Make Your Own Board
The Surfboard Studio offers the Make Your Own Surfboard course for nearly the price of a brand new production board. Over two consecutive Saturdays, we provide you with all of the materials, tools and live instruction necessary to create a custom surfboard. Upon completion, the surfboard is yours to keep, and the lessons provide you with the ability and knowledge to shape and glass additional surfboards on your own, and go on to experiment with different elements of board building.
Make Your Own Board Course participants are invited to enjoy 20% off storewide at Melbourne Surfboard Shop (excluding watercraft). If you want to pre-purchase any items, we can have them ready to go for you on completion of the course.
We run our courses over 2 days - essentially 7 & 10 hour sessions. These sessions are run on Saturdays from 9am - 4pm and 7am - 5pm, requiring participants to attend 2 sessions to complete their surfboard. Maximum 3-4 students per course. If the dates below don't suit, consider booking a mid-week Make Your Own Board - Private Course for between 1-4 people.
HOURS: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Day One begins with the basics of surfboard design. You will also be familiarised with the shaping bay and all the tools and techniques used in the craft. We will lead you through the intricacies of shaping and design, including planning shapes, bottom contours, nose and tail, rocker lines, deck shapes and rail shapes. We will discuss fin and plug installation, including various theories around fin positioning on different boards, and how their placement may affect performance.
HOURS: 7:00am to 5:00pm
Day Two of the course will proceed into the glassing stage, where you will learn about various techniques and materials used in glassing a surfboard. Optional extras like adding logos and colours to your resin are done at this stage, before cutting your own cloth, mixing the resin and laminating your own board. Then on to sanding and pro-finishing, and you'll be ready to get it in the water!
COURSE DATES 2021
Do you want to add logos, resin tint, quad fins? Click through to our optional extras list.
The course fee covers a shaped and glassed, plain white board up to 6’9 with Thruster or 2+1 fins. Optional extras include resin-tint, logos or glass-on fins. If you want to build a board over 6’9, we will need to know at least a week out from the course start date. Other optional extras can be decided once the course has commenced and can be paid for on completion of the course.
We will contact course participants a week before the course to discuss your requirements and board length. If you would like to discuss your board prior to this, please give Zak a call on 0438 416 738.
20% OFF ACCESSORIES
Need a board bag, grip and legrope for your new stick? On completion of the Make Your Own Board Course, participants are invited to enjoy 20% off at Melbourne Surfboard Shop (excluding watercraft). Limited to weekend of course only.
In the course you are supervised through each stage of construction by an expert while you build a surfboard from start to finish and you come out with your own board, finished and ready to surf. View the profiles of our instructors:
Zak Koniaras (Zak Surfboards)
Alan 'Rousa' Rowsell (Rousa Surfboards)
Michael Anthony (Mad)
Isaak Jagoe (IJ Shapes)
Follow us on Instagram to see some of the magic surfboards our course graduates produce, or click through our gallery below.
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.
* 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 may attract at $250.00 administration fee for re-booking courses. If you wish to discuss changes to your booking, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Change of Booking” in the subject line at least 30 days before your course is due to commence.