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My brother Nick has been a huge part of Grain quite literally since day one. I remember it well: a few guys were kicking around the garage amongst the tools, boards, and shaping stands. The conversation was moving quickly, from surfing and shapes to construction techniques and materials.

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My brother Nick has been a huge part of Grain quite literally since day one. I remember it well: a few guys were kicking around the garage amongst the tools, boards, and shaping stands. The conversation was moving quickly, from surfing and shapes to construction techniques and materials. I could see Nick’s attention start to wane as we drifted further and further from the things he was comfortable talking about. Next thing I knew, Nick had picked up a broom and was quietly sweeping in the background. I still laugh about it today.

But I now appreciate that he recognized where he could contribute and what things were beyond him. Lucky for us, Nick put down the broom and picked up a camera. His contributions have become the some of the most important assets that we have, stunning photography, graphic design, and a knack for kerning.

But Nick has finally broken the glass ceiling for all nervous-novices. Just a few weeks ago – after all these years – we were able to drag Nick, kicking and screaming, into the shop for a full week of board building. Hesitant in the beginning, Nick’s knack for detail shined through, and he was able put his head down and build a truly beautiful surfboard. Towards the end, we almost couldn’t keep him away.

Anyone that knows me well, knows that I’m a sensitive sap. I’m so thankful for all these years of working together and surfing together with my brother, I couldn’t be more proud of him and thankful for all he’s done for Grain. I can’t wait to swim out, and take some photos of him dropping in on his 5’10″ Waka.

But Nick has finally broken the glass ceiling for all nervous-novices. Just a few weeks ago – after all these years – we were able to drag Nick, kicking and screaming, into the shop for a full week of board building. Hesitant in the beginning, Nick’s knack for detail shined through, and he was able put his head down and build a truly beautiful surfboard. Towards the end, we almost couldn’t keep him away.

Anyone that knows me well, knows that I’m a sensitive sap. I’m so thankful for all these years of working together and surfing together with my brother, I couldn’t be more proud of him and thankful for all he’s done for Grain. I can’t wait to swim out, and take some photos of him dropping in on his 5’10″ Waka.

life on the other side

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by Mike