lol! you want a burton islands to save money? you must live in opposite land.
please tell me what shaper wants $1000. they must be making boards with angel tears and pixie dust!
yeah. every local shaper i know is way cheaper than Burton Islands (i'm stealing that name). As far as winter, I stopped having a 'winter board' a few years ago and ride my go-to Ashton (a variation of the flyer btw) all year long with no noticeable difference.