Sometimes they come back: 1990’s CI MTF

5’11” Channel Islands Surfboards Merrick Twin Finner model. My personal custom board from the second half of the 1990’s. I sold it cheap to Sunset Surfboards in Encinitas when Brian Fredrickson owned it. Then shop manager Scott Overland snatched it up. Last week I was surprised to see it walk in through the front door of Surfy Surfy Surf Shop under Scott’s arm.

This board was rad because it featured super cool hot coat pinlines by my Dad Peter St Pierre, who even signed it which he never ever did.
The large Moonlight Glassing oval is super rare, especially on a Channel Islands who later became pretty strict about keeping the glass shop logos minimal and on the bottom of the board only.
The CI hex logo dates this board after 1995 because it is the first redesign hex by Factory 101.

I think I sold this board because I thought it was too narrow. It’s under 19″ and my first magic MTF was over 19″ and had a stubbier nose. At the time these MTF’s looked like radical space ships, but now just look like the normal weird boards we ride everyday ha ha.

A lot of Channel Islands surfboards in the 1990’s had cool carbon fiber inside foil layups. Scott even managed to hang onto the original mini trailer “shark fin”.
One thing interesting about this board that you can’t really see in the photos is that the whole board is glossed and polished except for a pyramid around the fin cluster that I had taped off and wetsanded. I liked to do that to my personal boards because I thought it looked crafty and had some ideas about waterflow at the time. It is also easier to wetsand around glass-on fins and deep vee than to polish.

Scott Overland kept this board in his quiver for well over a decade.
I often felt a twinge of jealousy seeing him riding it and he rode it well.
Scott is now employed by the surf accessories company Da Kine, therefore the big sticker on the bottom.
Scott wanted a new board for his young daughter who is stoked on surfing, so I bought it back and he used it the money on a nice DK Fish off the rack.
I’m stoked to have it back in the quiver!
— JP St Pierre
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  • The Maxtastic
    July 11, 2011

    Awesome board. That is really cool you managed to have it back.
    I’m stoked for you.
    BTW, the Biscuit I bought from Surfy Surfy is AWESOOOOOMMMME. I am having a great time with it.

  • Ben
    July 11, 2011

    Gotta love it when old flames are reunited!

  • walrus
    July 11, 2011

    really neat story! i paddled out the other nite and there under a cute young lady was one of my older boards that i had traded in years ago, she had the totally stoked look of the beginning surfer that is having a great time in the ocean—i got huge smile and a laugh out of the whole thing…..

  • Oso Rojo Trading
    July 11, 2011

    sweet stick & great story JP. know Brian and Scott from the Sunset days in the early 90s, they sold Nitro Snowboards in there and I was running that program up in Seattle. good things always go Full Circle 🙂

  • B-Muse
    July 11, 2011

    So how much do you want for it, JP? 🙂

  • Anonymous
    July 12, 2011

    So rad jp!! Hey watch dane ride robs old one towards end of his new vid on marinelayer , It’s really cool.

  • Kit
    July 12, 2011

    Great story, Jp. I have been rekindling a love affair with the MTF this summer as well — haven’t ridden one since 1996 and I am not sure why….

  • dave (
    July 13, 2011

    Very cool story, I JUST put my 10 year old 6’4″ MTF on Craigslist and the moment I hit send I got this weird and sad feeling like I ratted out an old friend. It is time she moved on to glide underneath someone else, but it will be a long goodbye nonetheless.

  • Anonymous
    July 13, 2011

    rad, couple weeks ago I came up on a 5’6″ mtf at a garage sale, just like mcdonald’s, I’M LOVIN IT!