Terra-Surf on Sustainable Wood
Finding great new ways to use otherwise unusable materials is a side-passion of ours, and when master-deck-presser Courtney Strait strolled in one day with a collection her skateboards, the bells went off. We soon had a plan to lam the pile of leftover cedar that’s too thin for board building into decks that Courtney makes from six additional plies of sustainable, locally grown, SFI-certified maple.
After a few trials, we discovered that the bamboo cloth that replaces fiberglass on some of our surfboards makes a fantastic, permanent non-skid surface that replaces petro-based grip tapes used on most decks. With a Grain Surfboards logo burned onto the deck and bottom, and with red-cedar stringer details, these cool surfy-looking skateboards make it feel like you’re rolling on waves.
Got your own trucks and wheels? No problem – we’d rather you recycled existing gear than buy new gear from us, so just order a pre-drilled deck and you’re in business.
This collaboration has been really interesting, because during it, we’ve helped a local craftsperson to discover new ways to follow her passion using what we’ve learned about creating more sustainable products. And with that dusty pile of veneers in the corner of the millshop slowly disappearing into Courtney’s press we can feel like we’re doing all we can to lessen our own footprint.