Al Merrick began surfing in encinitas at 10, sponsored early on by Surfboards Hawaii. Moving to Santa Barbara in 1965 and inspired by Dick Brewer and Bob McTavish, he picked up a planer in 1966 and never looked back. however, the world hadn’t yet discovered Merrick, even after Shaun Tomson captured the world title in 1977. Around that time, he started shaping boards for a local grom with a promising future by the name of Tom Curren who became Merrick’s prodigy and Channel Islands grew to colossal proportions.
￼Channel Islands built momentum, but once his boards became Kelly Slater’s weapon of choice, every surfer had to have a quiver. Teaming up with Surftech over a decade ago, his unparalleled shapes, built in our proven Tuflite techology, have found their way under the feet of thousands of surfers around the world. As the incredible growth of SUP occurred, Merrick crafted a full range of SUP models that showcase his incredible shaping skills and understanding of what makes a board truly magic.