A profile of shaper Chris Jones: If you surf sooner or later you’ll end up at Chris Jones’ door. Who else can offer you fifty years of shaping experience? Who else was there at the beginning? CJ, legendary shaper/surfer, rugby fanatic, pasty connoisseur is this morning sanding down a vintage Tiki for restoration.

Four compadres take a New Zealand road-trip in search of lefts in a volcano's shadow… All aboard the good ship Peterson Threebeard with Dano, Purcho, Mud and Johnny.

Self-confessed board hoarder Chris Preston expounds the delights to be found within his tardis-like garden shed, and explains how he came to favour the quiver approach to surfing. Photos by Jamie Bott [except no.3].

When legendary longboard designer Bob McTavish came to Devon recently as part of TIKI's international shaper tour, Chris Preston couldn't resist the opportunity to quiz him about the technicalities of board design... Photos: Jamie Bott

Big-wave riding is an awe-inspiring experience, but what happens when things go wrong? In an exclusive extract from his new book, Al Mennie explains what it's like to survive the mother of all wipeouts.

Hidden away in a Falmouth boatyard among the classic lines of traditional timber ships is an unusual surfboard factory: one in which the boards are finished with wood and natural oils. Here tradition meets modernism. This is Glass Tiger. Words: Mark Sankey Action photos: Kirstin Prisk Other photos & design: Alexa Poppe

When the ‘Apocalypse Now’ film crew packed up and left the Philippine coastal town of Baler, they left one important item behind – a surfboard. More than 30 years on and this quiet backwater is home to a stoked crew of welcoming locals. Words: Mark Sankey Photos: Alexa Poppe

Bing Copeland was a pioneer of the modern surf industry. In his excellent new retrospective, ‘Bing Surfboards – Fifty Years of Craftsmanship and Innovation’, Paul Holmes discovered what makes Bing tick. Words: Bing Copeland & Paul Holmes Photos: Courtesy of Bing Copeland

Meet Nick Blair of Joistik Surfboards, whose distinctive decal gets a regular flashing as some of the Gold Coast's best surfers do their thing. Photos & words: Mat Arney

Tucked away at the top of a hill near Gwenver beach in Cornwall, Skewjacks was the definitive 1970s surf camp. Drift took four of its founding fathers - Dicky, Harvey, Jamo and Mickey - to the pub and reminisced about good times gone by. Words: Jamie Bott Credit & thanks to Graham Shephard & Mel Sedgwick

The original seminal surf book Switch-Foot will be back in its third incarnation thanks to a Kickstarter campaign. It is nearly ten years (2005) since the first Switch-Foot book took to the surfing world, creating ripple effects wherever it went.


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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