My Fellow Americans: Al Merrick, Surfboard Shaper Day to Day profiles Al Merrick, the founder of Channel Island Surfboards in Santa Barbara, Calif. Merrick has been designing boards for more than three decades, and is considered by many to be the best in the business.
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My Fellow Americans: Al Merrick, Surfboard Shaper

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My Fellow Americans: Al Merrick, Surfboard Shaper

My Fellow Americans: Al Merrick, Surfboard Shaper

My Fellow Americans: Al Merrick, Surfboard Shaper

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Day to Day profiles Al Merrick, the founder of Channel Island Surfboards in Santa Barbara, Calif. Merrick has been designing boards for more than three decades, and is considered by many to be the best in the business.