Then imagine deciding in your late teens to take up the family craft yourself. “He’d show me a little, tiny curve on the rail,” says Channel Islands shaper and designer Britt Merrick about father Al. “‘That’s going to catch water right there,’ he’d tell me.
I feel super privileged now to have been able to shape with my dad for years and years. ” Our newest episode of In The Shaping Bay profiles Britt and his Channel Islands compound in Santa Barbara, where he shapes high-performance equipment for a new generation of CI teamriders like Dane Reynolds, Conner Coffin, Zeke Lau, and more.
From there, a short drive takes you to the Carpenteria CI factory, staffed by a team who meticulously upholds its standards to match the same priorities of Al — and now, of Britt — since the family founded the company in 1969: to allow surfers to do exactly what they always imagined on a wave.
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