Last night I met up with some old friends at the Space Gallery in Portland, ME. After great conversation over margaritas with Ashley we wandered over to the gallery for the showing of Splinters by Adam Pesce. The guys at Grain Surfboards hosted the event which had a great turnout. The movie, however, exceeded all expectations. (See Movie Reviews) If you have the chance catch this film and see how surfing has taken on a whole new meaning for some of the locals of Papua New Guinea. You will not be disappointed.
The past week has been filled with surfboard building of all kinds. To start is off a "Flounder" was made a boxy railed love child of the Channel Islands' Flyer and Fish. The twin fins hold the speed while the two and a half inches of foam give enough float to get up on knee high days.
The other board is still under construction. A seven foot, while actually 6'11", Pandan. Designed by the boys up at Grain Surfboards in York, ME, this board is a performance funboard.
Check back at the end of the week to see how this lovely wooden board turned out.
I remember meeting Mike and Brad years ago, I doubt they even remember who I am. I walked through their shop amazed by the boards they were building and the entire setup. The scent of cedar flows throughout the whole place. The vibe is relaxed with an air of pride in their work. They are proud to be able to make beautiful boards for a living and for some frothy surfer hoping to catch the wave of their life on one of their creations.
I am hoping to drop in on one of their classes soon. But until then catch the videos from VBS and enjoy.
I just finished watching the "Grain to Glass" episode of "Brewmasters." I love beer and surfing, let's see if their concoction makes it to the shelves. I missed their event in July up in Portland, ME. However, I have decided to re-prioritize my life and not let work get in the way. Life is about loving what you do, not to say I want to waste my day drinking or surfing, neither of which is really that bad. But like all things they must be done in moderation. So with the surf blown out today and work in a couple of hours I will focus on work. And hopefully catch some waves and some pints tomorow.