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Kiwi artist produces $1.3 million surfboard



Surf Culture

Board features Vort-X plus one fin configuration and gold inlay

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 July, 2014 - Roy Stuart, a New Zealand-based surfboard craftsman has designed the most expensive surfboard in the world, which has been launched for the price of $1.3 million. The product of twenty years of water-testing development, the Rampant 10’6″ is a luxurious board that weighs 31 pounds.

The Rampant 10’6″ features carefully selected materials for optimal buoyancy and smooth riding. It is coated with 23-carat gold dragon inlay and laminated with red resin. Yellow resin was then added to fill in the shapes before gold leaf was layered on.

The wooden surfboard boasts an unusual-looking Vort-X fin: a unique 6 inch, scalloped trailing edge, double laminar flow foiled, heart kahikatea wood tunnel fin.

Stuart explains the details on his site: "Of all possible fin setups, single finned surfboards have the smoothest and most predictable response. The Vort-X plus one fin configuration effectively supercharges the single fin without changing the beautiful handling qualities which the time honoured single is renowned for. 

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Emma Hutchings

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