At first glance, this looks like any other surfboard, but Roy Stuart’s Rampant is entirely handmade, complete with a 3D-printed warp drive fin. Unfortunately, this one-of-a-kind piece will set you back a cool $1.3-million. Before you ask, yes, it has already been sold. The board is shaped from paulownia wood with a 3D-printed polycarbonate fin and a kahikatea tunnel for extra lift, and to top things off, it’s detailed with a lion in 23-carat gold leaf. Continue reading for two videos and more information.
“In Hawaii, surfing was the sport of kings. If designer handbags and iPads can sell for millions of dollars, how is an expensive surfboard unreasonable? It’s just a beautiful ride. Wooden boards have their own resonance like a musical instrument. The board is designed to flex like a longbow and the net result is a beautiful combination of sound and vibration. It’s audible and really pleasurable. We never create anything that isn’t sound engineering,” Stuart said.