For too many years, surfers have felt barred from the act of creating their own boards. The industry that grew up around surfing after the 1950's (and the industrialized materials brought with it) made it seem like this once common practice - part of every surfer's experience at one time - was out of reach. We disagree. So we've found a bunch of ways that we can help you build your own at home.
We look at each DIY product that we offer as a doorway to the experience, each one offering you a different skill level where to cut in. The experience ultimately of owning and surfing a beautiful, functional, sustainable true wooden surfboard that you'll want to keep around forever.
Denman Marine is excited to announce that we are partnering with Grain Surfboards to produce their wooden surfboard kits, both manufacturing and supporting their designs across both Australia and New Zealand.
For a even more details, or to purchase digital study plans see Grain's website.
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Grain Surfboards are designed using the latest 3D modelling technology and hand-built using time honored woodworking techniques and local, sustainable softwoods that naturally produce artful grain patterns on every board. Our itch for surfing and our passion for working wood inspire us to create beautiful and functional surfboards designed to last forever.
Garage building more your style? Check out all of our DIY resources including paper plans, HomeGrown Surfboard Kits that include all the material you need to build a board, tools, glues, hardware and more.
It’s the process that we’re passionate about - a process that's thoughtful - with sustainability, longevity, quality, and awesomeness built in.
See below for six part video series from Waterlust on building a Grain Surfboard:
It all started in 2005 when our passion for board sports merged with our understanding of the importance of quality, some woodworking chops, and a sincere commitment to sustainable practices. Grain was born, and soon after, a tidy shop on a farm in York, Maine became our home - a place where we build surfboards one at a time and continue to share the experience with people from all over the world.
What started as a desire to build and ride our own boards turned into a bigger idea: Classic surfboards that were completely new to an entire generation of surfers, an environmentally conscious generation with an appreciation for sustainability. Inspired by the boats we've built and worked on, our first design featured caulked seams and bronze fasteners, but with quite a bit of trial and error, we refined a new technique based on time-tested boatbuilding construction techniques, and named ourselves for the natural grace of the grain patterns that jump from every freshly glassed board.
Though surfing's been around for more years than anyone can remember, surfboard shapes have only experienced their blistering evolution over the last sixty with the advent of foam and plastic. But the same materials that allowed such advancement have also left surfers communing with the power of nature, ironically, on boards that are at odds with it. Something from the past has gone missing, and we've come to believe that, with wiser selection of materials and vastly refined design techniques, we can reach back into our heritage, take what's inspiring, and evolve it all over again. We think of it as "re-evolutionary".
Time-tested ideas, progressive shapes, boatbuilding techniques, renewable resources, organic epoxies and New England craftsmanship. Today, our boards represent a new way of thinking about surf craft - one that values these things and results in a board that will last a lifetime and - perhaps - never be thrown away.