Re: What do you think about Spider surfboards?
Gave the board a baptism of fire this evening, and have to admit it is a peach of a board. Was quite a steep day on the beach and the banks weren't ideal so was expecting a hard time on a board smaller than I'm used to, but as it turns out it has a deceptive amount of volume, and picks up waves almost as easily as my 6'8. Good bit of volume in the tail so holds ok through the flat sections but when the wave steepens up a bit the board really comes alive. Good in the pocket and screams down the line.
Will update about how the glass job holds up, bearing in mind that it is glassed quite light I won't slate it if it takes knocks from my own stupidity, or from a hard knock amidst the chaos that sometimes occurs in the water, only if like my previous Spider a slight knock that I know shouldn't have caused a ding makes a hole, or like my previous Spider, the top decides it doesn't like the bottom anymore and the rails decide to split on their own.
In the interest of a fair review, for the same board were I a paying customer, the board plus delivery would have cost €420. This is about €40 more than I paid for my custom DH (Dodge-Harrison) which is also a great board but still in the same ball park. However, the Spider arrived ready to surf about a month quicker than my DH. It surf's every bit as well in my local conditions as the DH which shouldn't be surprising as I have been informed by LTiegs that Spider has spent some time surfing here so knows the local conditions.
As much as I hate to admit it, it has me questioning whether my previous assumption that a local shaper is definitely "better" should be so set in stone. I'm not saying that the Spider is better than my local custom, just that based on ride and performance there isn't much to choose between them.
As I said previously, I'll keep an update on how the glass job holds up (which was my biggest issue on my previous Spider), but at the moment between Spider boards and my local shaper's it's neck and neck. If it stays that way based on the glass job I'd have to say a draw is a win for LTiegs, and he can chalk one up on his predecessor.