...Surfding and Artz are right.
--Yater was ok due to the 60s...only a few doing the other type of business and the surf explosion was more with the surf-exploitation than the hyper hype of branding-kelly-pro tour that you see right now.
In my opinion not so much room in next future for us, little guys.
reverb wrote: In my opinion not so much room in next future for us, little guys.
...well, I put a thread couple of weeks ago about the perception of the customers...that s the main problem that I see for the little guys. Most kids perceive that "best" boards come from other source (the machine-pro-tour-image-right-logo)
May be the "strugglers" are factories like BASE there or like that?
That which can be assorted without evidence was read in an illegal magazine.
Reverb your very talented at most things you do!
Make surfboards for the love.
To support yourself making boards is foolish unless your in the TOP TEN!
Little Guy survive?
.......I think the most important (but forgotten) aspect of this whole "industry" is the perception of the small surfboard manufacturer..... there is a definate line drawn between those content to run a small efficient workshop , providing good quality and service , and those obsessed with striving for as much global market share as they can grab........two different animals.....one happy and content , and the other insatiable and ever more hungry.......(lol)
Well said kayu!
...I understand your point; however, there are some subtleties: me and most little guys do not intend to conquer the world but, many want to have very good surfers and with style, also local rippers and sometimes upcoming generations that wanted to ride their boards. I include me in this category. That is mainly, at least me, to take notes about different types of platforms and designs; combination of materials, etc...you know, better to have those boards under hot feet and keeping notes to enhance or discard (at least me) the current line up of designs you offer. Also, is good to keep your business afloat...I do not see how some unknown shaper can keep that if he only sells a few boards to a second class surf shop or to a few tourists or even to rookies only...and that s a real thing.
That s what I talked in the previous comment. And yes, I still believe that we are fucked in a future not so far from now. Hope I m wrong
reverb wrote: That s what I talked in the previous comment. And yes, I still believe that we are fucked in a future not so far from now. Hope I m wrong
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