Waves North Carolina Surfboard Building Class

Build a Grain Surfboard at Real Water Sports workshop in Waves NC on the famed Outer Banks. Four days and you walk away for a board ready-to-glass. This class is discounted because meals are not included.

Waves North Carolina Surfboard Building Class


Real Water Sports Board Building Class

Waves, North Carolina

If you don't see dates that work for you, check our full schedule. There may be traveling classes close to you. Or come to Maine - it's a beautiful place, and hanging at our shop is an experience in itself! There's also our Board Builder's Fantasy Camp: any dates you want (as long as we're free) plus you can build any board in our line. It's one-on-one; just you and a Grain board-builder for a week.

A world class location right on the water

Days: Four days, Thursday a.m. through Sunday p.m.

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Reservation: Full tuition is required to reserve a spot. Tuition is semi-non-refundable.


Nolan first visited Real Water Sports during the Rollin' Nolan East Coast Ramble five years ago. If there's a right way to run a world class boardsports-focused full-service resort, these guys know it. Located right on the water in Waves NC, this venue includes lodging, a restaurant, a bar and live music right on-site. World renowned kite boarding on one side of you, and epic beach breaks on the other... we may have a hard time staying focused.

You can count on the same experience you’d get by coming here to Maine including two delicious meals a day, the full course of instruction, and each student leaves at the end with a board ready-to-glass. The tuition’s a bit more for our traveling classes to cover the cost of us getting there, but students living locally avoid the cost of traveling to Maine and cost of lodging.

*Announcement: One Day Paipo Class*

Join us on Saturday April 25th at Real Water Sports, we'll be offering a limited number of students a chance to shape their own paipo. Special tuition for this workshop is $375 and includes the materials (solid wood blank), tools and one of our instructors to help you enjoy the process. The format is loose and casual but for those motivated, it'll be a fun day of templating, cutting and shaping. Some finish sanding and coatings at home after the workshop may be required. Sign up here or call us for me info, 207-457-5313.

What You Get

Students will have their choice of building any shape we offer as a HomeGrown Kit. Each student takes home his/her own board home ready for glassing and finishing on their own. Materials used in the board and those to be taken home with the student are the same as used in Grain Home Grown kits – sustainably grown cedar, zero VOC bio-epoxy, etc. The cost of all materials, supplies and selected pages of detailed instruction on glassing and finishing ($520- $820 value) are included in the course. The glassing supplies are also included as is use of all of the tools needed during the class. We'll even throw in a home-cooked breakfast and lunch as part of the tuition. Students are responsible for their own dinner costs as well as accommodations, although we’re happy to recommend some nice places around the area.

What You learn

Two Grain board builders will be available to guide students through the easy step-by-step process to ensure that each board that leaves the class will be a beautiful one-of-a-kind surfboard that will last a lifetime. Together, we'll explore basic surfboard design concepts, the simple application of steam to manipulate wood into shapes, adhesive applications, elements of edge tool work and use of other traditional hand tools, glassing and effective use of epoxy. We will do our best to arrange glassing demonstrations in the evenings to help students with the techniques they will use if glassing at home. To streamline this class as much as possible, some initial prep work will be done by us before you arrive.

Classes usually fill quickly, and we hate it when people miss out, so don't hesitate to to reserve your shaping stand soon as you've decided you wanna build your own... Use the calendar listing at right, or the Workshop Options buttons on the board pages or call or email soon.