What some of our students are saying..

What some of our students are saying..

‘Board looks f***ing amazing! It’s an epic finish’ 

‘Wow – looks amazing. Thanks so much’ 

‘Thanks mate..I love it!!!!!!!’ 

‘Perkins is a wave catching machine’ 

‘Far exceeded my expectations’

‘It is not just about making a board…its more than that’

'Do it even if you don't surf, you will be very pleased'


One of the highlights of offering our surfboard making courses, is hearing the feedback from our enthusiastic students after they have experienced the 4 days with us. The testimonials we receive speak to the quality of the courses we provide and the final product of these epic surfboards. After many years fine tuning the structure and operation of the course, we are confident each course is better than the last.  Each student feels a grand sense of accomplishment and satisfaction after completing their own board and experiencing surfboard making first hand. 

A recent student Scott, kindly spoke of his second experience of the course; 

‘I’ve now made two timber boards now under the guidance of Stuart in his 4 day workshops and found the experience of making a timber board both exhilarating and therapeutic. Stuart’s skill and knowledge in the craft and encouragement enabled me the experiment with my designs and I now have two boards that I am super stoked with. Both have drawn admiration from family and friends and turn heads down the beach and out in the water. Riding a timber board is a different sensation to that of a modern style board and incredibly rewarding, when you have made it yourself. I thoroughly recommend anyone to take the journey with Stuart and shape your own functional piece of art.’

“Stuart, its been an absolute pleasure for us spending the past four days with you as our mentor.

The Girls are delighted with what they have achieved and stoked with their Bywater shirts; they will be worn with pride.

It's a credit to you and Daniele in what you have been able to achieve. I can appreciate how much time and personal sacrifice it takes to build a family business. Well done and thanks again mate” 

Dom attended a class with his two daughters last year - It was a pleasure having this fabulous family trio in the workshop.

Neil with his latest 8ft Rose says; 

“I have made three surfboards with Stuart I didn’t need the second two but the experience was so much fun that I kept going back and took some friends. When I show people the boards I have made they are impressed, especially as I had no previous woodwork experience. Everyone should do this"

We couldn’t ask for better feedback even if we paid them! We’re so stoked to be able to share this craft with past, present and future students.  Whether you're a seasoned surfer looking to add a unique and personal touch to your quiver, or a new woodworking enthusiast looking to combine your passions, our wooden surfboard making course is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill and create something truly special to enjoy for years to come. We do warn that you will be dreaming of your second board, once you have your own wooden surfboard. 


Contact us for a detailed information pack on our in person board classes and check out our 2023 dates here.