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    Fair Price For Surfboards

    This post is a bleed off another post about designer surfboard prices. I am curious, what do most surfers feel a fair price for a surfboard is. I am referring to a handcrafted surfboard crafted locally. Please dont put the price you would like to pay but rather a price thats you feel would be fair for the highest quality surfboard by a local builder.(local so we dont get into the whole ferrari vs ford debate ) keep in mind the materials arent cheap.

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    i have no problem or qualms about dropping upwards of $700 for a custom board w/ full resin tint & gloss & polish. more if there are a lot of little fiddly details that require a good eye & good hand-eye coordination.
    $900-$1000 for a log w/ the above
    for a plain white, sanded finish board w/ a fin system, i think $500 is a fair custom price.

    sure, i'd like to pay less, but i know what goes into them, how much the material costs, etc...i like my shaper in business. my $$$ keeps him there. i'm not looking for a "bro-deal" or whatever.

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    boards under 9ft. 500-700 dollars full color with heavy glassing

    Boards over 9ft 800 to 1500 with all the works color glassing gloss finish

    whitboards with sanded finish would a be a cpl hundred less depending on fin setups and size

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    The more specific a shape I demand, the higher the price I should expect to pay, even for a clear board. Somebody who says, "I want a 6'0 x 18 3/4 x 2 1/8... squash tail, single concave" should expect to pay toward the low end of that $500-$700 range. But if somebody brings a board and says, "I want a new one of these... but with a bit thinner rail and another 1/4 inch less rocker throughout" he should expect to pay more toward the middle or even the upper end of that range, even in clear. Creating a replica takes a lot of skill by itself, and tweaking beyond that, even more so. A handshaper deserves to be compensated for his skills, let alone giving the customer the ability to even make such specific requests. If he's "your shaper," and you need his expertise, expect to pay him for that. Otherwise, ship off your board to somebody who can scan and machine it.

    Custom resin color work? You're automatically at the top of that range, even on a 6'0, 'cause that means gloss and polish on top of getting the color and cutlap right. No excuses.

    Six channel bottom? Multiple stringers? Single, double or even triple pinlines? Deck inlays? Tail block? All extras.

    As for glass bill... no problem. Whatever you want in flat weave E glass. Same with fin systems. Minimal if any extra cost. Volan? Custom weave requests? Expect to pay more.

    There should be no argument laying down $1,000 for a longboard with triple stringer, resin tint, and tail block from a local custom shaper... without pinlines - just a pro cutlap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MATT JOHNSON View Post
    boards under 9ft. 500-700 dollars full color with heavy glassing

    Boards over 9ft 800 to 1500 with all the works color glassing gloss finish

    whitboards with sanded finish would a be a cpl hundred less depending on fin setups and size
    +1. Also go ahead and take a stab at shaping your own board and glassing it. You will quickly gain appreciation for the cost and time it takes.

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    I think $450 to $500 for a PU board with a shpaer that you always use, i do believe you should get a bit of a diso**** using the same shaper all the time.
    I think $550 to $600 for a good expoxy build is reasonable

    These price include an airbrush if you want a color etc.

    Granted you buy a ....lost, Channel Island, JS, etc youw ill pay more but there designs are proven using the best riders in the world, their research and developement budget is much higher so the extra cost in these boards is understood, but the quality of many of these builds are less than what they should be, the shapes are great but a quick hurry up get it out glass/sand job is not acceptable for a board at this price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwood View Post
    I think $450 to $500 for a PU board
    PU will almost always be a bit cheaper.... 'cause their cheaper to build, easier and faster to shape and glass... and you know they'll be coming back soon to get another one! Ha!

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    Quote Originally Posted by njsurfer42 View Post
    i have no problem or qualms about dropping upwards of $700 for a custom board w/ full resin tint & gloss & polish. more if there are a lot of little fiddly details that require a good eye & good hand-eye coordination.
    $900-$1000 for a log w/ the above
    for a plain white, sanded finish board w/ a fin system, i think $500 is a fair custom price.
    My thoughts exactly.
    I just had a 9'6'' shaped w/ resin tint bottom & rails, pin lines, gloss & polish, tail patch, & tail block for $820.

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    Costs

    Last board I bought (a 6'10" Quad) was $750 out the door. Seems the longboards I like are $1000 and up. By the time it's all done (board, travel bag, skegs, etc...) target $1000 for Short; $1500 for Long.

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    I would estimate around 500$ but i just recently got a new custom shape, 6'3" quad shortboard fish hybrid standard white sanded PU board. And my shaper only charged me $250 for the board.. and he gave me a set of stretch quads as well.. not the glassflex one but the standard future quads.. but im a lucky ass lol. so if you really search or make friends you can get it pretty cheap...