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surfboard blanks« on: December 06 2005 14:12:00 »
Now that Clark foam has closed its doors does that mean that surfing will end? Will there be no more boards, for the inland masses. We have a hard enough time getting boards when they were still in business. Maybe we will all have to take up kayaking in stead of surfing. Does this mean that the "Blue Crush" phase will end or will it gain more momentum? Will the Chinese take up this cause and supply the world with extremely cheap soulless surf boards?
RE: surfboard blanks« Reply #1 on: December 13 2005 16:12:00 »
Nope, Gary Linden and Walker Foam will take over:
"A lot of gossip about Australian foam, Brazil foam, but I do not think it will happen. Everything I have found out indicates no way could these people come close to demand. Even though some of that foam is much stronger all the way thru than Clark ever was, it is not made in close tolerance molds so only real shapers will be able to use it. A lot of guys get a blank, take a couple passes over the top and bottom, throw a rail on it and call themselves "shapers". I have not read anything here about Walker so maybe you havent seen this from Linden........... BELOW IS THE RAW STORY FROM WALKER/LINDEN "
RE: surfboard blanks« Reply #2 on: December 16 2005 16:12:00 »
As it is now, Walker Foam is capable of producing 400 blanks a week but Linden is hiring crews when he can get off the phone - including former employees at Clark - and he hopes to be up to 700 boards a day as soon as possible. And beyond that, Walker Foam, like Surftech and Santa Cruz Surfboards and others, is in the right place at the right time to fill the huge void left by Clark: "Six months ago, Harold started a joint venture to manufacture and ship quality foam blanks with with a Chinese company," Linden said. "That was where he got sick and had to come back.
RE: surfboard blanks« Reply #3 on: December 16 2005 16:12:00 »
His son Joe is there now. This was all in motion when the crisis hit and our Chinese partner immediately took the building next door and if need be he'll take the building next to that. Currently they have a 32,000 square foot facility that is tooling up to produce polyurethane foam blanks and within two months we'll be able to supply the whole world. We have unlimited funds and almost unlimited labor and space."
RE: surfboard blanks« Reply #4 on: December 16 2005 16:12:00 »
Linden had to go and put out fires, but before hanging up he had words of wisdom: "My advice to the surfing world is to tighten their belts. If they were planning to take a Mentawais vacation, now is the time to do it. By the end of February or the first of March there will be foam for everyone."
RE: surfboard blanks« Reply #5 on: December 16 2005 23:12:00 »
wow rob is that a cut and paste, or did you come up with that all by your self