Damn, that's a cool thought process at work.
When I was a grom the popout du jour was an Aitken and man, were those boards whack. They had a seam all the way around the rails from the mold that was like a razor blade.
As much as I hate to admit it, some of the newer stuff like FireWire seems well built and functional. I just prefer hand shaped and glassed boards built in the good old USA.
Just to touch on the CI and merrick comments. He is probably the most successful shaper in world history, both in performance and on the business side. Think about how many WORLD titles have been won on his boards. The best of the best for almost 2 decades have been trusting this guy... So, the reason behind his machine work, was because Slater and the world's best REQUESTED that he do it. They all agreed that the most minor difference in any part of a board is just enough to make it perform differently, so when slater just destroyed J-Bay one day on a custom Merrick, he goes back to al and says hey, I want 6 of those, EXACTLY the same...
And even the store board CI's seem to be high quality from me. I dont ride or buy them, but I have tried them out. I have no issue with him. He monopolized the industry a long time ago. There are merricks on every coast, in every nation really. Internationally.
So, in his case, he got too big too fast, so he has to use machine. The demand for his services became impossible... And once everyone on the winner podiums had Merricks under their arms, every kid, in every coutry wanted one. Who wouldnt want the boards that the best of the best live by. I think that speaks volumes for Al Merrick...
I just feel like I agree with some of people points against his company, but I can't logically oppose him without feeling like im just being a hater.
America doesnt make anything anymore kinda sad
So......the difference is Firewire has nothing more to do with American shapers or workers than Bic, Tufflite or any other off shore made boards. My McCoy, however, employed an American shaper & glasser. The avatar and quote were free (and don't replace the American flag or Pledge of Allegiance), so nobody loses on that deal. Thanks for letting me clear that up.
you know i once owned a tuflite merrick flyer good board very tough lasted me 3 years the guy i bought from lasted him 2 years so its gone through 5 years of constant abuse they are defiently worth the money upfront as it will last year longer than a standard pu board. but you can also get a custom shaped local board in epoxy as well which is wat im doing now.
But everyone must remember this we are in a recession so if someone goes out and buys a popout its gonna last them and they will get there money out of it in the long run.