Hot off the heels of a Tesla and …Lost Surfboards collaboration that produced surfboards for $1,500 bucks a pop and sold out almost instantly, someone recently listed a $15,000 surfboard on Craigslist, and it’s, uh, something.
The description provided is rife with superlatives. “Highest technological surfboards [sic] ever designed and built.” Or, “unmatched in it’s [sic] uniqueness, beauty, and technology anywhere in the world.” And for $15,000 it better be. Hell, for that price it better make you surf well enough to qualify for the Championship Tour.
But what’s unique about it? According to J Michael Caldwell, the designer and creator, the board has a, “hollow carbon honeycomb skin inclosing [sic] full-length carbon suspension rods connected to ‘hydrofoil fins,’ inside the board.” What sort of feel the design is supposedly meant to create is unclear.
And why the high asking price? Caldwell explains that compared to the cost to produce, it’s an absolute steal. “The hydrofoil fins alone would cost at least $10,000 to replicate, the molds $25,000, and the internial [sic] carbon suspension system and board materials $10,000.” Okay, so at $15,000 you’re looking at almost 70 percent markdown.
Whether this crazy looking surfboard is the wave of the future or a buyer beware situation ultimately comes down to how it rides. So, if you’re feeling tempted might we recommend trying before buying?