woolf: I thought someone would ask and falcon I have an opinion, but no expertise:
From a 2006 post post about this company:
"Allright, checked out these boards on ebay and they are the same clowns who used dragonflys as their logo last month. Same board, different logos. Almost always longboards, post from numerous different cities in California, overpost on all the for-sale forums, ebay, craigslist, surfingsandiego, sandiegoreader.com, etc....probably pop-outs, probably from China. See this:firstname.lastname@example.org. and keep looking. Two thumbs down.
Current information about this company:
Their website: http://www.dragonflysport.com/
Also sell TDF brand
Corporate website http://www.tradekey.com/profile_view/ui ... -Sport.htm
Also under Tradekey: PU boards
From a current 2007 post:
"...improve their quality and flood the U.S. market. They'll set up a shop next to Icons, Stewerts, Weber's etc... and sell at one quarter of the price..."
Well, here's that store:
Notice the TDF boards.
http://cgi.ebay.com/54-NEW-Shortboard-S ... dZViewItem
and then look at what a parent company also distributes!
You will notice that any item you click on has the same contact number.
And a new one to me: (note "Sellers Store")
http://cgi.ebay.com/76-Epoxy-New-Surfbo ... dZViewItem
On Swaylocks own site:
More boards made in China:
So now we have boards in the $350 price range, brand spanking new. I'm sure the foreigh countries in question have allready backwards engineered every board dimension, in each "flavor", shortboard longbord, fish etc... You'll get the 20 "hottest" sellers for the season and next year it'll be a new logo and a different length/width/thickness. The marginal surfshops will go under because they can't compete with the economy's of scale. The more established shops, will add Epoxy and Surftech's, oops...allready have, and charge more for the handcrafted poly boards, if poly boards are even still around in ten years. The "big box" shops, Hansens, Surfride and others will survive on the diversity of their stock. Maybe Clark saw some handwritting on the wall?
Finally, what bothered me about Dragonflysport was their almost unethical approach to business. Numerous selling posts, changing logo's, and "hiding" their business connections (took a far amount of effort to find out what little I did.) Try contacting customer service in China! So I'll stick with poly until it's gone, patronize my local and established surfshops, and stay away from the imports.
Lastly: When you click on http://www.dragonflysport.com/
, "Company" and "Facotry pics" (sic) you'll notice there not wearing respirators, and the got fans to blow the foam around. Wonder how long the'll be doing that for a living, before they start coughing up chunks of foam?
"Out of the water, I am nothing." - Duke Kahanamoku