Surfboard Shaping at Tuckerton Seaport

Jan 08, 2018
Photo by: courtesy Tuckerton Seaport Previous workshop members show their body surfing handplanes.

The New Jersey Surf Museum, located at the Tuckerton Seaport, is the place to learn how to make your own surfing equipment this January as surfer and board maker Greg Melega teaches two workshops in Perrine’s Boat Shop.

Shape an original alaia surfboard, a solid wood and fin-less board, with nearly all hand tools while learning many aspects of woodworking and basics of surfboard shaping. By the end of the class, you will have made a 6-foot-long western red cedar board that you can ride or display in your home. You will also gain an understanding of what goes into making a surfboard function properly in the ocean. No prior knowledge is required, just a sense of adventure for fun!

The two-day workshop is Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Class fees are $325 for members, $350 for nonmembers.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Melega will teach how you can make your own wooden hand-plane. A hand-plane is used while body surfing to give the rider lift, direction and speed while on a wave. Worn on your hand and with a pair of swim fins, these little boards can be used in small summer surf or to conquer big, fast barrels. Learn the process of making this miniature surf-craft while using the tools and concepts of a surfboard shaper. Fees are $120 for members, $130 for nonmembers. And while at the Seaport don’t forget to visit the New Jersey Surf Museum to see surfing memorabilia and learn the history of the sport that started at the Jersey Shore in 1912.

The Tuckerton Seaport is located at 120 West Main St. in historic Tuckerton. Call 609-296-8868 to register. —P.J.

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