Do you want to learn how to shape your own board in a one on one workshop?
The Surfboard Shapers Workshop has now been running since 2005 and in that time Richard has taught over 500 people “The Art of Shaping Surfboards”. His aim is to teach not only the skills of handshaping surfboards but to share the knowledge of how surfboard designs work in all sorts of waves.
The “art of shaping” is beyond using the tools, it’s about building custom surfboards that are ideally suited to the rider. Considerations such as ability, surf conditions, regularity and of course fitness levels are all essential parts of getting the right board.
Using traditional shaping methods you will be able to design and shape a surfboard ideally suited to your ability, weight, the type of waves you want to ride and the style of board you like. Not only will you come away with a surfboard that you have designed and shaped, but you will gain a greater understanding of how surfboard dynamics work, and in doing so, have the knowledge to improve your surfing technique.
Apart from learning the surfboard shapers art and building your own board you will learn to see the curves and dynamics of a surfboard in a new light. You will understand how the different curves effect the way a board performs which will be useful when wanting to know what board to ride.
There are two shaping workshops available. These can be booked through the calendar online or you can purchase a Personalised Gift Certificate for either the One on One Surfboard Shaping Workshop or a Personalised One on One Alaia Shapers Workshop Gift Certificate. In fact learning any aspect of surfboard manufacturing, such as glassing, airbrushing or making tail blocks and fins can be arranged.
Guided personally by Richard Harvey, a surfer / shaper / manufacturer with over 50 years of experience, you can handcraft any style of surfboard.
The Workshops are held in the studio at Unit 3 / 10 Pacific Ave, Miami, Gold Coast where you can create your own board and learn all the aspects of building surfboards.
THE SURFBOARD SHAPERS WORKSHOP HAS THREE WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE
THE ONE ON ONE SURFBOARD SHAPERS WORKSHOP
The One On One Surfboard Shapers Workshop is a 10 hour workshop.
The workshop consists of 5 modules of 2 hours each.
These modules can be done over a week or longer if required.
The modules are:
The One on One Surfboard Shapers Workshop includes design folder with study notes, tool suggestions.
Cost is $850, plus the blank which varies depending on the size of the board you wish to shape.
Your finished shaped board is then ready to glass with all fin markings.
All surfboard designs, both long and short are catered for.
THE ALAIA SHAPERS WORKSHOP
The Alaia Shapers Workshop is a 6 hour One on One session that is for anyone wanting to shape their own timber Alaia surfboard.
Made from Australian grown Paulownia timber, the Alaia is now having a resurgence in interest with many surfers re-discovering the roots of surfing. Included is the blank, up to 7’0″, all tools and protective equipment is supplied.
Richard guides the student through history, design, the process of cutting the planshape, turning the rails and finish shaping. After shaping the board is oiled ready for surfing.
The Alaia Shapers Workshop starts at $700 with a plain Paulownia blank.
THE BALSA SURFBOARD SHAPERS WORKSHOP
The Balsa Surfboard Shapers Workshop is a one day workshop for anyone wanting to shape a beautiful balsa timber surfboard.
You will be personally guided by a master shaper with over 50 years shaping experience while learning about design and performance dynamics.
This One on One Balsa Surfboard Shaping Workshop utilises partially shaped hollow balsa blanks taking the long and hard work out.
With a choice of several designs available to shape you will find there is one to suit you with all your safety gear supplied.
Available designs, dimensions and fin options:
Additional options include:
You will come come away with your own beautiful Balsa Surfboard, to be treasured for a lifetime.
Balsa Surfboard Shapers Workshop prices will vary depending on the surfboard design that you select. Glassing costs depend on fin and finishing options.
BALSA WORKSHOP AND BLANK PRICES (excluding glassing and options)
Please email for a complete quote to email@example.com stating design, fin combination and
ARTWORK – LOGO DESIGN AND DECAL PRINTING SERVICE AVAILABLE.
SURFBOARD SHAPERS WORKSHOP
Morning session 09.30 to 14.00 – Afternoon session 14.00 to 16.00
One on One Surfboard Shapers Workshop requires 5 sessions.
The Alaia Shapers Workshop requires 2 consecutive sessions on the same day.
YOUR BOOKING WILL BE CONFIRMED BY EMAIL
A DEPOSIT IS REQUIRED TO SECURE ALL BOOKINGS
ALL GIFT CERTIFICATES ARE TO BE PAID IN FULL AND A BOOKING CODE WILL BE ISSUED
$450.00 2 hours
PLEASE EMAIL IF REQUESTING TIMES OUTSIDE THESE SESSIONS?
“I am passionate about my craft and want to inspire you to shape functional, beautiful surf craft that have the potential to change your life and open the way to enjoy the rewards of creating great surfboards. My goal is the create tomorrow’s craftsman today.”