China Pop out take

Just recently posted on a reply to someone commenting on pop out surfboards from overseas and or China.  This is my opinion or “take” on it right now. I hope it sheds some light as the mainstream media or surf media seem to not want to write about this really serious situation affecting us all.

Here is my comments, or take :

I have nothing against the Chinese people. But that said it seems really foolish to support any industry that uses people who are slaves or close to slaves to produce your goods. It is a communist country with no pollution controls or humanitarian concerns and they are essentially able to end capitalism/democracy by exploiting our “business as usual” greed. Often surfboards and SUP or whatever are over produced and then dumped on our market by the same people who are “just trying to make a buck”. In the end we are all over polluting our planet that is connected no matter where the surfboards are produced. Our own domestic industry is not perfect but to import a product you can not make here and then eventually put it in our landfill to break down and contaminate our ground water, etc. just seems foolish.

If you want to build a product in China or overseas then have our Government set standards for imported goods. Same environmental regulations, fair work standards and enforce illegal dumping laws on our domestic market. Our domestic market is suffering on every level not just surfboards from the un-regulated “free market” production of way too much over seas. We make better products locally but can not compete with price when their workers are slaves with no tax, environmental rules that protect us all. This is true whether it is lead in/on your children’s toys, poison in your milk based candy or baby formula or dioxins or TDI in your surfboard blanks. Financially, politically, environmentally and morally it makes no rational sense.

Until the Government steps in and enforces universal guidelines the individual business can not compete with the playing field so tilted and out of balance. The individual wally mart consumer is not to blame, nor is the greedy capitalist exploiting domestic and international non-policy. It is the government’s job to take the high road and prudently and realistically regulate in a positive way this overall situation. Lets hope we have the clarity and moral strength to support these changes individually and nationally.



About neilsonsurfboards

I started shaping surfboards when I was 16 years old and ended up selling that first board to one of my neighbors. My big break came a few years later when I got a job shaping full time for Quiet Flight surfboards. I shaped about four thousand surfboards before burning out and leaving that company. At that point I went back to massage therapy full time and shaping surfboards part time for a few select surfers and close friends. After sailing the Caribbean for a year in 2000 when I came back I went back to shaping my own private label full time and doing massage therapy part time. The progression of names or labels was first “Sugar Cane” in the 70’s inspired by trips to Mexico and traveling in a bus cross country and seeing all the sugar cane growing there. Then “Quiet Flight” in the 80’s and then “Creative Visions” which then became “Neilson” surfboards in the 2000’s. I still make some boards using the Creative Visions name and unique mandala art work created by Courtney Davis. I’m up around the 10,000 mark for surfboards shaped and crazy as it sounds I’m still learning new things and still improving what I’m doing. Still love to surf and try and ride different shapes all the time! View all posts by neilsonsurfboards

5 responses to “China Pop out take

  • Tom Neilson

    I was talking to Burry about this or maybe it was Lee but their response after a good conversation was Hey just go surfing ! Which is pretty cool. As that is what it all comes down to. Lets get in the water have some fun and simply forget about the world and any and all real and imagined woes. Good old salt water cure. Worked for me yesterday ! Good friends, good sliding and hilarious wipe outs.

  • steve

    Amen, brother….buy local! surf global!

  • TeeBird

    Don’t support police states.


  • twinfin

    Hello Tom-
    Confucious say-
    memory of poor product last lifetime. memory of good price quickly forgotten……..thanks for the great boards you make for me and everybody else that buys from you…… is great to know who you are dealing with…………go catch a wave….ask burry how my ding repairs are coming along? 2 g&s 7′ ers….great written thoughts ………seeya, do something for some waves !!!!!!

  • Long Duck Dong

    What you mean you got nothing against Chinee people?
    I kung fu you butt till you cry for mommee! You no
    likee dat? I make many surfing board in my factory
    and you shut-up you capitalist pigee! I put the Kamakazie on you!

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