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 Little Forest, or 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 Little Forest, freighted with TNT or hand delivered (see FAQ for details).

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.



" 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”.

Monday, 1 January 2018


POLITICAL

Turnbull and the Liberals

I’ve recently become aware of just how much I dislike Turnbull. Certainly not the loathing I have for Abbott whose primitive posturing and cunning are a matter of public record. But Turnbull is more slippery. His stupid smile constantly displayed, masks….well, we don’t know, do we? Before becoming PM he had definite positions on critical issues. Now, his position on critical issues changes like the wind. He is without doubt the most disappointing politician I can recall. Rather than a leader, he is merely a puppet. It seems he wants to be PM at all costs. Perhaps his narcissism demands this? As S.M.H. political editor Peter Hartcher wrote very recently “So far in Turnbull’s prime ministership he’s been ready to dump policies, positions, principles and personnel to hold his position. It’s been the only consistent thread running through his term-survival at any cost.” This then is our great leader, supporter of Adani, champion of Lydell coal power station, back flipping on the bank royal commission, but importantly, a good Christian. He’s happy being filmed going to church with Lucy.

Why do I say this? I say it to clearly show his hypocrisy and lack of good faith. He cares about climate change, then supports Adani and Lydell. He cares about people being exploited by the banks and then tries to block a Royal Commission. He cares about refugee’s lives being lost at sea and then ignores their plight on Manus and Nauru. He cares about the child abuse perpetuated by the various Christian churches on little children, and now remains pitifully silent when it comes to implementing the findings of the Royal Commission. It’s time to stop pussy footing around with the churches-force them to pay compensation to victims-we know they can afford it-they had plenty of resources to silence victims over the decades. If necessary, alter their taxation status or share of school funding to make them pay. Go after the bishops who were shown to be complicit in the abuse. Don’t tell us your prayers are with these people, with a stupid smile on your face. Shame. Do what a real leader should do. Oh for the next election.

Why Labor? Mabo/Medicare/Apology to the stolen generations/NDIS/Royal Commission into institutionalized abuse of children/First emissions trading scheme/Banking royal commission constant pressure.

INDUSTRY Current state of the Australian surfboard industry

Just before Christmas I was in the Dion chemicals factory at Brookvale. I have bought all my blanks and materials from Dion over the past 40 years and was busy loading as many blanks into my Ford wagon as possible. Considering the time of year, it seemed pretty quiet as I chatted to the boys who run the factory. “Oh yeah, it’s quiet locally for sure, but exports are booming” they said. Think China,Taiwan,Thailand,Bali, etc. Dion’s supply not just Australia but also the countries mentioned, sending giant containers of blanks and/or 44 gallon drums of chemicals so blanks can be blown overseas. Although I knew things were quiet from speaking with industry friends in Sydney, I hadn’t realized just how quiet until then. Although it’s not common knowledge, the local industry is almost on its knees. A number of shapers have put their tools away for good, and many are in debt for materials. So what’s happened? A number of factors are responsible.

Overseas imports. (I’ll put aside for now the ethics of Australian companies supplying materials to Asian countries who then export back here while undercutting local manufacturers. In truth, these offshore manufacturers could source the materials from other western countries if we refused to supply them. But even so, their volume discounts are massive compared to ours and we cannot go elsewhere for materials even if we wanted to.)

Massive numbers of boards are coming into Australia from Asia. Their quality varies from acceptable to complete rubbish. Most come in very cheaply because of low labour costs, no EPA and no import duty (Turnbull’s level playing field and free trade). The retail shops and online resellers are very happy about this since their mark-up is often huge and so they tend to push these boards more than those locally produced. Many are of epoxy construction which has serious inherent problems. These problems are not discussed by the shops selling them, but customers become aware of them later. Construction problems include delamination in the sun, early breakages, water retention once damaged and difficulty of repair. Many repairers now will not attempt to repair these boards or will charge a significant premium. Design problems are myriad. Some of these imports are built for Australian brands under license, but country of manufacture is not displayed or disclosed. In this way these boards can be passed off as being built in Australia. Although this contravenes the Trade Practices Act and is obviously unethical, litigation appears rare. Health problems such as contact dermatitis and respiratory complaints associated with epoxy construction mean that few Australian manufacturers are prepared to build these boards here. Arguments put forward for the supposed benefits of epoxy construction are often spurious, exaggerated, or at times complete lies. The same can be said for most boards containing carbon fibre. Indeed, casual observation over a long period suggests that these boards break in half at a far higher rate than polyurethane construction.

Surfing magazines and websites

I put much of the blame for these imports squarely on the shoulders of these organizations. Why? It’s obvious isn’t it?

Through board buyer’s guides and advertising, these imports are heavily promoted by the surf media. A weak argument sometimes voiced is that people don’t have to buy them no matter how they are advertised. True, and yet the persuasive influence of the surf media is undeniable. Considering Surfing magazines, I am not aware of one editor who is sufficiently qualified to provide commentary or meaningful feedback on surfboards, either imported or otherwise. Not one. Some of them obviously think they are, but they are not. None of them have recognised training in surfboard design and manufacture. They simply regurgitate the manufactures claims/spiel. It’s pathetic really. Those who can surf reasonably well appear to think that this gives their opinion more weight. It doesn’t. No highly critical feedback is ever provided since the fear is no future advertising revenue to the magazine. The same applies to surf websites where owners push their individual little barrows along. They are sometimes connected to a magazine but disclosure is often lacking. Again, even on forums, “moderator’s” usually snuff out any sustained criticism of a product for fear of litigation or loss of advertising revenue? Who knows? But the show goes on, and consumers gradually learn from bitter experience.

I have voiced these objections directly to various magazine owners, editors, advertising managers and website owners over the years with predictable results. One of these results is that I have been essentially ostracised by the Australian magazines and am no longer invited to participate in board buyer’s guides or design articles. Actually it’s almost a relief. But I digress.

Fortunately, after nearly 40 years of designing and shaping surfboards, I have sufficient following as to be independent of these image makers/parasites as I call them. To be independent and not feel forced to kiss up is a great thing. I encourage you to find out how your boards are made, by whom, where and under what conditions. Ask the real questions in the shops: Why is the board you are recommending particularly suitable for me? Why not these other ones? What are the downsides of epoxy? What happens if it breaks after a short time? Why doesn’t it say made in China if it’s made in China? Awareness precedes intelligent choice.

Grant Miller

USED BOARDS
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