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Freewaters to Be Official Footwear Partner of Channel Islands Surfboards Starting Spring 2015


Laguna Hills, CA (August 19th, 2014) – Freewaters footwear announces an exclusive Channel Islands Surfboards sandal collection for Spring 2015 that will debut at Surf Expo in September.

The Spring 2015 collection features four men’s sandals each with a unique material and foot bed graphic story. The iconic Channel Islands hex logo is molded and inserted into the outsole of each style. The result is a very colorful and bold branding on the bottom of the sandals that not only grabs your attention at retail but also creates a CI hex imprint in the sand. 

“Clean water is such a basic need for humankind and I was impressed with Freewaters’ mission statement,” says Al Merrick Founder of Channel Islands Surfboards. “The opportunity to build a sandal for surfers to enjoy and do something to benefit others struck home.” 

Since launching in 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards and founder Al Merrick have grown from a grass-roots operation into one of the most recognized and respected global icons in the surfing world. 

John Gothard, Freewaters VP of Sales notes, “Sandals and surfboards are a natural fit. Our goal with this partnership is to offer fresh and very authentic product to specialty shops. It’s an honor to be associated with the world’s most respected surfboard manufacturer.”

Scott Anderson of Channel Islands adds, “Everyone at CI was excited to team up with the crew at Freewaters on this new footwear project. The result looks incredible and we look forward to designing and wearing more each season.”

For sales inquiries please contact John Gothard:

About Freewaters

Freewaters footwear is dedicated to those that seek the freedom of the open road, act as global citizens and dare to chart their own path in life. Each pair helps support clean drinking water projects and comes with a stress-free limited lifetime warranty. Visit to view our complete product line and learn more about our water projects.

About Channel Islands Surfboards

Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 45 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world. Channel Islands will shape the new millennium with innovative design and quality as our main focus.