Did a search for "epoxy surfboard" on ebay and found hundreds of boards in all shapes and sizes ranging from $200-$500 which is of course much less than you see in the shops. I know they are china boards which I could care less about, but for your average surfer can you really tell the difference between riding say an ebay-style $400 epoxy board like this:
Versus a more expensive "brand name" stick from the local shop? Any thoughts?
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Aug 30, 2009, 10:40 PM #1Junior Member
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Epoxy "ebay" boards - garbage or decent?
Aug 30, 2009, 11:00 PM #2Senior Member
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hahaha have fun caring less. There is a reason why they cost so much less, its called quality. Those boards are almost guaranteed to break and are a nightmare to repair. Do your research, you would be better off buying a 'brand name' used board then one of those chinese boards.
Aug 31, 2009, 12:42 AM #3
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seriously...at $400 that sounds like a horrible deal. No idea who shaped it. No idea what kind of rocker it has, rails, concaves or anything else. The dimensions on that particular board you linked to don't even really make sense - 6'6" x 18 1/2" x 2 5/16" a generic brand step up board for someone who want to charge overhead bombs on a mystery board? Whether it holds up is a complete mystery...I noticed it has a 7 seven day warranty..nice!
For $400 you get to roll the dice. For about $150 more you can buy a local custom board or a just about any off the rack board if not right now, then 3 months from now.
i agree and not agree.. i have heard epoxy is stronger and for my next board im looking for that.. as for breaking.. i bought a ezera ez-2 for 460 (hand shaped brand new).. when bill swell just started comeing in, 3ed time out on it first wave, it buckled.. malibus wouldnt even take it in for repair..
Aug 31, 2009, 02:59 PM #5Member
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Take it to Chauncey's 30th street. Those guys can fix anything and they will give you a great deal on trades or what ever you need.
Aug 31, 2009, 03:19 PM #6Junior Member
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I'm sure you'll get ton's of advice on this one
I actually have one of these boards from this exact vendor. It is no piece of art in any way. But it does ride OK, but then I'm not going to be in any surfing videos either. I have the 6'6" summer swallowtail fish. It rides fine for the waves in Delmarva. I'm not going out in any Double Over head waves anyway. It is fast, it turns well, it handles a steep drop and bottom turn with ease.
I've dinged the nose going over the front and the board and scraped off the paint and glass layers on the side of the nose. The damage did not penetrate to the core so it was an easy repair.
I think if you surf a lot, you'll outgrow these boards pretty fast and be spending more $ anyway for a major brand. But if you are a casual surfer looking for a cheap and pretty sturdy board, these work out OK.
Take it for what it is worth. A free opinion
Aug 31, 2009, 05:06 PM #7
Ummmm....can you say "Pop Out"?
My friend, do yourself a favor and DON"T buy this board, buy American. Spend the extra cash and get a well known board from a well known shaper.
What's the benefit of saving $100-$150 when the board rides like crap and breaks after a few sessions? Think about it....
Aug 31, 2009, 06:48 PM #8Senior Member
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* Width: 18 1/2"
* Thickness: 2 5/16"
wow those are some terrible dimensions
i dont get these people saying these pop out boards are going to break after a couple sessions. I have one and have used and abused it many times -- still hasn't broken. It has taken several nose drops in shallow water too... These things are made out of rigid plastic. Plastic is pretty damn durable and doesn't "break" easily. I definitely have some places where the plastic is chipping. Should you actually manage to "break" a board like this, there is probably nothing at all that could be done to fix it.
Think about those cheap plastic storage bins you buy at wal-mart -- that is basically what a board like that is made of -- except it's 2.5 inches thick rather than a tenth of an inch. They are pretty touch to break, but if you manage to snap the plastic on one of those bins -- there is no fixing it.
That being said... you are basically riding a platic storage bin from wal-mart -- but a bin costs 1/100th of the price. Also, mine has some pretty crappy workman-ship around the fin boxes.
I think these are probably decent starter boards if you aren't good at taking care of your s***. The price kind of sucks, though, for what you are getting and what you could get for a little more.
Aug 31, 2009, 10:40 PM #10
Don't buy this craaap. Not just because it's from another country, but because there are MORE than enough used boards out there for newbs to learn on. Remember the old days when a newb would be on a beat up used board to learn on? Break a fin, smash the nose, get a ding? Then you also have your perfect board to learn ding repair on.
Now everybody is worried about their image. They don't want to be seen not having a shiney new piece of crap under their arm when they walk to the beach, oblivious to the kookyness they are. So you buy that peice of crap and where do you think it goes in a year when it falls apart? Landfill. No "handing the board down to another grom" because the crap wont last long enough.
Now not only are we taking money out of our economy and sending it overseas, we are filling up out landfills with their POS "surfboards".
Recycle, reduce, and reuse. No need to keep importing these toxic pieces of craaap.