Now available through private sale at Paddle8 is this limited edition Marc Newson nickel surfboard. It is one of an edition of 22 produced in 2006, which Newson originally priced at $100,000. Most recently one sold at auction at Sothebys for $220,000.
The renowned industrial designer created the board in collaboration with veteran surfboard shaper and legend Dick Brewer, designed with the demands of big wave surfer Garrett McNamara in mind. His name might be familiar as he was in the news last January for having ridden a 100 ft. wave, the largest ever surfed, off the coast of Nazare, Portugal.
This silvery projectile is a work of art and a typically exquisite Newson creation. As an industrial designer, however, Newson’s objective was to create the perfect board for McNamara. Nickel was a optimal choice of material because of its strength and rigidity, critical in big wave surfing. In fact the board is really only good in extreme surf. This bodes well for the rest of us, who would happily own this board as the ultimate showpiece, an object of desire most anyone would covet whether they surf or not.
To watch a video on the process and creation of the board, click here.
GARRETT MCNAMARA RIDES 100 FT WAVE OFF PRAIA DO NORTE BEACH, NAZARE, PORTUGAL (Landov/Barcroft Media)