Hungry Boards: For those with a hunger for life

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 05:17 PM.

Strouse grew up in the Navarre/Gulf Breeze area and has lived in Santa Rosa Beach for more than 20 years. He has worked as a contract pilot all his adult life and owned a small charter airline company in Wyoming for a while.

After moving back here, Strouse wanted to move from the air to the water.

He had skied, surfed, and played on the water all his life, always on boards. But, he realized that he couldn't surf here all the time — but he could paddle surf all the time. So, he gave it a shot and discovered he liked it a lot.

But, he kept looking at the SUP boards and seeing things he would do differently to make them better if he were making them. So, he decided to design and produce his own SUP boards.

He established Hungry Boards in 2010.

"To keep the weight down we use a lot of wood grain and bamboo, which lends an old-world feel in a new sport," he said. "What makes us different is we steadily try to make ours lighter and stronger using carbon fiber, which is a light-weight and heavy duty like fiberglass. We're lighter and using less volume, which gives a buoyancy." 

Hungry Boards are currently offered in six different designs plus two race board designs for SUP racing, although he has not had a board in a race yet.

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