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  1. #11
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    Jul 2012
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    I own this board and am very happy with it. Im 220 lb and 6'2". Granted I only have ever ridden pop outs as they say and am just getting to be an intermediate surfer. So my novice self will tell you that this board does steep drops well and is easy to sink on duck dives.To me it feels like im riding air as its so light. Turns very easy too. For the money its held up well with no problems for 1 year. Defiantly better in cleaner surf.

  2. #12
    You boys are INCORRECT. While I am not a big fan of 7S, the WAVE MAGNET, is certainly not a POP OUT. A POP OUT is actually a board that was made in a mold. It's a computer shaped, normally glassed polyester. The construction is no different than any of your machined shaped, high dollar, California boards. I design high performance fun shapes, and have had at least 40 different boards made in the 7'2-8'2 range. I HAD the 7s WAVE MAGNET at one time. IMO the design was flawed. While they left the width and thickness in the middle, the nose and tail were thinned out, making the board quite unstabile. Compared to my other boards, it was difficult to catch waves, and was useless in small summer conditions. I weigh 185, and ended giving the board to my daughter in law, who weighs 130. IMO, there are FAR better designs than the WAVE MAGNET, for small East coast waves. I am presently riding an 8'2" Davo inspired MAYA EPOXY { 18x23x17x3 } BIG FISH Quad with a Huge swallowtail,that surfs rings around that 7S. If you're in the SC area, go check out MAYA SURFBOARDS in Surfside Beach. They are EXPERTS in EPOXY, and no matter what crazy idea I've come up with, they've shaped it. AND, I have boards that are 3 years old, with not a mark on them. cya.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by huuor View Post
    Absolutely agree in staying local.

    [Not sure how anyone can honestly recommend a Rusty, CI or any 'mass produced label' over 7s though. So many of these big names are making boards just like 7s nowadays. Don't be foolin' yourself that your Merrick Biscuit was made any differently (or has any more 'soul') than a 7s Fish. -- As part of full disclosure, I have a 6'3" 7s Cog and - as a quad - it rides as good as numerous CI boards I own/have owned. ]

    They're not local but many NJ locals have a hard-on for Chemistry (I don't see it but check 'em out).

    As with anything though, stay local. Personally, I'm a big fan of Mencel Surfboards.

    Peace.
    I'm listening & point taken. As I said, I prefer to go to the local shop (own an Austin Rocketfish & a Todd Proctor custom longboard). But I also don't think that just because something is produced in great numbers that it's inherently bad for that reason. A good design is a good design. The 7s....not so much; and, it's mass-produced. Strikes 1,2-3.

    I mentioned the Rusty BigCat cause it's a very good design, it's a quality-made board & the OP was perhaps ISO of something like that. Just something to consider.

    'Preciate the mention of Mencel, he sounds like a cool head.
    http://asburyanchor.com/an-interview...harles-mencel/
    Last edited by yankee; Oct 12, 2013 at 02:35 PM.

  4. #14
    7s is a mass produced china board!

    Find a good local shaper and tell him what you need. You will be much happier spending the few extra bucks!

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by Longtimerider View Post
    You boys are INCORRECT. While I am not a big fan of 7S, the WAVE MAGNET, is certainly not a POP OUT. A POP OUT is actually a board that was made in a mold. It's a computer shaped, normally glassed polyester. The construction is no different than any of your machined shaped, high dollar, California boards. I design high performance fun shapes, and have had at least 40 different boards made in the 7'2-8'2 range. I HAD the 7s WAVE MAGNET at one time. IMO the design was flawed. While they left the width and thickness in the middle, the nose and tail were thinned out, making the board quite unstabile. Compared to my other boards, it was difficult to catch waves, and was useless in small summer conditions. I weigh 185, and ended giving the board to my daughter in law, who weighs 130. IMO, there are FAR better designs than the WAVE MAGNET, for small East coast waves. I am presently riding an 8'2" Davo inspired MAYA EPOXY { 18x23x17x3 } BIG FISH Quad with a Huge swallowtail,that surfs rings around that 7S. If you're in the SC area, go check out MAYA SURFBOARDS in Surfside Beach. They are EXPERTS in EPOXY, and no matter what crazy idea I've come up with, they've shaped it. AND, I have boards that are 3 years old, with not a mark on them. cya.
    Didn't know funboard experts even existed. there ya have it, but 7s is definitely a "pop out"... your only argument to that is that it's not a very good popout, and that CI's are also popouts, which there IS some truth to... they are pop out copies of VERY good shapes, that are finished and glassed by man.

    and really, man, 40+ funboards? WHY!?!?!?!
    Last edited by leethestud; Oct 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM.

  6. #16
    Where are you in nj? Try dcalshapes.com

  7. #17
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    If you are in Jersey you want to check out Brian Wynn. Great shaper of high-volume fish and just about anything you really want for all NJ conditions. I have a 6-2 quad/twin convertible that I keep down in the outer banks and I always can't wait to get back down to visit mother in law in the fall.

  8. #18
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    And though I have not ridden a 7s, I am indifferent to the whole corporate board thing, and have to assert that almost any shaper would like to have his shapes go mass-produced. It's a living, after all, and when your ship comes in, get on it. But I fully agree with supporting local shapers first and foremost. I saw someone mention Austin above, and I know the guy and his boards....another one I would wholeheartedly say to track down. The guy builds boards you will be able to give to your grandchildren and they will still be able to ride them. And they rip. If you get to the Va Beach area check him out. Outer Banks? Tim Nolte definitely.

  9. #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by huuor View Post
    Absolutely agree in staying local.

    [Not sure how anyone can honestly recommend a Rusty, CI or any 'mass produced label' over 7s though. So many of these big names are making boards just like 7s nowadays. Don't be foolin' yourself that your Merrick Biscuit was made any differently (or has any more 'soul') than a 7s Fish. -- As part of full disclosure, I have a 6'3" 7s Cog and - as a quad - it rides as good as numerous CI boards I own/have owned. ]

    They're not local but many NJ locals have a hard-on for Chemistry (I don't see it but check 'em out).

    As with anything though, stay local. Personally, I'm a big fan of Mencel Surfboards.

    Peace.
    Nearly all of the boards I've had in the past 10 years have been locally shaped, either by myself or by Jon Ashton in Maryland. Still...I like to think I know a good shape when I see it and if that good shape was built in California, then I'm fine with that, especially if I don't see any of the local shapers making something comparable. The 5'10" Chemistry Disk I bought a couple years ago has been a great ride in all kinds of conditions, and is holding up really well after a whole lot of heavy use.

    so yeah...plus 1000 on local, but also on looking around at the same time. No way I would ever buy a massed produced Asian built board.
    Last edited by mitchell; Oct 13, 2013 at 03:58 PM.

  10. #20
    Please stop supporting these "boards for the masses" companies!

    A surfboard is a precision crafted functional piece of artwork. They are handmade and shaped by master craftsman who take pride in what they do and also pride themselves on being able to provide you with a perfect tool to match your abilities and then some.

    Shaping a surfboard is not a quick, cheap process. In fact, there is very little profit margin in surfboards. Those that shape you your perfect board certainly aren't doing it because they are going to get rich.

    In order to keep this service or invaluable tradition going we must pull together as a group of surfers and support the local shapers that make it possible for us to surf. If we buy mass produced chinese crap it really puts a hurting on our local guys. Most surf shops have very little room to keep a lot of surfboards or inventory in stock so what their primary goal would be is to fill their shop with best profit making inventory. This would be cheap surfboards from China which they pay nothing for and can mark up the hell out of! In doing so it pushes the local shapers work out of the shops simply because they just don't have the room. All the shops need to do is target inexperienced surfers who don't have much money (which is a pretty good percentage of the guys in the water) and they are selling crap boards hand over fist!

    So as you can see it doesn't take much to put a local guy out of biz!

    If you are a real surfer then you know who should be shaping your equipment.