Channel Islands East Coast Warehouse

Channel Islands Happy Surfboards

The Channel Islands Happy Surfboard is a new performance shortboard model built to give surfers the freedom to easily go wherever their mind takes them. Low entry rocker and strategically placed forward volume allow the board to paddle well, get up to speed quickly, and perform extremely well in the tube. Available in both standard poly and Spine-Tek construction, as well as the Plus dimensions for extra volume, and the new Step-Up pin tail for when the waves get bigger.

Over the past two years Britt Merrick refined and tweaked the design thanks to a steady stream of Team feedback by the likes of Zeke Lau, Lakey Peterson, Mikey February and Connor O’Leary—who have all since been riding it on the pro tour. Surf better. Be happy.










In this episode I put two custom “Happy” boards through the paces in a variety of wave types and conditions. Both boards are custom with the exact same dimensions. One board is EPS (Squash Tail) in CI’s award winning construction they call Spinetek. The other board in Polyurethane foam with Polyester resin. (Swallow Tail) We spent all summer testing both of these boards in 3-8’ surf and we even took the Spinetek EPS board to BSR Surf Resort to see how it goes in the pool.

Both boards went good but the PU Swallow tail out performed the EPS Squash tail in 4-8’ surf. The PU offered more hold and predictability on rail when the waves had more size with texture from wind. Overall the Happy is a solid HPSB and I recommend it for the upper end intermediate to pro surfer looking to maximize performance pocket surfing in 4-8’ surf.

Board DIMS:
5’7” x 18 7/8 x 2 5/16 Liters 25.5

My Height: 5’9”
My Weight: 160 lb or 72.57 KG 

Board Weight with Tail Traction:
EPS Spinetek: 4.90 lb
PU/Poly: 5.30 lb

Suggested Fins:
Al Merrick Fins