random thoughts from slide65

"hand-shaping is critical to the evolution of the surfboard. It has been passed down from generation to generation... Hand-shaping really is the soul of the surfboard and in many ways the soul of surfing itself.
It will be a sad day if the hand-shaped surfboard ever goes away."
— Greg Noll



Everyone loves a good deal, right? Especially us surfing folk looking to stretch our finances for that winter trip to warmer climes, or simply maximising our water time in any way we can.
Most of us also can appreciate that surfboards, especially the hand made variety have been, in real terms, too cheap to sustain a struggling local surf industry that relies on our support to retain its soul and integrity.
With the weak pound and Brexit looming, imported boards will soon be out of reach financially for most of us. Retail figures of £1800 for a US log from a prominent US board maker will stop board import in its tracks.
If ever there has been a time to ride a quality British hand crafted board it is now. There is a sudden interest in British boards from Europe and beyond. As British surfers with our rich heritage in surfing, it feels we are coming of age.
To be riding a British made surfboard is indeed something to be proud of. With quality and design at an all time high, and longevity and value taken into account it’s a decision many of us will choose.
Fly the flag, ride British!
Rob Wright, Slide 65 founder and shaper

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