I've been surfing for the last year or so but don't get many opportunities to get out. Ahead of a two week trip I bought myself a new 8ft fibreglass mini mal. Just back from the trip now and the board looks totally knackered! Is it my frequent falling to blame off or is the board just cheap and nasty?
To give some more background. I'm at the point where I'm bored of surfing the broken waves and have been trying to get out onto some clean faces. For the last two weeks I've been battling out to the line up and catching the odd good wave whilst trying not to get in anyone's way. I bought the board from a respectable surf shop, selling boards made by a uk shaper in the uk. I'm pretty sure I've not hit anything with board (have been in deeper water, etc) but I have three holes in it. A crack on the tail that is letting in water, a puncture hole in the bottom (could this be from the leash swivel?), and a big split on one of the rails towards the nose which has gone right through the matting. The deck is also covered in star cracks and heel marks and the stringer already stands above the rest of the deck
I'm a large-ish guy at 95kg and am beginning to wonder if I would have been better with a chinese epoxy board, or a bic! Could all this damage result from me hitting the board when falling off? Has the shaper skimped on the glass matting, or is this to be expected with fibreglass boards? Any advice?