A couple of months ago, I snapped my favorite shortboard, a 6’0″ Vernor Chef, while surfing at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Frustratingly, the board was only a year old and had been acquired for the “industry insider” price that I used to get. Since I don’t work at a surf shop anymore, I resigned myself to Craigslist and the used-board market to find a replacement rather than getting a brand new stick that, chances are, I would end up damaging in the near future. Little did I know how painful the process would prove to be.
I usually keep tabs on the local Craigslist market, but for a couple weeks not a day went by when I didn’t check Craigslist to scope the newest boards to hit the virtual used rack. Nothing seemed to be right. Then, as if by magic, a nearly identical Vernor Chef materialized on Craigslist. It had a pretty ugly (in my opinion) camouflage resin job, and was maybe a liter or two less volume, but other than that seemed to be a steal at $300.