The first board we ever built is hanging in our shop. It was fun for a few days, but the early construction we used just made the board too heavy and unweildy. With that board under our wings, my sister decided to get her son a board for his birthday, and suddenly without really trying, we were in business. I decided that, before building my nephews board, I should really build a board of my own, so I set out to replicate a 10' Robert August I had. A few weeks later, I was surfing the board and loving it. In fact, even a year and dozens of boards later, we all still agree that despite the almost primitive hand hewn look of the board, it surfs surprisingly well.
About a year ago, I borrowed a friends 12' G&S and fell in love with the length. I loved the way the board carried its momentum, caught waves early and with authority, and just glided down the line. I liked the board so much that to this day, I still haven't given it back. But after a years worth of grief for building wooden boards while still surfing foam, I finally found the time to build my own 12' hollow wooden board. The dimensions of the board are 12' x 24" x 3.5" and it has a big D fin, a la Wegener, right on the tail. This board is a blast to surf, paddles like a dream and looks like a million bucks. So keep an eye out for a crappy saturn wagon with a big wooden surfboard on it. Flag me down if you want to paddle it out. Keep an eye on our blog and board line over the next month or so. We'll be taking the dimensions off the board soon and adding it to our line as both a custom built Grain surfboard and Home Grown Kit.
*Note, this board was not designed to be our stand-up paddle board, although we are still working out our designs for one. We hope to have that available soon.