We've been fans of the Wegeners since the early days of Grain. They were some of the first shapers to re-discover and really promote the benefits of wood.
Having pioneered the resurrection of the Alaia and other ancient Hawaiian finless boards, Jon and his brother Tom did what not many other shapers could do these days... in an age of marketing hype and high tech gadgetry, they were able to convince surfers that none of that was essential and that a pure simple hand-shaped plank of wood could bring you more joy in the water then anything else. Look in just about any pro surfer's quiver, and you're likely to see a wood board shaped by Jon. Getting to know him and experiencing his contagious energy for all things surfing, has been a highlight of mine since starting Grain.
We're excited to have Jon back at our shop. Starting this Thursday, he'll be co-teaching a 2-day paipo (bellyboard) class with us. We still have one spot available for any latecomers. Then on Saturday and Sunday, Jon will be on hand to talk to all of our re-evolutionary guests. Jon's visited us three years in a row, and each time he comes, he's managed to bring some waves with him. Knock on paulownia, this years visit looks like it's lining up pretty well too.