Epoxy "ebay" boards - garbage or decent?
Did a search for "epoxy surfboard" on ebay and found hundreds of boards in all shapes and sizes ranging from $200-$500 which is of course much less than you see in the shops. I know they are china boards which I could care less about, but for your average surfer can you really tell the difference between riding say an ebay-style $400 epoxy board like this:
Versus a more expensive "brand name" stick from the local shop? Any thoughts?
I'm sure you'll get ton's of advice on this one
I actually have one of these boards from this exact vendor. It is no piece of art in any way. But it does ride OK, but then I'm not going to be in any surfing videos either. I have the 6'6" summer swallowtail fish. It rides fine for the waves in Delmarva. I'm not going out in any Double Over head waves anyway. It is fast, it turns well, it handles a steep drop and bottom turn with ease.
I've dinged the nose going over the front and the board and scraped off the paint and glass layers on the side of the nose. The damage did not penetrate to the core so it was an easy repair.
I think if you surf a lot, you'll outgrow these boards pretty fast and be spending more $ anyway for a major brand. But if you are a casual surfer looking for a cheap and pretty sturdy board, these work out OK.
Take it for what it is worth. A free opinion