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I walked into my, now, former favorite local surf shop and they had probably 60 boards in there. Not one was handmade by a U.S. shaper. Not one. Oh, there were licensed boards (Webber, Walden, Anacapa, Seven, 7S, etc.) but no master's and no locally shaped boards. Adding insult to injury, all these boards had an average price of $299. Forget the issues with Surftech, Boardworks and Southpoint - these are not cheaply priced (although NSP boards are a low end scourge), I am talking about boards like the ones named above and longboards under names like Modern and Blue. These "handshaped" boards from China look like the real deal - the Walden's have pretty swirl tints on them - some boards are triple stringered, etc. And some are hard to spot as garbage. But they are. I know this is not a new topic but since it is now hitting mainstream media as our trade inequity and recession oriented economy is now creating the beginnings of a consumer backlash, I thought it timely to re-up this discussion.

Anyway, here is the article:


Awhile back Greg Loehr blogged on the oversaturation of Chinese boards and how the Chinese government was pulling their subsidization of the huge surfboard manufacturers thus (he hopes) pointing toward the future diminishment of the China-effect.


At any rate, if you are tempted to buy these as a cheap new board for a beginner or child, please consider buying a used U.S. handmade board (and be careful: A Chinese made Walden is virtually indistinguishable to the untrained eye from an original - BECAUSE HIS ORIGINAL LABEL IS ON IT). I understand why they do it, but if they are going to license their shapes to a huge Asian manufacturer with sloppy oversight and no idea of what they are making, please have the decency, like...
Bio on Dora is now out and available. Thought some might be interested in this video from Amazon website. Anybody got the book yet?

Same deal as the fall. Hopefully we get a similar turnout and weather. Start to did out all your crap and post on here or PM me with a list of stuff you hope to bring.

Surfboard Swap/Sale - Sunday May 18th 10am-???

In front of:
Beach House Surf Shop
517 Main Avenue 08742
Bay Head, NJ

Be ready to wheel and deal. All deals to be made directly with the items owner or the person the owner trusted to bring the item. A 3x5 card with the owners name, contact info, asking price/value, and items interested to trade will be taped to all the boards. Plan to stick around for the duration if you bring an item. You are personally responsible to watch your stuff and be available if someone wants it. The Beach House is only providing us the location and will not take any responsibility for deals made or lost/damaged or stolen items. There will no fees charged. There will be a sign in book to just keep a log of boards and people who were there.

Some people have asked if it is trades/swaps only. The answer is NO. With everything, cash is king but full or partial trades are more interesting to some. We are also trying to limit the boards to vintage boards, longboards and retro shapes, but feel free to bring what you have. If space is limited, we may ask you to leave the shortboards, skimboards etc. in/on your car. Please only trade for things that are legal in the lovely state of NJ.

Everything is going to be on the sidewalk and driveway. We are trying to get some stuff together to lay down, but if you can bring some extra board bags, moving blankets, carpet, etc., that will help.
Anyone out there have any info on the Meyerhoffer boards? I have been hearing about sightings up and down the coast. I know he has two models and I read the Journal article but it didn't give you much. Just a rumor but the word out on the street or shall I say around town is that the whole production is a communist front.
Have you put similair tuflite and woody surftechs on scale. What's the difference?

What about GSI boards?

Are there differences in tuflite models of same volume?

I once scaled that a competition poly longboard can weigh a pound less than a tuflite of same size, so preassumptions and the truth don't always go hand in hand.

I live in SoCal & surf w/a full suit on year round, year after year, so I never had any issues w/surf wax (because I was always protected from it with several mm of wetsuit.) I never acknowledged I had a problem until fairly recently.

For the past several years I have been going on week-long surf trips to warm-water places like Oahu & Baja, etc. And I have noticed that after just two or three days of surfing in trunks (or shorty, rashguard, 0.5mm spring suits, you name it) basically anything that doesn't cover my whole body - I get the worse rash EVER. This rash seems to have gotten worse each year - so that's why I'm in need of some advice.

I'm not talking about just a couple red bumps. I'm talking about my entire length of my inner thighs, tops of thighs, tops of knees, underside of knees, my entire arms from wrists to the pits, etc - anywhere that barely came in contact with the board is red, puffy, severely inflamed, and horribly painful. It's actually quite disgusting to even look at. I look like some kind of burn victim or leper. Not exactly what a gal wants to look like when vacationing on a tropical beach. Also after this "rash" appears, surfing becomes just about the most painful thing imaginable. Anytime I so much as put my thigh on the board (which is 90% of the time paddling) I am wincing w/pain & essentially making the rash worse.

I don't think the irritation is caused from marathon sessions, as I only surf about 2 hours a day on these trips. I think it's caused from being allergic to surf wax. Not sure if it's just warm water wax or all surf wax. (Also my skin isn't used to rubbing against the board/wax - but there's more to it than that. My travel partner is in a full suit year round too & has never experienced anything like what happens to me.)

So I have a Waikiki trip coming up & don't want it to happen again. Is there any hope for me? Advice on what to do?

I am honestly considering buying a 0.5mm full wet suit simply...
I’ve been out of the water for the past few months with a foot injury and my ADD/ADHD and surfboard addiction has kicked into high gear. I was watching Single Fin Yellow one night and thought it would be a good idea to send a board up and down the coast.

So long story short……Austin is putting the finishing touches on a 9’8” Soul Glide that will be invading a break near you. He will follow up with more details (he won’t even tell me what the thing looks like) when it is closer to completion.

This is all I know about the board from the man himself:
Dims: 9'8x23.5x3.125 Soul Glide
Blended concave to rolled bottom. 50/50 rails and glassed with an 8-6-8 volan glassjob. as for the colorwork.....you’re gonna have to wait.

This is the model….not the specific board.

I hope to bring the board back up to NJ when I head down to Austin’s on April 5[sup]th[/sup]. Anyone in NJ that wants to use it, drop me a PM and it’s yours (I won't be back in the water 'til May). I will need it back to bring it to the NY Fish Fry on May 4[sup]th[/sup] and the Anything But 3 in LBI on May 5[sup]th[/sup]. After that, I hope to get the board as far north as possible (unforgiven…you in?) and then it can make its way down the coast hopefully to FL. If the timing is right, maybe someone can bring it out to SanO in Sept (I won’t be making it this year)

We will be sending a wave log along with the board for everyone to write in about where/when they surfed it and how it went. Don’t be afraid to use the board, but repair any dings before they take on water.

Peak – sorry for the kiss ass type thread.

While everyone had different opinion in Dec 05’ on who would become the world’s premiere surfboard blank supplier, few could predict the journey would be such a complicated relay race. At last, the Clark Foam torch has been passed to Blair Foam. On February 6[sup]th[/sup], Blair Foam finalized a deal to acquire Green Valley Mill, that includes the purchase of the half-million dollar wood inventory, mill, and 5,000 custom rocker templates that Green Valley had originally picked up in the wake of Clark shutting its doors. Blair Foam now the holds the largest selection of custom rockers in the world, which can be assembled from a variety of the finest quality lumber, hand picked by Gordon Clark himself.

Blair Foam, which until this acquisition was merely one of Green Valley’s existing blank customers, was offered first consideration for acquiring Green Valley’s massive remaining inventory of wood along with the machinery and equipment. It speaks volumes for the growing company that it was singled out from a customer list that includes the likes of King Mac, Bennett, and HomeBlown, as the one most capable of carrying on the Clark Foam legacy. As part of the terms of the week long negotiation, Blair Foam will temporarily occupy Green Valley Mill’s 12,000 sq ft, Oceanside facility to ensure uninterrupted production and allow themselves to assess their next move.

In response to the deal, Blair Foam co-owner, Jeff Stoner, explains, “So far, we’ve been keeping a low profile in the industry in order to perfect our formula and ensure that our product is sound. With a viable product now under our belt, the cards have really fallen into place for us and we look forward to making an immediate impact on the board manufacturing industry.”

This acquisition, couples Blair Foam’s solid background in urethane, with the infrastructure needed to help the industry emerge from the ashes of Clark Foam. Blair has already...
No sane person can argue the fact that many of the recent new topics have been a series of ass kissing posts. Some are deserved(in the case of Austin and his work) most are just plain bullshit. Will you panty wearing, circle-jerk_offing,mutherfockers just stop it?

It's starting to look like the Mary Kay Cosmetics forum.

Man the fuck up.