Been eyeballing this GSI board, a 9"6' single fin. It's a real beaut and exactly what I've been looking for (an affordable nose rider). The guys at both the shops I asked about vouched for it and said its a great board, but I feel like those guys would sell me a glassed turd for the commission, which i don't blame them for I probably would too. From what little I've been able to gather here on the net most gsi boards are crap. Not very durable, leaking fin box, etc. just wondering if anybody has any experience with this board or any gsi board. Here's a link to the board. http://www.surfindustries.com/surfbo...dern_retro.php
Please spare me the buy local stuff too. Trust me I'd love to but I don't have a thousands bucks to put down. Just tell me straight up is it **** or not.
I have the 9'1 and it's definitely fun to **** around with when the swell's not serious. It trims and noserides very well for the price but it's definitely no hand shaped log.
The only real problem I had originally was with the fin box. When I would screw in the fin all the way the tailside of the fin had a lot of play. I never really understood why they put a cutaway fin on a single fin setup anyway so I replaced it with a Captain D-fin and it definitely fit better but still not perfect.
I have a modern long board with a 2+1 (not the retro) and its a good board, but I do wish I had spent the extra few bucks for something local. Talk to your shaper, you can get one cheaper than you think. Skip the resin tints, gloss coat, pin lines, graphics etc.. and you can drop the price dramatically.
FWIW, most shops do not pay their employees commission to sell surfboards. in fact, i've never heard of one that did. shops don't make enough off boards to be shelling out like that. really confused as to where that whole idea comes from.
& yes, gsi is ****. do as beevee suggested & skip all the extras. a plain white, sanded finish noserider locally built will be pretty damn close to the $650-$700 you're going to drop for the gsi ****ball. it might even come in cheaper.
or you can do what i tell everyone who claims not to have the $$ for a locally built board-wait a bit & save more coin. the beauty of a custom board is that you don't have to have the entire amount up front, just a decent deposit ($100-$200), then you can save up the rest over the ensuing 5-8 week wait time. that softens the blow a bit & gives you time to save up.
Hmm...guess i just assumed like any salesman they would make some sort of commission.
What's some "extras" I can skip?? Is it mostly just appearance things or is it anything that would effect performance?
Just look for a used one in good condition by a reputable shaper, you'll be happy you did.You should easily be able to find one in your price range. I picked up a brand new WRV 9'6" for around $700 a few years ago. Well built and one of my favorite boards I'm still riding today.