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    Yes or NO - global surf industries

    Over the years I have learned what a good board is and what isn't. I had bought a 7S shortboard years ago new for $350 and wondered why other boards were so much more... well 7s boards are popouts and not as quality as others. Fast forward to today.. I saw these numbers on the side of my SI screen...

    http://www.surfindustries.com/surfbo...pstream-cv.php

    Global surf sells boards from NSP but also Hayden so I am curious what the deal is.

    The 7s looks pretty. Notgunlie. This is the shape and setup Ive been looking for. Just bought a new stick so no need to try them out but wondered if anyone has seen this company improve on their products' quality or what their deal is?

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    BWM, get ready for a sh*t storm of responses, mostly negative. While i'm a big fan of going to your local shaper I do own a McTavish that was farmed out to GSI and it's been a staple in my quiver. It's a great board, has tons of mileage on it and is still in good shape. Only damage I put on it is my fault completely, but a little ding repair and back in the game. I would buy the same board again, because the price was right and I have certainly gotten my money's worth. Plus, most importantly, the board is a blast to surf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    but I don't live in Mobile, AL or Juneau, AK (what happened to that guy who used to post here from Alaska, his name will come to me in a minute?).
    Crespo?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    cresto4

    Thanks man. Needed the hint, thought it started with a k.
    Coldest guy on SI
    I was close HAHA, Coldest guy on SI.... I see what you did there

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    The only folks that will be bummed are shapers or friends of shapers. The GSI boards are fine and in the end it only matters to the surfer if it fits what they are looking to get from a board. They are cheap because of labor cost involved to manufacture. US and AUS are almost always made w/ a CNC machine which is figured into the cost and still requires 'merican time to run and finish. Materials are the same regardless of construction method but the american sander/laminator/fin installer/QC/ whatever guy has to make enough to keep doing it hence the higher price. And don't forget rent, insurance, taxes, cost of getting rid of waste -the list goes on. A microcosm of US manufacturing. It has become a cottage industry in the US more akin to fine cabinet making or specialty car or motorcycle parts. Hyandai, Honda, Ford or Chevrolet. Lifan, Kubota or Generac. But the mechanics (ding guys) always charge 'merican prices when you bust them up cause it is a service. All good to me. All boards are nothing but a good time. One thing for sure, the US made (or AUS) stuff sure doesn't last any longer than the asian stuff. The lifespan of the average lost, merrick, JS, rusty or etc. PU constructed board is short, really short if you use it a lot.

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    To each their own on their choice but there's nothing like putting your two cents and your shapers feedback on designing your new board.Its a very cool process to go through from beginning to end.

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    Fuk GSI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaGaffer View Post
    ... I've heard that the GSI Hayden's ride just as well as the PureGlass ones.
    Honestly, my GSI hypto had a better finish than my custom Hayden (non-pureglass)...custom had some sand throughs and a lap bump near the nose. Still a great board...but a rushed finish. Still rides great...but the QC for the GSI seems to be top notch. Hayden seems like he has the best of both worlds with GSI--global distribution of his brand and his tech is being used by GSI in other designs...sounds like a great paycheck.

    Regardless, only issue with the GSI is the different type of eps foam they use. Seems like it is a lighter density than the custom hayden (could be the amotn of resin used). Regardless, I'd buy another GSI hypto...

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    I take it you don't like these boards? Sort of expected this response but still am surprised to see a "crappy" company using such next gen materials and approaches. They're still marketed along with NSP which is a dead giveaway for lack of quality.

    Quote Originally Posted by rcarter View Post
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    get a Quiet Flight...they're cheaper than the really big name brands, but still made here in the USA. Check Catalyst inventory and buy online.

    The other good thing about Quiet Flight is that every board is still shaped by Bruce Ragan. He shapes shapes all CJ Hobgood's world tour boards, so it's kinda like getting Al Merrick, Rusty, or Matt Biolos to personally shape your board...no ghost shapers...and definitely not some random worker who's never surfed nor has ever had any interest in surfing.
    Last edited by waterbaby; Aug 13, 2014 at 06:18 PM.