Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wood: China vs. Mexico vs. USA (Update # 1)

First update on the wood showdown. I was injured for two weeks and only really got back skating this past weekend. I don't think this Chinese Black Label is really holding up very well. Five sessions in and my griptape started showing creases. I peeled it off and sure enough, there were stress cracks all over the top of my board and the griptape had tears in it mirroring the bigger stress cracks. I've never had this happen before. I'm using some Jessup-like shop branded griptape that peeled off really easily when I picked at it with my finger nail but I really doubt this would not have happened with actual Jessup. Admittedly, the board still feels good and hasn't gotten soggy feeling yet.