Tell me about the black CI board hanging upstairs. What’s the story behind that one?
Britt: The black board hanging upstairs is the first board that my dad and I ever shaped together. My dad obviously started Channel Islands Surfboards and taught me how to shape when I was growing up. Once I began to get proficient, we shaped this board together. He shaped half and I shaped the other half — it’s the only time that we’ve ever done that. It’s really special to me. It’s a special father / son thing, and it was a special moment in time.
Describe your roles within the family business.
Kate: Officially, my job title is “buyer,” I do the buying for the shop, but I’m generally also the “shop mom” keeping all those kids in line. But my favorite part about working in the family business is having the surfers and the employees to our home and creating relationships, feeding them and getting to know them, and just loving on them in general.
Britt: I’m the lead shaper and designer at CI. I’m also sort of the guy who provides vision and direction for the company overall.
Do you have a favorite board design?
My favorite board design is generally whatever our pro team is riding on the world tour. What fascinates me most — and challenges me most with surfboards is high performance designs. It’s the hardest stuff to do. It’s most challenging to meet the needs of surfers at that level, so that’s what I’m into all the time. It’s also my favorite thing to ride whatever designs I’m working on. My go-to board at Rincon is whatever I’m working on for current guys on tour or top free surfers.
What have been some of your biggest challenges and successes over the years?
Kate: Our biggest success over the years is loving our family well, loving each other well. That’s it, that’s our biggest success.