Local San Diego Surfboard Company Looking to Expand in the Aftermath of Clark Foam Closure

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The closure of Clark Foam, the largest supplier of surfboard foam blanks in the US, has created a shortage of US manufactured surfboards. This has increased demand for imported boards from Isle Surfboards who will be looking to expand their online sales and enter the retail surf shop market.

As everyone in and around the industry is well aware of and feeling the effects of, Clark Foam announced its closure on Oct. 30, 2005 for good. Clark Foam was the prominent supplier of the foam blank core used in surfboards, producing roughly 80% of the entire US surfboard industries foam. With a void of nearly 20,000-30,000 foam blanks a month it has left hundreds of shapers and surf board companies high and dry with nothing to shape their surfboards out of. With US surfboard manufacturing seizing to a halt until a new supplier can step up, it has created a demand for imported surfboards like Isle Surfboards to help fill this gap. While Isle is able to supply itself with foam blanks overseas it has been unaffected and was able to keep its prices the same while a $100-$200 premium was placed on the existing US manufactured surfboards. Check out Isle’s current surfboard selection at http://www.islesurfboards.com

While Isle Surfboards will continue to expand its online sales to computer savvy surfers around the US, they will also begin to offer their line of surfboards in retail surf shops. Their 2006 Retail Catalog will offer surf shops a line of 8 different surfboard shapes and nearly 4 different sizes in each of these shapes. Learn more about surfboard shapes at http://www.islesurfboards.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=34

Isle Surfboards began operating out of there San Diego, CA warehouse as a small surfboard company 2 years ago and has since grown to be the leading online retailer of surfboards. In efforts to offer the largest selection of surfboard sizes, shapes and graphics to their customers across the US, Isle Surfboards maintains an inventory level of 300-500 surfboards at all times. Learn more about buying a surfboard online at http://www.islesurfboards.com/index.asp?PageAction=Custom&ID=36

The foam dust will eventually begin to settle and the surfboard industry will get back on its feet. Whether it’s in one month or 6 months from now and the foam core as we know it will be the same or will be replaced by a new material, one thing is for sure; their will always be a market for quality surfboards for a price surfers can afford and Isle Surfboards will be there to supply it. For more info visit their website at http://www.islesurfboards.com.

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