Re: Custom Shaped Surfboard Website
you are devinitely a good sport. Not all of my comments are positive. The interface that faciliates communication between surfer and shaper is a unique idea. I'd like that , but am afraid that shapers will grow tired of the endless stream of repetitive monolgues that often go like this:
"I'm new to surfing. I'm really good at skateboards, snowboards, and [insert every other activity known to man]. I want a short board. My surfing friend has 20 years experience. He told me I should get a longboard. But, I want a short board. The shaper whose shop is located at the break where I am learning to surf says I should have a longboard. But, I want a short board. So, what is the best short board you can make for for me?"
mike, seriously? You paid a grand for a pop-out longboard? Want to buy a bridge? (kidding ya') I see new pop-out longboards new at prices between $395 and $500 frequently. I see used pop-out longboards used at prices between $150 and $300. I find used shaper's longboards for $350 and less all the time. I splurged once and bought a Don Mel Freeline longboard from private party for $375. I'm a proponent of buying used: cars, motorcycles, sports equipment, books, music CDs, tools, etc. Although I splurged once and bought a new car (1 new out of 11 isn't bad).
All in all, I'm not convinced neophyte surfers need shapers. Maybe you're correct that neophytes may like a shaped board. In your case, I know we could have gotten a new one for you for the $1000+ you paid for a pop-out.