Rampant wooden surfboard costs a cool US$1.3m


July 16, 2014

The Rampant borrows design elements from two of Roy Stuart's other wooden surfboards

The Rampant borrows design elements from two of Roy Stuart's other wooden surfboards

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A New Zealand-based surfboard shaper has taken the wraps off what may be the world's most expensive log. Along with a whole lot of sandpaper, Roy Stuart's stunning Rampant wooden surfboard was shaped by 20 years of experience and presents a striking display of craftsmanship. His asking price? A bargain at US$1.3m.

Sculpted from Paulwonia timber, the Rampant measures 10 ft 6 in (3.2 m) long and features a single concave reaching from its soft-entry nose to its tail, something Stuart says results in a lower center of gravity for the rider. Measuring 2.38 in (6 cm) thick, the board also bears a 23-karat gold lion outlined in semi-translucent red epoxy resin on its top surface.

The Rampant borrows design elements from two of Stuart's other surfboards, the so-called Baron with "extraordinary gliding power" and the agile Hotkurl. It uses a unique 6-inch tunnel fin crafted from kahikatea wood, a tree native to New Zealand, combined with a perforated polycarbonate fin to provide what Stuart describes as incredible drive and rapid acceleration.

It would take a bold person to shell out $1.3 million for a surfboard, but an ever bolder one to try and use it to catch a wave. Despite this, and Rampant's appeal as a wall hanging ornament, Stuart maintains at the heart of its design is the rider experience, only refining its appearance once the engineering had been perfected.

"We begin by modeling a prospective surfboard based on what we want it to do," he writes on his blog. "How big must the hull be to accomplish its task? How will lower wave frequencies be handled, and how fast will we go? This process is devoid of any aesthetic considerations."

If riding tubes on million dollar boards is your style, or you can see one hanging on your lounge room wall, you can check out Stuart's series of works via the source link below.

Source: Roy Stuart Wooden Surfboards

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There's not a wave in the world that would justify that price.


IMO, it would fall into the category of 'more money than brains'. To the very very rich, it might be a bargain but not for most. Even though it seems over priced to me, it is still very cool.


OK: how do I order one ?

Jay Finke

That lion looks like something a third grader did.

Michael Williamson

That fin wouldn't last five minutes of real use.

Brian Mcc

I think I'll wait for the $500 knock-off.


I'll wait for the $50.oo knockoff. This is again another pie in the sky outrageous product that Gizmag is so enamored to bring to the public. It may be fun to look at but stupid to want or even contemplate.


OK admit it's for that stupid sheik that will buy anything.


Love the board pity about the strange looking lion on it completely ruined it for me.


Surely was meant to be an April fool's joke....nothing justifies that kind of a price tag except some maniac child-man who made it out of wood no less....solid gold would not be that expensive...just stupid. Period. IMHO!

Chuck Clark

The greatest art in the world hits the auction block to determine its real worth. Come on Dude ............ let the bidding determine the true value! Don't believe you'll be on easy street when the dust settles, but perhaps a new wet suit and shave!


The strange thing is that IF it sells once, the creator has established the value of his brand, albeit bizarrely, and he can overprice future works similarly. The buyer can feel that he has a collector's item that will appreciate in value with time as the creator's brand increases in value.


I'm sure he'll sell one or two - as someone said above, to some dickhead sheikh with more money than sense. Because that's all this is about - pretentious ostentation, not art, not function. It sure as shit isn't about surfing.

Anyway that lion isn't even well done. I think I learned to colour inside the lines when I was about 8, he couldn't do the same? And that blue plastic skeg looks all wrong - wrong colour, wrong shape - it just doesn't "go" with the rest of the board. So, no, definitely not a pretty piece.

Chris Bedford

I saw Adriana Lima wearing a bra for the same price, it was covered with diamonds, looks a better investment to me. Just imagine a shark takes a bite, especially the part when he takes the part with the lion.

Ramon Verhoeven

For 1.3 million, I can afford to line the water entirely with swimmers who will carry me across the waves on their hands.


And it's sold, to a mystery New Zealander, who Mr Stuart says is involved in the pharmaceutical industry.

Brent Tucker

The guy has been smokin something. 1.3M for a surfboard... ridiculous. Not possible to justify even 1/10th that price for that thing.


Looks like something someone with more money than brains would buy, so it is perfect for Hollywood types. I can see James Franco buying one.

Nelson Chick
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