Critters Surfboards....anyone had one?

Couch

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Jammers,

Any experience with Critters Surfboards? Build quality? Glassing? Shape? They look pretty cool as a Simmons or alternative board.....

Couch
 

hullogfish

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I follow those dudes on Instagram, interesting looking shapes. It is funny, as I was listening to Surf Splendor podcast with Josh Hall and he was talking about how instagram has created shapers and companies that make products that look good, but have zero cred quality wise/performance wise and how that is a business in itself. I thought of Critters immediately.
 

kclibman

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I follow those dudes on Instagram, interesting looking shapes. It is funny, as I was listening to Surf Splendor podcast with Josh Hall and he was talking about how instagram has created shapers and companies that make products that look good, but have zero cred quality wise/performance wise and how that is a business in itself. I thought of Critters immediately.

Add FLKLR, Canvas, etc. etc. This is how I felt about Album until I started seeing Josh Kerr on some of those asyms, but even then, that's still watching an F1 driver at Willow Springs in a coach-built car. More of an archer-than-bow kind of thing.

I fell into that trap; bought a board from an Instagram-prominent shaper here in CA, got along with him well, loved the way the board felt under arm... and then got it out on the water and found that it was too flat, bad rocker, weird nose profile - and that the glass job, done by a well-known OC shop, was just as bad. Pressures all over after two sessions, weave showing in a few spots on the nose under some black resin.

Easiest goodbye I've ever said to a surfboard. I stick to four or five established shapers now and I haven't looked back.
 

Veterano

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Glad to see there's some here that have figured this out. I've been preaching this for damn near 10 years.
Social media smoke and mirrors. Shiny objects placed in front of hobbyists make for bad choices. And most do not even know they've been fleeced.
 

jbb

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I follow those dudes on Instagram, interesting looking shapes. It is funny, as I was listening to Surf Splendor podcast with Josh Hall and he was talking about how instagram has created shapers and companies that make products that look good, but have zero cred quality wise/performance wise and how that is a business in itself. I thought of Critters immediately.
Heard that episode, too. Had to laugh when JH made this comment. He's leveraged social media to promote his business as effectively as anyone I know.
 

Human

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Social media is a necessary evil. I do agree that there are many fly-by-nighters, snake oil, and smoke and mirrors, and just had a conversation with some friends about how one of the local guys has gotten huge on social media in spite of his renowned lack of symmetry on boards intended to be symmetrical.
 

Veterano

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Heard that episode, too. Had to laugh when JH made this comment. He's leveraged social media to promote his business as effectively as anyone I know.
LOL. I was going to bring that up but was wary of the backlash here. Kind of a "drawbridger" ( JH did it before this new wave and wants to pull up the drawbridge).
 

Couch

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Well said one and all; it is getting hard to get true craftsman like Frye, Pavel, Hilbers, Cherry and others to shape boards as they are very much in demand and can more or less choose which projects they take on. Although certainly a lot of great shapers that pump out boards like nobody's business---Andreini, Christenson, Mitsven and others.

Couch
 
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Veterano

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lol at "drawbridger"...guess you're never too old to add to the vocabulary
A term that is very applicable to westerners surfing around the world. Spend some time there? Pull the drawbridge to someone who comes a week after and vibe him(or her) like a loc.
 
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