Surfboard Workshops

Since 2010 we’ve helped over a hundred people to make their own wooden surfboards, and our workshop courses are far and away our favourite weeks every year.

Over five days, you’ll build the surfboard of your choosing alongside a maximum of two other people, with us guiding you through each step of the process. No previous experience or aptitude for making is necessary; we break everything down into bite-size chunks and support you at all times.

The raw materials for your surfboard will have been prepped before you start (the noisy, dusty bits), so your job is to construct your surfboard and shape it. We then take it a short distance up the road to the best surfboard laminator in the UK, who finishes your surfboard ready to be splashed in the sea. To round things off, we can either work out delivery for your board or you can come and collect it and join us for a surf.

Lunch at Woodfired Canteen is included each day, and if you need somewhere local to stay please contact us for our recommended accommodation list.

If you're thinking of purchasing a workshop as a gift, we are happy to break the payments down into more manageable chunks. Simply pick the 'bank transfer' option at the check-out and we'll be in touch to work out a suitable payment plan.

Places available:

Itinerary

  • Day One

    Cut out the frame and glue to the bottom skin.

  • Day Two

    Building the rails.

  • Day Three

    Finishing the board ready for the top.

  • Day Four

    Rough shaping.

  • Day Five

    Finishing.

Wood Types

Triple dark

Triple pale

Single pale sandwiched by dark

Double pale sandwiched by dark

Poplar with single dark

Video showing a make your own wooden surfboard experience course at otter surfboards with interviews and surfing footage from Cornwall
participants on a build your own wooden surfboard course planing the rails
female participant on an Otter build your own wooden surfboard course gluing rail strips in place
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