I always wanted an Austin but never put the money toward it. I surfed a longboard made by Austin and it was just smooth and had a retro vibe to it (at the time it was the only longboard I rode too). Here is a post from swell that was posted a few years back that kinda states the same:
I have a custom Longboard and shortboard made by Austin. Both are great boards. My longboard is a 9'6 soul glide with a mexican blanket paint job. Perfect for riding the nose. My shorty is a 5'10 rocket fish. I got it made pretty thick and wide (2 3/8 thick, 20' wide) for the mush around here. Not much of a performance board but its good for smaller stuff.
If you get custom artwork, be VERY SPECIFIC on what you want. I gave him a general idea of what I wanted and trusted him as an artist to give me what I was looking for. Overall he did great, but I wish I was more specific on what colors I wanted and how much of it I wanted where.
I would highly reccomend him for boards. He does incredible work. Super chill guy and will talk to you for hours until you figure out what it is that you want.
Last edited by Alectruelove; Aug 15, 2013 at 04:24 PM.
every board in there is drool worthy. His retro's and log's are off the hook! I currently have a log with him for a glass job. His glass and resin work comes highly recommended. He guarantee's his work and that is above and beyond in this business. I say he is one of VB's finest.
I have a 7'6 rocketfish by Austin. It seems to be very durable, it should have a lot of dings that it doesn't have. Not much for performance though. He is known for retro boards. Don't go to him for a josh. Go to him for a log, retro fish, mini simmons, etc.
What kind of performance where you hoping for from a 7 1/2 foot board?
One man's big board is another man's performance board. Depends on a few factors, like rider's height, weight, fitness level, sobriety. (that last one was a mild joke)
A rider 6'3, 220 lbs who's in good physical condition & who has decent experience can easily get a lot of snap from a 7'6, depending on the wave conditions & the shape of the stick of course.
One man's humble opinion, not claiming authority by any means.