Grain Surfboards Is Coming to Rhody

So what if you’re not from Little Rhody? Like to bodysurf? Love beaches and waves and boats and bridges? Then Little Rhody could be a great summer weekend visit and you can drop off your bodysurfer at one of these 2 local surf shops for a 4-hour hand plane workshop and hit the beach or waves while they shape.

Our pals at Grain make the coolest rides on the waves – from their home state of Maine where they source local timbers, to Little Rhody where they understand our passion for the ocean, they are loading up the truck and coming our way for 2 shaping workshops. They provide the tools, materials and guidance and you provide the passion to make something super cool.

Find them on the 26th (Sunday) at WaterBros in Newport from 10-2pm (so much to see and do in Newport!) and on Friday the 31st at Matunuck Surf Shop from 3-7pm. (Ever been to the legendary Ocean Mist beach bar in Matunuck? Now’s your chance!)

Hand planes are everywhere, and if you haven’t seen or tried one, you’re missing out. They are a blast in the waves and open up a whole new world of waveriding possibilities.

Grain says they love shaping hand planes because of the freedom that solid wood gives you. It’s a great way to start out getting acquainted with hand tools and familiarizing yourself with the basic elements of hydrodynamics.

Grain’s hand plane blanks are designed with two template shapes lightly engraved in (or you can create your own shape), plus custom engraving to accept our hand plane strap hardware. They come with a 100% recycled hand strap and custom attachment hardware (no plastic used), some 120 grit sandpaper, natural polyurethane made from bi-products of the Vermont dairy industry, even some instructions to help you along the way. Grab yourself a spokeshave or block plane and you’ll be out in the water in no time.

See you at WaterBros or Matunuck Surf Shop!

Psst – Hey! You can buy a Grain Surfboard Kit from us here and build your own this fall and winter – and be riding next summer!

Building the World’s Largest Surfboard

Our neighbors  and good JD customers down the street at mouldCAM are into a pretty cool project. They are building the worlds longest, largest and most bad ass surfboard ever constructed. But they are no strangers to oversized composite projects. mouldCAM has global presence (as well as it’s neighboring shop in Bristol) and they have taken on global sized projects in art and architecture, marine, automotive, industrial and renewable energy.

The board is being built for Visit Huntington Beach campaign where they hope to break the world record for most people to catch a wave on a surfboard. The board is going to be 42 feet long, 11 feet wide and is designed to hold 62 people onboard.

“It’s huge, it’s big, we call it the big board and it is the big board,” said project manager Bob Steel.

mouldCAM is doing the first part of the project of manufacturing the board. The board will then be sent out to California to be painted and finished before heading to Huntington Beach.

Read more about this cool project here. We can’t wait to get the SurfCAM pics of the crowd at Huntington Beach catching a wave on this beast. If they can get all 62 people to ride a wave for at least 10 seconds, it will be a new world record.

Read more about the project here. Go the Big Board!

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Martha's #grain #surfboard is almost ready to ride the waves... Leash tie and vent installed. Lookin sweet! @grainsurfboards now we just need some #sun and #surf!

Martha’s #grain #surfboard is almost ready to ride the waves… Leash tie and vent installed. Lookin sweet! @grainsurfboards now we just need some #sun and #surf!