Rise of the $900+ shortboard?

Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by surfsolo, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. surfsolo

    surfsolo Well-Known Member

    Apr 1, 2009
    What do you think about the growing number of these boards on the market? I feel like I am going to see less new boards in the lineup in coming years if Lost.... and others keep this up.
  2. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Thats a redonkulous price

  3. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    in firewires at least; worth it.
  4. salt

    salt Well-Known Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    I know fancy pants boards like Bings and Mandalas are in that range or more for PU construction...They are some darned pretty looking boards though.
    For the big named mass-produced shapes like ...Lost, they are not in the $900 range for PU boards. If you're talking alternative construction, then yeah, you're gonna pay more of course. But for regular glass and foam, you gotta be nuts to pay more than $700 for a new stick. Although, this is a sexy stick I've had my eyes on:

  5. ibc

    ibc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    Y'all high rollers go on ahead out and buy up a few of 'em, bring 'em home, and hang 'em on yer wall. Few years from now, get bored, then sell 'em for $200 each. That's when I will buy one. That's how I got my boards. Paulie's on a budget.

  6. Zeroevol

    Zeroevol Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    I did just score a Lost F1 in mint condition, leash and FCS K2.1 fins for $200 off of CL. I don't think I will ever buy from a shop again. LOL
  7. ibc

    ibc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    And still got pizza money left over...

  8. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Low quality 1lb EPS with a crappy veneer vac bagged on the deck is worth $900?
  9. garbanzobean

    garbanzobean Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2010
    Caveat Emptor. About $120 in materials in that lost? Besides, it is only sexy because you have been sold that image through the media, pro surfers and clothing ads. Take that exact same board and take the logo off and it doesn't look nearly as sexy- it just looks backyardish or even maybe asian? ronjon.jpg
  10. Sniffer

    Sniffer Well-Known Member

    Sep 20, 2010
    I have the V3 Rocket 5' 10". Did not pay anywhere near that price though.

    Not sure how tall you are but if you around 6 foot I would not get anything more than a 5' 10". This board is made to be about 2-4 inches shorter than your height with its volume and extremely fast tail. This board is incredible, it made me fall back in love with surfing.
  11. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013

    had you have seen how well my potatonator w/rasta quad set-up went in the gonzo swell.....YES.
  12. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    this is any boards' job-one.
    $ still has to sit in the back seat...to some degree.
  13. ibc

    ibc Well-Known Member

    Aug 3, 2014
    When my oldest son was growin up, he would always want the latest greatest laptop pc. He worked and paid for 'em himself, so he wasn't hittin me up for the $$$. One day I told him that he oughta wait til the new version comes out, then buy the one that JUST got replaced. It was the best kicka** model a few days ago. Still works JUST AS GOOD as it did a few days ago when everybody HAD to have one. He took my advice, and was able to get way more stuff for less $$$.

    Hey, if u got the pesos, go buy the latest stuff. Some of us just gotta watch the $$$. We still need $$$ for pizza, stinky veggie matter, etc.
  14. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Of course you tell yourself its the greatest thing ever, you gotta rationalize spending 900 plus. Asians love em.

    Nobody wants those cheap Thailand popouts things here in the PNW and thank god. Then again, not many Asians surf up here
  15. Atantic0

    Atantic0 Well-Known Member

    Nov 30, 2014
    Whats a gonzo swell?
  16. The-Green-Room

    The-Green-Room Member

    Dec 21, 2011
    This is ridiculous paying that much for a pop out board. How about supporting a local shaper who can shape the board you want for half the price. Im not a shaper but I do believe in supporting these craftsman who are all going away if we don't.
  17. LazyE

    LazyE Well-Known Member

    Aug 6, 2014
    I have never paid more than 400.00 for a new board. Bought many used for 100.00 to 200.00. Don't need the latest and greatest. On a similar subject, jammed with many a dude who thought they would play better if they had a new stat/les Paul ect. I waited for them to give up and scooped them up on the cheap. Most time it ain't the arrow but the indian.
  18. sbx

    sbx Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    I recently got the book Surf Craft, a fantastic book by the way, photos of so many amazing boards, and in the introductory essay Richard Kenvin draws a comparison between Firewires (specifically the Tomo ones) and something like an Eames shell chair, both being a product of the craftsmen in combination with industrial processes. It's an interesting essay, and I hope I got the argument right, if I have time later I'll write up more about the book.
  19. weathermaang

    weathermaang Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2012
    the markup is bonkers. You can make a board for about <$200 ...obviously a board factory can make a board for much less than that... you're paying for a brand, moreover an imaginary "entry into a lifestyle".

    I don't mean to stir things up too much.. that's just my opinion. I think we're all getting ripped off big time.

    .....of course we're inviting these companies to rip us off by volunteering way too much of our hard earned $$ for plastic junk.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2015