Board Tales: Hoy and the Vortex Converter


Several months ago we ran a story called "The Finless Challenge;" the idea behind this piece was that each Rusty shaper was asked to create a unique board that could be surfed with or without fins. The boards were then to be handed off to Jamie O'Brien and Dave Rastovich for a tangent challenge, aptly titled "Hip Hop vs. Hippie," to see who could surf the finless boards the best.

Eventually, Josh Kerr got his hands on Hoy's creation

Several beautiful finless boards were created for this challenge, but the one that grabbed everyone's attention the most was the board shaped by Hoy Runnels, which he calls "The Vortex Converter." The name came to be because the board looks so futuristic and space-age that the sci-fi twist is a perfect fit. 

Hoy stated that when he started out on his board he had good intentions, but his good intentions eventually turned mischievous. This challenge was conceived at the same time that Greg Mungel (incredibly talented surfer and previous Stubbies winner) was working at Rusty glassing boards. Hoy claims that everyday when he was about to finish up work and hop into the shower that Mungel would sneak in ahead of him; Hoy would ask, "Mungel, you save me any hot water?" Every night it was the same: Mungel would reply with a snappy, "No!" and walk off laughing hysterically. Hoy finally got fed up, so when this finless challenge came to be Hoy found this as a perfect opportunity to distract Mungel at the end of the day with an impossible board to glass - with the intentions of finally beating Mungel to the hot water...

Hoy reminisces, "I wanted to torture Greg a little bit, so I made him a board that he could not possibly glass! So I threw in every little angle: deep channels, rail concaves, it actually had concaves running from the tail forward and from the mid point back!"

Much to Hoy's dismay, Mungel glassed the board flawlessly and without a whimper to Hoy, "I was expecting some sort of reaction, a shriek of horror or something, but he never showed me once what a pain I was putting him through." Apparently, he voiced his complaints to everyone else except for Hoy, because he didn't want to give him the satisfaction. Hoy continued, "Mungel lived to harass and frustrate people, that was his main aim, and he still didn't leave me any hot water!"

Eventually, Hoy finally got his hot water shower... when Mungel moved back to Tennessee!

Check out more photos of Josh on the Vortex Converter

Check out the rest of the finless crafts entered in the Finless Challenge here

Text and Photos: Brody

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