Grain Surfboards is honoured to partner with Channel Islands Surfboards and legendary shaper Al Merrick in offering the Biscuit surfboards as Grain HomeGrown kits.
Developed with Rob Machado, Al designed this board for every surfer of any skill level surfing anything in the knee-to-head-high range. Short and full-volume, the Biscuit catches waves like boards a foot longer. Channel Islands recommends ordering them 8 to 10 inches shorter, 1 to 2 inches wider and ½ to ¾ of an inch thicker than your shortboard.
Even though the wood Biscuit is a meticulous copy of Al's shape, surfing one will provide a completely different experience than you get on the Channel Islands originals. Expect a noticeable difference in weight that makes the wood Biscuit a smooth riding, honey-coloured chop-killer. You will be noticed.
These Grain Home Grown surfboard kits are manufactured in the UK by Fyne Boat Kits using locally-sourced sustainable Paulownia wood. They come with all the components that go into the board, including:
The included manual shows how to make a simple rocker table from basic materials you can salvage or obtain locally. A rocker table helps form the board to the correct rocker.
Some things you'll need are not included in the kit, such as tools, supplies and fins, but most of it should be available locally or from Fyne Boat Kits.
The Biscuit is an advanced level kit due to complicated bottom contours. It's recommended for people with prior woodworking experience, or anyone with one or two kits already under their belt. We've included nose, tail and rail profile templates, fin-blocking marks and other good stuff to help aid you in the building process.
The optional rocker lift kit forms the perfect platform for building your board. The CNC-cut parts form a contoured mould that defines the rocker and precise bottom shape of your surfboard, ensuring that it comes out exactly as designed while simplifying the building process so that you can enjoy the experience of building at home even more.
The set contains one form (‘lift’) to fit under each frame of the surfboard on your glue-up table. These lifts are CNC-cut to the exact contours and rocker of the board you are building. The set includes an instruction manual to help you build a glue-up table and assemble the rocker lifts.