I understand supporting local shapers and I do so whenever I can, but these big companies are in business still for one reason- their shapes work. If I am spending several hundred dollars on a piece of foam and fiberglass I want to be absolutely certain it's going to do what I want it to in the water. Don't forget, everyone from Al to Mayhem to Rusty started in just a garage or shed at one time too. But their stuff endured and flourished because of something that worked for them.