Shaping Courses - The Surfboard Studio

The Surfboard Studio offers two specialty shaping courses on how to design and shape a surfboard. The courses are One-on-One and run for 8-10 hours, and are designed for people with no previous shaping experience. We provide detailed instruction of shaping principles and processes covering everything from familiarisation with the shaping bay itself, to tool choice and use, the benefits of hand shaping over CNC, plug installation, rough shaping, rail design, fine-tuning, and finish-sanding. 

Sadly, due to the crazy year we've all had, we've made the tough decision to postpone our 2020 courses. We were hoping to get back in the Studio after restrictions eased, but the lockdown dragged on too long and now we need to get back in the Zak Surfboards store for our busy summer period.

All voucher expiry dates will be extended, and postponed 2020 bookings will be prioritised for '21 courses. We'll have the 2021 calendar and bookings up soon. 

Thanks for your continued patience and understanding while we've worked through the challenges of the year - we look forward to getting you guys back on the tools in 2021.

Gift vouchers are still available, and may be used for 2021 Group and Private Courses.

Please either email us on or call Cress on 0438 416 733 for details.  



This course teaches how to hand shape a surfboard from scratch - the old way. Starting with an electric planer, you will cut your own rocker line, hand-foil your rails and bottom curve. Choose from over 100 in-house templates with a broad selection of shapes. 


Hand Shaping Surfboards - The Surfboard Studio



Plus a blank, which must be purchased on the day of the session. Booking confirmation is subject to teacher availability.








Surfboard Shaping Courses - The Surfboard Studio





View the profiles of our instructors:

Zak Koniaras (Zak Surfboards)
Allan Rousa (Rousa Surfboards)
Simon Forward (4D Surfboards)
Michael Anthony (Mad)
Ian Chisholm (South Coast Surfboards Australia)
Daniel Melo (The Surfboard Studio)



Build your Own Surfboard - The Surfboard Studio - Zak and Dan



Please note: For all inquiries about running one of these courses for your group please email us at

* Due to limited spaces and high demand, all bookings are final and cannot be refunded. Changes to dates of bookings will be considered only at our discretion, and will attract a $250.00 administration fee for re-booking courses. If you wish to discuss this, you must email with “Change of Booking” in the subject line at least 30 days before your course is due to commence.

* For those of you who want to travel in to Melbourne to do this course from further afield, we can recommend some local accommodation choices for you.  One of the closest hotels with a range of different price options is Bell City, which is a five minute drive away.  

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