Private 1-on-1

For the individual wanting to acquire the skills for surfboard shaping with no previous experience, The Surfboard Studio offers a Private 1-on-1 shaping courses on how to design and shape a surfboard. You will learn from our experienced, professional instructors how to shape a surfboard, starting with a blank that has been skinned with the CNC machine, removing the outer layer and adding the rocker. You will learn how to hand-foil your rails and bottom curve. Choose from over 100 in-house templates with a broad selection of shapes.

We provide detailed instruction of shaping principles and processes covering everything from familiarisation with the shaping bay itself, to tool selection and use, plug installation, rough shaping, rail design, fine-tuning, and finish-sanding.

Private courses are run Monday to Friday at our Preston studio. You will need to purchase a blank, or provide your own.

Please note that this course is shaping only. If you want the full experience of shaping and glassing, you'll need to book into our Private Make Your Own Surfboard course.


per person

*This fee does not include the price of a foam blank. A foam blank must be purchased on the day of the session or provide your own.




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. 




Rousa teaching a 1 on 1 surfboard shaping course
Rousa teaching how to sketch out your template for your surfboard



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.




* 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.

 Please note our Course T&C's here