so having grown up in devon for my entire life i've been a bit exposed to surfing, i guess you cant avoid it down here. i'd basically just hire whatever was available and cheap whenever i was at the beach with my family/friends (normally some ridiculous epoxy barge or a soft kids foam board,) but I never really looked at surfing as a sport or something i'd do more than a couple of times. last year however i went for a few rides with some friends who had started really getting into their surfing, i just borrowed whatever they had spare but unlike before i actually started to really enjoy it. i enjoyed it before obviously but somehow now it seems tons more fun.
so anyway cutting a long winded boring story short i'm looking at getting a board of my own. of the boards i've ridden the robert august mini mal stands out head and shoulders above the others. however, (a) i'm not worthy (b) i'm a cheap skate who balks at the thought of spending £500 on a surfboard (c) i cant face paying a vast sum of money to our delightful government in import tax and and equally vast sum to the scumbags at UPS/Royal Mail etc.
basically, what board is going to be a similar ride at a lower cost?