Legendary surfboard shaper was a relative unknown until Shaun Tomson captured the world title in 1977 on a Merrick-shaped board. Soon thereafter Al began making boards for future legend Tom Curren. Under Merrick’s tutelage, the teenage star inked deals with Op and Rip Curl and went on to win three world titles. As Curren’s status reached epic proportions, so did Merrick’s surfboard label, Channel Islands. This reputation grew as young surfers wanted to duplicate Curren’s feats and the next generation of top professionals, spearheaded by Kelly Slater, desired Merrick’s creations; further cementing his status as an elite shaper/ entrepreneur.
By admin | Published: July 20, 2007
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