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Thread: Local Vs. Value

  1. #31
    Never had real stretch of good luck working directly with a shaper. Ive made purchases from shapers in MD, NC, FL, CA and HI. Best two were Lynn shell at HIC and Robert Strickland in FL (sadly he passed away). I am a man of larger carriage so I like epoxy for the float. I basically buy right off the rack now. I get a little bro discount from my local shop but that is about it. I am in the market for a new high performance longboard so if someone on here has suggestions please provide. I am looking to replace one of the best longboards on the planet - Walden Magic model. I still think they are some of the best lb made but prices are friggin ridiculous. Board I paid $850 for 4yrs ago is $1300 now. Thus, I am willing to try something new.

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    I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for and once I find a shaper who is makes a good product I stick with them. That being said I don't shop for clothes locally, mostly because the shops are catering to kids spending their parents money, that and I may be alone here, but it seems that most surf fashion is over priced and ugly as hell. Every kid in and around the shops have the baggy boardies, the tank top and the weird flat billed hat in some form of angle on their head. I grew up with the idea of surfing as just a part of being a waterman along with fishing and the gear was for functionality and less for fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BassMon View Post
    All my gear I buy local. Sort of. I'll head down to the OBX for a board or a wetsuit just because I can get stuff cheaper and there's more shops to shop around in. Then I just use it as an excuse to see my uncle. My last trip down I was looking for a single fin, found a nice 6'3 that is now my favorite shortboard. Any way, I don't know if that's still considered local but it's my way of getting a more reasonable price. There's really only a handful of shops around me.

    Small stuff like leashes, traction pads, yada yada I'll buy at my local shop. My dad actually grew up across the street from the family that owns the shop so I feel the need to throw my money there way if I need something, and they have it.

    With all that being said, cloths and boardshorts are ridiculous. I just straight up don't wear that stuff. I'm in a wetsuit year round, I actually don't own any trunks. If I go swimming its in basketball shorts. Plus that crap is just way over priced, and I don't need it so I can't justify spending money on it
    Go to Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshalls man. You can grab a pair of name brand boardies for around $10 bucks. They will be brand new, but a model from a couple years ago... Who cares though, I can't follow the new boardies market. My favorite pair, that I rock a lot are an old pair of Andy Irons Billabong boardies. I have had them for probably 7 years, and I got them for $9.99 in San Diego.

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    I just looked at my super stretchy Billabong Platimum boardies made out of recycled poly that I was so proud of in a past post. It is made in China. Damn it!!! Now what? My di(k will probably fall off from lead and arsnic in another month. And I had an Australian Shepherd I named Billabong back in the 80s. They have sullied his name. Damn it!!!

  5. #35
    Smitty - If you like Lynn Shell's work you might want to talk to Scott Busbey @ In the Eye down in Buxton. I believe he taught Lynn about shaping - he does some great work with EPS and epoxy-. You will probably have to pick it up at his shop but hey that is a bonus with where it is located. Good guy, excellent shaper and has really fair prices. I have had 2 of his boards both worked great
    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by zach619 View Post
    Go to Ross, TJ Maxx or Marshalls man. You can grab a pair of name brand boardies for around $10 bucks. They will be brand new, but a model from a couple years ago... Who cares though, I can't follow the new boardies market. My favorite pair, that I rock a lot are an old pair of Andy Irons Billabong boardies. I have had them for probably 7 years, and I got them for $9.99 in San Diego.
    Funny you said that. I bought those exact same boardies online like 3years ago. The pocket on the ripped and I've grown just a little so thats why I bought my other pair. I paid 25 for the Andy Irons. My new ones are Rusty and they were 37. Cheapest in the shop. The guy said he had a pair in there one time for 120. Thats freaking crazy. Probably paid sweatshop workers like 2 cents an hour to make them. Thanks for the tip about Ross and Marshalls. I have seen some at Academy but they weren't much cheaper.

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    Guys at surf shops are generally d*cks. . .there so local and all-knowing and everyone else is such a kook. Iv lived in OC my entire life I just don't get into the whole surf scene, I just surf. I buy the best deals, I don't owe anyone anything. if you have a local shop that hooks you up then by all means support them, but that has never been the case for me.

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    Side note, I been riding Tim Nolte boards for 10 years and don't plan on riding anything else. His boards are perfect for the east coast and more importantly perfect for me. I found the shaper I liked after many trial and error's and stuck to the board that got me my first barrel. I have no affiliation with Tim Nolte either I just tried his board one day from a friend and it was all over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTS View Post
    Smitty - If you like Lynn Shell's work you might want to talk to Scott Busbey @ In the Eye down in Buxton. I believe he taught Lynn about shaping - he does some great work with EPS and epoxy-. You will probably have to pick it up at his shop but hey that is a bonus with where it is located. Good guy, excellent shaper and has really fair prices. I have had 2 of his boards both worked great
    Jim
    Thanks, will check out (I manage at least one trip to obx a year)

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    Quote Originally Posted by natkitchen View Post
    Funny you said that. I bought those exact same boardies online like 3years ago. The pocket on the ripped and I've grown just a little so thats why I bought my other pair. I paid 25 for the Andy Irons. My new ones are Rusty and they were 37. Cheapest in the shop. The guy said he had a pair in there one time for 120. Thats freaking crazy. Probably paid sweatshop workers like 2 cents an hour to make them. Thanks for the tip about Ross and Marshalls. I have seen some at Academy but they weren't much cheaper.
    When my shaper and his crew would go to Indo every year, he would come back with an entire quit case of knockoff sunglasses and boardies and stuff. He said they were a $1 per pair of boardies, so he would give the local guys an extra $1 per pair and he would just give me like 3 pairs. Although they were knockoffs, they were IDENTICAL quality to the legit ones. I mean, they may have been legit, just taken right off the line from the sweatshop source.