So-Cal Surfboard Building Class

Build a Grain Surfboard at the Enjoy Handplanes Farm. Four days and you walk away for a board ready-to-glass.

So-Cal Surfboard Building Class

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San Diego

Board Building Class

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Ed Lewis, the man behind Enjoy Handplanes, is about as fired up about sustainable surfcraft as they come. We're excited to offer a board building workshop at the Enjoy Handplanes farm in north eastern San Diego county. It's a beautiful retreat off in the hills that still gets a cool ocean breeze. Escape the routine and come build your own board in a setting that encourages focus. Plus, Ed is offering a number of different lodging options so you can make it a full retreat and let your car take some days off too. For more info contact us at school@grainsurfboards.com.

You can count on the same experience you’d get by coming here to Maine including two home cooked 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.

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 also throw in a home cooked breakfast and lunch each day. 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

One of Grain's board builders will be there from Maine, assisted by Ed Lewis himself. They'll guide students through the easy step-by-step process to ensure that each board that leaves the farm will be a beautiful one-of-a-kind surfboard that will last a lifetime. Students will also learn some rapid-construction techniques necessitated by the short time-frame.

We'll learn basic surfboard design concepts, the simple application of steam to manipulate wood into shapes, adhesive applications, elements of edge tool work, glassing and effective use of epoxy. Glassing demonstrations will be held in the evenings to help students with the techniques they will use if glassing at home.

Previous classes have filled in just a few days, so please call or email to reserve your shaping stand soon.


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.


More Details: see below, or these links:

Course Schedule, All Classes
Class FAQs

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


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