First Board Advice: VA beach shops and General board info.
I'm looking to buy my first board I have been surfing for a few year (4 I think I have'nt kept track) and have used both short and long boards. I have not however used hybrid sizes, funboards, or fish. I'm looking for a board that is affordable as some family members are allowing me to pick it out as a gift and are paying for it. I've looked at Frierson Designs, Austin Surfboards, and 757 surfboards. I like the 757 designs and info posted up on their site. I need to know how dependable their boards are and how long they are likely to last. I need a board that will grow with me as I learn how to do more manuevering in waves. Also does anyone know pricing/types of boards that Frierson and Austin Surfboards typically make? I live an hour or two inland of the beach and therefore cannot regularly visit shops, does anyone have any reccomendations to make of the VA beach shops? any information would be greatly apreciated even if it is just how concaves work or the reason for a swallowtail on a board.
A few more names to add...
All of the above guys are right on the money... In my opinion, Nolte is the best around. I bought a potato chip comp board for the ESA back in the early 90's (5'8" epoxy thruster) and it's floating my son now with zero dings... after seeing some action in it's prime no less. I also have a 9' epoxy & 9'6" heavy glassed custom Nolte in the quiver too which I consider my "daily drivers." Tim is a humble down to earth guy too so, best deal around for a custom (again, in my opinion.)
Same for Scott Busby @ In The Eye. True Hatteras waterman who knows what it takes to get waves on the east coast. I have a 6'6" Fish from Scott and it was my hurricane board for years and years (until my quad skeg arrived.) Scott keeps it real and pumps out some good high performance boards too.
Finally, there is a guy named Mike Rowe who runs Hooked Surfboards down in the OBX. He's the real deal too when it comes to high performance. He's still a bit underground but, hand shapes some rockets for all the locals down in the OBX who take surfing seriously (out of the shapers shed in his backyard no less...) Kick ass surfer and skateboarder with a fine little kidney pool on the premises too. Mike makes real good stuff and is worthy of mention. All three are east coast proud so, everyone is a winner.
...and might I suggest a good used board before you go custom... save yourself the $$$ and worry of dinging something you're trying to learn on. My first board was a beater 5'11" Seasoned I got for 150$ and still have fond memories of waves in Hurricane Hugo on that thing. Once you've got it wired and ready to upgrade, go custom and keep it local. These guys all shape boards for a living and damn good at it.
See you in the water down at North End!