Surf's Up: Soddy-Daisy grad crafts surfboards for art (so don't put them in water)

photo Nine of Steve Morgan's surfboards were used to create a beach ambiance at Goodwin's Restaurant, an upscale sandwich shop in Chicago.

photo Steve Morgan is a 1982 Soddy-Daisy High School graduate who makes replica surfboards as art pieces.

A simple desire to make a cheaper skateboard led Steve Morgan to become an artist who sells replica surfboards around the country.

Something about spending $130 on a skateboard for his son didn’t sit well with Morgan. The 1982 graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School looked the board over, especially the long-board deck — the part where a rider stands — and decided he could make one out of wood for much cheaper.