Rumor on the street is you make the jacks Boards true or false?
I designed and cut their shop boards last summer season. So far they are having their boards made in California.
I was having a think about blank companies in Australasia (more specifically NZ) over the last few days as well as prices on surfboards in general. PU/PE surfboards in NZ start at around $850 NZD ($650 USD). Not pointing the finger at Australasian blank companies but it seems they're more expensive over here than over there. Custom rockers are not something I've heard a lot of either. Is it a volume thing? Also I cannot find any mention of a surfboard specialist EPS manufacturer anywhere in Australasia. Unless Core Fusion are doing something with themselves. Sounds like you shapers in the US might have a better deal when it comes to blanks.
Surfblanks Australia does custom rockers for an extra $6.00. But they have such a choice of rockers I have yet to find the need to get them to make one up.
As for dependable, I always receive my blanks from them within about 3 days,(unless I order something extravagant) and I am over 200km away.
The couriers delivering one of the boxes over the long weekend dinged one of the blanks. I rang up Surfblanks and it was replaced straight away.
Excellent service and extremely good foam IMO.
I recently tried some blanks from a different supplier, very soft core heavy blanks, most had air bubbles and were very thirsty.
They were about 10% cheaper but they charge heavily for delivery, and with the extra work involved and the surprises when you skinned them they actually worked out more expensive.
As far as EPS in our part of the world its just as easy to get one of the big Polystyrene mobs in the city to cut your blanks for you. Whatever grade you want, whatever shape you want.
You just have to ask for some samples so you can see what their foam is like.
I recently put back together a couple of boards built with Marko EPS. I personally think (and this is just my opinion ) that the EPS i have seen from some of the EPS companies in Sydney is superior.
I also think that the PU foam in this country is so good that guys are reluctant to start using the EPS.
AND...you can count me in as another happy Surfblanks customer..
From the the first point of contact with an efficient , polite young lady on the front desk
to receiving my order..10 days later and 2,500k's to a remote location, zero damage..
foam quality, rockers and glue-ups nothing short of excellant..
Quality..price and service from a family owned and operated business.....
( and I've heard the 'ol bugger who runs the show actually surfs,and knows a thing or two 'bout surfboards.....)
why no names,because i have been having trouble.share?i have a bunch of blanks that took far too long to get to me,apparently shipping dept. took a vacation or something when i placed my order.so i get to shapeing them and they're are choke pukas,seen?i was told the new company was dedicated to helping the small guy and i am still wondering when that is going to happen.i have these blanks still and its better for my business to not sell them at all and take the hit now while i have little time and money invested,although it has been a thorough waste of time even trying to figure out if any were good.it sucks shit don't get me wrong,but i am not gonna sell crap and have it come back on me.i am a one man operation in a small state in new england,word gets around fast,and i want to serve my brothers and sisters the best i can,but it seems this is some far fetched idea from a time long long ago,wtf.boycott china and these so called "enviromental friendly" blanks.big corpos too.we(americans) need to get together and help each other out here.i am out,gonna go read a kurt vonnegut book or something.....not.
in a free market we just vote with our feet... when I don't like a crappy product, I don't buy from them again and I tell my buddies about it too. I've bought and been stuck with plenty of crappy blanks in the past few years, that sucks but I think was inevitable after a major shakeup like Clark & Walker shutting down. The market will stabilize eventually though. Maybe you can sell them here on Sways as seconds and let some newbies hack them up?
You and I know who you are talking about. I had some experience that nearly crippled my image and my pocket book. Can you just think how you would feel if you sent your son with a quiver of boards to INDO for the biggest swell to hit Lances rights in 15 years on a Yacth full of Photographers and have the leash plugs blow out? Or how about trying to set up a new account and have large PUKAS pop up on the finish boards? Have you seen a board shrink from the vacuum pressure of an airplane cargo? Boy was I laughed at. I had a few blanks left that I was a fraid to glass in my blank racks. This same company is making a better product currently and I think they will get it. However if your like I am with no outside capital you run a lean operation and cannot afford to have Quality Issues especially in a small town setting like your in. I don't want to bash them because I think they will be good some day. For now I need to go with what is working and proven.
Being hit hard economically creates swift results and a genuine distaste in one's mouth. Becoming a laughing stock or losing one's credibility overnight is a huge detriment to anyone that pride themselves doing a quality business.
If delivery of the blanks is poor, when we have so many suppliers vying for position and market share, can you imagine how much worse it could be with reputable companies overloaded with orders if there were only two or three suppliers? And all of this in the wake of Clark, who as we go along, we learn more and more how together they had it to regularly supply both large and small accounts.
I really do not want to start this thread in yet another direction about offshore production, but I do want to highlight the importance of timely delivery of quality foam to those of us dedicated to producing a quality domestic product, in a reasonable amount of time, at a fair price.
Delivery is notoriously slow by many craftsman I know, and the consumer will look elsewhere for that reason alone. In this day you have to deliver or you are a goner.
This goes for the blank companies as well, and spot on rockers shouldn't be an insurmountable problem. I will say that things can happen though, I had a Velzy someone brought to me for duplication (yes, at a better price) and when I gave Clark what I needed using their method what I got when it finally came was not even in the ballpark.
Anyone addressing flex and rider satisfaction, color (yellow or white), density/weight/hardness and ease of shaping, soft spots, and gassing (i only saw one mention of gassing). Just wondering if these issues are important to shapers?