It was an honour to represent Mike LaVecchia
and Grain Surfboards from York in Maine ,USA this week in Sydney at the North Bondi surf club.Grain were given the challenge of building some bespoke wooden boards from the staves of the whisky barrells, hence "beyond the cask". Given that all the staves of the barrells have curves on every face it was not easy to extract some flat timber to cut the frames from. But the boys were up to the task and managed to produce all the frame components from the White Oak from the barrels.
The 7 foot boards designed with input from Layne Beachley
Whisky and Wood was the theme for the day
A beautiful day at North Bondi
Yes I learnt all about how this great whisky comes together after partaking in 3 whisky tasting master classes with Brendon the master distiller from Scotland.
These two took a couple of the boards for a few sweet waves on the day
A number of the guests / bar tenders and restaurant owners had a surf lesson to get in the mood.
Then it was my turn to explain the workings of building a wooden board using the Grain method of frames and bead and cove rail build out.
It was interesting that the grandfather of framed wooden boards , namely a Tom Blake style toothpick was hanging up above the bar.
Yep they even had a fair dinkum Shark Alarm mounted
Brendon from Glenmorangie Whisky was such a great guy and made the day fun.
Sam wanted something new and different and so here we have something old with something new. I know nothing is new in surfing, but I like the look of this board very much. 10 foot x 23" wide x 3" thick. 50 / 50 rails and rolled bottom, nice rocker and add a single concave from the nose for 2/3 of the board and blending out to a roll under the tail.
From the tail
From the nose
Lots happening but it all blends together into a sweet package
Sam was happy with the outcome and now Mo will give it the tricks. I have a 12" fin to glass on and a clear finish will make the 3 cedar stringers come to life for a classic look.