DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"
DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"
DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"
DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"
DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"
DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"

DAWN - DIY Customised Kit | 8'6" or 9'2"

Regular price $501.80
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About the Dawn 8'6" or 9'2"

This is the most loved and sought-after model in the Bywater range. Able to surf anything from one-foot slope to overhead barrels if you dare, the Dawn is THE one longboard you must own. Perfect for the rider looking to own one longboard, or someone who is looking to become more accustomed to the nose, the Dawn will have you loving your surfing again. The Ultimate high-performance wooden nose rider!

  • You can build your own custom board either 8'6" or 9'2" x 23" x 2 3/4"
  • Weight: Your board should end up at under 1kg per foot depending on your external finish
  • Suits waves 1' - 6' 
  • The standard design features a deep concave in the nose into a flat middle through to a rolled V in the tail
  • Ability to modify the bottom contours with more concaves if that is what you are after
  • The Dawn is available in both our Premium Kit and DIY Customised Kit. Unsure which Kit to purchase? Compare our Kits to find out more details, or check out the Premium Kit here.


    The DIY Customised Kit includes:

    1:1 Full Size scale paper plans

    To mark out the rails, ribs, nose and tail blocks – specific to the selected board style

    Paulownia for Rails

    2 / 200 x 8mm of Rough sawn Paulownia that will need to be machined to 6mm and cut into 6 individual rails

    Plywood panel for Ribs and Frame Stand

    External hardwood to be cut to size using the 1:1 full-size paper plans

    Nose & Tail Blocks

    150 x 38mm Rough sawn timber to be cut to size using the 1:1 paper plans

    Paulownia for Skins

    6 / 200 x 8mm Rough sawn Paulownia to be machined to 4mm ready to be glued together

    Instruction PDF

    A comprehensive, step by step instruction guide with photos, delivered via email as a PDF

    Compare Kits

    Should I buy the Premium Kit or Customised DIY Kit?

    Simply; the Premium Kit is recommended for Beginners/Intermediate and first time board makers, while the DIY Customised Kit is recommended to experienced woodworkers or someone who has attended one of our in person courses. The Premium Kit has more inclusions with materials that are pre-prepped, eliminating the need to have access to certain machinery, reducing prep time and allows you to jump straight into the frame assembly.

    The DIY Customise kit includes the bare bones un-prepped materials with more scope to customise and truly ‘do-it-yourself.’  You will be making your board from scratch with more scope to customise your board and use the 1:1 paper plans as guide.

    Both kits will include our comprehensive step by step Instruction guide in PDF format.

    Across our 8 different surfboard styles, you can choose either Premium Kit or DIY Customised Kit, depending on your needs.



      There are required parts you will need to complete your board, but some of these you may want to source yourself:


      Item  Description
      Plastic Leash Plug The plastic leash plug is a standard plug easily glued into any surfboard, once the glue if off the plug is then sanded down flush with the board to glass the board, we only supply the black plug.
      Brass Leash Plug

      Stuart designed this Brass leash for not only practical purposes but for an easy install into hollow boards to glue in with very little clean up after. The top flange is only 1 mm thick so with the glass and resin on the deck it easily becomes flush when it is sanded flush and buffed.

      In a beautiful wall hanger, it definitely adds that bling that comes with glossy timber and shiny brass. If left unfinished or used a lot it will tarnish giving the board an old school nautical vibe

      Brass Vent

      If you want a vent and chose a brass leash plug then a brass vent is for you. 

      You do not need a vent if you have a bung and every board needs a bung, but it will give you time carrying your board in the heat before you need to take the bung out, allowing you to walk back around to that point before you jump off the rocks back for another wave, or you hope out of the water take the bung out, walk out to the point put the bung back in and off  you go, your decision whatever works for you and where you surf .

      140 Pack of Pegs

      These pegs are you extra light clamps for your rails, I have tried a few brands and sizes but I have found these give the best pressure and last the longest.


      We will supply you with enough paper to sand your board rails, decks and a design for an easy to make sanding board for your desks, I also show you the best way to sand your board in the video tutorials.

      Safety Glasses

      You only need one eye to see, but two to really look

      Take care of your eyes, the resins, fiberglass and glues can easily destroy your eyes if you get dust or fibres in them, if you don’t buy these glasses please make sure you get some from somewhere.

      Dust Mask

      The paulownia dust is very fine and can choke your lungs when sanding it, I leave the sanding till the end and probably only sand the timber when the board is finished and for about 3 hours. Once the resin is on the timber the board is then sanded again the resin dust is not good for you so please where a mask of some sort.


      Our "Wave Of Tradition" Tees

      After 3 years these Tees are getting close to the end of the run, we print no more than 200 of each design and we have limited numbers left. A new design is in the works.

      Centre Fin Box and Timbers
      Centre and supporting timbers are available or you can purchase your own FCS finbox to put in.
      LHS and RHS Finbox
      FCS LHS and RHS finbox.


      Resin and Adhesive Glue will need to be sourced independently from a supplier. We use and recommend:

      Techniglue CA ER60 Epoxy Resin: which can be purchased directly from Nightingale Supply here

      Surfset Flex Clear Resin: which can be purchased directly from Sanded here

      For a full list of other materials and equipment need to make a wooden surfboard please view the FAQ page