12 December 2006

Quiver Shake-Up (Part II)

After trying both Craigslist and eBay without success, I took my Channel Islands MSF to the shop to make a trade. I find it difficult to think clearly when I'm in that shop. My head spins. My eyes dart from one board to another. I won't even go into the heart palpitations and the hyperventilating. It helped that I knew what I went there for. I wanted a performance longboard. But which one to get? Stewart? August? Slick? What? Although I'm no expert on board design (i.e., I cannot always articulate what features a board has), I know what I'm looking for. After looking at a board, I eventually have to fondle it. I know exactly what I want in a board but I'm usually unable to see it. I can feel it. That means I literally put my hands on the board, especially the rails, and feel the angles. After doing this to quite a few boards, I decided on a board that, to be truthful, was visually hideous. It had a white deck with red flames. It also had yellow rails and a yellow bottom. Then (yes, there's more), it had a god awful logo on the nose, the design and colors of which clashed with the rails and deck. Still, the board had perfect lines. So I inquired. I was prepared to take the board I was looking at even though I thought it was going to get me laughed at in the line-up. As it turns out, they had a few more of these boards, but they weren't on the floor. Wanna know how hideous this board was? It was so hideous that I settled for the one with green and white checks on the deck. Green and white checks? Oh my god. What am I thinking? Well, that board looked beautiful compared to the first one.

I didn't have the funds to take the board home. My trade-in was a down payment on the board. Apparently, it's made by an Australian shaper. The only website I could find on the board is in Japanese!!! But there are pictures. You can see for yourself how bad these boards look. I think these folks are trying too hard with their board graphics. I'm willing to overlook that for a board that surfs well.

I was happy to hear that I'm not the only person who disliked my MSF. The guy at the shop said he didn't like his either. In fact, neither one of us knew of anyone who liked that board. I'm feeling a bit vindicated now. It was an aesthetically pleasing board, but surfing it was no fun.

8 Comments:

At 12/12/06, 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wooowwwwww

 
At 12/12/06, 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What was it that you didn't like about the MSF? Maybe you've mentioned this in earlier posts. Just curious.

 
At 12/13/06, 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(badly) Translated version; kinda funny...
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ja&u=http://diary.jp.aol.com/applet/wn7jz7erqh/200503/archive&sa=X&oi=translate&resnum=10&ct=result&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522na%2Bpapa%2522%2Bsurfboard%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DEn


It looks like this is their site (it's pretty bad though)...
http://www.napapasurfboards.com/

 
At 12/13/06, 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eek!
Is the MSF your refer to one of the Channel Islands retro singles? I don't like those either...

 
At 12/13/06, 11:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had to babelfish the desription of the first board on that site... it's hilarious:
Recently, order of the board of the single fin is many, this is one among those. The fin is installed 6 5 inches. 7 inches fin boxes those being used, it increases. The retro it seems that can enjoy riding taste. Normally リッピング and cutting & backing up, it increases, the orgy even with such a board....

 
At 12/13/06, 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I speak Korean, but I dont think that will help here.

 
At 12/14/06, 5:50 PM, Blogger Surfsister said...

First, the Channel Islands MSF is just a damn clunker. That's the best way I can describe it. It's basically unwieldy. It was time to kiss that thing goodbye.

 
At 12/14/06, 6:59 PM, Anonymous surfing the goon said...

Oooooh, a 70's old school Intruder swallowtail with an old style single fin box.

I have a 1976 7'8" Rick James (San Clemente not the singer) shaped by Bill Stewart that looks just like that. Its still one of my favorite boards. It was made for T Street or lowers.

 

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