Nelson Factory Customer pays tribute to his niece

Ed at the beach

One of our best customers from Chicago recently had his niece pass, and wanted to do a tribute to her to keep her spirit with him as he is sailing.

We were already in the process of making him a new 116 liter board for sailing in the demanding conditions in Chicago, so we were happy to help.

Ed at the beach

Ed also was able to write on the tail of the board prior to completion.


This was the artwork he submitted for the deck of his board.  Fernando Messera is the artist that help us.


This the the master plan shape for his new board, his local sailing spot is very demanding, and requires drifting out to the wind line, then deal with extremely copy conditions, lots of wind shifts, and then drift home, not to mention the cold water.  No wonder he comes to Maui two to three times a year!

Ed's Blaster Ride

And here are some words from ED:

The design of the board is a tribute in memory of my niece Delaney who died
this past July suddenly and accidentally.

I think that having a Nelson Custom made not only fulfilled my personal need
to match the style and conditions in which I will use the board, it also
gave me an opportunity to make a statement with the graphics.

 I have been able to add a graphic design element to my 4 Nelson Customs to
make them truly unique and personal. Add that to the quality of the board
and the excellent design and I have a quiver of winners.

Thanks Mark for making this possible.

Ed Coyne


2014 Nelson Factory Sail Sticker Kit

2014 sail sticker kit

2014 sail sticker kitCheck out the new Nelson Factory Sail Sticker Kit.

Sail Kits are $25.00 plus shipping.

The main banner is 20.5″ X 4.5″

The big logo is 18.5″ wide X 16.75″ tall

Kits come with application paper already applied.

Final sail logo

And here are the colors you can choose from, we also have Chrome, and Red Chrome for an extra $10.00 per set.

Vinyl colors

2014 Speed Board


Check out our new open ocean speed board!

If you want to break 36 knot’s and get into the 40’s, then drop us a line.

Here is the profile and outline.





 We re-mill the bottom once the deck sandwich is on, to ensure the most accurate bottom shapes available.







An Inside Look At How Surf Boards Are Made

We thought we’d give you a step by step behind-the-scenes look at how we build our boards from scratch.

We work directly with our customers to design your new board, we won’t start until all the details of your boards shape, and construction are sorted.

But don’t worry, if your not on Maui, we are accustomed to working remotely with people from all over the world.

1 Design

2.  Next, we CNC mill the bottom of your board.

2 Bottom mill

3.  We custom make a new rocker stick that will help ensure that the entire building process is as accurate as possible.

3 make rocker stick to match board

4.  Next, we check the fit.

4 check fit

5.  The bottom sandwich is vacuumed onto the blank.

5 bottom sandwich

6.  The blank is now milled again for the final deck shape.

6 Final deck CNC mill

7.  The milled deck is finish shaped and all of the inserts are marked for the carbon reinforcements inside the the deck sandwich.

7 Final tune prior to Deck Sandwich

8.  The deck sandwich is now vacuumed down with the rocker stick inside the vacuum bag.

8 Deck Sandwich

9.  The board is finish shaped, insert  locations market again, and then the board is routed using jigs to ensure an accurate installation.

9 Finish shape fully sandwiched board and route for inserts

10.  All of the inserts are installed.

10 install Inserts

11.  The deck lamination is vacuumed on.

11 Deck Lam

12.  Then the bottom lamination is vacuumed on.

12 Bottom Lam

13.  The final sanding coat (or Hot coat) is applied.

13 Hot Coat

14.  The board is now sanded, and spot putty is applied.

14 Sand Hot Coat and Spot puddy

15.  The Spot putty is sanded, the board primed,  a second spot putty applied, and then finish sanded.

15 Sand Spot Puddy and Primer

16.  The final paint is applied.

16 Sand and Paint

17.  The graphics, pads, and texture are applied.

17 graphics pads and texture

18.  Ready to rip!!

18 Test

We hope you found this informative, if you have any questions, drop us a line.

Check out the 12 video’s that show the whole process!