Well, rest assured that it’s not an enormous declaration of tub-thumping nationalism. The Red Ensign (or “Red Duster”, as it’s affectionately known) is the flag flown by ships of the British Merchant Navy and British civilian vessels, and we thought that if we were going to hang anything on our wall then a flag that signifies our country’s strong connection with the sea was appropriate. When the tall ships racing fleet visited Cornwall last summer, many of the beautiful vessels had a Red Ensign hanging from their stern. Our Red Duster is an old and “well used” linen specimen and it bears the marks of a life well lived before it was pinned up here at Otter. We’re not sure where it hung before but can only wonder as to the waters that it fluttered over in it’s previous life. To us it’s a great reminder of the maritime history of the region that we call home and a proud sign that our wooden surfboards are crafted from British-grown timber.