Private 1-on-1 and Group Courses


We are now pleased to offer the option of doing a private Make Your Own Board Course for between 1 and 4 people, Monday to Friday, at our Preston or Torquay Studio’s.

In these courses we provide our students with all the equipment, materials, skilled instruction & expert guidance to create their own surf craft from start to finish – ready to hit the water! You are provided with the knowledge and practical experience to then go on and build additional surfboards on your own. With the guidance of our expert instructors, you will Surfboard Studio with your own beautifully finished surfboard – first time!


Taking a bow saw to the surfboard blank - The Surfboard Studio Group Courses
Checking the surfboard rail during The Surfboard Studio Private Group Course



Our courses run over 2 days - 2 x 8 hour sessions.

Participants must attend 2 sessions to complete their surfboard.

Beginning with the basics of surfboard design, this course will gradually take you deeper into the intricacies of shaping and design including plan shapes, bottom contours (concaves, vee etc), nose and tail, rocker lines, deck shapes and rail shapes.

You will also become familiar with the shaping bay and all the tools and techniques of the craft. From the shaping section of the course, you will proceed to the glassing stage where you will learn about the various techniques and materials used in glassing a surfboard before cutting your own cloth, mixing your resin and laminating your board. You will then move on to fin and plug installation including various theories around fin positioning on different boards and how the placement may affect performance. From fin installation, the course will take you to the next stage in the laminating process before you finish and sand your board and get it in the water!





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Please complete the booking request form below. Select the preferred date and location of your first session and provide as much information as you can. We will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your booking. Once a booking is accepted we require full payment.







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.




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.


Learning to shape a surfboard rail at The Surfboard Studio
Student shaping their rail at The Surfboard Studio - Private Group Courses



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.


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.




Please note: To run these custom schedule courses with greater than 4 participants 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.