While looking over my pathetically ravaged gaggle of boards for a group photo on the quiver page, it dawned on me the number of boards I have stashed in VA & NC... I remember at least a Redman, Jim Fuller, & 2 Gurney shorties in VA and 2 Friersons (one long one short), a 70s single Rice Price, and a Ramirez (?)Wave Magnet in NC. Now some of these have been stashed a long time... 3 going all the way back to at least '05 and the rest have been at least the last 2 years + I was out of the country. You might say "who stashes 8 boards?" I say its at least 8 boards not counting ones that were wrecked and dragged behind a boat or shot with a potato gun. Remember the good ol' days of the late 90s early 2000s what 200 bucks would get you in the used board section of a surf shop? As a college student with little money and solid board repair skills I used to just buy 'em, fix em', ride 'em, and either sell 'em or eventually once my quiver got stupid large and I started moving around a lot ....stashing 'em at friends house between SE VA and SE NC. I tell you this because the issue at hand is what is the statute of limitations for reclaiming a stashed board? None of these boards were cherry but all were rideable and I liked them at some point because I stashed them and did not sell them. Potential problems... did I say friends? A few of these people I have not talked in over half a decade so I guess those boards are out but that still leaves 5 boards and two or three of them would add something to my current dilapidated quiver. Is it too late? I'm facebook friends with some of them in the sense that we are facebook friends but don't really talk even on facebook because I dropped off the earth to live the dream and have recently returned to live several states away and found I don't really have anything in common with them other than the fact that I remembered leaving a board at their house that I now may want back (Whew ! Run-on sentence). Whatdya think? Statute of Limitations? If they are gone... fine ... I've lived with out them for a few years but if I could get them back...........
Last edited by Stranded in Smithfield; Aug 16, 2012 at 02:41 PM.
Get them all back, especially the Friersons, Bill shapes great boards that LAST.
For the "Stashees" you have a semblance of a contact with - GET THEM BACK.
For the others - even if it's been years - at least TRY. Or as Yoda would say - "there is no try, only do or do not".
I had a landlocked buddy's board for 4 years, when he asked, I gave it up. Now it wasn't near the same shape as when stashed, but I justified riding it for the "space" fee and Epoxy supplies to keep it alive. I loved that board - but he was just happy to get it back sea worthy.
Even if you get 50% back, you're ahead of the game. If they keep them - they're A holes and you're better off not knowing them anymore.
Why do people hold on to old boards? I would get on craigslist and start over. I was talking the other day with a ding repair guy who gets all these old boards to repair. He said most of them were in such bad shape he didn't know how they were still ridable. Anway, anything over a couple years your sol.
I would try and get those boards back. If you aren't really friends with them anymore then you shouldn't worry about calling them out to get your stuff back. Who knows you might be surprised. You might get some of your boards back and some old friends as well.
I have had close friends keep their boards at my place over the years. In the past few years I have tired to get back in touch with them to give it back while trying to clean up my place. I would say, that if the person is honest and if their friendship with you has any amount of weight, then they should still have it. Although, i would not expect them in the same condition... as there is a "space fee"= free to surf=possible dings... I have one board from a friend who moved to ohio years ago- have not heard from him since, and he has not surfed since yearly the 2000's...the board is still waiting him...