Go to Swaylocks, to the Coil Ride Reports thread. There's 350+ pages of pics, info, testimonials, etc. that's how good they are. To answer your question, flex is very comparable to a poly board.
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Thread: Gsi $$$?
Jul 22, 2012, 12:16 PM #12
i know Coil is a local product, i think south florida, and that is comparable price with all the other boards (webber, Merrick ect.), but i just had a custom retrofish the way i wanted it made for me by my board maker for less than $450.00 and this person has made over 70,000 boards so its not like he dont know how to make a board. The coil board is a good board no doubt, but $700.00 that is a little extreme, i think the coil co. is taking advantage of people
Jul 22, 2012, 05:12 PM #13
Spending $700 on a board is not extraordinary.....most Firewire boards cost around this much. But you do get what you pay for, I have a GSI Webber and it's a decent board because of its shape, but the construction is nowhere near the quality of Firewire's I have. I paid about 375 w/ tax, fins included for my GSI board and about $700 for my FW board. Basically, you are paying for the construction and the name, but mostly the construction when you buy a FW or Coil.
Jul 22, 2012, 07:03 PM #15
erock, i do know what im talking about...as i said " the coil board is a good board", did i not, what im trying to say is they make a board for less than $250.00 (guarantee you) and sell them for more than $700.00, i would say that is taking advantage, wouldnt you, just like all these other companies do to the working class folks...its a buisness brotha, and it sucks for you and me.
Jul 22, 2012, 08:50 PM #16
i have to say, you seem woefully ignorant about how the board building industry really works.
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Jul 23, 2012, 01:13 AM #18
Your right scotty i stand corrected, but my shaper has been in the buisness for over 35 yrs. and he has made his living and his share of boards, i should have said it that way, as far as someone going out and building their own board, yes, for $250.00 anyone can go out and buy the material they need to build your own board, excluding the tools of coarse. When it come to the Coil brand surfboard, and let me state this again "it is a excellent board" as far as construction, if im not mistaken i beleive they use a cnc computer milling machine, they set the dimension of the board in the computer and it cuts it exactly to their measurements, it takes all the guess work out of shaping (cookie cutter), i dont know how much these machines cost but im sure they are pretty expensive, and maybe that is why the coils and the other brands are so expensive (overhead), i dont know...njsurfer, yes i have built my own boards and i have been surfing close to 40 yrs., so sir, i have just a little experience and yes my friend it would blow your mind on the markup price of a surfboard...especially when it comes from overseas...maybe i shouldnt have put real numbers in my postings...i think that threw everything off...sorry about that
Jul 23, 2012, 01:51 AM #19
i work in a shop (& have for quite some time), & am well aware of the retail mark ups of boards, & i can assure you that no board in my shop is marked up $450, even the GSI or surftech boards. sorry if your shop has ripped you off.
as i said before, if you had any actual clue as to how the board building industry works, you'd know that a shaper building boards for customers (not some guy shaping boards for himself in his garage) cannot survive selling boards for $250. that might cover the cost of material, but what about labor? waste disposal? not happening, sorry. the days of the $300 new, domestically-made surfboard are long gone.
does anyone know where you can order a coil? i'm not really looking to put that much money into a board right now, but they've definitely caught my attention. also, speaking of board prices, has anyone else noticed how incredibly cheap JC boards are now? someone told me that they're trying to get their customers back because they lost so many when they started making all of their boards with surftech. are their poly's just china boards now and that's why they're so cheap?