Are surfboards really hotter than Bitcoin?
I don’t know what’s harder to get my hand on right now – Bitcoin at a reasonable price, or a new surfboard. With the current pandemic situation, there’s been a shortage of surfboards as more surfers take to the waves. When I was told last year that a new surfboard would take at least 9 months to arrive, my tongue sprung out from my mouth as my chin fell to the floor! 9 months to wait for a new surfboard? Ahhh what will I now get my surfer friend for Christmas?
Hold onto your hats there is no need to worry about finding that ultimate gift for your surfer gal or guy. Ripple Surf Shop Thailand now has racks stocked with Bali designed boards in over 30 different designs – longboards, shortboards and funboards. Plus, you can purchase your board on 6 months instalments with 0% interest!
Unless you have had your head stuck in coconut, you couldn’t have missed the explosion of the Surf Skating trend in Thailand. Even little old ladies were jumping out of their hammocks to get their hands on a skateboard and go for a roll. This demand in skateboards hiked up prices so high with well-known skateboard brands selling for as much as 40,000 Baht. Skate companies in other parts of the world had to make posts on their websites stating that if you are contacting us from Thailand, “We don’t have any skateboards in stock.”
This production & logistic issue of boards also couldn’t have come at a worse time for Thailand’s surging trend & popularity in surfing which saw its first real boom in the sport last year. Thousands of Thai’s mainly from Bangkok and the surrounding areas have since been desperately saving their baht in anticipation to do a surf trip and get down to the beach to get hold of a new surfboard.
Back in 2012, we set up a surf school, Talay Surf (formerly known as Skyla’s Surf Club) after a surf trip to Hawaii. After being inspired by the surf culture there and also seeing how we could use surfing as a way to support community development here in Thailand, the surf school was born. Now still frothing more than ever it has led us to open our own surf shop.
And so, Ripple Surf Shop Thailand was established on Surin Beach in Phuket. The shop is one of the few places where you can buy a new surfboard in Thailand. Just arrived and on the rack are 45 deliciously designed shortboards, longboards & funboards. We also stock a range of second-hand boards in all shapes & sizes which can be delivered to some of the upcoming surf destinations in Thailand such as Hua Hin and Rayong. We’re definitely worth your while to grab some friends and take a drive to check out our boards before they disappear. Ripple Surf Shop is also stocked with surfing accessories, beach clothing plus a line of SUP’s & Foil boards coming soon.
We understand the financial troublesome people might be having during these times, so we wanted to make sure that surfers don’t miss out on their surf trips in Thailand. So we have incorporated instalment payment options for up to 6 months with the 6 main Banks of Thailand, and it’s also available with online purchases! Allowing people to still get their hands on a new surfboard.
Unfortunately, Thailand’s best surf spots, Khao Lak & Phuket, remained locked down during the majority of Thailand’s surf season this year and left thousands of eager surfers chomping at the bit only to enjoy the thrill of riding waves through social media. The hordes will be flocking to the coastal surfing areas to get amongst the waves and no doubt will be wanting to pick themselves up a new surfboard. Now that the surf season is ending in Khao Lak & Phuket, surfing has only just begun in Hua Hin & Rayong.
Will the production & shipping logistic issue of boards be able to get back to some sort of efficiency by next year’s surf season? Who knows? But one thing is for sure, those smart cookies out there will make sure they secure one of the few new surfboards that are currently available in Thailand so they don’t miss out!
Ripple Surf Shop
53/3 Surin Soi 8, Surin Beach, Cherngtalay, Thalang, Phuket 83110
FB & IG @ripplesurfshop
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