Nothing better after a rainy day than big leather chairs, hot drinks and getting in touch with your friends. This internet cafe in Cannon Beach couldn't be better place to recap the day.
We made it to Short Sands this morning followed by a bunch of the guys from Instrument - which includes Mike's brother Vin and his partner Justin - who were there with us on a field day away from the office. They are the Portland-based group that put our website together and helps us to figure out the business side of what we do. Our friend Denis also came out, and as a group, these guys really get the credit for Grain's website design as well as our logo. Thanks for the amazing work guys.
Conditions were big, sloppy and onshore, but we met a few surfers out there despite the rain and wind and nasty conditions. Matt took a shot at a few waves on his 5'10" Waka anyway...
The boards look like they grew here, it is so wet and verdant, wild and primeval feeling.
Later, we headed on over to Seaside and Cannon Beach (picked up Sloth, Chunk and One-Eyed Willy) and visited Seaside Surf Shop, Cleanline Surf and Cannon Beach Surf all in the effort of spreading the wood.
The Grain crew feel right at home here in Oregon. These seasonal towns remind us of our own base in York Maine. There is a similar mindset in regards to the environment we live and surf in, and there is a real community that make these places special.
By the end of the day, we were excited to have Cleanline Surf Shop signing on as a Home Grown dealer. Wooden surfboards and the idea of build-it-yourself kits is a snowballing movement. It seems that for every surfer that builds his or her own board, another dozen hear about it. Even so, we consider each Home Grown dealer a partner in our mission to spread the wood and offer a product that will have more impact on your surfing and less on the environment.
Wednesday - Dark Hours before Dawn. In the camper.
The snoring in here is unbelieveable. The sides of the camper are practically flexing from the pure power of it.