The Channel Islands CI Mid midlength surfboard from Britt & Al Merrick's iconic shaping dynasty is a modern classic design, resulting from a fun collaboration with Devon Howard. Devon Howard is a southern California surfer that has spent the past two decades riding and refining egg-inspired designs that are in a category of surfboards many refer to as midlengths. The minimalist logo is out of the Channel Islands Archives—a laminate that Al Merrick put on his boards in the early '70s.
- Channel Islands / Al Merrick
- 'CI Mid' - Midlength Surfboard
Inspired by the clean, longer-railed lines drawn by traditional eggs and single-fins, the CI Mid infuses that timeless vibe with the crispness, sensitivity, and freedom made possible by modern surfboard features synonymous with Merrick design principles. Boasting a sleek, egg-like template with low entry rocker and foam a tad forward for ease of paddle and effortless trim speed, the CI Mid scoots, squirts and swivels thanks to contemporary features like double-barrel concave, gradually accelerated rocker, and hard, slightly tucked rails through and off the tail.
A reliable all-arounder that flies over the flatter, smaller stuff, the CI Mid really stands apart from other eggs and various midlength designs out there, especially in shoulder-high to nearly double overhead point surf—where surfers are able to lay down flowy, arcing turns with total confidence, speed, and control.
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