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    VB shaper Sovereign

    Anyone know anything about Sovereign surfboards, a fairly new shaper in VB area? Ridden or own one of their designs? Their prices seem competitive, just wondering how well they'd compare to a well shaped custom out there or your average WRV/Seasoned board?

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    I have seen pics of the Sorveign guysboards and shaping area its a garage type of thing. The pictures of the boards I have seen are a bit rough. The outlines not to clean, just overall not too impressed. If your looking for a cheaper "custom" in the VB area check out 757 surfboards, their outlines and board choices seem better to me. Granted I maybe way off on Soverign but looking at photos they will be getting their shaping early experience "trials and errors" on your money. If it was up to me, and it was several months ago when I looked into these soverign guys boards that i saw on craigslist, I would rather spend $500 on a good board by a great shaper than save $150 by a non proven shaper. Also depends on what you want. If your looking for a groveler to play around on in knee high slop, sort of a longboard alternative or whatever and its a basic egg shape or something with little to no concave and fin placement isnt all that critical you just want a new surfboard to float around on, then maybe go to Soverign. IF you want a board that you can count on really working, foiled out correctly, concaves even on both side the stringer etc.... then go with a proven shaper. Soverign boards may be sick I am not knocking them beacuse i havent seen anything recently from them, but from the pics i saw of these guys and boards they had made about 8 months ago I wouldnt spend my money with them. If you can hold out for awhile Tommy Moore (ex WRV shaper and currently a ...lost ghost shaper) is supposesdly moving back east and will be doing boards back in this area again. I have been on Tommy Moore boards for a long time now, in fact just got two sicks one this past fall and one coming hoepfully next week, his boards are sick and he can probably do a poly a little cheaper than what you can get at WRV. I highly recommend trying a local shaper then if you like what you got the first time go back to him for another board telling him what ya liked about the board you have and what you dont like, its amazing how good your boards can get if ya stay with a shaper long enough, if they keep good notes/ files on their customers.
    Last edited by bushwood; May 16, 2011 at 04:05 PM.

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    Bushwood, thanks for the info. I was already leaning that way before, but your post kinda reinforced that. I don't know anyone that has one personally, so yeah, they could be good boards. But the lack of experience is a big factor here. And I'm not looking for something to just float on right now, looking for something that will perform fairly well in our waves, with a little extra material to get into waves easy. But obviously done right. I thought maybe that if there was a chance I could get a steal with them, I'd try, but so much of boards being "done right" comes with that invaluable experience.
    Thanks for the name, I can probably hold out a little longer. Still looking around at this point.

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    Look into Bill Frierson in VB. He was one of the original partners at WRV. http://www.friersondesigns.com/

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    + one on friarson, and dont forget about Tim Nolte on the way down to OBX. Home of the $450 custom board, and he has been at it for decades.

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    HEy what are you VB guys riding (well Sandbridge guy too since Lee's here, haha) I'm sort of a board design ho so was wondering what you guys are riding.
    Right now my quiver consist of :
    Tommy Moore Round Nose Fish- much like the orignal ...lost round nose fish basically a high performance fish shape ITs gota single to double concave witha bit of ve thru the fins, low entry and exit rocker love this board! .
    5'-5 x 19 1/4" x 2 3/8"(5 fin set up usually run Al merrick fcs up front and a mini trailer int he back, or if we get some faster walled up surf i like the fcs K.2 quads)

    Tommy Moore Tweaker- Dumpster Diver/Rocket type board, short stubby shortboard. Its a straight single concave all the way thru. Low entry rocker witha good amount of tail rocker right at the fins. This board is super fast and rips off the tail, but the sweet spot due to the tail rocker is small, back foot has to be all the way back to get this thing to fly. Harder to bury the rail due to a really wide diamond tail
    5'-9" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/4" (thruster with fcs K.2s up front mini trailer in back to loosen up that wide tail)

    Tommy Moore SLop Rod my groveler design (which should be herein a week or so i hope) Similar to an Album surfboards Sub or a lost plank. Round full nose, short wide but right at the front fins a nice bump wing to reduce the tail area. It has a slight single conave thru the front foot area and vee thru the fins right around the little bump wing area to allow rail to rail transitions a little more easily. Board is flat, really flat deck low entry and exit rocker. Its a total Groveler, my friend has a lost plank and it was the funnest thing i have ever ridden in waves thigh high and under. ITs also going to my daughters learning board, hoping the Epoxy construction will keep their nobby knees and elbows from dinging the board too much. Problem is it maybe hard to get Dad off of this thing when its knee high.
    5'-6" x 20 3/4" x 2-3/8" EPS construction. (Quad with Future Controller Quads)

    I hope to ordering a actual high performcae short board soon, mine is shot and I will need one this fall. Last year I rode my 5'-5' fish in hurricane surf this past fall and granted it was super fun but the bottom turn on anything overhead got a little sketchy.