Some time ago, we sent a small pile of Paipos to our friends at Buoys Surf Shop in Japan. Shortly after he got them, our friend Akio - who owns Buoys - traveled all the way back to Maine to visit the shop and have a little chat with us. We were honored by how pumped Akio was on the boards, and by his enthusiasm for the idea that - when it comes to surfboards - wood is good.
That kind of enthusiasm just gets us. The upshot? Akio and Buoys International will be our exclusive distributor in Japan. If you're in Yokohama, stop into Buoys and say hi, and if you live in Japan, keep an eye out for more news about Grain Surfboards in the Far East. Thanks Akio!
Read Japanese? Check the current issue of Blue Magazine to see stories about surfing Mainers.