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  1. #11

    Forgot to say

    Go with the Dan Taylor!!!!

  2. #12
    Think I am going with the DT or maybe even the Anacapa Tri-Fish. Great price and Merrick design but found some not so good reviews about this board on bluesafari.com so who knows.

    However, if I knew a local shaper in jersey that could shape exactly what I want..I would much rather support the loca shaper instead. Maybe I'll check out Brian Wynn and see what he can get me.

    I've never requested a board to be shaped by a local in our state so not sure about the process and whether they hold the same integrity of making a great board that they would for a pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dredg2 View Post
    However, if I knew a local shaper in jersey that could shape exactly what I want..I would much rather support the loca shaper instead. Maybe I'll check out Brian Wynn and see what he can get me.

    I've never requested a board to be shaped by a local in our state so not sure about the process and whether they hold the same integrity of making a great board that they would for a pro.
    The process is simple - call em up or e-mail, get together and talk shapes. ASK QUESTIONS! If you like what you hear, put down a deposit. NOT the whole cost of the board. Local shapers in the mid atlantic aren't making many boards for pros..average surfers are their main customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtythirty34 View Post
    Unfortunatly rgnsup you are wrong. Comparing surfboards to cars is completely different. The surfboards that are mass manufactured over seas are usually of much poor quality and do not hold to the wear and tear of surfers. Also it is almost impossible to find a board that is mass produced that works better then a traditional board made in America or Australia. There is a reason why they are often hundreds of dollars less then other boards. Surf boards are made, or created. Foam is the template and what comes out of is the artwork, and that is what you are paying for when selecting an american created board. Your subaru is made for quality, thus quality is what you receive.

    Ps. Your Subaru was probably "put together" here in america. Along with Toyotas, Hondas, Hyundia's ect.
    I am not wrong. I simply said get the one that best suits your needs. What I was trying to say is don't get something of less quality (not saying DT is!!!) because it is made in America opposed to somewhere else.

  5. #15
    Quote Originally Posted by mitchell View Post
    The process is simple - call em up or e-mail, get together and talk shapes. ASK QUESTIONS! If you like what you hear, put down a deposit. NOT the whole cost of the board. Local shapers in the mid atlantic aren't making many boards for pros..average surfers are their main customers.
    Sounds about right, thanks dude.

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    Custom Board

    You should call Bill at cosmic bull sufboards. www.cosmicbullsurfboards.com Talk it through with him.

  7. #17
    cars are mass produced, and made of steel. Each part is made from a mold and then attached to a car.

    surfboards are made of foam that is shaped to an individuals dimensions (unless they are GSI or surftech) and are completely individual of one another. the two arent really comparable as far as being built in the US or in THAILAND (GSI factory).

    I sell em at the shop i work for. one of my friends bought an afterbuner and stepped through glass at the stringer in a little over two weeks. granted when he stood up he used his knee, but i duno about the durability. however, this was also the regualar poly/gloss coat construction and the new SLX **** looks legit.

    Bottom line is GSI boards are made for beginners or people on a budget who dont care about performance. if you wanna rip, get the dan taylor. if you wanna tell your friends you surf, buy the Webber

  8. #18

    Agreed with above

    As with bruce, I also work at a shop however we do not carry any of those cheaper china boards, we do however carry surftech but those a different story. We consitently have people bring in boards to get repaired that are of the cheaper quality. Usually we do not even attempt to repair since it is likely to break again. Shapers are you friends machines are not.

    oh yea, check out ebay if you want a webber, they are $325, new

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    Local NEW JERSEY shapers who can shape you a board that will work as good for you as anything you can buy off the rack from a California, Hawaii, Australia, shaper:

    Brian Wynn http://www.wynnsurfboards.com/
    Essence Surf http://www.essencesurf.com/
    Cosmic Bull http://www.cosmicbullsurfboards.com/
    Chaize http://www.myspace.com/chaize_surfboards
    Heritage http://www.heritagesurf.com/herit-form.htm

    And there are plenty of backyard shapers who could also deliver a great board for less. Go to the annual Anything But 3 East this year September 26th in Harvey Cedars and meet some of them.

    We have the talent and the ability here in NJ, but we shoot ourselves in the foot because too many people here are A. Pro whores who think they can ride what Kelly rides and surf how Kelly surfs and B. Are wannabes and media whores who idolize the California or Hawaii culture. This is why we haven't developed a local surfboard market. Embrace the idea of being a NEW JERSEY surfer and an EAST COAST surfer. Trust the local guys and you can get a great board at a cheaper price and have a better buying experience. Meet your shaper in person, talk to him about what you want the board to do and how you want to surf it. Tell him your ability level. I'm not saying don't buy boards from California, Hawaii, etc. because variety in boards makes surfing more fun. But don't be afraid to trust the local guy, just because he's local. Don't think you HAVE to buy from California for the board to be good. I'm sure the Dan Taylor board is a great option, but don't think you HAVE to go that route to get a good board.


    As for the car comparison, it's far from the same thing. Yes a mass produced Surftech Cobra or GSI board will work fine for 90% of the surfers out there because lets face it, we are not Kelly or Bruce or Dane. And a machine might be able to reproduce the same rail shape, concave, and rocker to the micrometer. But a machine can't talk to you and figure out what you really need to take your surfing to the next level. A machine puts a SURFER out of business.

    Your foreign car actually puts money in the pocket of the american working in the Subaru factory in Indiana where the car is assembled. And cars are not custom made. They are custom chosen for the features that you want. You picked a Subaru because that's what you wanted. Nowadays Ford and GM are almost, if not just as, reliable as Honda and Toyota. It just depends on what you are looking for in a car. Although I do prefer to buy American, that is not what we are argueing here. We are saying that buying from a SURFER and keeping a SURFER in business and getting a CUSTOM board made to meet your specific needs is what matters. Whether the surfer is in NJ, CA, Austrailia or Iceland, it's a surfer who can continue the art of crafting wave riding instruments. Even if I could get a completely symmetrical perfectly shaped magic surfboard from an oversees cheap labor factory, I still wouldn't do it. I'd rather keep a surfer in business building custom, functional pieces of sculpture that possess a handmade beauty of their own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brucemarkam View Post
    if you wanna tell your friends you surf, buy the Webber
    nice......