Sunday, May 20, 2007

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!

1 Comments:

Blogger brad said...

Just a clarification: sustainably harvested northern white cedar makes up most of the wood in our boards - mostly from family-owned mills in Maine. There is a small amount of western red cedar in some boards - primarily for color contrast - but we don't know anything about the harvesting or timber management the red cedar as it comes through distributors from out west.

We also use small amounts of wood salvaged from other sources. We just sent a new roundtail thruster to the west coast with a tail block of black walnut that was scrap from an organ (as in church organ) factory in Gloucester Mass. Pics here: http://www.grainsurfboards.com/boards/the-sapling/

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