I see from tomorrow Jim banks surfboards minimum price will be $2,000.
Whats the most you would pay for a new board?
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Yeah Udo I paid $780 for a 7'6 Webster DS (BARGAIN), however I also just paid $1300 for a NPJ duo with fins, and I must say it is awesome - 20 surfs not a mark on it, I did really struggle with the price. These are my only new boards for 10 years, I generally get great deals on used boards, that way I can try lots for $250 to $400 each, if I don't like them they go - generally not out of the rack in 6 months onto Gumtree as obviously I am not interested. I would pay $1300 again for a NPJ in a heart beat, and sell 4 of my others to fund it.
ps. for twently years I only got boards of one local shaper, he retired and my surfing experience went through the roof, have a shaper but please try alternative designes, I have diverged a long way from what I was getting
Anyone know what Jims new glassing technique is ....a day longer in production and up to 5 times less likely to snap ?
jim banks surfboards insta.
And drodders ...puddle jumper Duo...ride report ?
Don't know, but it's a pretty big call to offer replacement if it breaks. Jim seems a bit all over the place the last few years. He goes from shaping boards for $800 to $2000 to not shaping at all to doing limited edition runs and now back again?
All over the place....hmm..the board was for a 'team rider' but was supposed to be a swallowtail wtf...how does an error like that happen ?
Jim's never ending closing down sale.
Seems like it. Although usually when you close down things get cheaper instead of more expensive. Like you said a while ago though Stu, someone like Jim doesn't need to apologize for the price of his boards.
Everything must go . Crazy high, high prices.
Jims new 7'3 with nose to tail Vee and Modified Rocker- Brief engine room/rocker explanation in second pic / Insta..
Seems like Jim is closing down again?
Jimmys has shaped 3 new twinnies for the GOAT
Wonder if Kelly paid 2k a piece..he he
but not plugged for FCS..?
I haven't bought a new surfboard for years
One apart from not surfing too much these days living in a place that has surf but is freezing cold so much so that the ocean turns to ice
the last boards I have bought were second hand boards they work well for me and at a fraction of the price
In fact now I don't think I'll ever have to buy another board ever as I have adequate number that I can use across every possible surf conditions
No need to create an image of status nor does my career depend on having the latest technology under my feet.
In the free market economy a product will be bought or sold on its perceived value good luck to Jim or anyone else who can make a living from something they enjoy. I surfed with Jim in the 80s when he made his first trip to the bluff he seemed like a ordinary person with extraordinary talent he wasn't a wave hog and easy to talk to I guess times have changed him if previous comments are true
To answer the question...
I reckon $1000 tops. My local store has once a year clear outs with the usual suspects - thai boards under licence - going for $500 new. Was happy doing that but lately had some delamination, soft spots and piss weak rail damage pointing to a quality issues. Going to go back to supporting local shapers, now that i have a better idea of what im looking for. But $2000...nah
Balinese Board Porn
Those are some eyewatering numbers on those HB's Udo. Half the price at HB online, with spray. Sure are pretty though.
notes from an interview with Ben Morrison-Jack...he's a professional sailor (sailing in the Americas cup)...and was one of the duo who kitesurfed on a surfboard from Tasmania to Victoria (sponsored by snickers...there's a video on youtube). 1. Significant advances can be made in surfboards by using better cloth. (he's talking about aligning the strands within a cloth along the stress lines in a surfboard...allowing for controlled flex and strength plus using better materials). 2. There are muuuuch better resins available that those commonly used in surfboards (but are used in other industries) and 3. there are manufacturing techniques that can improve surfboards such as vacuum bagging and different ways of overlapping cloth and using machines to get even closer to completing surfboards compared to current CNC techniques plus 4...there are probably better foams available. Combining such changes would probably result in better performing, lighter, stronger, better flexing boards that could be customised more for each surfer....and yet would likely require (relatively expensive) R&D and an increase in board prices. It's bound to happen (I guess that's arguable). Personally I think it's a nice area to focus on don't you?