In all seriousness, have a first hand experience (or al least observe) from anyone involved in shaping near you to think if this is what you really want to do in your spare time. Also, don't forget to go out there and surf as much as you can; if you don't know how to play the game, then you won't know how to shape the game (excuse the pun)...
There was a post in the "excellent beginners guide" thread under "Surfboards - Shaping and Board Design" section, might be worth considering??:
i am going to host a workshop with rich blundell (treetosea) in our place in pembrokeshire/wales.
he will teach how to build a hollow wooden surfboard with his strip and feather method.
no woodworking skills needed. paulownia and cedar will be provided.
date will be half term in february next year.
price depends on the length of the surfboard that is build.
more infos on the workshop here:http://treetosea.org/
or call paul: 07790795117
spread the word and tell your friends.
Good luck and let us know how you're getting on with your idea.
It's great to see someone with such an enthusiasm towards surfing. You never know, you might just be the next key contributor in Welsh surfing community!