" Grain Surfboards and Channel Islands Surfboards are pleased to announce a new partnership. Using our tried and true wood construction method, we'll be rendering some of the Channel Islands surfboard line using sustainable-yield cedar, low VOC epoxy, even bamboo cloth instead of glass for those who want it. We're starting with Rob Machado's board, the Biscuit, a stubby wave-catcher for knee to head-high surf. Our first size will be the 6'2" with more to follow. Soon, these boards will be available as kits as well.
Working with CI to deliver wood versions of their boards is really exciting for us and inspires us to think about the unusual nature of this project. We're tempted to make some comparisons with the arrangements some well-respected shapers have entered into with epoxy pop-out factories. Where pop-outs are machine made, our boards couldn't be more hand-crafted. Where pop-outs can feel corky, ours are solid with great glide and speed. And with more and more boards made overseas (where environmental laws are often lax) being able to get a board made in Maine by folks who make their impact on the planet a daily conversation is becoming a revolutionary choice."