The type of surfboard you ride can make a huge difference to your surfing, both in terms of day to day enjoyment and also with respect to how quickly you progress. Therefore, it's crucial to get the right fit between you and your board.

These days there are many different surfboards to choose from. As a result, surfers who do not have an ongoing relationship with a competent shaper, may have difficulty deciding what type of surfboard would best suit them. In addition, different manufacturers, magazine articles and forums make different promises and claims about various types of boards. Some of these promises and claims are untrue or misleading, or at best are distortions of the truth. In these circumstances it's natural that surfers often feel confused or uncertain. For example recently, so called volume calculators have emerged on various websites. These calculators purport to accurately assess how much volume you need in your new board. However in truth, these devices are entirely lacking in empirical foundation and scientific validity and are simply another form of marketing. In reality, there is no substitute for a detailed consultation with an experienced shaper.

At Miller Surfboards, whether you are a raw beginner or a highly experienced surfer, your situation will be treated as unique. You will receive equal time and attention from Grant, who will personally work with you to design a board which meets your needs now.......and also those needs which will naturally emerge as your surfing progresses. From the moment you start talking with Grant, you will realize that you are not talking with an ordinary surfboard shaper. Rather, you are in direct contact with a professional who knows surfboards inside and out, who cares about his craft, and who is totally focussed on your situation.

Our level of personal service and attention to detail is in the superior category. Approximately 8-10 weeks after you receive your new board, Grant will contact you personally to see how the board is performing. After that, he remains available for you to consult with, or to advise you on any surfing related issue, should the need arise. The nature and quality of this relationship is very similar to that experienced by professional surfers with their respective shapers. What inevitably occurs through this process, is a progressive enhancement of your surfing experience. If you require the finest in surfboards, not the cheapest, then you have come to the right place.

Grant Miller has been designing and shaping surfboards, both here and internationally, for the past 34 years and has shaped in excess of 22,000 boards.

Check our testimonials. Welcome.

How do I order?

Surfboards can be ordered in person from Grant by prior arrangement, at Mona Vale on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Simply call him on - 0410 770 374  to arrange a time.
Alternatively, boards can be ordered over the telephone by calling - 0410 770 374 , or by making an enquiry through the website contact page.
Finished boards can be picked up in person, at Mona Vale, or delivered by courier.
We will happily trade in your used Miller board on a new custom surfboard.

We supply Ocean and Earth products at competitive prices and can provide leashes, grips, boardbags and 10mm multi travel bags on request. Simply ask Grant at time of ordering or call him for an obligation free quote.
Ocean and Earth are manufacturers of high quality surfing accessories. They are a 100% Australian owned and operated company based at Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales South Coast.


Mona Vale NSW 2103.
Business hours: 11am----6pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Tel: 0410 770 374

" Although dealing with a shaper might seem like you are purchasing a board, to a large extent you are really purchasing a service. Grant's level of service was exceptional - kept me up to date during a difficult time for him*, returned calls very quickly, delivered when promised and delivered a board that was exactly as promised. He was extremely easy to talk to and genuinely interested in what I wanted and how to make the best board for me, rather than what was easiest for him. Little things, like extra glassing round the fins and tail, are very well thought out and add to the quality of the final product. The custom spray was a bit of an extravagance but was done perfectly - not only does Grant provide a great service but he surrounds himself with quality assistants. This was my first custom board, but I see no reason to ever again buy off the rack, well at least while Grant is still around.    ~   Chris Age 43. "

* Note from Grant Miller. Chris ordered his board from my bedside at Milton Hospital in early November 2012, a few days after my admission with a very serious spinal injury.
WelcomeGrant/SumatraSUBXMarie Miller/1979
Grant Miller, Ujung Bocur July 16th 2012 -- Excerpt from diary : “woke early, surf big. Triple to 5 times overhead. Only a few guys out but not many taking off. Paddled the 7'6” off the corner and out with dry hair and straight into a real big one on the outside. Dropping down the face felt like ages with a huge roar behind me, full power off the bottom and up high flying free. Fade back and then out over the top screaming. 3 hour session, no falls, a career high point at 54”.

Sunday, 24 July 2016

INDUSTRY/ South Coast relocation and work dates

I'm gradually setting myself up on my small farm in the mountains behind Milton. I have a view stretching from Green Island in the North to Brush Island in the South and so can get instant swell checks which help me decide which way to head for surf. Wombats and Wallabies come out of the adjoining Moreton National Park in the late afternoon and early morning as well as birds I'm unfamiliar with. As I write this entry, heavy mist is rolling across from the South and memories flooding back from my years in Big Sur, California. Forest in the foreground, farmland behind and the sea in the background. I have always wanted to live in a mountain area and here I am in a stunning location. I wish my parents were still alive to share this with me.

As some of you will already know, I'm taking a couple of months off work to get things organised down here after shaping at Mona Vale the past couple of years. I already have a number of people on my shaping list for when I start working again down here in early September. Please feel free to call 0410770374 or email me if you would like to talk about having a new board built. It may be that you can meet me here on the property by arrangement if you wish. You would not be intruding and will be very welcome. Someone told me the other day that they had heard that I'd retired! No, absolutely not. It's really nice to be having a break though, as I've done a lot of boards in the past 6 months and at the same time I'm looking forward to getting back into it in my new shaping bay. After a flirtation with shaping machines a couple of years back, I'm handshaping everything again. Certainly it's more time consuming, but I have total control and get much more of a sense of achievement this way. We’ve had a pretty good run of surf these past few weeks down here. I hope you are all getting some waves too.

POLITICAL/Sometimes one is well advised to judge a book by its cover

Being on the left as I am (an old friend called me a socialist the other day which I took as a compliment) the election result is extremely regrettable. However Turnbull's largely unstated agenda of removing independent voices in the senate has unequivocally failed. He now faces even greater difficulty in passing objectionable legislation, and I can imagine that despite his false cheerfulness, he must really feel like just walking away from it all. However I still hope that Turnbull has more of a social conscience than he has thus far had the courage to reveal. But what about his front bench?

Who are these people, these mean little people as Paul Keating would say, that we are faced with for the next 3 years? As a young man straight out of Sydney Uni, I worked as a Psychologist for a couple of years while still running my surfboard business (I couldn't make up my mind). I first worked at Long Bay Gaol in maximum security and then later in a heroin rehab programme. So what you may ask? Well, both these populations are for the most part dishonest, either to society or to themselves. What they say, how they say it, and what they do is the material therapists work with. And so naturally I gained a lot of valuable experience in bullshit detection. This has been most useful throughout my life. Back to the Liberal front bench. Now I'm not suggesting or implying that they are actually dishonest, but the way that they each present to the world leaves me wondering what they really think and believe, and by default, can they be trusted? Trust is everything.
Here are my observations and a brief analysis of a few of them.

Bishop. Up until about a year ago she never smiled on camera. However she often appeared to snarl and her cold stare was legendary. I imagine it's possible that industrial Psychologists may have been brought in to correct this. Now, she sort of smiles, but she often smiles at the wrong time and then doesn't smile at the right time. I feel uncomfortable watching her being interviewed. Don't you? But we are expected to take what she says seriously.

Dutton. Dutton never smiles. If the therapists have been brought in, then they have failed in their work. Dutton appears to feel the need to read even simple material, in an often halting, almost pleading manner. His eyes appear pleading as he tries to assure us that all is well on Manus and Nauru. We know from independent sources that all is not well on Manus and Nauru. Again, we seem to be expected to take him seriously.

Morrison. Exhale. Morrison may have been trained by Bishop's therapist. Again they have failed. He often appears to try and force a smile, again, usually at inappropriate times, indeed often when he seems to be angry. He frequently also raises his voice and moves forward in his chair with eyes bulging on such occasions and the incongruence is very noticeable and even disturbing. Again, we are expected to take what he says seriously.

Pyne. Good grief. Again, there is a marked incongruence/disconnect between what he says and how he says it. Like Bishop and Morrison, he often smiles when he appears to be angry. He also seems to struggle to answer a question directly, particularly when the answer, obvious to the viewer, would portray himself or the Liberals unfavourably. Invariably however, at the end of an interview where he has struggled and obviously been in great discomfort, he says that he “enjoyed being here”. Really? Again we are expected to believe what he says.

Abbott. I'm sorry to disappoint but I find it too upsetting to analyse Abbott any more. However any reasonably intelligent person will form their own view. It should not take long nor require much effort. We can only hope and pray that he remains on the backbench, which in my view is a location
fully commensurate with his ability and contribution to society. In passing, it must at least be comforting for him to be remembered as the vast suppository of Liberal wisdom.

Yes, these are the people who we have re elected to govern us. Are they honest, are they dishonest, only time will tell. Being real/authentic would be wonderful, but obviously too much to ask. Really though, I despair.
Grant Miller

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