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Ken Marvel with handmade paddleboard

Board Builder Story: Ken Marvel

Board Builder Story: Ken Marvel, Marvel Boards and Boats 

Ken Marvel with handmade paddleboardHere’s a bit of Ken’s story in Ken’s words:

“I began working with wood again in Sarasota first as a hobby to free my spirit of the stresses of a busy career in 2015.  Though I enjoyed immensely the process of restoring our 1957 Fleetform runabout, it was not the same as starting with raw materials and creating something original.  As I had not had the ability to focus enough time on my creative outlets, the need to create again was growing…but this time I wanted to focus on creations that allowed the user to interact with our beautiful natural world on something natural and hand-crafted. 

Rory Sheldon with handmade paddleboard

Board Builder Story: Rory Sheldon

Board Builder Story: Rory Sheldon

Rory Sheldon with handmade paddleboardHere’s a bit of Rory’s story:

Rory was born in Monterey California and came from a military family that moved often. His coming of age years were spent on Kauai Hi where he learned to surf.  Rory’s dad and granddad were both woodworkers and he feels it’s in his genes. Rory is a super creative individual and started making art at an early age and has always found it to be a peaceful refuge from everyday life.

all around SUP designs

New “All Around” SUP designs

New “All Around” SUP designs

If you have been thinking about building a hollow wood SUP and like “All Around” shapes, our “all around” line up of SUP’s is ready to build! The Buddha “all around” comes in three sizes: 12’ 5” x 34” x 260 liters of volume, 11’ 5” x 32” x 226 liters of volume and 11’ x 0” x 32” x 216 liters of volume. These shapes are designed to accommodate a wide range of paddler sizes and skills and can be a great option for building a highly versatile board.

dropped deck on VLZ 14' prototype race paddleboard

“Dropped Deck” VLZ 14’ x 23” Prototype

“Dropped Deck” VLZ 14’ x 23” Prototype

The dropped deck VLZ 14’ x 23” is a race board for those paddlers wanting the very fasted shape available in strip planked hollow wood construction. This is a very cutting edge design with a highly refined bottom shape which will product a fast and stable board for it’s 23” width. This is a board that is best suited for experienced builders and paddlers and is designed for primarily flatwater paddling.