The Surfboard Studio offers a range of courses to suit all levels of DIY surfboard shaping enthusiasts. We offer sessions for groups, institutions, business' and individuals. Our courses include complete DIY surfboard building to suit individuals wanting to build a board from foam to finish with no prior experience. We also cater to individuals wanting to specialise in the areas of shaping and glassing. The Surfboard Studio is proud to employ instructors that have contributed greatly to the Australian surfboard industry, with knowledge that stretches back to the inception of Australia's surfboard shaping history.




Private Course

Glassing a Surfboard at the Surfboard Course
Sanding out your rails on the surfboard

We are now pleased to offer the option of doing a private Make Your Own Board Course for up to two people, Monday to Friday, at our Preston studio.

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!



Maximum of 2 participants per course for Preston Studio.

Private courses can be tailored to your schedule, and are conducted on weekdays.

Private courses require 2 x 8 hour sessions, and can be completed on two consecutive days or up to a month apart.






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


For the individual wanting to acquire the skills for surfboard shaping with no previous experience. The 1-on-1 shaping course provides detailed instructions on design and shaping principles and the processes, covering everything from familiarisation with the shaping bay itself, to tool choice and use, plug installation, rough shaping, rail design, fine-tuning, and finish-sanding. 



Skinned Blank

Course duration: 6-7 Hours

This course teaches how to hand shape a surfboard from a skinned blank - the new way. Starting with a skinned blank, which removes the outer layer and adds the rocker, you move straight to template assignment. The course specialises in how to hand-foil your rails and bottom curve. Choose from over 100 in-house templates with a broad selection of shapes.



This course is only shaping, glassing can be arranged through The Surfboard Studio.