Channel Islands Goes All-In On High Performance With The CI Pro Model  - Stab Mag

Watch 'Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story'

3244 Views

Channel Islands Goes All-In On High Performance With The CI Pro Model 

The SITD winning board is designed to go wherever you want it to — except maybe one foot slop.

news // Oct 20, 2022
Words by Brad Bricknell
Reading Time: 4 minutes

It’s been a moment between World Title drinks for the Channel Islands crew, but it’d be impossible to say they haven’t been perpetually at the forefront of performance shortboards.

Currently boasting one of the world’s best all-round teams, the surfer-owned Santa Barbara board builders have racked up 20 World Titles over five decades. They raised their last of eleven title toasts to Kelly Slater in 2011. Since then, Adriano de Souza won his crown on their boards in 2015 and Lakey Peterson came close with a 2nd in 2018 and 3rd in 2019. 

The CI hexagon has also been a staple in many of our beloved surf clips [see: everything Dane does].

Of late, CI has partially shifted towards creating alternative performance sleds, which, paired with the brilliance of Mikey February and Devon Howard, might allude to why they won this years Stab Reader Poll.

But how did they manage to win Stab In The Dark?

Allow the CI Pro to explain

Luke Swanson and the air that 71% of the Stab Instagram audience said they believed to be the best ever done.

Britt Merrick worked with long time team rider Parker Coffin to develop the SITD winning sled, which was a tuned-up iteration of the best-selling Two Happy model. “We chose this board for SITD because it’s the latest, most high-performance thing that we are working on. We wanted more curve, and the ability to turn in tighter pockets, and so we just kept tweaking the rocker together,” said Britt after winning. 

Of course, Parker enjoyed the process. “There really was a lot of direct communication back and forth with Britt,” he says. “I feel like he is a really understanding shaper, so the more I could communicate what I was trying to feel and where I wanted the board to do what, we just kept moving on little things like that. We made incremental changes throughout it all and then we got to where we got. I felt like the true validation that we got, that we created something special, was that it translated to other surfers. Even as it started being distributed through the team, other surfers had success on it and the cherry on the top was the fact that Jack rode it in SITD and ultimately gave it the win.”

In Parker’s evaluation, the best features of the board are how fast and hard you can turn in the critical parts of the wave. Explaining that “if you can do that, and flow from maneuver to maneuver that’s when you have a good surfboard.”

That sentiment was echoed in Jack’s explanation of what makes a good shortboard, which he laid out in Episode 1 of Stab In The Dark: “You want to be surfing with no limits, you want to be flowing through turns with no glitches, going around corners as fast as you can, and to be linking turns as fast as you can. That’s what a shortboard is meant to do. It should do whatever you want, without thinking.” 

The CI crew, moments after they learned this board won SITD.

“This model demonstrates we are still in it to win it and was validated by the recent SITD win and the fact that our pros that are riding it are climbing the tour ranks and loving it, shows us we’re onto something,” says Brent Power, CI’s international team manager. “The feedback we’ve got from team riders has been phenomenal. It’s so nice to have a board that hits the mark, and it covers such a broad spectrum of surfers, from super groms all the way to CT surfers, so on that side it’s been insane to be able to please so many surfers all around the world. The CI Pro will play a major part in getting our next world title.”

This all sounds very appealing, though most of us don’t exactly exist on the spectrum between super-groms and CT surfers. Maybe we’ll check in after we’ve tried bashing this thing around in one-foot O-side slop.

Though the CI Pro probably won’t singlehandedly tear down Marcio Zouvi’s WSL empire, it does have potential to be Lakey’s trusted blade on her crusade to the top. We’ll find out.

Surfboards are sacred objects.

Either way, what CI has lacked lately in World Titles, they’ve made up for in marketing prowess, tapping into the guys and gals we want to see, with the shapes we want to see them on.

The above clip is no different, with the entire CI team putting Britt’s latest creation in the curvy spots it craves. 

Click that red button for a high-performance demolition derby.

Comments

Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up

Advertisement

Most Recent

Watch: Stab’s Best Wetsuits of 2023

Our quest to objectively establish the best men's suit, women's suit, and booties out of…

Dec 7, 2022

Eithan Osborne Belongs On The 2003 World Tour

But he's gotten an invite to the 2022 Vans Pipe Masters, so we caught up…

Dec 7, 2022

“I Could Do Reels And Surf Two Foot Beachies And Hoard Cash But That’s Moral Suicide”

Noa Deane’s thoughts on money, media, airs in glassy waves and more.

Dec 7, 2022

Wildcard: The Moana Jones-Wong Story

The rise and rise of Mrs. Pipeline.

Dec 6, 2022

Watch: Torrey Meister’s Gunslinging SEOTY Entry

"Bull-riding is such a great warmup for surfing big waves."

Dec 6, 2022

Guess Who Else Just Got Invited To The Vans Pipe Masters

3 more withdrawals, and 3 more exciting replacements.

Dec 6, 2022

21:04

‘Buying Double Cheeseburgers, Acting Like He’s Hit Some Sections Today’

RAGE 400 drops ft Noz, Chun, Creed, Vinny, Jel, Wado + others!

Dec 5, 2022

What’s Happening To Orange County’s Sand, And Is It Worsening The Waves At Lowers?

Read this to upgrade your understanding of your local beach break and coastal environment.

Dec 5, 2022

Here Are The 15 People Who Qualified For The 2023 CT

After seven events and much groveling, 10 men and 5 women will officially be CT…

Dec 3, 2022

An Ode To Aussie Chick Pros From The Nineties 

A celebration of stoicism, resilience, grit, core lordship, and unconditional love.

Dec 3, 2022

Update: John John Flushes Everyone Down The Haleiwa Toilet Bowl

And the CT qualifications for 2023 are set.

Dec 3, 2022

3:53

Riaru Ito Is Cooler Than His Cucumber Garden

Meet our passion pick for the Vans Pipe Masters.

Dec 2, 2022

5 New Surfers Confirmed For The Vans Pipe Masters

Who's out, who's in?

Dec 2, 2022

Unlocked: Kael Walsh, Rolo Montes, And Al Cleland Jr In ‘Saturn’

Quik’s new 20-minute surf film is so good you’ll want to burn a DVD of…

Dec 2, 2022

How Surfers Get Paid, Episode 4

The energy drinks are here. They’ve got millions of dollars, and they want your head.

Dec 2, 2022

‘Saturn’ Orbits Into Southern California

Quiksilver's newest film made landfall in Encinitas, and we were there to document the occasion.

Dec 1, 2022

The Vans Triple Crown Of Surfing Returns In 2023

Can anyone beat John Florence and Carissa Moore in a three-week window?

Dec 1, 2022

What Will Airs Look Like In 10 Years?

The final installment of our editorial exploration into the nuances of airborne surfing.

Dec 1, 2022
Advertisement