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Monday, October 29, 2007

Grain and Bamboo Cloth

Grain Surfboards has posted their progress on moving to Bamboo cloth. I have to agree with them, the positives outweigh the negatives. Bamboo is an amazing sustainable resource. Amazing because of it's heartiness, sustainable because of it's growth rate and resource, well cause it's a natural resource. Fiberglass cloth is not a toxic substance in it's final form but it's genesis and manufacture are the work of doom. Read the whole essay here.

ps.-i luva the "Grain Experimental" logo, very Dr. Zarkoff.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Surf Today

I was working today (bathroom vanity) and missed out on some classic "victory at sea". Winds NNE:10-15, Air:68, Water:79. Cam Pics courtesy of 10cam, COS and Fluidgroove, respectively. Vanity photos courtesy of my stankass camera phone, it rocks.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wicked Cool

Year Built: 2007
Dimensions: 6'1" x 20" x 3"
Ed Tekeian
Manufacturer: King of Nahant Surfboards
Location: Cambridge MA

Poached from Swaylocks

The Twisted Guerilla

I Poached this post from Swaylock's, via Tree to Sea - username: Thomas.
I love this board and the way it was made.

read more at swaylocks

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Mark of a 45 Pound Paddleboard

The wind died down and the surf cleaned up a bit this afternoon. Had a nice lunchtime paddle with my neighbor, Tim. Then, on a little wave, it got ugly.
Trying to pull out the back of a late breaker I got the business end of my paddleboard. Pintail to the groinal area and rail to the forehead. Not as bad as I would have expected. The head wound pictured is negligible, a small knot and an even smaller abrasion, the pintail wound is centered around my dignity and does not photograph well. I need to build a board with rounded rails.

Monday, October 22, 2007

And then there was Crap...

Slowly Building Wind swell infused with the pervasive Red Tide.
pics courtesy of and

Saturday, October 20, 2007


Built some racks for the living room (also known as the large empty room between the front and back door).

Friday, October 05, 2007

Plywood Surfboards From Brazil

The latest from Felipe Siebert. The pictures say it all.
Checkout more on his blog and website:

Alternative Blank Materials

I heard an interesting report on NPR today talking about the use of Elephant Grass as a source for ethanol. It got me thinking about using the pulp from elephant grass or a more locally friendly resource like banana pulp and pressing that into surfboard blanks. Using some kind of binder or glue and whammy, it's a friendlier surfboard blank.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007