Private Course

A Private Make Your Own Board Course is available for up to 2 people, Monday to Friday, at our Preston Studio. Torquay courses are no longer available, we apologise for this. 

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 leave the 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.

Day One begins with the basics of surfboard design. You will be familiarised with the shaping bay and all the tools and techniques of the craft. Then we will take you deeper into the intricacies of shaping and design including planning shapes, bottom contours (concaves, vee etc), 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. 

Day Two of the course will proceed into the glassing stage where you will learn about the 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 your resin and laminating your board. You will then move on to sanding and pro-finishing, and you'll be ready to get in the water!  



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To make a Booking Request please fill out the form below or alternatively email:

Please provide us with some suggested dates, and provide as much information as possible as to the type of board you want to build. We will get back to you ASAP to discuss your booking. Once a booking is accepted, we require full payment.

Please note that courses are operated Monday to Friday, and not on school holidays or public holidays. 

Bookings are to be made for at least a minimum of two weeks ahead, so that we can arrange and prepare a blank for you. 





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 6'8" with Thruster fin setup (FCSII or Futures). Optional extras include resin-tint, logos or additional fin setup, and if you want to build a board over 6'8", just nominate what size you want in the booking page. 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 and style. 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)
Isaak Jagoe (IJ Shapes)
Alan 'Rousa' Rowsell (Rousa Surfboards)
Michael Anthony (Mad)






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 the Novotel Melbourne Preston Hotel or the Punthill Apartments Ivanhoe, which are both five minutes 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 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.