The email makes a fair point that the product could well be much improved over the last couple of years and that leaving this post as is could be detrimental to TakeOff.... the comments found below have made us improve our products even further to try and combat any problems mentioned below. We have had very good success with our TakeOff products over the past 2 years and the issues mentioned in the forum have disappeared.
We will not be removing this topic but please note that this post does date back to 2005.
We welcome current feedback and experiences of Take Off products from members to give a more up to date view of Take Off boards.
After going surfing a few times, and hiring boards so far, i finally bought my own surfboard at the weekend. I essentially went on the guidence of 3 surfshops here in the UK and ended up going for a TAKE-OFF 7"6 MINI MAL, made in china or somewhere. It was either that, or a similarily constructed Epoxy Sunride board, or an NSP. All the same price.
The shop where i bought the takeoff, reccomended it as a slight step up from an NSP- strong enough, although not AS strong as an NSP, but lighter and more responsive.
After ONE session on 2 foot waves, a small inch-squared sized impression has formed near one of the rails, with a crack in the epoxy running over the impression. A ridge is also forming arond the centre line of the board!
1. Is this normal for epoxy boards?
2. Has anyone heard of takeoff, (they're relativly new), any advice on how good they are? I've done a search on the internet and i cant find any record of them, other than on the shop's website! http://www.croyde-surf-cam.com/secretwarehouse.htm
3. Was this a wise choice over an NSP(which they also sold), or were they just fleecing me?
4. Just how durable are these relatively cheap custom epoxy boards?
Thanks for your time,