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