I look at their site and they have so many boards of so many combinations of boards its great. CI's team riders are the best of the best in the solar system, so are these boards created by the most skilled and knowledge'd shaper of this era? Or is he just lucky?
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Thread: CI Boards...Are they the best?
Mar 17, 2011, 01:40 AM #1
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CI Boards...Are they the best?
Mar 17, 2011, 02:08 AM #2
"best" is such a personal thing...
But Merrick deserves everything he gets. He is a very creative, skilled board designer and shaper. His expertise and experience make his boards highly desirable and reliable.
He's also a great business mind.
Mar 17, 2011, 02:11 AM #3
a lot of it is marketing...CI has slater, curren, machado, reynolds, etc...riding their boards. that pulls in all the little grommets that just HAVE to have what slater's riding!
i will say that i've had (& still do have) boards from them. & they work. i've had only 1 board from CI that was a dud, but that's going to happen from time to time. the ones i have now are all great boards (i have 4 of them).
very little is real original design. i think the genius is that they can take designs & refine them, put them under the feet of top level pros, give it a snazzy model name, & market the hell out of it.
merrick actually stole the design for the tri plane hull from paul mindich and also stole the dumpster diver design from the white diamond board. after i heard that i stopped buying ci's
Mar 17, 2011, 02:48 AM #5
i heard mark zuckerburg stole facebook from some classmates i stop using facebook ..... the government stole the internet from al gore i stopped using the internet...Al gore shapes all my boards now
I have a biscuit (one of my favorite boards), and I have a flyer that I liked ( but was a little too small so I traded it in). I can't say that I know a lot about the history and all that like some of you, but I'd give the boards I've had experience with a thumbs up.
Mar 17, 2011, 03:24 AM #7
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- North Wildwood ,Nj
i never got into the whoe CI thing . Merrick know how to make a board its proven but they just dont appeal to me.
I think one board I would want it the Machado Single fin. I almost got one Set up like a Bonzer for 200 bucks but I drug me feet too much and someone scooped it up from under me
Mar 17, 2011, 11:44 AM #8
i have 4 CIs currently in my quiver. all but 1 is "custom". that said, there's still nothing better than working closely & having a personal relationship w/ the guy (or gal) making your boards...personally, i wouldn't have gotten them if i didn't have an "in" & get them cheaper than retail. $700 for a plain white shortboard is ridiculous IMO.
Mar 17, 2011, 12:59 PM #10