New England agriculture has a new, unusual role in the recovery of coastal New York and New Jersey from Hurricane Sandy. Grain Surfboards, headquartered on a farm at York, Maine, built a seven-foot Pandan surfboard at Grain's Store in Portsmouth, N.H., to be raffled off to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.
Grain Surfboards builds surfboards primarily using sustainably-managed northern white cedar – not foam. Visitors to the store had a chance to lend a hand in its construction.
Once shaped, glassed and polished, New Jersey artist Joe Hodnicki painted a one-of-its-kind coastal beach scene on the board. "I pulled from inspiration of the beaches we all love. "When Grain approached me about a painting on a custom built board, I was honored and stoked," says Hodnicki.
Click here to view a short film on the creation of the board
The commemorative low-rocker board will be raffled off at $50 per ticket on March 1, with 100% of proceeds going to help families and businesses still struggling in the coastal communities.
Raffle ticket sales close on March 1.Winners announced shortly afterwards at the store in Portsmouth store.
To purchase tickets, click on: grainsurfboards.com/SandyRaffle. All proceeds will be donated to Waves 4 Water's Sandy Relief Initiative.
Commenting on Hurricane Sandy's devastating impact, Grain Owner Nick LaVecchia says: "If there's a silver lining, it's the outpouring of volunteers that have literally put their own lives aside to help their neighbors. All of this has inspired us to bring our community together do something good."
Waves 4 Water's relief effort addresses continuing survival needs. Efforts focus primarily on the surf-based coastal communities in Jersey and New York to start. Support is targeted to families and businesses of the surf communities that were wiped out. For more details on this organization, click on Waves4Water