can some one give me the cliff notes on this thread
I assume what you're really asking is, "who is Roy Stuart?"
Well, there is a guy named Roy Stuart (often confused with the pornographer of the same name who will come up first in google) and he lives in New Zealand.
He has a big beard and lots of hair.
He makes surfboards and surfboard kits. He used to make them out of environmentally responsible materials like the paulownia wood that grows all around the house he shares with his wife and twelve chillens, but lately he has delved into the world of foam, plastics and titanium. He charges a LOT of money for the boards, hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. No one knows if he has ever sold a surfboard for his asking price and Roy is not saying either way. Occasionally, like once or twice a month, he loads up a school bus and takes the fam surfing at some spot called Raglan or something, which was named after a dead guy who ordered a brigade to do something stupid. Well, I guess that was cardigan, either way they're all dead. Not Roy and the fam, Lords Raglan and Cardigan.
Back in the day Roy would go on Swaylock's or Surfermag and tell people like Wiliam "Stretch" Recht that his boards would work better than their boards in the same conditions, like 3rd reef Pipe or Mavericks.
It's not an olo board in the strict sense of the word, it's a longboard gun, and in our opinion will have a good chance of winning the Eddie Aikau memorial big wave competition. - Roy Stuart
This made some people angry and amused others; after all, there is no record of Roy having ever surfed Mavericks or even setting foot on Oahu. Some people thought that those were some pretty arrogant claims. However, Roy decided to put his money where his mouth was and shipped a board to Hawaii, which is actually pretty darn cool; but not before Swaylocks had banned him for LIFE. Poor, poor SouthJettyBill, I mean Roy. Sorry, there's a whole lotta bannin goin on.
To date, no one has ever had the guts or according to some, the death wish, to actually try to ride Roy's boards in those kind of conditions. Here's the closest anyone ever came, Garret McNamara at Backdoor on one of Roy's boards, looks like first reef to me:
Unfortunately, the board soon exploded at OBSF on an inside sandbar in 8-10' surf. This made ol gaffer sad cause I had hoped to take it for a spin at Swami's when it made its way down here. Since then, it appears that Roy has been very busy making documentaries and delving into the world of 3D printing.