Hi there as you can see I have not posted on here for a while, but the information and ideas that are in the posts below are still relevant and a great source of information and inspiration. Over 1.8 million people have viewed this blog over the years and I am sure it has helped many on their journey to building wooden boards. Please share what you learn from building boards with others so that they to can advance the ideas and processes that they discover on this journey. You will learn a lot about yourself and the pleasure you get from surfing. And then you will know that you have joined the Splinter group.
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Back in the 80's, our favorite TV shows were interrupted with countless ads telling us that “plastics make it possible”. Fast forward to today and plastic pollution has become one of our planet's biggest environmental disasters as 17 billion pounds of plastic enter the ocean each year. We feel a responsibility to participate in a circular economy, helping to find solutions, and keeping plastics out of the environment. We’ve done this for years by offering apparel in 100% recycled cottons and PET. Now it’s time to find a genuine use for recycled content in our surfboards.
We’re excited to introduce our New 'GreenRail' construction method. Hand built in our shop in Maine, these boards are built using the same local sustainable cedar that we’ve always used. But you'll find a significant sustainability upgrade in the perimeter rails of these boards... We’ve engineered a new construction method that marries the best of our wood board construction with the benefit of a solid, hand shaped GreenRail made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Not only that, but almost all the waste produced from these rails is recycled to complete the circle.
Even better, this new line of boards is available at a new low price, dramatically below that of our original all-wood construction. We plan to keep as many of these in stock as we can, so if you just can't wait to ride a Grain board, this may be your play, because we ship in-stock boards to you just as soon as we can crate them.
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Rare footage of Victoria's first surfers in 1920 - “Surfing Hawaiian Redwood Boards at Lorne”
From Craig Baird at the Australian National Surfing Museum: “The museum is closed to the public (for a while) but we are still here digging through the archive and putting together pieces of the surfing heritage puzzle.
“This vision is part of an exhibition called First Wave we had planned to launch in time for Easter, celebrating Victoria’s first surfers and the centenary of surfing in this state.
“This footage from Lorne in the early 1920s showing the earliest surfing in Victoria. Wealthy Geelong sports enthusiast Louis Whyte travelled to Hawaii in 1919, spent six months learning to surf at Waikiki and bought four surfboards from Duke Kahanamoku before returning home to surf at Lorne and Anglesea.
“The footage was recorded by Frank Beaurepaire (who would go on to become Lord Mayor of Melbourne) a world- class swimmer and good mate of Duke’s.
“We will be following this up with a video about creating and surfing a 9’ replica of one of the Hawaiian boards - and the story of the four boards and their history (all four still exist!)".
|All four of these boards still exist.|
With thanks to Craig Baird Australian National Surfing Museum and John Brasen / Pacific Longboarder
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
GOLD COAST HOSTS THE 6th BIENNIAL GLOBAL WAVE CONFERENCE 2020 A significant International Ocean Conservation event seeking sustainable solutions for now and the future. 12th November 2019
"We are totally pumped to be hosting the 6th biennial Global Wave Conference at the Gold Coast Campus Southern Cross University, which just so happens to be in the World Surfing Reserve destination," he said.
Visit globalwaveconference2020.com.au to register.
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Check it out : https://vimeo.com/channels/1503048
Saturday, October 19, 2019
In usually three days, participants create their own functional hollow wooden surfboards. He has a big choice of tested shapes that can be adapted to surfers weight, skill and need. He loves retro-shapes, fishes, mini-simmons, single fins, malibus, mini-malibus, eggs, and anything that isn't a HP shortboard... over 500 boards have been built with them over the last ten years!