This nimble pintail is Grain Surfboards' version of a performance-style longboard, meaning it's designed with speed generation and manoeuvrability in mind, while remaining a super fun cruiser of mellow surf. The Root excels in a myriad of conditions, having the speed and control to handle zippier beach breaks or the bigger stuff—plus the volume to catch all the waves you want on a small day.
Aptly named to represent where Grain Surfboards began, the Root continues to be one of Grain's most popular boards.
The Root features a moderate rocker, allowing for later and steeper drops than a log. Full volume in the centre provides the float you need to paddle with ease, while the tapered, down rails bite into steeper faces, generate speed when you need it and encourage quick transitions from rail to rail. A slight concave under the nose creates lift to help when riding in the front, begging for a cheater five or (for the better balancers) a full ten over. The Root pairs a pulled in tail with a v-bottom, the key to its at-will responsiveness when surfing from the back of the board. Finally, we like to keep a crisp, tucked edge right at the tail to release and plane, projecting the Root out of turns and down the line.
This Grain Home Grown surfboard kit is manufactured in the UK by Fyne Boat Kits using locally-sourced sustainable Paulownia wood. It comes 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.
These kits are designed to be built by anyone with the room to do it. Previous wood working experience is not necessary – all you need is a little patience.
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.
The internal pieces needed to build your Grain Home Grown Surfboard. Includes one keel (stringer) and all the frames for your board. Each piece is cut and numbered to precisely match up with its place on the frame. Also included are nose and tail templates, construction notes and a 54 page instruction manual that covers the building process.
The frames set is intended for people who have built a board of this style before and are familiar with the process. It does not include the detailed instruction manual that accompanies the full kit.
If, after buying the frames set, you decide that this is more than you can manage, we'll credit £90 of the purchase price towards the full kit, minus the frame that you already have.
The plans include full-size templates for the keel, frames, nose and tail; board outline; construction notes and a 54 page instruction manual that covers the building process.
The plans are intended for people who have built a board of this style before and are familiar with the process. They do not include the detailed instruction manual that accompanies the full kit.
If, after buying the plans, you decide that building from scratch is more than you can manage, we'll credit £45 of the purchase price towards the full kit.