Saturday, December 02, 2006

sent in by a friend...


16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pretty fierce to the competition...curious if you've asked the folks making the boards in these foreign countries if they appreciate the job they have. Chances are they're stoked the west is so 'surf crazed' that there's a market for their work - so they can put food on their table, feed their families. Sure the food it buys is nothing compared to the west wages, but when you say support homemade, you aren't considering those stoked to have a job vs. go hungry and resort to other means. All that said I've never bought a non handmade board. But seeing the other side is always fair and balanced. Like fox news right? ; )

Bill O'Reilly said...

Fair and Balanced is right. A fair wage of 2 cents a day($7.30 a year)and a balanced diet of carcinogens from unregulated toxic chemicals used in the process and the inability to afford proper safety gear i.e. respirators. Sally Strothers can't feed one kid on 2 cents a day, let alone a whole family. Retirement = Death :(

ian said...

it's all in good fun when we poke fun at one another. but on the other hand, people in the US are in need of jobs as well, and that doesn't even touch on the notion of a future where non-customizable surfboards are the norm.

lost dawg said...

the discussion is key indeed. more people need to be talking about the issues. I don't know about a future of non customizables...what about this possibility...popout sales now mean handshaped sales tomorrow. Popouts pull in the clueless surf masses of future rippers that quickly realize their costco board is lame and want to experience the sacred 5th gear that the campbell bros create. Ofcourse who wants clueless masses filling up the lineup but its pretty much too late for that anyway. And most definitely not to get argumentative or anything, but that 2 cent wage (not sure if that's really the wage, but bill o said so, so...) That might be a blessing to so many that had no job previous. And about jobs in the US...we have more opportunity here than anywhere so tough to feel for joe smith when his equivalent in a 3rd world country get's 1/100th the opportunity he does. Granted I agree unemployment at home is a beast that needs to be tackled. The unregulated toxic chemicals is horrible and should be made very public if that shits happening. people will listen when something so blatantly criminal's going on. would be interesting to learn the specifics of all that.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps instead of reading the fair and balanced Fox Fluff.
You should log onto BBC's website and face the truth instead of the crap that is catered to the average yuppy.
Truth is most folks don't want the truth or you may suddenly feel obligated to do something about it.
As for the jobs these people have the average wage is in fact somewhere around 2 american dollors a day.
But you have to ask yourself how many boards can one of these guys pop out of a mold each day and they sell for 400 plus in the american market?
Seems to me it's just another example of corporate america making insane profits at the hands of the underprivilaged.

washed out said...

yes the sick profit is what motivates the employer and gives the job to the very underprivelaged and they aren't all of a sudden privelaged but I guarantee they thank the heavens (or the surftech technology and the western wanna be surf groms) for the opportunity for employment. Not saying its 100% just by any means but a job is had and a couple bucks are made in a place where a couple bucks makes a huge difference. Ask the employee if he/she would rather have americans buy handmade boards and he be stuggling for another job or if Mr. 3rd world scrapper is happy people buy surftech so he and his family can eat too.

Len Ripley said...

If the world was perfect and local, homegrown, polyester boards were environmentally the way to go, I'd say the heck with epoxy or even mass produced boards created in safe factories in Thailand, etc. But the facts say something else! Polyester backyard boards are harmful to the glasser and the environment!

As for this slave labor "spin"....what a bunch of hogwash. Surftech pays fair wages and provides a safe working environment for its employees.

Having said that, I STILL THINK THERE IS A PLACE FOR QUALITY CUSTOM MADE BOARDS (not machine shaped pop-outs that are sold by McKevlins and everybody else). There always will be! I will continue to purchase those boards becasue they are simply better at this time. WILL ALLISON RULES!

mutilated lips said...

surfboard manufacturing needs to stay in the hands of the surfers before it ends up in the hands of the wrong people (it may already be there) buy surfboards made by people that surf. does your surfboard have soul?

freedom logs said...

There's many different perspectives on soul...does your surfboard have soul? does your surfing have soul? do you think beyond your board, break, style to the depths of what it means to ride that type of board. the hands, machines, souls of the 3rd worlder struggling to make a few bucks to keep his family alive while we eat biscuits and gravy and ride our polyepoxysurftech handshaped concave swallow tail freedom logs?

double standard? said...

Mckevlin's sells machine made pop-outs? that seems so anti their antipop out campaign?!?

confused said...

what's a pop-out?

Anonymous said...

posting this pic makes me want to only shop at his shop...a low blow man...
it's as dirty as the dirty political campaigns that go on, ripping the competition instead of just being a cool surf shop.

political analyst said...

http://www.oceansurfshop.com/surfreport.html

get a grip said...

You are all miserable sob's who take stuff like this a little to seriously. Some people would be eld to believe that the majority of you have international business degrees after reading this crap. Get a life and shop at Point Break, the only core shop left.

Anonymous said...

where is point break? wasn't that a movie or something...?

not so core no more said...

how core was that movie?