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zirtaeb



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what are the alternatives to Thai boards?
Taiwan gave up the ghost.
Slovenia also.
Algeria still producing AHD's, or was that really Tunisia?
Italy producing RRD's?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I guess Taiwan helped China set up board production, is it making boards yet? Besides kayaks and fishing dinghies.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
But what are the alternatives to Thai boards?
Taiwan gave up the ghost.
Slovenia also.
Algeria still producing AHD's, or was that really Tunisia?
Italy producing RRD's?


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would love to, and I was a surfboard builder (shaper) for 7 years.
BUT, everything being custom, you never know what you're gonna get.
Not that you know how a production/custom WORKS, but you know it's shape and try to make an educated guess.
OK, we can get custom, US made high wind boards (which I hate the way they work) or Formula boards, which are educated copies of Starboard prototypes.
I need a good slalom/freeride, for 5 meters to 7 meter sails.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:

I need a good slalom/freeride, for 5 meters to 7 meter sails.


Mines on the way! 8'6" 24 1/2" wide 15" tail and about 120ltrs. and really light. Made for my 6.0 - 7.5.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

zirtaeb wrote:
But what are the alternatives to Thai boards?
Taiwan gave up the ghost.
Slovenia also.
Algeria still producing AHD's, or was that really Tunisia?
Italy producing RRD's?


there are boards being made in China, Bulgaria, Vietnam

and Slovenia, they are not major players, yet.

Flikka from Slovenia.

http://www.flikkaboards.com

yes Tunisia for AHD

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't ThermoLaminates operate out of Slovenia? Boardworks surfboards, and in the past, Seatrend.
Are you sure about Vietnam? For sure, THAILAND, which is 2 countries to the left of Vietnam.
Where did JamesChen relocate his production facility to? Mainland or Vietnam?
Who makes RRD's?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yea Iam sure. the take over Mistral boards come from Vietnam , Simmer from China

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come on LeeD, all you have to do is get on Mike's list. It's not like getting something for nothing, but you know that you can get what you're looking for no problem. The only problem might be the wait. If you're light on the pocketbook or impatient, there's always those Mike's Lab boards that are a few years old with a bit of mileage on them.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't bought a new board since '98.
Retired, under $600 a month income, and I own over 15 board currently, so it's hard to justify another one.
G/F bought a Futura111 5 months ago, it's OK, nothing more.
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