Channel Islands Average Joe named "SURFBOARD OF THE YEAR" by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association!
Sometimes we want something simple, fun, and easy to ride. Light single concave for the first 1/3 to deepening concave vee throughout. The Average Joe can be surfed off the rail or tail that has Al’s signature hip tail template to keep drive. Full rails keep high volume in a short outline. Increase wave count, make more sections. The Average Joe is geared towards the things that makes surfing fun.
CI employees Pat Ecker and Brandon Smith embracing their inner Average Joe. Shared from CIsurfboards.com
Master shaper and creator of world famous Channel Islands Surfboards, Al’s boards are the choice of top level surfers worldwide, including everyone from Tom Curren to 11X Champ Kelly Slater. Al’s line of SUP’s showcases his incredible skill and what it takes to make a truly magic board.
Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. It started with hard-core surfing and quality in mind and these guidelines have brought us through four decades of constant change in the surf industry. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.
“The driving force behind Channel Islands Surfboards is the demand on design created by the world’s greatest surfers, allowing for the highest performance surfing possible. To provide the most dedicated surfers with the most advanced, performance designs is my passion” - Al Merrick, Designer/Shaper
CI is a privately held organization focused on rider-driven product and manufacturing the best possible equipment available. Located in a state-of-the-art facility just blocks from Rincon Del Mar, the CI HQ represents a foundation for developing, testing, and building boards while providing jobs in Santa Barbara for many years to come.