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Channel Islands New Flyer SPINE-TEK

      •                  The New Flyer

In 1999, Al Merrick designed the Flyer, revolutionizing high performance surfing in small waves. For 2013 Channel Islands has modernized the Flyer into a shorter and wider package. This new plan-shape allows for the same volume in a shorter rail line. We kept the forgiving 2-stage rocker and added spiral vee starting in front of the fins to allow for rail-to-rail quickness. The signature Merrick hip provides a pivot point for tight arcs.

The New Flyer is now available with a unidirectional carbon strip on the bottom. The carbon stiffens the middle of the board, increasing flex and bend in the tail and thereby a tighter turn radius. The carbon also reinforces the middle portion of the board against breakage with no detectable weight


Shapers Spine-Tek® replaces traditional timber stringers with a precision engineered composite spine, combining innovation & technology to deliver optimal flex-based performance. Designed through the principles of elastic potential energy, Spine-Tek® allows the surfboard to flex, load-up on energy & then spring back to its natural rocker curve with additional drive, speed, power and flow.


Shapers® Spine-Tek® is purpose built to deliver:

  • A lively, responsive feel
  • Enhanced speed & power
  • Increased control & manoeuvrability
  • Lasting performance - retains positive flex pattern
  • High vibration absorption - increase speed through chop