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Build a Standup Paddle Board  NEW

Why are stand-up paddle-boards all the rage? Because they're seriously fun, like walking on water.

There are many SUPs, but the one you built yourself will be absolutely unique. The marine plywood stand-up paddleboard is building is 3m long by 750mm wide. It can be carried by one person, fits on an ordinary car roof rack, and if looked after, will provide years of fun for the whole family. It will easily support 100kg. The SUP would be an ideal project for someone who has already built a canoe at Camp Creative, as the same skills and similar methods are used, but the SUP is more time consuming to build. It would be very suitable for a family group to build. You can enrol multiple people to work on one paddleboard for the price of an adult full-day enrolment.

  • Adults: $418.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST


Age 16+
Skill Level Everyone
Time slot Whole week - full days
Status 2022 details coming soon.
Location Bellingen Public School

More about the course

The SUP comes as a complete kit, with all parts cut out - there is very little sawing to do. The kit includes a screw-in bung for drainage and an expansion valve. We start with the top panel upside down, add a spine, laminated bow piece, transom, ribs and stringers, side panels, do some trimming and gluing, then glue on the bottom panel.

As in the canoe, we use screws, clamps and cable ties to hold the board together until the glue cures, then remove all the temporary fastenings. The SUP is then planed and sanded smooth.

The SUP can be given a trial run on the Bellinger River on Friday afternoon without painting, but will need painting or varnishing before being put into general use.

If you have any questions or would like more information please email Brian at briantina@aapt.net.au or Paul at kurrajong2454@gmail.com


Brian  Jones

Brian Jones

Brian is a retired primary school and TAFE teacher who is passionate about building boats and getting out on the water, be it sailing, steaming or paddling. He has built dinghies, canoes, kayaks and stand up paddleboards with men’s groups, youth at risk, indigenous girls, and TAFE, Primary and High School students. He has seen the tremendous sense of pride and self-worth that building their own craft has brought to them- for many students it has been their first success at school. He has built stitch and glue canoes with students in high schools, TAFE, the National Maritime Museum in Sydney, the Wooden Boat Festivals in Hobart and Rhyll (Phillip Island), and 73 at Camp Creative, bringing the total number of these canoes afloat to 185. He has also built boats for himself, including canoes and kayaks, sailing dinghies, a 7m steamboat, and a 1920’s design speedboat. His aim is to show as many people as possible how easy it is to get afloat in a craft they have built themselves.

As Ratty said to Mole in Kenneth Grahame’s ‘The Wind in the Willows’… “Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing… as messing about in boats.”


Paul Fisher

Paul Fisher

Paul has done the Canoe course twice before at Camp Creative, building canoes with his two sons, who enjoyed the course immensely…and turned out a couple of very impressive canoes! Paul has recently retired and is trying his hand at farming in the local district. Paul has been doing woodwork and technical drawing for 40 years, and is bringing his skills to an enlarged course that will see both canoes and SUP’s being built in the one location at CC.  

Course Requirements

It is $320 for all materials to make one 3m SUP. This is payable to the tutor on the first day of the course

(This does not include a paddle or painting. If you bring a 1.8m x 30mm dowel to the course, we will provide the paddle blade and glue for you to make your own paddle. A 1.5m broom handle is not long enough.)


  • Cordless drill with 4mm drill bit and phillips head driver. Don’t forget the charger!
  • Pair of pliers for tightening cable ties.
  • Pair of saw horses or folding work benches. 
  • Old clothes and closed in shoes - no thongs or sandals.
  • Plastic gloves to avoid glue on hands.
  • Hand saw.


  • Wood plane
  • Several grades of sandpaper for smoothing timber.
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Woodworking clamps
  • Countersink drill bit
  • General woodworking tools

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