Surfboard Maker

Shape and finish planks of plastic foam to form surfboards.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Surfboard Makers do?

Shapes and finishes planks of plastic foam, reinforced with wood, to form surfboards, using hand plane, electric hand plane, and electric sander: Verifies shape and dimensions with fiberboard template. Coats with resin and covers with fiberglass. Applies coat of resin and finishes with sandpaper and polishing compounds to achieve desired luster. May attach skeg to rear of board, using fiberglass to obtain required conformity. May repair damaged surfboards by inserting polyurethane foam in damaged area and laminating over the repaired area with fiberglass.


Should I be a Surfboard Maker?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Surfboard Maker

    Surfboard Makers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Surfboard Maker-related education!
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