren’t one of the greatest shapers of all time — and there’s absolutely zero debate around this one — the first ever surfboard I purchased was a CI stick, and the brand will always be one of my favorites as a result. (Yes, I still have the…

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Beautiful Channel Islands 80s Thruster

Greetings, Shredderz! For those of you who believe “80s neon” and “tasteful” are mutually exclusive, I present to you this gorgeous Channel Islands thruster. Yes, it’s got multiple laminates, none of which are particularly subtle in terms of size or color, but dare I say this is still a supremely classy stick. Shout…

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G Skate Demo Tapes: Hawaii feat. the Gudauskas Bros

Greetings, Shredderz! Channel Islands just dropped a scorcher of an edit, which can be viewed in full below. What does it say about the state of the surf industry that the single largest (and I would argue most influential) board manufacturer continues to look beyond the thruster for its signature models? The video…

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Dane Gudauskas CI Surfboards G Skate

CI Surfboards: “CI Pro”

Greetings, Shredderz! I don’t really spend a lot of time writing about the world of high performance thrusters, but even so, I’d like to think of myself as an equal opportunity surfing aficionado. Channel Islands just released a neat 20 minute edit of their top shelf roster riding the new CI Pro model,…

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Mikey February on a 7’1″ CI Tri Plane Hull

Greetings, Shredderz! Let’s not overthink things here: whenever there’s a new Mikey February video, I post it. I would do some unspeakable things to be able to surf like this. But alas, the devil has yet to approach me with any sort of concrete offer (and honestly I’d even settle for less). In…

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Mikey February Tri Plane Hull
Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Al Merrick Hand Shape Single Fin Gun + More

Greetings, Shredderz! The Weekend Grab Bag is back with some choice selections from Craigslist and other places where fine surfboards are sold. There are some rad sticks up for grabs, including a very cool Channel Islands single fin and more. More details below: 7’4″ Channel Islands Al Merrick Hand Shape Single Fin Gun…

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