You say you're "100% Real Surfboards," but you rent Pop-Outs. What's that all about, you hypocrite you?
By "100% Real Surfboards," we mean we don't sell or service Pop-Outs. We could sell Pop-Outs and, in fact, make a much better profit than we do with handmade boards. But, we don't have the lack of conscience to recommend these to anyone who really wants to become a surfer. However, we do think Pop-Outs have a use, and we take advantage of exactly what we think they're good for (as do most surf camps and surf instructors - although the instructors don't ride them themselves). When we first started renting surfboards many years ago, most of the renters were locals who were interested in becoming surfers; back then we rented real surfboards. Today, the most common renter does not live anywhere near the coast and has no intention of actually pursuing surfing as a part of their lives. For these people we think a "toy surfboard" is perfectly sufficient. The only advantage some Pop-Outs have is that they can be more durable than real surfboards. We're not about to rent a real surfboard to someone who hops the board down our front steps, tosses it into their trunk, drags it over rocks and onto the beach, then pushes it into the ocean and into several other renters. It would be just as absurd to give a child a real gun to play with, to expect a plumber to perform delicate brain surgery (no offense to plumbers), or to hand over the keys to the new Maserati to someone who has never driven before. Additionally, the rentals that we choose are manufactured primarily in France, the United States, and Germany where wages are more fair and conditions are more humanitarian than in some far eastern countries where most Pop-Outs come from. Bottom line, sorry, but from us - renters get toys; surfers get real surfboards.