If your personal income increased 55% in the last 25 years then the inflation on board prices is legit. OTOH It's totally cost efficient to pick up a shaping machine and precuts and shapes consistent proven shapes, it'll pay for itself in a year, just look at the 40 toes on the nose guys that moved their operation from VB down to CFL while keeping their prices at a good pp. I think hh is missing the big picture. Firewires/Slater designs are in almost every surfshop, they're def at every break. Those boards are about $120 USD in Australia, landed. The underlying theme of this post, like many of my other post over the years, is why are you allowing mass produced overseas products to drive up the cost of surfing, and in some cases, drive local biz/shapers out of the industry. HH can type away all day, it's obviously helping him/her/they out somehow, cheap therapy, but if we're here to keep the topic about surfing, it's worth thinking about.