Crafting your own wooden surfboard and then surfing your creation is one of the great joys of a surfing life. It’s so much more than a surfboard – a love for surfing, a moment in life, an expression of creativity and a functional work of art all at once.
The first surfers made their own surfboards out of wood. You can too. You’ll be able to surf your board, show it off and be proud of it for life. There won’t be another board like it anywhere on the planet because each piece of wood that nature makes is uniquely different.
Pat Burnett began holding workshops in 2013. Since then hundreds have built their own wooden surfboards with him.
The five-day workshop is about the magic of seeing a pile of planks transform into a one-of-a-kind work of art that can be surfed - and knowing that it was your hands and hard work that created it.
Many people have said at the end of the workshop that it is about so much more than a surfboard. Pat agrees and thinks there's a hidden creative power in working with your hands, that making surfboards is about the journey as much as anything else.
In building your surfboard you'll also learn about the different types of timber and how to get the best out of them, the environmental aspects of wooden surfboards, the history behind wooden surfboards, and design dynamics like rocker, rails and fin configurations.
It’s not essential that you have DIY or woodworking experience, and Pat is on hand to assist whenever it is necessary. Both ladies and gents are welcome. It goes without saying that you must be prepared to do the work.