Grain's students will build surfboards where surfboards have never been built before
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 23 May, 2016 - Grain Surfboards will hold a mid-ocean experience in wood surfboard building seven miles off the coast of New England.
Next September, a limited number of students and Grain instructors will travel by ferry to Star Island in the Isles of Shoals with tools, shaping stands, and fresh cedar to build surfboards where surfboards have never been built before.
Surrounded by crystal blue ocean, and in the tradition of the fisher-folk that once built their own boats there, Grain's students will build wood surfboards, hollow and from the ground-up, among rocky cliffs, reeling seabirds, and rustic buildings.
Though it's the most remote and unique venue Grain Surfboards has yet visited, the logistical challenges of deploying a workshop to an island are only a single step up for the Maine-based company as they have been conducting "traveling" classes for years on two coasts from the back ofeclectic truck and trailer rigs special-built for the purpose.
All that mobile-classroom experience means student board-builders visiting Star Island can just show up at the ferry dock in Portsmouth, NH, ride out to the island, find their room and their shaping stand, and get started knowing they'll have everything they need to build a beautiful surfboard in a perfect sea-side setting.
Registration is also made simple through Grain Surfboard's website where this unique workshop is available as all-inclusive experience that includes lodging, three meals a day, ferry travel, and more. Members of the Star Island community should contact the Star Island office or website to fit this event into their annual visit.
For about a hundred years, Star Island's conference center has hosted groups that have come to the isles for the crisp sea air, and the timeless atmosphere of the landscape, historic guest-houses, hotel, and gathering spaces.
The center's vision is to create "an environment that frees all who come to renew spiritually, explore matters of consequence, and gain knowledge about the world as it might ideally be".
"We like that kind of talk," says Matt Entwistle, one of Grain's instructors and the event's organizer. "But there's also an amazing number of simply fun things to do there, and we're looking forward to all of it". Boating, swimming, lobster dinners, bonfires and more are all activities available on Star.
There's room for only seven student board-builders in this workshop, with some spots reserved for Star Island community members, so those that would like to reserve a block for team-building retreats, family reunions or other groups should act early to ensure their place on Star Island in September.