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Grain Surfboards release Sandy relief board


February 15, 2013 | Words By:

Grain Surfboards is excited to release the first look at their community built 7′ Pandan Surfboard being raffled to support Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts.


Inspired by outpouring of volunteers that have put their own lives aside to help their neighbors, Grain decided to join in the best way they knew how.

Mike LaVecchia states, “All of this has inspired us to bring our community together to do something good. We have been building the board at our store, The Wood Shop in Portsmouth, and giving visitors to the store a chance to lend a hand.”

Once glassed, the board was painted by NJ native and artist Joe Hodnicki. Hodnicki traveled to Grain’s HQ in York, Maine last week to create a one-of-a-kind mural on the board. “Being born and raised in NJ, I pulled from inspiration: the beaches we all love. Myself and many others from around the world have put forth amazing efforts in fundraising, awareness, and volunteering, so when GRAIN approached me about a painting on a custom hand-built board, I was honored and stoked.” Hodnicki explains while in Maine.

The winner will be taking home this community built Pandan 7′ model. A low-rocker board designed with the help of seven-time world champion Layne Beachley, the Pandan has the full outline fun-shape surfers want, but with performance elements that pros look for.

Tickets will continue to be on sale through March 1st. The winner will be announced at Grain’s Woodshop in Portsmouth, NH with 100% of the the proceeds being donated to Waves4Water.

To Purchase Tickets: grainsurfboards.com/SandyRaffle

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