best boards on the market for California maybe but not for our waves, and they are not Merricks, they are Burtons.
And Burton bought Channel Islands to keep prices from sky-rocketing and allowing a bigger bank account...everything else is exactly the same-- Same shapers, same company. But hey, you won't hurt my feelings by riding a piece.
Surfers Supplies in Ocean City NJ. The guys there aren' t trying to just make a sale. It's a more local place so its not usually crowded
Quality? By who's definition? The mags? Some pros? SO you are buying boards based on the magazines and what a few pros ride? Talk about hipster/trendy! Have you ever looked into the glass weights of an off the rack CI? IF you MUST ride one, at least get a custom so you can dictate the templates and glassing.
Yep I guess its hip to be riding boards made by a local guy for the last 30 years before CI even got big and moved their R&D to VERMONT.
If your CI works for you great. I'm sure your Hollister 'Surf' clothes keep you warm too......
you are ignorant about both board design and wave anatomy but anyway so if thats your context for understanding this topic, then ask yourself, how many of the "best riders" come from NJ and/or spend a considerable amount of water time here in NJ?The majority of the best riders in the world ride Channel Islands for a reason...and ride them in many more places than California.
the majority (hardly) of the best surfers ride CI for one reason...they are paid handsomely to do so.
Last edited by aka pumpmaster; Mar 1, 2012 at 01:38 PM.
Sounds like someones a little butthurt defensive about some sub-par shaper they like to ride because they're 200 dollars cheaper-- remember, Toyota, or Pontiac?
Oh yes I love Hollister clothing. Immense observation and original wit you made up on your own there...I'm sure that remark isn't overused. Oh... yeah it is. I feel sorry for the fact you had to lower yourself to talk about clothing-- now I really know what kind of person you are. "Let me wear my 'I surf' shirt to the store!" Who said anything about clothing?
The other riders make a horribly low amount compared to their other sponsers. While I'm sure money helps, you've gotta be kidding yourself if you think any more than a half dozen pro surfers are striking it rich...and even then FAR less than any other athlete.