Try your demo board in the surf ten minutes from the farm.
Try your demo board in the surf ten minutes from the farm. (Nick Lavecchia)

Grain Custom Surfboards

Build your own surfboard, then jump in the water to test it at this Maine-based workshop

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A trip to Grain Surfboards in York, Maine, takes the travel souvenir far beyond T-shirts and snow globes. Students who attend the four-to-seven-day shaping seminars stay nearby and learn to use planes, chisels, and other woodworking tools to custom-craft their own surfboards. “We’re on a little farm ten minutes from the beach,” says Grain founder Mike LaVecchia. “By seven every morning, people are out trying demo boards.” 

LaVecchia, 48, a former boat builder, recommends not shying away from the cooler months of the year—bigger, emptier waves during Maine’s nor’easter-battered autumn are savored by some surfers. “Around November, there aren’t that many people in the water,” he says. “There are a loyal group of maybe 50 who surf year-round.” 

From $1,525, grainsurfboards.com 

From Outside Magazine, November 2015
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Lead Photo: Nick Lavecchia
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