If you are looking for the ultimate gift for the Surfer in your life, or if you surf and want to own your own unique and individual board then you may want to have a look at what Otter Surfboards in Porthtowan (UK) can offer you. Not only do they produce some of the finest looking surfboards we have ever laid eyes on, they also open up their workshop to enable budding shapers and enthusiasts the chance to create their very own board.
The Otter workshops give the lucky shaper the opportunity to craft either a Handplane, a Bellyboard or a beautiful and unique Surfboard. The course duration and price vary accordingly, with the one-day Handplane workshop costing £90 and the weeklong Surfboard course starting at £1400. Prior to your arrival the guys at Otter select the necessary materials according to your ideas and design, and they ensure that all the preparation work is done, so that you can get stuck in straight away without wasting time on basic dusty jobs.
You have the option to select how the finished board will look by choosing from a variety of stringer options and the colour and type of wood and even what kind of fin set up you would like. The courses run with a maximum of 3 people and this helps keep the experience more on a personal level.
It is also possible to buy direct from Otter without getting hands on, but the thrill of making, shaping and running your hands over your very own board is what appeals to us at Surf-Report, and the S-R crew are trying to talk me into a team bonding trip down to Porthtowan!
Make sure you take a look at the Otter Surfboard site here and have a look at the video below to see owner of the company James Otter at work and explaining more about the Otter Surfboard philosophy. You can either enroll direct to the workshops or gift vouchers are available. Let us know which board would you shape if you were lucky enough to get the opportunity?