Reason #5396 to Support Your Local Shaper: "Here. Take Mine."
That's essentially what Jon Wegener told me when I expressed an interest in trying one of the boards I'd seen at Sacred Craft.
Granted, you can't just walk in off the street and get a shaper who doesn't know you to loan you his board. However, that's why you establish relationships. I don't know Jon Wegener well, but I know people who are in his circle. He also knows me from my blog as well as from another endeavor which has given me an online and real surf world presence under my legal, alliterative name. So, when I wrote him to ask about this board, he eventually said I'd just have to try one. Then he volunteered his.
It's people like Wegener who give surfing a good name. I will always support my local shapers. Always.