The CI Mid is a modern-classic design resulting from a fun collaboration with Devon Howard, a southern California surfer that has spent the past two decades riding and helping refine boards of this genre.
Inspired by the clean, longer-railed lines drawn by traditional eggs and single-fins, the CI Mid infuses that vibe with the crispness, sensitivity, and freedom made possible by modern features synonymous with Merrick design principles. Boasting a moderate midlength template with low entry rocker and foam forward for ease of paddle and effortless trim speed, the CI Mid scoots, squirts and swivels thanks to contemporary features like double-barrel concave, graduated rocker, and hard, slightly tucked rails through and off the tail.
A reliable all-arounder that flies over the flatter, smaller stuff, the CI Mid really stands apart from other midlength designs in shoulder-high to nearly double overhead point surf, where surfers are able to lay down flowy, arcing turns with total confidence, speed, and control.
The minimalist logo is out of the Channel Islands Archives—a handmade lam Al put on his boards in the early '70s. And all CI Mids are stocked with high quality, colorful resin craftsmanship (6-4oz. decks with 6oz. bottoms). We've also designed an all-new custom 2+1 fin template for this board with our neighbors and friends at True Ames Fins in Goleta, California. CI Mid 2 + 1 Fins As we know, fins can make or break any surfboard. For the CI Mid, we worked closely with SoCal surfer Devon Howard and our friends at True Ames Fins to custom build this 2 + 1 set that enhances our new midlength’s high-performance characteristics, as well as proving to be versatile in a wide range of conditions with just a simple adjustment of the center fin.
Thanks to decades' worth of knowledge, as well as countless rounds of R&D, Devon and True Ames founder Chuck Ames landed on this beautiful, tidy, well-balanced outline with full base and moderate rake that was hand foiled for medium flex—making for a very responsive ride with just the right amount of hold and lift that helps you accelerate through turns.
Shaped from clear fiberglass panels, the CI Mid’s 6.5” center box fin is available with either 4” FCS two-tab side bites for medium to bigger sized surfers, or 3.6” for lighter weight riders.
*Note: In the event our CI Mid 2 + 1 fins are not available, we recommend Wayne Rich Power Fin by True Ames in 6.5” with FCS 2-tab 4” Hexcore side bites for medium and bigger surfers, and use 3.7” fiberglass side bites if you are of lighter weight.
The second alternative is a 7” Greenough 4-A with FCS 2-tab 4” Hexcore side bites for medium and bigger surfers, and use 3.7” fiberglass side bites if you are of lighter weight. ( CI )
ORDER YOUR CI MID ONLINE OR IN STORE AT KISS SURF STORE IN CAPE TOWN. 021 4222618. WWW.KEEPITSIMPLESURF.CO.ZA