DIY Hollow Wood Surfboards from Grainsurfboards.com
Living on the central CA coast, it's hard not to get into surfing. The scenery is amazing, the waves are good, and the experience is spiritual. Surfers come in a few stereotypical forms, one of which is the ocean-loving, Jack Johnson-listening, sandal-wearing treehugger like myself. The modern tools of the surfer's trade, however, are far from environmentally friendly or treehuggeresqe. Traditional surfboards are made from toxic polyurethane or EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam then coated with fiberglass or epoxy resin. The process of making and them is fairly toxic, especially the traditional polyurethane boards, and a surfboard may only make it through a season or two before breaking, not to mention that most surfers have multiple boards in their "quiver."
I previously reported on Homeblown's ecofriendly surfboard blanks but neighbor and surfer extradorinaire, Stefan, pointed out a company from Maine called Grain Surfboards that sells kits to build your own beautiful wooden surfboard!
Solid balsa boards are generally prohibitively expensive, and solid boards from the age of Duke Kahanamoku are now more massively heavy wall art than waveriders. Grain has taken the rib and strip method from DIY wooden kayaks to surfboards, crafting incredible looking, environmentally-friendly surfboards. Internal ribs are joined by a stringer, then covered with sustainably harvested Western Red and Northern White Cedar, then glassed over for a classic, refined, and stylish ride that will turn heads, get you into that barrel, and minimally impact the environment.
Nice work Grain!