While perusing the web, signing your kids up for drama or soccer camp or some other such activity to keep them occupied this summer, why not do something for yourself? In fact, screw the kids, they just want to stay home and muck around on their iPads anyway. Send yourself to camp.
For those in the greater Southern California zone, Grain Surfboards, purveyors of DIY wooden surfboard kids and lessons, is hosting a summer camp at the Surfing Heritage and Cultural Center in San Clemente from July 31 through Aug. 3. Based in York Beach, Maine, Mike LaVecchia's taking the family business out west to help people put the wood back in their ride.
"Each student can choose from any shape that we offer as a HomeGrown Kit. Tuition includes all of the materials, tools and instruction, plus breakfast and lunch each day," says Mike.
See, just like summer camp.
"All you need to bring is your open mind and enthusiasm for the process," continues Mike. "Each student takes home his or her own board at the end of the class, built, shaped and ready for glass. We even include the zero-VOC epoxy, fiberglass, hardware and instructions so you can glass it yourself."
The only catch, Grain needs at least four people to sign up sooner rather than later. There's prep work to be done, travel plans to be made and wood to be ordered, so if your wooden surfboard summer camp is going to happen you'd better get on it.
"In addition to this class, our hope is to combine this trip with a one or two week demo tour around Southern California. So if you’ve wanted to get on our boards and haven’t had the chance, keep an eye on our site for updates," says Mike.
Find them at GrainSurfboards.com.
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