I ordered a longboard from isle a year and a half ago. There are ups and downs to doing business with these folks. Ups include: decent price (shipping is reasonable, too) and fast delivery (well packaged and ding-less arrival at my office in about a week). The board I got was well-shaped, paddles great and rides great.
However, the quality of the glassing is poor. The quality of the foam blank ain't great, either. I have gotten tons of small dings where the deck and bottom layers overlap. These dings take on water like crazy, compressing the foam, and have resulted in a couple of de-lams.
Isle's boards are made in China, which also raises some issues. Bottom line, talk to a local surf shop and get the folks there to set you up. If you are concerned with longevity of your new stick, go custom and be picky about the glassing. With money tight, you want it to last, and with the economy uncertain, do what you can to keep your local shop going. I took a risk getting my Isle. I wish now that I had just forked out a few more bucks and gotten my log locally.
hhmm local shaper sounds like the way to go then bc when i surff i give my board a pretty good beating with airs and snaps and stuff so thanx everybodyy and for the guy who asked i live in central jersey sry :/ im thinkin il get a custom from erie designs then theyre a good local around me i think
My friend and I just ordered boards from there, he got one of the anacapas and I got the Webber, both were only like $299. I wouldnt go with the long-boards from there simply because of shipping, its like $145, but $65 shipping for a a shortboard isnt bad..
shipping for boards under 6'4" for fed-ex costs about 35 bucks for anywhere in the lower 48.
$65 bucks seems a bit too high.
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