Surfboard Shaping Classes





When:  We hold classes every Saturday from 9 am - 2pm.  If you have a group of 3 or 4 people we can schedule classes at other times.  Just let us know what times work for your group.   

Who:  These classes are designed for students who have shaped 0-10 boards in the past.  Students must be at least 16 years of age.  Students under the age of 18 will need parents signed consent.  Our classes have a maximum of 4 people per class.  

Goal:  To shape a surfboard from start to finish showing students a systematic and repeatable process.  We will start with a raw blank and end with a fine sanded final shape.  Students will develop an understanding of both power and hand tools.  Upon finishing the class, you will have a surfboard that is ready for fiberglassing.

Pricing: 

Under 7'0 Blank: $450
7'0 - 7'11 Blank: $475
8'0- 8'11 Blank: $500
9'0- 10'2 Blank: $550
We limit the size of the blank in this class to under 10'2

What this pricing includes:  These prices include a blank, 10 hours of professional instruction, use of all tools necessary,  use of our professional shaping bays.  Basic protective equipment (dust mask, ear protection, eye protection) will be provided.  Students will leave with a shaped surfboard that is ready for fiberglassing.

Class Size:  There are 4 students in a class.

Times / Scheduling:  Classes are currently being offered on Saturdays from 9am - 2pm.   To reserve a spot in a class you can call the shop (805) 782-9802, stop into the store in person, or email us nick@thecraftglassworks.com.  Payment is taken up front so that on the day of the class, we are just shaping and not dealing with payments.  

Length of Class:  This is a 10 hour class spread over 2 separate sessions.

Class Outline:
DAY 1
- Safety and tool introduction
- Removing the skin from the blank
- Templating the outline / cutting outline / truing outline
- Remove thickness and foil blank / rocker adjustments
- Bottom contours
DAY 2
- Bottom and top rail bands
- Shape rails and rough sanding to near final shape
- Fine sanding and screening to final shape
- Fin Placements / sign signature and final dimensions.

Fiberglassing:  This class deals with the shaping of the surfboard only.  Fiberglassing is NOT included in the class.  Students are free to do whatever they want when it comes to fiberglassing.

Fiberglassing options include:

1.  DIY:  Take your shaped blank home and fiberglass the board on your own.  Our store does sell all the necessary items to to this.  We are always around to help with any questions regarding this process.

2.  The Craft:  Let us take the guesswork out of the fiberglassing process.  We work with one of Southern California's premier glass shops.  We help you fill out an order form and your board is included with other professional surfboard shapers boards that are heading south for fiberglassing.  Here is a Price List for this service. 

3.  Other Local Companies:  There are other local companies that do fiberglassing.  We can point you in the right direction!