Our focus has been to have a sound construction & deliver a good every day surfing weight versus the boards being resigned to hanging on a wall. We've had a few smaller ones down in the 6 lb. range, and of course being made from balsa, the compression characteristics are very impressive, not compressive (lol).
Here's another one of those "too big, no one will want it" boards that I've been making that shops I deal with say there's no market. Uh, okay.... I picked this 8'4"x23-1/4"x3-1/4" sled up last Friday from Hawk's, posted it on FB and it sold inside of ten minutes - to a customer that already has three of my boards including a "big sister" to this one (a 9'6"). He also has an 8'0" Platpus Pig and a Plain Jane.....
That’s a great looking board. Good thing I don’t have FB, might have cost me some money. Lol
Yeah, FB is kind of a necessary evil for me...... so is Instagram and what they call "influencers".
People use social media in place of paid advertising. Facebook tries to get you to do promos which are a pay for service. It is a time hole for a lot of people, myself included, other than the fact it is a place to post up to date pix and share info for people interested in my boards. Still, it demands time to do all of it, so in that respect, it's part of the job of owning a small business.
I haven't set up a website, so Sways, FB, Instagram, and most recently Jamboards are in place of that.
People get hooked on Facebook, I just do it for exposure & to make a buck.
Enjoying following you on Instagram.. really enjoying your posts involving airplanes/foils.. rocker.. fins etc..
Instagram is kind of a different deal..... allow me to leverage my time when I'm stuck somewhere if I can post a few pix from my files or recent snapshots.
The V8 V Bottoms continue to grow in popularity with orders coming in from all over the place. I'm currently plugging into shaping some of my Platypus Pigs & Stepped Deck Longboards which I'll be posting in the near future.
In the meantime, I've been miffed with the recent increases in shipping from Fed Ex, which, once I learned how to bomb proof my packages, was working out pretty well shipping directly to people's door. However, they've jacked their prices considerably a couple of times in the past year or less, and even though I receive a 45% discount for being a volume shipper, their prices, along with quite a few of the trucking companies, are prompting me to look elsewhere.
In the 80's, I used to send quite a few sailboards up to the SF Bay area as well as Portland & Seattle for guys riding Columbia River Gorge. I used AMTRAK for those shipments and the customers would pick up at the respective stations.
I recently called AMTRAK Express Shipping and found some very good rates to different parts of the country.
Here's the lowdown: These are prices from AMTRAK SBA (Santa Barbara, CA) but you can get similar quotes from your local station or call AMTRAK GENERAL INFO at: 1.800.872.7245. They allow carefully packed surfboards to go as LUGGAGE versus Freight. There are some restrictions for different areas, but for the most part, I was told they can send up to 120" (10 ft.) packed, to any East Coast destination for $105.
I sent two orders east recently, one was 8'3", the other a 7'6" both fully wrapped wiith bubble wrap then placed into a good quality 5mm board bag, which I include at my cost as part of the deal. To my surprise, they charged $85 a piece for these, not $105. One went to Wilminton DE and the other to Provididence RI. They can be insured for $1/$100 up to $2K.
They DO NOT OFFER TRACKING, but make every effort to transfer the shipment to same day trains if transfer(s) is necessary. When transfering, the boards are pulled off with the rest of the passenger luggage and immediately placed in a secured area. They quote 4 to 8 days transit across country. The board I sent to Wilmington D.E. took 5 days and arrived w/o a scratch. The guy loved the board bag too. It is a joy for me not to have to dick with board boxes whenever possible.
I also sent a 8'0" up to Portland, Oregon for an Aussie customer of mine who was visiting his brother then doing a surfari down coast ending in San Diego before flying home. He has a couple of my boards already and figured this would be an opportune time to grab another. His took a couple days transit and cost $85. AMTRAK calls the customer when the board arrives and you have 48 hrs. to pick up then they hold it in storage for $10/day.
From SBA here are the quotes I have thus far:
CALIFORNIA SOUTH: From SBA to Santa Ana, Oceanside & San Diego = $65
CALIFORNIA NORTH: From SBA to San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Oakland = $65
PNW: (Pacific NorthWest): SBA to Portland & Seattle = $85
TEXAS: SBA TO San Anonio = $85
EAST COAST: FROM SBA - Too many to list, but as stated above, AMTRAK GENERAL INFO quotes $105 for TOTAL LENGTH not exceeding 120" (10 Ft.) packed.
I will be insuring and sending 3 Ecuadorean Chambered Balsa boards to Miami using this method. An order in Corpus Christi has opted to use Fed Ex for nearly $200 versus driving 2-1/2 hrs. to San Antonio because Amtrak doesn't get any closer to CC. SEATTLE is the furthest north I can get boards for my Canadian customers, but in the past they have crossed the border, picked up in Seattle and driven home w/o customs or border patrol realizing they p/u a new surfboard while in the U.S. .
I hope this info helps anyone trying to get a surfboard across country or elsewhere for a reasonable price. AMTRAK is pretty much your best bet.
You may enjoy this site........... it has some great video as well as stories and historu:
A little eye candy here. The 6'6" clear bottom "V8" was recently sent to Al N. in NJ....... says the board is working great with all the float & speed he needs in the summer surf back there. Al used to live in Ventucky (Ventura) but is back there for job and country (or something like that). He's building a BF quiver and is the same guy that asked for something different and I cooked up the "Stealth Twingle" pictured elsewhere in this thread.
The green one on the glassing racks is a 6'8" for Yogi M. who also has another longer V8 and a Plain Jane sled....
A FLASH FROM THE PAST:
Preview YouTube video Jefferson Starship - White Rabbit - 11/8/1975 - Winterland (Official)
Jefferson Starship - White Rabbit - 11/8/1975 - Winterland (Official)
The Amtrak connection is working pretty well...... better price than Fed Ex & trucking and NO damage! :-)
Yesterday I wrapped up this 7'0" for a Brit that met my Aussie friend Ross while he was in NYC with his wife. He's the guy that then flew to Portland to visit his brother & do a safari down coast. Ross told Chad to snag one of my boards, and he did so...... he ordered this sled and I'm sending via Amtrak.
However, minor glitch when I got to the SB train station, they had a bunch of Home Depot moving boxes someone had bought & packed up their belongings to send on the train. They told me their Express Shipping limit per day is 500 lbs. and this person moving had taken all of it for yesterday!
I wasn't allowed to write up & pay for the board's transport (Amtrak has rules.... lotsa rules, actually) so I was told to bring it Sunday and it will go out then. So it goes... but it's the price I pay for good customer service, and the board will be on the train today headed for Penn Station in Manhattan.
I fully wrap these in bubble wrap tubing, then use 6" strips of onoe side adhesive Bubble Mask along the rails. Then additional bubble wrap on the flats, and slide it into a good quality 5mm board bag....... that's all it takes, and it is simpler than dealing with big, clumsy board boxes that cost $20 and get thrown away, beat up in transit, etc. .
Here's a new 6'10" 2 lb. Superfused EPS Epoxy board for Greg W. He wanted to go stringerless on this one to add to his BF quiver.
I started with a Superfused 7'8"EA (Eric Arakawa blank) form U.S. Blanks and had them put a light yellow glue line in for easy referencing to center. The blank required quite a bit of restructuring to get the foil I wanted for the 6'10"x22"x3" Greg wanted.
The build uses a double 4 oz. layer of S Glass both layers lapped well over onto the deck rails. The deck has 6&4 oz S Glass and some carbon tail rail strips & a Carbon Center stringer to add stiffness. I have always found that the stringerless EPS boards snap less if the bottom glassing schedule is equal or close to equal to the deck glass schedule. Most surfboards snap because the bottom layer stretches causing the decks to buckle (fail) fro typical load bearing scenarios.
Another customer saw pix of this board and immediately ordered one for himself...... albeit a couple inches shorter. He has requested a "carbon wrap" like the new Lost boards, so that's next up and I'll be taking pix and posting once that order is processed.