Friday, June 21, 2019

The third edition of the European Wooden Surfboard Day is on! 30th-31st August, Playa de Berria, Cantabria, Spain.

After two amazing editions we need more! Let’s go for another Wooden Meet 2019. We want to see your progresses and new projects, we want to share our knowledge's towards a cleaner and more responsible way of building surfboards. As master Grant Newby stated during last year’s edition, “there’s been more thinking today on this beach than in the whole surfboard industry in the last year”. And that’s what the spirit of this splinter group is all about. Let’s do it again!    

2019 event shedule
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August 30th, Friday afternoon
SHARE & SURF SESSION
Meet at the park at 18h. 
Bring your favourite selfmade craft to the beach and let’s share a session of pure fun. 
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August 30th, Friday night
CHAT & BEER 
We’ll announce where we’ll meet to chat and have a post sesh beer.  
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August 31st, saturday morning
SHOW & TALK 
At Berria beach park. Bring your boards, alaias, hand planes, bodyboards, surfies or whatever you have been building and having fun on as long as it is made of wood or with eco friendly materials. Just lay them out in the park, find a spot to have a picnic lunch and be ready to spend a day of celebration with other open-minded wooden board builders, craftsmen and enthusiasts from all over the world. 
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* Please, note that this is not a commercial event. It is only a meet of celebration between open minded builders that believe a different world is possible. So leave all your marketing gadgets behind, hang the “closed” sign in the office and join this splinter group to share your experience. 
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We hope you can join us and we can meet to spend a day of pure fun and camaraderie!
Please, feel free to share the event with friends and anyone you think might be interested.
Feel free to ask any questions you have.        eurowood@flamasurf.com

 Sergi builds beautiful boards and here he is with a big wave gun that has been well and truly test in some massive waves in Europe and New Zealand.These are his two daughters with boards their dad built and they painted. Jackie and I had a great time at the European wooden board day last year and met some great passionate people. They are so conscious of the environment over there and looking at sustainable options is a big deal.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Grain Surfboards - Forest to Ocean


As a society, we are becoming increasingly disconnected from our forests. With nearly 8 billion people in the world - half of which live in cities – we're not just becoming physically disconnected but disconnected from the benefits and solutions they provide us every day.

A wooden surfboard isn't going to solve this, but it serves as a powerful reminder that we always have a choice. And that natural, renewable, and sustainable solutions are always the best solutions.
Hand built using locally grown wood from sustainably managed forests in Maine, Grain Surfboards is not just creating a product for profit. They're creating a product that has a soul, tells a story, and provides a powerful connection spanning forests and ocean. They're creating a product that is not only doing right by surfers, but right by our environment, and by our forests.

Grain Surfboards has a great story to tell, and we were lucky enough to capture it.

#forestproud.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Board building classes for 2019

Building your own board is a very special experience and also makes a great gift for a special person who loves their surfing. So her are the dates for board building classes with Stuart Bywater in Brisbane.
We have pleasure in announcing the 2019 Surfboard Class calendar
MARCH 7, 8, 9, AND 10

MAY 2, 3, 4 AND 5

JUNE 27, 28, 29 AND 30

AUGUST 22, 23, 24 AND 25
 SEPTEMBER 26, 27 , 28 AND 29                                                                         
 NOVEMBER 14, 15, 16 AND 17
                                                                                  
"2018 was a great year !We helped over 60 students make their own amazing wooden surfboards and 2019 is shaping up to be a mammoth year as well !"

BYWATER DESIGN

6/32 Zillmere rd

Boondall Qld 4034

PH;  07 3256 9000


Monday, November 12, 2018

Ocean Tree by Kenta Ishikawa


A film by a passionate young Japanese surfer. So nice to have spent some time with him and share my boards and ideas with him on his journey.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

2nd Annual European Wooden Board Day Playa De Berria, Cantabria Spain

It was such and honour to be at this years European Wooden Board Day. A big thanks must go out to Sergi of Flama Surfboards from Barcelona for having the fore site to organize this great event.

Sergi organised for us to stay at the beach in this 3 story house. It is the home of The Madrid Surf School in the summer months. Great house and this was where we met on the Friday night. Being Spain and their unusual social hours people only started to rock up at 9pm and we were drinking beers and talking surfboards in the back yard till at least 1am.
 A trip like this is all about the people and places, Alex was a real character and all round great guy.
 This guy just spent 3 days getting here on his bike from France

















 This couple had loaded up the camper van and travelled from Wales to be there for the day







 Sergi's girls Rita and Ona with their boards they had painted, great supporters of their dads passion.

















 Fritz came and saw us in Australia a few years back when he was on a fact finding mission about Paulownia. I sent him a couple of boards to Zurich for the companies Head office. They now have 2 plantations in Germany and and one in Spain. The end game is 2.5 million trees. They are finding new markets and partners for the use of Paulownia so thre should not be a shortage of Paulownia for too long.





Back on his bike fro 3 days back to France

IF you get the chance to make it along you will not be disappointed. A great gathering of passionate and committed craftsmen from all corners of the world. So much info to be shared and inspiration for your next project. As Sergi and I said there was probably more thought and consideration of what we can do with surfboards and the environment being talked about by this group in the one day than the whole industry has all year.

Great to be a part of it. Loved our 3 weeks in Spain as well.