"Sure you could get a novice to custom make you a board"
This statement alone tells me enough about you, watch who you call a kook.
staystoked dude was def being a deutsche.. just trying to sell a board he cant get rid of.. and I'd rather support a novice shaper for a cheaper priced board that is made to my likings and gives experience to that shaper to maybe one day become great, than get a used board that was mass produced and was super cheap for the manufacturer that they then jack up the price to collect a **** ton of money
[QUOTE=sosodel;61569]K-smalls are on whiskeymilitia.com every here and there for 450 spankin new plus you get to pick your size[/QUOTE
Guys, CI does NOT import polyester boards from China or Thailand to be sold in the US, that being said the boards that whiskeymilitia offers are not authentic CI Al Merrick shaped boards. Simply put these are a assimilation based upon dimensions.Produced by companies hoping to use the logo, though slightly modified as a marketing tool. The fact of the matter is most of these "fake" K-smalls and boards of the like are easily noticeable as what they are, IMITATIONS!
Authentic CI boards have indications as to prove their authenticity, and furthermore are hand-shaped.
To add, CI only uses foreign manufacturing for their Tuflite line of boards, which is for obvious reasons.
Simply put, these so called "k-smalls" that are offered at crazy low prices are not authentic works of AM, himself. Therefore, NOT real! lol hope this helps your discussion.