Stay away from them. $450 is ripping you off big time. A used chinese challenger is worth pennies on the dollar. Now, if this was an authentic Challenger from back in the day... different story. This is a label owned by a complete shyster who buys old lables from real shaping companies and then puts them on pop outs.
QUOTE (sk8ty @ Jul 11 2007, 08:16 PM)
tom sena is the biggest A#$hole , he doesn't even surf!!!!, he does nothing for the surfers in rockaway, never has done anything positive. he just rips people off, he bought the rights to those labels and has them massed produced...he sells them to all the kooks and kook shops in the northeast, rhode island, conn, maine etc...makes a huge profit off of them....he has run other good people out of business in rockaway who tried to open a surf shop, he is trying to do it to "Boarders" right now. yes business is cut throat but surfing isn't all about that...atleast other people give back to the sport or the commnunity,he has been a detriment to the surfing community in rockaway...never sponsored one grom, nothing....called the EPA or a certain laocal shaper...complete scumbag....if you know anyone in the surf industry pass the word along..., ask anyone in rockaway about him and they will tell you the same thing...he doesn't deserve to be in the industry...don't give him any business...
I am glad that my query has touched off a discussion of this apparent douchebag. It's too bad there's no way to effectively educate the public as to the truth behind these piece-o-**** boards. I have a few friends who've bought them, and their main justification is cost. These guys ain't noobs, either. Many have been surfing for 40 years, or more. Sad.
Someone should make up bumperstickers that say something like "Chinese surfboards are a Joke". Or, "Don't buy Chinese surfboards". "Chinese Boards R 4 Kooks" ?
I would say "no", you would be getting ripped off big time. I wouldn't pay more than $5.
Keep looking! You are on "the search" and remember that the trip is sometimes better than the destination...
heres one i found its a challenger 9'6'' the guy says its new he wants 425 obo..
I have seen that same board in Kona Sports in Wildwood for 600 dollars new . That a really good deal for that if its in really good shape.
If you rather have new Check out Brian Wynn surfboards. My latest longboard is made by him . Its a retro board with a single fin and heavy glass. It performs real nice and nose rides very well and the heavy glass doesnt effect it turning abillity either.
The best advice I've seen on here is to ride as many boards as you can until you find something that really suits you. I had this really sweet Stewart Colin McPhillips shape. It was really fast and really thin... just suited me perfectly. I broke it in March and am back in the hunt for a replacement...