Grain Home Grown Surfboard kits have been in growing demand from Australia and Europe since they first started shipping them over a year ago. But the high costs of shipping, on both the environment and the wallet, has made it too difficult for large number of surfers to build and surf their own Grain Surfboard. As a first step towards getting surfers overseas hooked up with Grain, they have recently signed on Capeboatworks of NSW Australia to produce Home Grown Surfboard kits using locally sourced, farm-grown Paulownia and Magicseaweed of the UK as a European Distributor.
One of the core values at Grain Surfboards is to operate with as little impact on the global environment as possible. These new partnerships with Capeboatworks and Magicseaweed will allow a new group of surfers to experience building Home Grown Surfboard kits while reducing the overall impact of overseas shipping and production.
The aim of Grain is to reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from all processes. So instead of shipping kits with wood from local forests in Maine all the way to Australia, their new partner, Capeboatworks of New South Wales, will save literally ten-thousand miles worth of carbon emissions from transportation by using farm-grown Paulownia from their own neck of the woods. Like their own northern white cedar, this NSW wood has all the properties needed to make great surfboards - it's lightweight, strong and can be harvested at a sustainable-yield rate, all of which make Paulownia a great choice for a greener alternative to foam. If you live in or around Australia you should be able to get a Grain Home Grown Surfboard Kit using sustainably harvested Paulownia from Capeboatworks in the near future. Check their website.
The long-term goal is to offer boards and kits in primary surf regions around the world using woods that are not only local to the region but sustainably managed as well. While Grain haven't found that resource in Europe yet, they're certain that the opportunity will present itself. In the meantime, Magicseaweed are offering HomeGrown Kits at their online store.
Grain Surfboards has been concerned with reducing the environmental impact of surfing since the beginning. Their green ethic has become integral, not incidental - and resulting in action, not hype. It started with the simple choice of wood over other, toxic alternatives and has continued through apparel product lines and now into overseas distribution.
These humble beginnings are the roots of what will continue to be a top-to-bottom commitment to reducing impacts at every level of operations. Though there is still a long way to go, Grain are excited about all the opportunities they are uncovering to lessen impact on the planet through the simple act of riding waves. These new partnerships with Capeboatworks and Magic Seaweed are just one more step forward, that yields some great new friends overseas and another way to do better for the planet.
Go to the Grain Surfboards website to learn more.