i agree with all of what you said. i wasn't really clear enough with not recommending a board like that. I was really just trying to address the perception that one of those boards is going to fall apart in a year. they are nearly indestructible -- but, like you said, if it breaks it's going straight to the landfill. although, i dont think someone would actually look any cooler with some pop-out vs a used board. but, I am not cool so take that with a grain of salt
These boards from overseas do fall apart. Quickly. LIke weeks if you are an every day or even every-other day in the water kinda surfer. I know. I have had friends try these out. They fall apart quickly. Please, do not confuse these boards with Coils, Firewire, or any other decently manufactured boards that utilize sandwhich vacume bagged technology or Bert Berger epoxies, or even Surftechs (eww).
These boards are throw aways that will last days if you surf even a decent amount.
Poorly made ripoffs with their designs all stolen from real shapers... usually stolen very poorly as well. Crap stuff.
We have a good epoxy/eps shaper in our DelMarVa area that does a very nice shaping/glassing job and can build a custom board to meet your needs: Mike Hague. Check out his goods and prices.
yea, do not buy one of these boards. like said above there is a major difference between firewires and surftechs opposed to those crap boards.
fukin ridiculous. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHAPER!!!!!! Both Hague and Jon Ashton make EPS boards that ARE MADE FOR OUR WAVES!!
Stop trying to get a little bargain and get a board that WORKS.
If you can't afford a brand new custom, then get a used board. Stop being so concerned with 'image' and be more concerned about your performance in the water!
I never said anything about image, reread the original question. I was wondering about overall ride and quailty and it looks like I got some good feedback.
Originally Posted by aka pumpmaster
read the first part of my answer.