When you imagine surfing, what do you see? The warm waters of Southern California? Tiki bars in Polynesia or Hawaii? Threading sharks in Australia? Way down on that list, but still above Kansas, you'd eventually get to my own beloved state of Maine.
Coastal Maine has a long tradition of wooden ship building. From the first recorded ship, a pinnace name Virginia, built in 1607, the forests of Maine have provided the lumber that helped to shape the country's seafaring traditions. The great-great-great-great-great nephew (once removed) of this former empire would have to be Grain Surfboards, out of York, Maine. With the tag line, "locally grown, hand built surfboards" pretty much says it all–Quality over quantity, style without the swagger, beauty sans the bikini. (This is northern New England, afterall.)
Situated on a farm several miles from historic York Beach, Grain Surfboards creates custom surf and skate boards out of local Maine white cedar. From "pigs" and "fish" to "biscuits", Grain builds 'em all. [Editor's note: before this shoot, I would have responded to this Jeopardy query with, "What are things you eat".]
But of course, it wouldn't be a Learn Project unless there were classes too!