Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Roy Stuart’s Rampant Surfboard Will Cost You $1,3 Million

We know that Roy Stuart makes some of the most sophisticated and expensive surfboards in the world. But, would you pay $1,3 million for the latest design by this master surfboard craftsman? The one-of-a-kind surfboard – Rampant, is the product of 20 years of water-testing development and a year of craftsmanship. Made of Paulownia wood, the 10’6” surfboard weights 31 pounds, and can easily hit 35 MPH and over.

“The axis of rotation of the tubular fin is aligned with the axis of the surfboard hull, so there is no added resistance to roll,” Stuart notes. “Fine tuning of this hydrofoil over a 16 year period ensures that the optimal foil section, water flow volume, placement and lift angle is achieved to suit each surfboard hull.”

Paulownia wood has a high strength-to-weight ratio, which makes it ideal for surfboards. The surfboard has a hollow inside, so each board has a unique resonance like a music instrument. The 3-D-printed leading fin is composed of high-impact polycarbonate.

Maybe because is coated with a 23-carat gold dragon inlay used in Roy Stuart’s wooden ‘Dragon’ longboard this brilliant beauty is one of the of the most expensive surfboards in the world.


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