toober wrote:If you are full into racing 100% you are looking for performance and that usually comes with a durability premium. At a performance price!
I would agree with your post if there were free race boards available for $600 or $700 US. However, it seems like the free race boards (Sector V2) are selling for more than the price of a production race board.
You can pick up a 2011 production race board right now for under $800. 2012 boards are around $1200. When I was looking for boards I couldn't find a Sector 60 V2 for less than $1000. I was hoping the cabrinha transport would be a cheaper alternative because it's similar to a surfboard, but that board is $950. I have seen some good deals for 2011 North Freeraces, but they seem kind of small at 47.5 cm wide.
Custom mikes lab, aguera ... boards are more expensive. Larger fins are more expensive.
Maybe the new best freeride board (Kiaola?) will be cheaper.
I still haven't gotten a chance to try out a free race board to compare to my race board, so I can't comment on the easiness of the ride or the performance difference. Hopefully I'll get a chance to demo the Best board when it comes out. No airush dealers around here.