What you see overleaf is a classic giant longboard. These were first invented in the late 1950’s, when Hawaiian surfers tried to capture, on land, the feeling of being on a wave when the surf was low. Enthusiasts built theses “side-walk surfers” from plywood sheating and metal trolly wheels in garages and sold them from the trunk of their cars to beach goers.

Today, longboards are mass produced from modern materials and differ only from typical skateboards in size. However, even those companies, like Hamboard Ltd., that still make their longboards from traditional materials, choose to manufacture them in a controlled and industrial manner. Something that architecture and construction struggles to achieve even now.