Build an Enviro Wooden Surfboard - New!

The group will be small and customised to the type of board you want to build. It will be hands on getting dusty on a Saturday afternoon when the waves are blown out. Mark will take you step by step in building your own wood board that can be glassed and surfed or hung on the wall. All tools necessary will be supplied in a safe clean environment. The whole process is environmentally friendly and hand made.

Kits are purchased separately - you could make a tide clock or short board or fish or mini mal or longboard in solid balsa. Purchase here – https://balsawoodsurfboardsriley.com/collections/shaping-accessories/products/balsa-surfboard-shaping-sets.


Balsa surfboard shaping set or kit $400 - $450 (this is subject to change)

Course Outline:

Week 1 – 1pm to 2pm – Introductory talk
2pm to 3pm – Hand over of kits
3pm to 4pm – Layout or wood and cutting wood
4pm to 5pm – Glue up blank

Week 2 – 1pm to 2pm – Remove clamps
2pm to 3pm – Draw plan shape on bottom
3pm to 4pm – Cut out plan shape
4pm to 5pm – Clean up plan shape

Week 3 – 1pm to 2pm – Mark out deck for shaping
2pm to 3pm – Shaping deck
3pm to 4pm – Sanding deck
4pm to 5pm – Shaping bottom

Week 4 – 1pm to 2pm – Sanding bottom
2pm to 3pm – Shaping rails
3pm to 4pm – Sanding rails
4pm to 5pm – Finish sanding board

Week 5 – 1pm to 2pm – Setout fin positions
2pm to 3pm – Install fin systems
3pm to 4pm – Finish sanding
4pm to 5pm – Making fins

Learning Outcomes:

To have an understanding about balsawood and the environment and how normal surfboards are impacting the environment. How to use power and hand tools to achieve a great looking wood board and one you can surf on or hang on the wall.

What to bring:

  • Covered comfortable shoes.
  • Old clothes because you may get glue or dust on them
  • Bottle of water
  • Purchase a Balsa surfboard shaping set or kit $400 - $450 (this is subject to change)

About the Tutor:

‘I have been building balsawood surfboards since 1996. I have been importing balsa from Ecuador and Papua New Guinea for over 20 years. I send boards all over the world and they are seen in the surf and in restaurants, offices and showrooms. I am very meticulous with the finish and am a perfectionist when building wood boards. I care about the environment and want to change the physic of a mass produced toxic board buying communities to a hand made custom long lasting wood board community by teaching how to build a sustainable balsawood surfboard one board at a time.’ Mark

Other Information:

  • To ensure resources are ready for you at the start of your course, we ask you ideally enrol at least one week before the course commences.
  • All courses need a minimum number of students to run ("we try our hardest to get those") . If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.