“I couldn’t afford $1500 for a custom board. So I just put my heart into this one,” he told me as he pulled his board off the rack. As the board came into view, it looked almost unfinished until the light caught the glass. At first I assumed it was just an art project, something to hang on the wall and start conversation; then, as he turned it around, I noticed a coat of wax.
When I met Jon Ranta just north of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, he told me that he had a yardstick surfboard. At first I wasn’t sure I’d heard him right but then he showed it to me: I’d never seen anything like it. At 7’6” x 24” x 3.5”, it weighs around twelve pounds and is made entirely out of yardsticks from ACE Hardware – exactly 120 of them.