We receive tons of email and occasionally we receive images of complete Home Grown boards and kits in production. We're going to start posting these images to a dedicated gallery shortly, but for now, we'll post them here. Keep sending us your stories and images of Grain Surfboards in action or in production.
This note is from a friend of ours who has spent plenty of time helping around the Grain shop, but he's off to Nova Scotia for college. We'll really miss his smiling face around here, and we're psyched to have a Grain Surfboard representing in the great white north, but more importantly, we have a place to crash when we head up there.
"Mike and Grain Crew,I tried my board last week for the first time. I went to the Cape and the waves were about waist to chest, shoulder on the sets, and really clean. I was super excited to just get in the water and even more so because of my new board. On my first wave I got up a little awkward because I hadn't ever ridden such a small board before. I got used to it quickly, and the board was insane; it just flew. I could pump once or twice and was able to a nice cutback on a waist high wave. The board totally outperformed what I thought it would be able to do. Now, wherever I go with my board people give me the staredown, because it is so amazing. I got pulled over for speeding the other day, and after the cop gave me a ticket he was like, "WOW, your board is beautiful!".My favorite part is that I built it myself. Not only did I create an amazing looking surfboard, but one that surfs incredibly. I'll easily say that this is my new favorite board".
Here's another note we received from a happy Home Grown Kit builder. This one is a 6'5" Seed single fin, built by hands and surfed by feet.
Dear Mike,You must be a genius.You invented a wonderful board and you were able to convey to an amateur woodworker like myself perfectly clear instructions for replicating the creation.I cannot wait until Rhode Island gets a swell. - Sincerely, John
Below is another recent message from Emily out on the Northwest coastline. Our Summer tour should bring us out to visit there soon!
Subject: finished fishHello Mike,I finished my board, it is awesome. I have a few pictures here. The pictures of the finished board are on another friends camera and I will send them along soon. Beautiful reds and golds came out in the glassing, it looks amazing.The best part.... my friend Mark was telling me about andrew and his board (we live in the same town here in Oregon and surf at the same place in Newport). I kept looking out for him and never met him. On Friday (the maiden voyage) I spotted a gentleman with a beautiful wood board in the water. I got to ride his as well. The two boards looked so good next to each other on the beach.Everybody stops to look at the board, EVERYBODY, its kind of overwhelming...Thanks so much...... I really enjoyed this project. Do you ever want an apprentice?More pictures to come. -Emily