I was thinking about building one this winter. There is alot of info on the net about making them . If your in Highschool it would be a pretty sweet shop prodject cause all the tools needed are right there. I have acess to most of the wood working tools you would need Planer , Table saw witha biscute jig , and a cpl big jorgosen clamps too
If you want to experiment with this idea, DO NOT buy one. Just build it yourself. It's a simple planshape, subtle bottom contours, pinched beveled rails, and no real rocker. Do it in stages, riding it in between. Get the full experience. Shallow concave, thicker rails to start. Ride it. Then take it back to the shop and deepen the concave, thin the rails... back in the water.
Last time I priced kiln dried paulonia blanks, they were 70-80 bucks for one on the shorter side. Shipping will cost you, but there's a supplier in South Carolina. 803-381-8735. Cedar is light and strong, too. Pine less so.
That video is cool... Looks like a lot of fun. From what I've read they aren't hard to build, and like LBCrew said it'd be sweet to ride it between stages and kind of understand even better what small details do to your style of surfing.
My (ex) gf's lil bro made one for his senior project this past year. no word on trying it out yet, but it's in his blood: he's aaron powell's cousin aka this guy: http://vimeo.com/6464826
only if the east coast had hawaii waves. I really agree with the others that it depends on the waves. This board may work on one of those winter days with small lined up waves with off shore winds, but I think I would just be too heavy for one, especially in the winter (225lbs dry)
Or maybe they're just looking for a new experience.
Not everyone is a poser.
That being said, I probably would let it slide (no pun intended) as an east coast surfer. The scarcity of good waves is such that most of us don't feel like putting in the effort for something that may or may not work well. If it turns out you don't like it...might be a few weeks until you get to finally return to your fail-safe shape. As for those who don't mind giving it a go, I'll certainly enjoying watching and maybe give it a shot down the road if it looks worthwhile. Keep the vid's coming!