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Rare Channel Islands Duo

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’ve got a few unusual Channel Islands Surfboards for your viewing pleasure. Personally, I’d expect to come across more vintage CI boards than actually ends up being the case. It’s surprising given that CI has been one of the world’s largest surfboard manufacturers for years. Here are two unusual Channel…

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Shred Sledz Weekend Grab Bag

Weekend Grab Bag: Tri Plane Hull Twin Fin & More

Greetings, Shredderz! The weekend is almost over, and right before the buzzer we’ve got another installment of the Weekend Grab Bag. Keep reading for a selection of cool vintage surfboards that are listed for sale online. Channel Islands Al Merrick Tri Plane Hull Twin Fin (eBay) I absolutely love vintage Channel Islands surfboards. Considering…

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Channel Islands Al Merrick Tri Plane Hull

Greetings, Shredderz! Today we’re featuring a board from a label I haven’t written about for some time, but one that remains an all time favorite: Channel Islands Surfboards. CI is the label of Al Merrick, one of the most influential shapers of all time, thanks to collaborations with at least three surfers who…

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Vintage Al Merrick Tri Plane Hull

My first ever surfboard — which is still in my possession, thank you — is an oversized Channel Islands thruster from the late 1990s. It still bears many relics from a time when the Momentum generation was the coolest thing since sliced bread, including an outdated On A Mission traction pad and what…

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Channel Islands Tri Plane Hull

As longtime Shred Sledz readers know by now, Channel Islands is a surfboard brand with a special place in my heart. Many moons ago, as a wide-eyed and bushy tailed grommet, I plunked down a fistful of dollars bills earned from an old-fashioned manual labor summer job and bought my first surfboard, an…

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