Thinking of doing a trek to PR with a couple buddies. The board fees on AA are ridiculous: $ 150 per board each way. So, if we bring x3 that's $ 900 in fees alone - - and that's if we get lucky & the AA rep doesn't peer in & see the other 3 or 4 sticks in the coffins.
So, the thinking is that maybe purchase a used board there from a surf shop ? Or, purchase one of those $ 100 Costco boards ? Although the Costco boards are probably all soft tops & beastly.
Maybe the surf shop route is the better way to go: more selection.
Then when the trip is ending, we would just give our boards to local kids & head for the airport. Good karma & good stoke.
Anyone ever try this purchase-local & leave-it-there aspect in PR ? Anyone have an idea of what sticks cost in PR ?
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Thread: Purchase & Leave It There
Jul 6, 2011, 12:55 PM #1
Purchase & Leave It There
Jul 6, 2011, 03:17 PM #3
sounds like the first answer is the best, but, in lue of paying another $150, I left a board with the grounds keeper of the house we rented on a CR trip last year and made a friend for life. Most people who live at these destinations don't have the $ to keep their quiver on pace with the amount that they surf. Leaving a (fairly) fresh board with a good surfer will be GREATLY appreciated. Who doesn't want friends in cool places?
Enjoy puerto rico!, I'm considering my first trip there this November.
Jul 6, 2011, 04:10 PM #4
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Or Bobby at Mar Azul surf shop in Rincon. $125 / week, dozens of poly boards to rent, lets you swap out all week as often as you feel like stopping by.
Jul 6, 2011, 08:31 PM #6
Those answers are all helpful (and thoughtful). Muchas gracias, hombres.
Jul 7, 2011, 06:05 PM #7Member
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i would just be very wary when renting. Take a good look at the board your renting. Had a friend rent one in PR and it ended up breaking. Upon closer look it seemed it wasnt glassed very heavily and i have heard so many stories of how places like this shape **** boards and glass them lightly in hopes that visitors break them and then have to pay full price.
Jul 7, 2011, 08:15 PM #8
I am actually very wary of renting. The exact thing that ECSURFER describes (crap board, broke in half in waves that it shouldn't have broken in & cost me $ 600.00 after some protracted negotiating) happened to me in the DR. And the leash, the string were crap too.
I saw a guy going out through waves at Maderas, next to us, in Nica. Board broke going UP through a wave on his paddle out. We thought it was really strange. Come to find out it was a rental stick: cost him a cool 1k usd.
No easy answers, eh ?
Appreciate the heads-up on that angle.
Last edited by yankee; Jul 7, 2011 at 08:17 PM.