Over the years I have learned what a good board is and what isn't. I had bought a 7S shortboard years ago new for $350 and wondered why other boards were so much more... well 7s boards are popouts and not as quality as others. Fast forward to today.. I saw these numbers on the side of my SI screen...
Global surf sells boards from NSP but also Hayden so I am curious what the deal is.
The 7s looks pretty. Notgunlie. This is the shape and setup Ive been looking for. Just bought a new stick so no need to try them out but wondered if anyone has seen this company improve on their products' quality or what their deal is?
BWM, get ready for a sh*t storm of responses, mostly negative. While i'm a big fan of going to your local shaper I do own a McTavish that was farmed out to GSI and it's been a staple in my quiver. It's a great board, has tons of mileage on it and is still in good shape. Only damage I put on it is my fault completely, but a little ding repair and back in the game. I would buy the same board again, because the price was right and I have certainly gotten my money's worth. Plus, most importantly, the board is a blast to surf.
GSI, surfboards made over seas by people who have never ridden a wave and that enrich the same people that created professional surfing, while undermining the profits of traditional craftsman and the domestic surfboard industries, which created the boards that allowed those same MF'ers to exploit the very thing they said they loved most. Sorry, I think pro surfing is not really a good thing for surfers in general. I think it's very ironic how many former pro surfers have gotten rich mass producing crap all the while lamenting how "surfing's not what it used to be." Ian Cairns is a big muckamuck at GSI, also a sweeper these days.
They have some good shapes, Walden's are great noseriders and I've heard that the GSI Hayden's ride just as well as the PureGlass ones. I can get a quality made local board for WAY cheaper than I can get a GSI; but I don't live in Mobile, AL or Juneau, AK (what happened to that guy who used to post here from Alaska, his name will come to me in a minute?). To it's there own. I'd rather give my money to somebody else. Just like I'd rather ride a board shaped by Daniel Thomson instead of one "designed" by him.
The only folks that will be bummed are shapers or friends of shapers. The GSI boards are fine and in the end it only matters to the surfer if it fits what they are looking to get from a board. They are cheap because of labor cost involved to manufacture. US and AUS are almost always made w/ a CNC machine which is figured into the cost and still requires 'merican time to run and finish. Materials are the same regardless of construction method but the american sander/laminator/fin installer/QC/ whatever guy has to make enough to keep doing it hence the higher price. And don't forget rent, insurance, taxes, cost of getting rid of waste -the list goes on. A microcosm of US manufacturing. It has become a cottage industry in the US more akin to fine cabinet making or specialty car or motorcycle parts. Hyandai, Honda, Ford or Chevrolet. Lifan, Kubota or Generac. But the mechanics (ding guys) always charge 'merican prices when you bust them up cause it is a service. All good to me. All boards are nothing but a good time. One thing for sure, the US made (or AUS) stuff sure doesn't last any longer than the asian stuff. The lifespan of the average lost, merrick, JS, rusty or etc. PU constructed board is short, really short if you use it a lot.
... I've heard that the GSI Hayden's ride just as well as the PureGlass ones.
Honestly, my GSI hypto had a better finish than my custom Hayden (non-pureglass)...custom had some sand throughs and a lap bump near the nose. Still a great board...but a rushed finish. Still rides great...but the QC for the GSI seems to be top notch. Hayden seems like he has the best of both worlds with GSI--global distribution of his brand and his tech is being used by GSI in other designs...sounds like a great paycheck.
Regardless, only issue with the GSI is the different type of eps foam they use. Seems like it is a lighter density than the custom hayden (could be the amotn of resin used). Regardless, I'd buy another GSI hypto...