About The Shaper

Nigel Annesley was lucky enough to have grown up surfing Whale beach, in Sydney’s northern beaches.

At age 5 he caught his first wave, and has been hooked on surfing ever since.

Nigel’s gravitation towards the ocean led to his first job maintaining boats, hull design and fibre glassing, followed by a stint working as a carpenter. Throughout these early years, he discovered a talent and passion for building and creating with his hands, also developing a fascination for hydrodynamics and laminar flow.

Around age 16 he shaped and sanded his first surfboard. It must have turned out ok (for a first attempt) because it led to a fulltime job offer at a leading glassing company. Over the following years Nigel learned every aspect of board production. After hours he would sneak into an empty shaping bay and work the night away hand shaping boards, gradually understanding and replicating the beautiful curves he was so heavily influenced by during the day.

His shaping talent soon caught the eye of Luke Short of LSD Surfboards, who offered him a full time position shaping. Jumping at the chance, he was soon hand shaping countless custom and stock boards for Australia, Japan and Europe, under the LSD label, all the time gaining invaluable shaping knowledge and experience.

A year or so later he started shaping for Webber surfboards as well, forming a very close working relationship with Greg Webber, a free thinking creative genius at the forefront of surfboard design, drawing inspiration from Greg, and continually refining his shapes.

Over the years various brands have since employed Nigels designing and shaping skills such as Channel islands, Lost, DHD, Simon Anderson, Byrne, JS and Chilli to name a few.

Following shaping stints in WA, Lennox head and Bali and the Sunshine Coast, Nigel now calls Sydney home. Due to the international demand for his designs and shapes, Nigel is regularly travelling overseas fulfilling board orders, but can be found most days on the shaping room

Although Nigel enjoys shaping boards for some of the world’s most talented surfers, their feedback constantly pushing him to respond to the highest demands of performance surfing, he still designs and shapes every board personally, typically other shapers reserve this service for the pro’s or an elite lucky few.

Due to Nigel’s focus and 2 decades of shaping experience, he is able to understand and create beautiful and functional shapes to suit surfers of any skill level and style.

Our ultimate goal is to bring Nigel’s high level of innovative surfboard shape, intuition and knowledge of construction, determination and communication to you the surfer. Whoever you are, and wherever you want to take your surfing, Annesley surfboards has the perfect shape for you.


Make Your Own Board for nearly the price of a brand new custom board while enjoying a nice Bali holiday. We offer 2 types of courses catering to all individuals whether you just want to learn or advance your shaping skills.

4 Day Shaping Course
Over 4 days, we will provide you with all of the materials, tools and live instruction necessary to create a custom surfboard from start to finish. Upon completion, the surfboard is yours to keep, and the lessons provide you with the ability and knowledge to shape and glass additional surfboards on your own, and go on to experiment with different elements of board building.

*No experience needed
DAY 1: Shaping
Day One starts with the basics of surfboard design. We'll introduce you to the shaping bay environment and introduce the tools and techniques employed in this craft as well as the safety. We will lead you through planning the shapes & design, the intricacies of bottom contours, rockers, nose, tail, deck and rail shapes. We will discuss fin and plug installation, including various theories around fin positioning on different boards, and how their placement may affect performance.
Prior to your trip, you would hop on phone call with us and discuss the details of the board you’d like to shape; what you’ve been riding, what you hope to achieve with a new shape so that everything will be prepared before this date. 

DAY 2: Glassing
We will proceed to the glassing stage on day two where we will cover every step of the glassing process. You will learn how to dress the board with fiberglass cloth and mixing the resin and laminating your board. 

DAY 3: Sanding & Finishing
This will be the final day in the factory. You will learn each step of the critical finishing process; achieving a perfect finish & effectively sanding off your board to achieve a smooth and hydrodynamic finish.

DAY 4: Surfing1
Today is the day where you get to test your new creation out in the surf! We will have a videographer with you and your board, getting all the waves you will catch with your new magic board



1 Day Intensive Shaping Course

You'll gain proficiency in the art of surfboard shaping. Our comprehensive instruction delves into the intricacies of shaping principles and methodologies, encompassing a wide spectrum of topics such as becoming acquainted with the shaping bay environment, tool selection and their effective utilisation, the advantages of manual shaping versus CNC, plug installation, initial shaping, rail design, meticulous adjustments, and the intricate process of final sanding.
Perfect for those who want to start their own surfboard brand.

*No experience needed


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