New Channel Island Fred Rubble Big Ding on the Bottom
Hello, I just bought a 5'11 fred rubble from my local surf shop and took it out for the first time today. I surf in southampton,NY it was about chest high. I was only out for about 45min. I caught a wave and bailed and paddled back out turned over my board and saw there was a big pressure ding on the bottom of my board with a crack going through it. I know for a fact that i did not hit it on a rock because it was high tide and there was at least 7 ft of water between my board and the bottom of the ocean. I do not know what i should do will channel island take it back? Also if i get it professionally repaired will it affect the performance of the board at all? Sorry for all the questions im just really angry this happened i just spent $650 on the board and i only got to use it once.
while i've had several great CIs over the years, people would do well to remember that CI is a "performance-oriented, rider-based company". in other words, they don't give a **** about durability or longevity. if you want a CI & want it to last, custom order it w/ their "standard" glass job-6/4 deck, 4 bottom. that's still plenty light enough for the average, every day surfer. or, if you're heavier (200lbs+)/heavier on your fee, or don't care about weight, get the "gun" glassing-6/4 deck, 6 bottom.
Throw a fiberglass patch over it and put resin on it. Then surround the ding with cardboard and add lots of resin. Finally sand that ish flush with the rest of the board. Easy, inexpensive and durable solution.
Getting a crack the first day is the worst. Last winter, I bought a brand new snowboard and, on the first day, a rock tore a huge chunk of p-tex off the bottom, exposing the wood core (much harder to fix than a surfboard). This summer I bought a new surfboard, dropped in on some guy's tanker and put a big crack in my rail the first day.
goes with the territory when surfing in crowds. I'm not gonna lower my wave count just to save my board because people aren't making any effort to get out of my way. If the wave is good and people are lounging on the inside, I just drop in while doing my best not to bump rails. New or not, I can't let my board be so precious that it takes away from actual surfing.
I usually fix my own dings, but your ding is kinda ugly (sorry), so I'd probably have a pro repair it as perfect as possible.
That is the exact reason why I buy all my boards second hand. With some patience and OCD you could get that board on craigslist for about half price with stomp on already. 650 for a new board is way out of my price range. Don't get it twisted though channel islands are great boards.
Same sorta thing happened to me and my merrick. Took off on a 2 footer, went for a head dip, got clipped by the lip and sucked over, and while trying to save my face i put a solid ding with my elbow. Freak accidents happen, but most of the time the repair man will fix it up to where you won't even notice.