All of us here at Grain have our go-to boards. That shape that just feels right in your hands and under your feet. Andrew Gardiner started working here almost a year ago and tackles all of the nitty gritty details that keeps this place running on all cylinders. He's also so pumped on building wooden boards and surfing them, that he's tried just about every shape we offer. Here he is telling us why the Seed is his favorite board.
Andrew and his Seed share a unique bond after a close call with the landlord last fall. "Picking the right board for the current conditions can be a challenge and not everyone desires to own an expansive quiver of boards. I enjoy simplicity, the fewer decisions I need to make about what board to ride the better. I judge a boards ability by one factor; flow.
A great ride to me translates directly to your ability to flow with the wave. From the paddle in, to a graceful exit, it all ties together between those moments. And if anything is not in sync, your going to miss a wave you should have caught or get smacked by a lip you couldn’t escape.
To me the Seed is the “flowiest” board I have ever ridden. It’s ability to perform in an extensive spectrum of conditions keeps my decisions to a minimum and my time in the water extremely enjoyable. Growing up riding Northeast waves I was taught that a high performance 9’0” is a shoe-in for about any conditions less a few steep beach breaks and some need for duck diving. But I feel equally at ease on the Seed in most conditions.
The Seed will give you a leg up on steep fast takeoffs and slower waist high conditions with its buoyancy and paddle speed. It will sit perfectly in the pocket, maneuver well on shoulders, pump through hollow fast waves, bottom turn around sections, and trim with ease. It has incredible speed control and gives you room to move your feet when necessary. And if you find any of these conditions on the same wave it handles transitions extremely well. The Seed is everything I look for in a one board quiver."
Come on by the shop or meet us on the road and demo a Seed. We'd love to hear what you think.