After this many years, we sometimes think of the hundreds and hundreds of wood surfboards out there sporting the Grain or HomeGrown logos. People from all over the world have visited the shop for classes, or have built boards in their garages from our kits. At the end of a busy year like this one, it's a gratifying moment when we pause to remember that.
Of course, the fact that more people are surfing on wood is due partly to the fact that people have opened their minds in recent years to new ideas (as well as some old ones) about what makes a surfboard "good". But we love to think that all the hard work from everyone here at Grain's shop has also been an important factor in helping more people to love wooden surfboards around the world.
So you could say that what's been happening with the resurgence of wood surfboards in recent years has been helped along a little by a partnership between the terrific people we have working here at Grain and all of you who have chosen to surf on wood grown in Maine. Your dedication to making more sustainable choices in your surfing, your recognition of the qualities of having wood in your board, and the great friendships you've offered us over the years makes this whole experience a wondrous one and - year after year - is changing things just a little.
Here's a little love in pictures sent by some of you over the years. Thanks for everything.