Most long-time surfers understand the virtues of having a local craftsman shape a board that will work well in our conditions here on the Gulf Coast.

There will be yet another reason to choose a local shaper’s board beginning Sunday over one cranked out in an overseas factory. As of Sept. 1, the Trump administration will implement a 10 percent tariff on all surfboards imported from China, meaning the cost of a board for the end user (you and me) will likely increase if it’s made in China.

Stephen Hadley is a longtime surfer who lives and works in Galveston. If you have an idea for this column, email him at stephendhadley@gmail.com.

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