The Tern is a pintail mid-length surfboard that draws influence from retro shapes to bring style and flow to waves with a little more juice. Grain Surfboards wanted to push some of their classic mid-length boards into bigger and steeper surf; the Tern is the result and it excels with control at speed.
The Tern features a sleek, pulled-in outline with a very drawn out pintail for holding tight in the pocket. It has a good amount of lift in the nose to stick steeper drops and moderate rocker throughout to handle a variety of surf sizes without compromising speed. The volume is concentrated in the centre for good buoyancy, tapering to a thin nose, tail and moderate rails leaving this board feeling smooth and manoeuvrable at speed and not at all chunky. A single-to-double concave bottom creates lift at speed and channels water through the fins out the back. Designed for a 2+1 setup, for a single-fin feel with added hold for bigger days.
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.
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. Each frames set 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 sets 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 kits.
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 frames 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.