It's funny how this is a lot like politics where everything is so partisan and everyone has to be extremely on one side. I have dunno prob 11 boards in my garage. All are hand shaped and 1 is a firewire and the firewire is by far the one I like the most. Thing just flies for the crappy waves around here. But I also just did an inido trip and got a locally shaped board there and the thing was just a magic carpet. I tried to custom order the same indo board to bring home but the shaper wouldn't get back to me.
I like the fact that I can get another firewire that is exactly the same when mine craps out. I dislike the fact that I couldn't get the same board an inch longer or 1/2 wider...that is what custom shapers have over mass produced boards. The truth is the durability of firewires, surftechs, etc has forced all companies to consider how they can make boards stronger for the average Joe. We have all been through a Lost or CI that is worthless after a year of surfing often and it sucks. I am all in with buying made in the USA and getting a hand shaped board made out of tested alternative durable materials but my days of buying a standard PU board are over. Companies that provide great shapes that are durable are where my money will go. I am also through getting custom shaped boards. I have bought 4 of them and I am always disappointed. My boards always work out way better when I can put my hands on them before I commit. Just my opinion
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Aug 15, 2014, 05:35 PM #51
Aug 15, 2014, 05:39 PM #52
sometimes you just have to jump in & take a chance. i've had boards that, on paper, should be perfect for me & i hated them. then others that should be too small/too low volume that worked great. the last couple swells i've ridden a 5'6" campbell mini bonzer 5. conventionally, far too small for a guy my size. the thing is absolute TITS, though.
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Aug 15, 2014, 05:47 PM #53
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Aug 16, 2014, 03:01 AM #55
& having a website is hardly the same as the kind of advertising & marketing that the bigger names do...ci, lost, rusty, etc...even gsi. i've been places where other surfers have never even heard of the bonzer, let alone seen one in person.
& i've been saying this for a while now, but i've come to believe that surfers have become too dependent on volume. wetted surface area is far more important, i think, as long as the board is w/in the surfers volume range. hence why i can ride a 5'6"x21 1/4"x2 5/8" mini b5 or a 5'8"x21 1/8"x2 5/16" bing dharma at 197lbs.
marketing is bs; people really just need to be honest w/ themselves about how they want to surf & what they want out of their boards. the down the line cruisey types need to stop being told that they want a hpsb type board if they want to progress as a surfer.
Aug 16, 2014, 03:03 AM #56
also, stop getting your boards glassed w/ tissue paper. if you're a recreational surfer (read: not trying to "go pro" or compete seriously) over 175lbs, a 4/4 deck is ****ing stupid. get yourself a 6/4 deck & watch your boards magically last longer.
Aug 17, 2014, 01:15 PM #57Senior Member
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Aug 17, 2014, 02:17 PM #58Senior Member
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If dings are fixed and you dont store them in the sun a board can have a much longer life in my opinion.
Would I surf a gsi or surftec? Yeah sure why not.
Aug 17, 2014, 06:17 PM #59
Aug 18, 2014, 02:45 PM #60Junior Member
Thanks man. I actually spoke with him a few weeks ago and will call him again when I am ready. Danny Callahan of DCAL surfboards has also been in my sights for a local custom.
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