Malachi Boyce jumps out of bed. He checks the clock. 3am. The sun hasn’t even thought about relieving the moon from her night shift.
A sudden solution to a tricky surfboard design has jolted him awake. Just as he suspected, the fix unfolds. His design needs to be flip-flopped: Using fancy computer programs, he redistributes the amount of foam for better balance.
Soon he’s onto the final touches of a new design, named “The Nugget,” for semi-pro local surfer Dane Anderson. By the time his wife Kacie and 3-year-old daughter Rylie rise at dawn he’s been up hours. Kacie tells him he’s crazy.
He may be. Crazy in love. Even after long workdays operating his Malachi Boyce Construction, he rolls up to his Watsonville shaping bay to sculpt curves. He talks about shaping the way an excited astronomy teacher talks about quasars and quintessence – some of it soaring over his audience’s head.