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Build Your Own: Surfboard Workshop with Grain Surfboards {sold out} Thursday, November 1, 8:00 am

Craft your very own surfboard using sustainable materials at this four day workshop

Build Your Own: Surfboard Workshop with Grain Surfboards {sold out}
Event Type

Make Workshop


8 hours/ day for 4 days


16 years and older (15 years and younger needs to be accompanied by an adult supervisor - contact us for adjusted ticketing pricing)


$2,500 per person


32701 Alipaz St
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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Parking is available in The Ecology Center parking lot.

What to bring:
This workshop is outdoors, please don’t forget sunglasses, sunscreen, and your reusable water bottle. Closed-toed shoes are required, and jackets are recommended for chilly evenings.

Photos and video may be taken at this workshop for social and digital use. By registering for this workshop you agree to our photo/video release policy.

Build Your Own: Sustainable Surfboard 

There’s nothing quite like catching the perfect wave. Now, imagine catching that perfect wave on a surfboard you crafted with your own two hands.

Join us at The Ecology Center November 1st – 4th as Nolan Collins of Grain Surfboards guides you through a multi-day workshop to craft your own wood surfboard. Work side by side with Grain’s builders to create a board using timeless woodworking techniques and sustainably grown and harvested cedar from the state of Maine. Sustainable softwood helps to naturally produce artful grain patterns on every board making each board unique. Learn new skills and meet new members in our community at this 4-day workshop on our idyllic grounds at The Ecology Center.

here’s what you can expect:

The workshop begins with you choosing your model of board from over a dozen options shared by the Grain Surfboards. Then you’ll start the building process with a board, frame already glued to the bottom planks. Grain Surfboards experts will work with you to establish the desired outline of the board by laying down the foundation. Over the next few days, you’ll work to build up the rails, install blocking for hardware, attach the top planks and finally shape and sand your board.

Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast and lunch each day along with plenty of time to get to know other workshop attendees. Demo boards will be available for pre or post-class surf sessions at Doheny Beach (1 mile from The Ecology Center) or your favorite surf spot in the area. All tools, materials, and food are included in the price of this workshop, see below for more details.

Glassing is not included in this workshop, however, you will be provided with contact information of local glassers so you know where to finish your board.

Included in your workshop:
  • 4-day hands-on experience taught by the Grain Surfboard team
  • All materials and tools for making (1) surfboard
  • A light breakfast and farm-to-table lunch provided daily (vegan and vegetarian options available)
  • Water, coffee, tea available throughout the day
  • Demo surfboard to use pre/post class for local surfing sessions
Not included in the workshop
  • Glassing of surfboard
About Grain Surfboards

In 2005, our passion for board sports merged with our understanding of the importance of quality, some woodworking shops, and a sincere commitment to sustainable practices. Grain was born, and soon after, a tiny shop on a farm in York, Maine became our home – a place where we build surfboards one at a time and continue to share the experience with people from all over the world.

What started as a desire to build and ride our own boards turned into a bigger idea: Classic surfboards that were completely new to an entire generation of surfers, an environmentally conscious generation with an appreciation for sustainability. Inspired by the boats we’ve built and worked on, our first design featured caulked seams and bronze fasteners, but with quite a bit of trial and error, we refined a new technique based on time-tested boatbuilding construction techniques, and named ourselves for the natural grace of the grain patterns that jump from every freshly glassed board.

We believe in reaching back into our heritage, taking what inspires us, and evolving it all over again. We think of it as “re-evolutionary”. Time-tested ideas, progressive shapes, boatbuilding techniques, renewable resources, organic epoxies and New England craftsmanship. Today, our boards represent a new way of thinking about surf craft – one that values these things and results in a board that will last a lifetime and – perhaps – never be thrown away.