Submitted by Twichy on Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:14
So after getting back into surfing 2 years ago after a 10 yr hiatus (kids, wife, major injury) i have become increasingly addicted to buying new surfboards.
What started out as a massive learning curve and realisation of how much things had changed since id hit the water 10 years ago (boards, wetties etc) has now become a full on addiction.
Is there some kind of help group like surfboards anonymous?
My quiver is not large by any means compared to others with only 4 in the rack however if i had kept all purchased other than trade in id have 6. In just 2 years!
Part of it is still dialing in my preferred board size and needing different boards for different conditions, you know how it is, but part of it is just the stoke of buying a new board.
Next thing you know i’ll be ordering customs, but could i wait that long for a board??
Does anybody else suffer this affliction?
Maybe a self help is required.....
Wow.. you're just what the surf industry needs at the moment!
Im a bit like that at times, but generally secondhand boards that are in mint condition that are just too good buys to go past, i have boards I've only ridden two times but had for over a year as i just get stuck ridding my favourite board most of the time anyway.
For a while i was buying boards every six months but now I've got my habit in control.
Problem is these days there is just too many different designs, once you jump off the high performance short board mentality, you tend to want to try everything and anything.
I too suffer this affliction but I'm only obsessed with the feel when riding. You know very quickly if it's got that alive spark/energy/feedback or not and once you've had a couple of boards that gell with your style and flow, like an extension of your body, you'll always be chasing another magic weapon for a different wave size or surface condition. I've managed to get my small to medium boards totally sorted but still working on step-up and gun. Sure is an expensive quest though.
I'd say that's more like an investment in fun and happiness... 2 boards a year, $2000pa, that's doable for me, ROI is way up there.
I mean a standard 2 weeks away from home Ments trip cost A$4-5,000, Maldives?
Why are we having this conversation?
Who had the temerity to label a perfectly normal process as a "problem" ?
Shame on them.
Next thing they'll be trying to prescribe some sort of medication.
There is only one statement to be made with respect to surfboards...
"The More the Merrier" !!!
Agreed. Good luck trying to convince my missus that!
Yip. Had 8 at one point. At times the resell value just makes it impossible to give up, so they become a back up or for that one time a friend needs a board... Personally I mostly surf only one or 2. I have a short fat beachie board and a standard shorty for the better days/points. These 2 get ridden all the time so need replacement almost yearly:) The 1 x step up and 1 x gun and 5'5" x 40L quad(I'm 6'2) will last for years. I do agree you have to find what works for you, especially those first 2 core boards. The rest are for travel/fun/mess about. Enjoy the journey
Ps. Use the same spray and the wife will never know its a different board
1: I know a fella that only gets red boards. You all would know to whom I’m referring
2: crg is correct in asking “ why are we having this conversation”
3: support Your local shapers
Hey Doublems are you really sure? One of my Buddies had the same board cover for years thinking he was getting all his new boards on the sly . . . . that was until one day after getting yet another new stick his wife comes home with a nice new board cover mutter something like "for god's sake can't you at least buy a decent board cover for your new boards LOL".
I have about 7 boards that all get ridden regularly. I find you get stale riding the same board all the time, and our local conditions can switch from requiring a super groveler to a full gun in a day.
I buy 1 or 2 a year, and sell 1 or 2 a year, so incl a new wettie and some fins and whatever, I might spend $1000-1500 a year.
Peanuts. So worth it.
This is like therapy ...feel so much better now....thanks ,im not alone ..yea
Stu's been quiet on this topic... how many now?
Bought a new Rusty SD
I think this could be “the one”.....
He who has the most boards wins...............wise old jungle saying
A statistical breakdown of my quiver in ascending order:
5'8 twin for small, short waves or longer points with a little push
5'10 standard hi-perf thruster square tail
5'11 thruster swallow for hollower waves and reefs
6'3 step up rounded pin for Aus
6'8 step up for Indo
7'2 mid length single for small weak waves
7'6 solid Indo gun
8'4 big wave gun
I mean seriously I couldn't possibly reduce it down any further...
And don't get me started on vintage collectables, I just had a serious hard core cull 6 months ago and reduced down to 17 but have bought 2 since so there's another 19, which is nothing in the collecting world.
well done crg!
@morg. Hahahaha. Yes there should be a disclaimer on these suggestions. You will be alone when you get made.
Well, all the responses above were enough for me to get me back on the horse.....again! I Sold a 5 fin bonzer and a very new thruster to dabble with a nice looking fish. First new board of 2019 and it's only the start of Feb....
What sort of bonzer G?
G'day freeride, it was a CI Shelter, went really well on the backhand as I'm more back-footed backside but I didn't like it forehand as I'm too front footed after riding twinnies for so long. I think the flat faced nature of the waves I usually surf probably didn't help either?? If you surf it heavily of the back foot it had so much drive and projection down the line and out of turns, was fun to try something new but ultimately wasn't getting ridden much.
Just wait until you take up shaping...
I started out with one old single fin and now, seven years later, I've got 12 boards in the shed, plus another three on the racks in various states of completion. There's always another style, another set of conditions, another tweak of a certain model that you want to try. It's also much cheaper than buying them new.
x2 on the comment by Fuhrious - if you're going to feed your addiction, fuck buying another mass produced generic pop-out - support your local shaper/s!
Don't let the bastards grind you down
Just sold 2
Now down to 2
But for how long?.....
If you've got the space why not fill it up? There's way worse addictions to have, and anyway, the day of the one board quiver has long passed. Buy different designs, figure out why they do what they do, and build your knowledge bank. I can't say it will make you a better surfer but it does make Surfing - deliberate capital 'S' - a far richer experience.
The corollary to that is as my wise but old mate Fuhrious says, support our shapers. Yeah, they're a breed worth saving, we'll miss them when they're gone etc etc...but really it's us, the mug punters, that are enriched by them.
Musicians call it GAS - gear acquisition syndrome. Just embrace it and buy another one.
Well put Stunet
Stunet im all for supporting local shapers etc god knows ive been supporting my local surf shop for the last 2 years and for years prior to my forced “retirement”. The boards ive been purchasing are reportedly made in Australia. So the question is, does this count as supporting local shapers or does it need to be a small 1 man band type set up to be supporting local?
And as far as a quiver. Its not so much the room its that my better half seems to know when the quiver is increasing...
mmmmm they always know...try same colour......one in the car one in the corner or stuff it, own up and tell her it could be worse,go and buy herself another pair of shoes...at least boards are worth something.
Ha. If only.
I thought i was doing well after putting a fourth in the rack.
She passes by the rack “oh you’ve got 4 now” haha
And so I ordered a new board today....
What did ya get Twichy?
Ordered a 5’11” Rusty Heckler as i just sold my Sharpeye Sole.
Be probably looking for a performance shortboard come winter but will see how the 6’2” Rusty SD holds up heading into winter.
The Rusty SD is my go to board now. Its mad...