Surfboard industry heavyweight and South Coast local Al Merrick announced last week that his world-famous, locally made Channel Islands surfboards will soon be sharing store racks with a price-point, pop-out label of his own design called Anacapa Surfboards. Scheduled for release this summer, the boards – which are designed by Merrick, but shaped by a computer in a faraway factory – will be offered at a comparatively low price and distributed to 19 countries by surf conglomerate Global Surf Industries. The line will feature four designs aimed at entry-level to intermediate board riders and range from small-wave short boards to a longer hybrid design.

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