Angst, buyers remorse, fear etc. etc. Unless its the same dimensions, same volume, same fin set up, same board, I think it's natural for everyone to be a little anxious about a new board. Unless you're a pro or have any significant wealth, boards are expensive. And just like a car, loose value extremely quickly. We pay a huge premium to have a fresh deck but is it worth it?
Off the rack, I honestly don't know. I have had some luck, or it was diligence performed (I'm a little obsessive about surfing and learning all things surf related) because I have a success rate of about 85%. But I have bought a couple "lemons", and nothing is more irritating. The worst off the wrack buy was an Al Merrick, it worked, it was funnish, but I think I learned more about what I don't like than I learned about what I did like about the board design. So was it a total loss, no, but in retrospect an expensive lesson learned.
Whats your worst Surfboard buying experience??
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Thread: Feeling Anxious?
Apr 9, 2014, 04:57 PM #2
Reading this thread starter is right up there.
Solid negativity on your first post, Sparky.
I bought a POS 7S Superfish about 10 years ago. Not only did it surf like ****, it was brittle as hell and dinged whenever I sneezed or farted on it.
Apr 9, 2014, 05:08 PM #4
Best three boards I've ever owned were custom. I have had some very good off the rack boards as well though. I'm currently riding a custom fish that I like a lot. What I have found over the years is if you bought an off the rack board you really like, go get a custom by the same shaper. Better to have the dimensions slightly tweaked to your specs instead of going to a completely different shaper and trying to duplicate the board you liked. Chances are it won't ride the same at all.
Apr 9, 2014, 05:12 PM #5
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Apr 9, 2014, 05:15 PM #6
This. Is. A. Hello. Thread. In. Disguise.
Apr 9, 2014, 05:41 PM #7
bought an epoxy Jimmy Keith called the Queen Ann's revenge from a local shop for a waaaaay too expensive price. Surfed great, was light weight and had a blast on it.
I don't know if it was the way Jimmy Keith mixed the resin or what but this board turned out to be the biggest lemon of all time. Within 5 months of purchase the board de-laminated majorly 4 times. Each time I got it repaired, and almost every few weeks I would take it out of my board bag and witness a huge bubble of water appear on the deck. I wasn't doing any big airs or hard turns on it, and I made a point never to slam my knee into it to hard on duck dives or mistreat it etc.
long story short, last time I buy a board from that local shop, last time I buy a Jimmy Keith, and last time I buy an epoxy board in general. I'm sticking to used boards until I get a salary one day.
Apr 9, 2014, 06:17 PM #8
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Apr 9, 2014, 06:51 PM #10
One of those first generation quads back in the 80s. The thing could only go straight.