HANDCRAFTING SURFBOARD ACADEMY
In 2012 Fabio decided to start with a new project. He means to spread his knowledge of surfboard handcrafting and give the opportunity to those who wish to take the professional path that he had done previously. This is how Handcrafting Surfboard Academy was born.
This is the first school for professional start-up surfboard builders.
In a country like Italy where the technical and constructive knowledge about the boards is learned in a very discontinuous way, as the development of the sector has always been negatively impacted ,due to the scarcity of waves in the country.
So, Fabio thought it would be useful for those inside the surfing community that wanted shaping as a permanent job in their life, to teach them this profession in a serious and professional way. Thus following basically the path he had decided himself to follow long ago.
His idea has been successful and in the last 6 years both in the Rome office and for 2 years also in the Durban office, some very motivated boys and girls have succeeded and passed, most of whom have already started their own businesses of the production of surfboards.
His courses are individual and are as follows:
COURSE REPAIR, COURSE DESIGN, COURSE SHAPING, COURSE GLASSING, COURSE SANDING, COURSE POLISHING, COURSE ARTWORK, COURSE CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE BOARD AND COURSE CONSTRUCTION WOOD BOARD.
In the wake of the success of the training school for builders boards he thought, given his long experience with the boards and especially his skills as a surfboard designer, it was now time to give more opportunities to the Italian surfing industry, always penalized in this sport which unfortunately is still is not part of Italian DNA.
In recent months he has designed blank models that have already been tested not only during the processing of his boards, but also in the sea by a team of Fabio international athletes and by himself.
The new brand of Italian EPS BLANKS is called: “WEST COAST” which was his first surfboard company in Italy, in 1980. For this new project of his he reproduced the same logo hoping it to be a good omen.
He also wanted to pay homage to his city of birth (as well as place of plank production) by printing the Colosseum on each blank. He designed these blanks products thinking not only of the myriad of small artisans, the birth of which Italy has recently seen, but also to all those who work in garages, as he did at the beginning himself, as well as surfboard factories providing stable work in Italy.
The designs are current with regard to the rocker line, and the thickness of the blanks allow especially shapers using an electric planer, to finish the shape without having to do as many steps. He has made the measurements more easily identifiable of the blanks by replacing the traditional feet and inches that has been imposed on us by the international surf industry and he introduced the metric system which is the best measurement method for accuracy.
For Sup lovers two models of blanks for Sup Race and Sup Down Wind 4 meters long.
The blanks are produced both with wooden stringer or stringerless, and are available in the following sizes:
SHORTBOARDS: 2MT. / 2.5MT
SUP SURFBOARDS: 2.5MT / 3MT.
SUP RACE: 4MT
SUP DOWN WIND: 4MT
Reservation for the courses and the purchase of the planks can be performed online directly from this site (see STORE page). For more information you can visit the facebook / instagram pages of the activities described by clicking on the respective symbol on the homepage.
Please take note, due to a limited stock space for EPS blanks. It is necessary to order those in advance with a larger time.