I tend to think of this build as a form of entertainment for myself . It's a way for me to forget about work and my wife b....... at me. I don't know if I like to build or surf more. Every night building surfboards is the last thing I think about before I go to bed and its the first thing I think about when I wake up. I constantly think about the next step. Then next design for the board. I think about building surfboards every day. And when the weather gets nice it seems like everyone wants a custom board. But they haven't researched wood species, glue or epoxy, parallel profile, hollow wood stringer or chambered. They don't have a wood shop in there 2nd bedroom. They haven't smelled fresh cut eastern red cedar. But they ask to ride the board......and I think ...........yeah I will let you have a ride .....because I don't care if you crash it on the rocks or rip the the fin off when you run aground on a sandbar. It's all about the stoke. And I think a surfboards only purpose is to deliver that feeling. And I think shapers in this forum should be generous in sharing it. After I surf the board I made I'm going to leave it with my friend for a few weeks. I hope he loves it as much as I do. And if the board breaks up in the surf....I hope he had one good ride in.
Why so much hostility towards Roy? Is it because he is an eccentric? Is it because his boards cost a million dollars? Common we're all surfers here right? We love the ocean and the earth. Let it be.
Is he donating that $1mil profit to help protect the ocean and earth? My guess is no. Roy loves filling his pockets with idiot tax money. You will never get respect from other surfers doing that. I have no problem with the boards themselves. They look good and seem to surf well if you just want to cruise straight or ride a board like an SUP. The boards aren't the issue, it is the person who makes them. I would rather buy an ugly plastic board from a shaper who is a good person, than buy an attractive wood board from a shaper that is a greedy arsehole.