Yeah...nothing like a custom board. Personally I think the definition is completely subjective. We've ridden 10' longboards and cut down sheets of plywood, a skimmer with a hyrdofoil attached (well riding also being subjective
) and every incarnation of a board I could imagine. Ridden tandem, single, two boards and just a single board. All of those boards were GREAT...they ALWAYS make me go THAT WAS A BLAST! That changes for me. When I haven't tried a combination of materials and shape THE GREAT board is the one that works using those materials and shape, but only for that one session as I'm on to the next combination...even if it rides like crap, because I learned something.
Or that first ride on that first garage shaped board - there is NOTHING better than that maiden voyage, until the NEXT board...but that first board shaped from your own hands will be the sweetest ride ever.
All boards are great to someone, somewhere at some point and probably with the right crew and the right session all of those boards are probably great to all of us at least for one ride.
A great board, IMO, is the one that gives you that STOKED feeling...even if it's crap