Sunday, January 17, 2016

Grain celebrates 10 years of building wooden boards

 In commemoration of it's tenth year building wood surfboards, Grain Surfboards is creating a limited edition series of "Decennial Surfboards" that reflect the earliest efforts of founder Mike LaVecchia. The first of these is traveling with at least one of the two Grain Surfboards Mobile Workshops as it carries not only the tools, materials and supplies necessary to conduct surfboard-building workshops anywhere, but also a bit of Grain's roots and ethos as well.

With the Decennial Surfboard "on the bus", the Grain Surfboards Mobile Workshops will have with them a modernized example of the first attempts made in Mike's basement to craft a surfboard built as boats are.  Just as the first board had, the Decennial Surfboard has black deck seams, screw-fastening details, and a darkly grained deck of salvaged red cedar.  But unlike that first board, this one has built into it all the advancements that the team at Grain Surfboards has evolved over the last ten years; it's light, strong, and has lifetime construction that Mike never imagined possible in those early days.

Though Grain's steady decade of growth has inspired scattered attempts at duplication of their unique business model and construction techniques, much of what the small, dedicated team brings to the experience of "building your own" is not easily replicated. It's partly vibe, and partly their unusual dedication to putting thought into action that has contributed to the types of innovations in wood surfboard technology that are embodied in the Decennial Surfboard.

This year, Grain celebrates not only their own birthday, but also the growing community of surfers from all over the world who have found in Grain Surfboards an unusual commitment to the way surfers get to experience surfing. "It's only fitting that the Decennial Surfboard is traveling to the Great Lakes workshops," said co-owner Brad Anderson. "Over ten years, we've advanced the way we think about surfboard design, and now we're evolving where and how surfers get their boards. When was the last time surfers got to build their own boards in that part of the country?"

About Grain Surfboards
Grain Surfboards is committed to promoting the benefits of building and surfing wooden surfboards and believes that wooden surfboards can have more impact on the surfing experience and less impact on the environment. All of the wood products used in Grain surfboards and kits are sourced from local mills and forestlands in Maine that practice sustainable harvesting. All wood waste from the production of Grain's boards and kits is actively reduced and creatively recycled.  Grain ships surfboards and complete surfboard kits worldwide and hosts week-long classes in which anyone can learn to hand-craft their own wood surfboard. Grain is co-owned and managed by Mike LaVecchia and Brad Anderson.  For more information, please visit

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Riley Classic Balsa Boards launch new website

Riley Classic Balsa Boards invites you to explore its new website and Social media platforms. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access and buy and videos with the option to share information across all major social networking sites.
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"I really love building the most Eco friendly boards available in Australia by hand. My passion for shaping balsa surfboards and sparks a broader interest in this great surfboard material" says Mark Riley, owner of Riley Balsa Surfboards." For good reason, Laird Hamilton states that his most favourite boards are the one's made of balsa. " (see's exclusive interview about Laird). But you don't have to be a big wave lunatic to enjoy the benefits of a balsa surfboard. Lasting longer than a polyurethane surfboard while weighing the same  and being more environmentally friendly, a Riley balsa surfboard is great for all surfers in all surf conditions.

Riley Australia was one of the first surfboard builders in the world to have their own domain name and web site in 25th January 1999. From that day they have been building balsa wood surfboards and sending them all around the world. As you can see in the archived site - Riley has expanded from balsa boards and clocks and added to the mix DIY kits, wood coloured boxes, fin, raw balsa, surfing accessories and shaping accessories, everything you need to build a beautiful balsa board.

About Riley Balsawood Surfboards
Riley Balsawood Surfboards was founded in 1996 by Mark Riley who had just returned to Australia from an extensive surf trip through Central and South America - in tow a container of Ecuadorian balsa wood. Mark now secures his “perfect quality balsa” from Papua New Guinea and Northern Australia. Since shaping his first balsa surfboard, Mark Riley has built a reputation as master craftsman and is still involved in the whole operation of selecting from stock of 1000 pieces of balsa wood, grading, cutting, laminating, shaping and finishing all orders.

The website was created with the user experience firmly in mind, the website has been designed using the latest technology so the site is compatible with today's browsers and mobile devices.

For more info check out -
Riley Classic Balsawood Surfboards
156 President Ave.,
Miranda 2228 NSW
Phone - 0412 376 464
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