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  1. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    The bottom line is the demand for custom surfboards long ago exceeeded custom production bandwidth, Firewires/Nelsons the market demand response to 30 million + surfers. Whereas the inexpensive labor pool used by Firewire is their strength, however, the cost of importing raw materials and...
  2. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    why Firewire tailored their sales program for just that - initial board inventory installed at no up front cost, pay when a board sells to obtain the replacement. Have a friend who's owned a small surf shop for decades, three racks by the front door have helped pay his bills month in month...
  3. Surfnfish

    Boats for chasing waves..

    270#...make a hella of a Ranch runner, be a breeze to pier launch...caught dozens of King Salmon with it before selling a few years back...going to go a full refurb...
  4. Surfnfish

    Boats for chasing waves..

    off'd my 16' console V hull, just bought back my fave small boat ever...13'x6' Sterling Sportcat..super stable...tracks like on rails...15 hp Suzuki power tilt on the way, paired with a 30# electric...building a double seat box for up front...not many things I enjoy more than working on...
  5. Surfnfish

    Moving from LA -> Brooklyn

    props to the east coast crew showing plenty aloha...
  6. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    there's not an industry that's not sucking hind tit at the moment..been waiting coupla weeks just to find out when the new outboard I bought will finally ship....only decent boat mechanic in town closed shop, couldn't get OEM parts, tired of customers yelling at him over the long repair...
  7. Surfnfish

    favorite shapers

    and Bob always had a small stash of da best kine guns down in the basement that never made the retail racks...and if you knew the secret handshake...lol
  8. Surfnfish

    Jamjokes

    me at 71 after the second session I didn't really need that my son talked me into...
  9. Surfnfish

    1st Gen Mid-Range Sliding

    that era was tied by Slaters hyper rockered, ultra narrow and thin glass slippers the lemmings jumped on...talk about handicapping the average surfer...sure enjoyed getting their wave count plus mine
  10. Surfnfish

    New Mitsven Long Fish

    hella fine looking board...as long as us elders can still make it to the waters edge, we'll always know how to trim the fall line...
  11. Surfnfish

    1st Gen Mid-Range Sliding

    that footage really illustrates how proper rocker later changed everything... as to length..."if I could have only only one surfboard for everything, it would be a 7'10 RP...Dave Rastovich"
  12. Surfnfish

    favorite shapers

    from around 25 or so shapers I've ordered from, working backwards faves would be... Tim Stamps Art Coyler Ward Coffey Doug Schroedel Mike Russo/Rusty Steve Colletta Dick Keating
  13. Surfnfish

    What's a good mid-type board to try after a longboard?

    have a handful of mid lengths and LB's set up with 5 fins, ride them all as quads when it's walled up and reeling...like having another high gear not to mention the grip. quads in the quiver for decades, find the Rusty Formula the best for drive and hold with the anchored feeling a thruster...
  14. Surfnfish

    What's a good mid-type board to try after a longboard?

    the Swiss Army knife of surfboards..
  15. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    a constant refrain from shapers is the dire lack of glassers to replace those aging out...I'm sure Jim could speak to that.. spend eight hours a day under flourescent lights mixing up toxic chemicals and doing laps around surfboards with heavy grinders and polishers in hand...might have been...
  16. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    this thread recalls East Cliff surfboards in Santa Cruz...the owner sold shop label boards mowed by various shapers around town...suddenly ran a special on discounted customs, collected a bunch of deposits, and soon skipped town, stiffing his employees, customers, shapers he back owed, creditors...
  17. Surfnfish

    Advice on board deposit

    wouldn't be a dick to name him, has your money, no sense in getting someone else's here as well...first check the obituaries, however, be a bit harsh if he had paddled over...
  18. Surfnfish

    Statements

    As Don Ohlmeyer once said..."the answer to all questions is money."
  19. Surfnfish

    Statements

    no lack of surprise that Firewire fails to mention besides cheap labor driving their offshoring decision, so is working in a country with low air pollution requirements....imagine the fume output from this behemoth... if you are what you eat...you are what you ride..own it
  20. Surfnfish

    Statements

    "only making AND SHIPPING 150 environmentally friendly (EV) boards world wide"...as to the shiping part...how many diesel (horrible polluters, exhaust perfect micon size to lodge in lungs) truck rides, plane rides, ship rides does said EV board take before landing with the customer? What is the...




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