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Introducing A Twin Fin That’ll Spice Up The Everyman’s Daily Grovel

If this new Merrick twinny doesn’t turn you on, check ya’ pulse!

hardware // Nov 16, 2018
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

While Al Merrick made his fair share of Lis-style twin-fins back in his Salad Day ’70s, it wasn’t until Rob Machado, Dan Malloy, and Joe Curren started frothing on them during their time working with Thomas Campbell on his genre-defining Sprout, and the subsequent 2005 release of the Retro Fish, that the design became a mainstay of the Channel Islands’ roster. 

In the near two-decades since, working with the more open-minded of their stable of riders, CI’s made more than afew variation on twin fins, including the trimmed down and tuned up Skinny Fish. But the last few months, while bounding around the globe with everyone from Mikey February to Conner Coffin to Dane Gudang, we’ve admired twin fins that looked just a little different—thinner, more foiled rails, a sexy outline with more curve—than anything we’d seen from the Carpinteria boys, and we had to know more. 

“It’s their new model,” February told Stab at the US Open. “It’s such a sick board, I’ve been surfing it pretty much constantly in California. I think it comes out this fall.”

 

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Fred Rubble himself, Conner Coffin putting the new CI Fish through his own torq test.

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courtesy Channel Islands

And so we waited, patiently. And so today, it was with great excitement we got word that the CI Fish is finally available for custom order, in all of Channel Islands’ myriad American-made options, including Spine-Tec, along with a damned fine lookin new set of twin keels from them and Futures. Here’s what the Channel Islands crew had to say about this new beauty. 

 

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CI pro team riders such as Dane Gudauskas (above), Sage Erickson, Conner Coffin, Mike February and Alex Gray all say that the CI Fish is faster than greased lightning and zips through any flat sections with ease.

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courtesy Channel Islands

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Photography

courtesy Channel Islands

Click in to the edit above, and take a look at the beauty below. You can custom order yours, in all of Channel Islands myriad American-made options, right here. 

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