To blame for our pipe dream: the aptly named Imaginary Surf Co., a very real Brooklyn-based maker of custom surfboards.
Craftsman David Murphy shapes boards from marine-grade wood (mahogany, walnut, koa), locally salvaged scrap, and environmentally sustainable resins and coatings. To order, simply email Murphy to sort out the technical details, performance requirements and preferences, and deck art (jellyfish, simple stripes, your face).
In addition to the custom boards and traditional wave riders (’40s Waikiki boards, Alias, Paipos), Murphy releases a series of handplanes every few months for bodysurfers from Montauk to Maui. He loves to experiment with shape, symmetry, and size so that each creates a different ride. Handles are made from reclaimed wet suits donated by Patagonia, naturally.
We call it new wave.
For custom orders, email email@example.com. Surfboards start at $600. Handplanes are available at Saturdays Surf NYC, 31 Crosby Street, between Broome and Grand Streets (212-966-7875 or saturdaysnyc.com), $180.
Photo: Sam Kweskin / Courtesy of Imaginary Surf Co.