Thursday, July 30, 2009

the great cheap board debate

It's no secret that I love making surfboards. It is also no secret that my boards aren't cheap, and that it is how I attempt to support myself, and family. And, everyone knows that cheaply produced boards are flooding the market and making this difficult for some. Some boards are garbage, some are actually well made. Hard to tell if you're learning, or new to the surfing craze.

What bothers me most about all this is what happens to all the used, second hand boards that people have moved on from, or are damaged and just left to rot. There are no environmentally friendly boards made cheaply, especially when mass produced. So, all these toxic, used boards end up where?

When I learned to surf, you bought second hand. Why would you buy a new board, when you're only going to smash it up? After getting a homemade board from a neighbor - who was going to throw it out - I worked around the house, earned my allowance and bought my 1st real board used from a real surfshop. I loved it, and when I was ready, I moved on to another board, also used. I never had much money as a kid, due to the surfing lifestyle and my loathsome attitude towards work. So all my boards were usedm got damaged, repaired and ridden over and over before being given/sold to another beginner to use. Who then progressed and traded it in for a newer board down the road.

The second hand market is busting at the seams with gems at the moment, and they're loads cheaper than if bought new. It is a great way to try out new shapes before spending loads of money on that shiny new custom shape. Plus, they don't depreciate any more.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, in this age of being green, and everyone trying to save the planet, why are we mass producing toxic equipment destined/designed to fall apart and pollute the ocean, or landfills?

in the words of a poster on MSW, if you're after a cheap board:

Buy second hand and repair and reuse, because you can't recycle....

Saturday, July 25, 2009

getting there....

trying to get it done along with all the other stuff to do in the factory....

Sunday, July 19, 2009

what a pig!

10'0" Pig for me, and long term summer testing, of course.
Dedicated reconstruction of a mid-60s board I have at home in the Bahamas, with a few minor tweaks.

mini madness

5'3" Simzer for Tom in Bude, and a 6'2" for Rich in Westward Ho!.

Thanks you guys, and happy surfing

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Lemon Lime Twinzer

6'0" HP Twinzer for sale at the Fluid Concept shop in Scarborough. Full resin work and polish, with Lokbox Twinzer fin set.

Take me with you

Jake, the quality control cat takes his job very seriously.

"Dude, is that a scratch?"

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

glassing the pig

my new summer ride..10' OH! of pure pigginess...