Roy Stuart makes surfboards. Incredibly beautiful surfboards, made from wood he carefully selects for a number of different reasons. They’re also incredibly expensive – like a cool mil kind of expensive. The Rampant, Stuart’s newest creation, tops the charts as the world’s most expensive surfboard. How much is the world’s most expensive surfboard? 1.3 million dollars. Yup. Better get a good leash.
The Rampant weighs 31-pounds and is made from paulownia wood, which is pretty much the most incredible wood on the planet. Originally from Asia, paulownia is cultivated in Europe, and resists saltwater better than any other kind of wood out there. There’s no need for varnish or glass, just a few layers of linseed oil or beeswax. It’s also incredibly light and flexible, which, of course, are something to look for in a surfboard. The Rampant is laminated, however – but only because the gold leaf needs something to stick to. Yes, the gold leaf. That’s what the painted lion is made of. Again, you better have a good leash. Either that or a ding repair guy that specializes in gold.