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.
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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 or freighted.
We will happily trade in your used Miller board on a new custom surfboard.
Ocean and Earth
at competitive prices
and can provide leashes, grips, boardbags and 10mm multi travel bags on
Simply ask Grant at time of ordering or call him for an obligation free
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.
Thursday, 16 March 2017
TRAVEL DETAILS AND SHAPING CUT-OFF DATE
In early May I’m going trekking in the Indian Himalaya for 5 weeks. A few weeks after my return I’ll be travelling to California for 3 months and will be back at work on October 30th. The cut-off date to order boards which will be shaped before I leave is April 20th. These boards will be ready for pick up/freighting in early June before I take off for the US. So, please contact me ASAP if you have been thinking of getting a new board and I’ll make it happen.
Here we go again for another round of trekking in the Himalaya. This time I’m travelling with my good friend Sean Harwood. We’ll be flying into Delhi and moving up to Gangotri to begin, and then up to the source of the Ganges at Gaumukh and beyond into some remote valleys which branch out from there. Elevation will vary between 2,500 and 4,500 metres and we will be entirely self-sufficient, carrying a mountain tent, sleeping bags and food. I’ve been in this area a number of times before and to say that it’s stunning is an understatement. Although I’m an atheist, I distributed the ashes of both my parents at the sacred source of the Ganges on previous trips. It’s a very spiritual area no matter what your beliefs, and we are sure to have a number of interesting and moving encounters with Sadhus who are found in these remote areas. During our trip, we will be heading East cross country from the Gangotri area towards Joshimath, following ancient pilgrimage routes through the mountains. We’ll be walking as far as the food we are carrying allows, then coming down onto primitive road heads to resupply and then going up again.
This semi-nomadic way of being satisfies me at a deep level and recharges me for life in the West again. Being so close to nature day after day, in the moment, with no phone or email is very different to my life as a shaper. When I’m shaping, I work in a relatively small room using very noisy industrial tools and am often necessarily regulated by self-imposed schedules. Shaping also necessitates very prolonged periods of concentration as I aim for the optimal fit between surfer and surfboard. I also have periods of intense contact with my clients during the ordering process and sometimes at pick up. All of this I usually enjoy, and still, I love the contrast of the opposite experience. I’m really looking forward to the trip and also to the opportunity to travel with my mate Sean.
It’s been 5 years since I was in California. My 1971 VW Kombi will be pulled out of storage and coaxed into life again. After a new transmission (the current transmission barely made it back from Mexico last trip in 2012) and some other preparations and visiting with good friends in San Diego, I’ll wander up to Northern Oregon. Along the way I’ll surf and visit people and search out some remote hot springs. July/August is not optimal surf time on the West coast, although some decent South swells from Mexico would be expected.
If all goes to plan, later on I’ll fly from San Diego to Mexico and get stuck into Pascuales at peak surf time. Arrive back in Australia on October 20th.
Over the past 8 months I’ve successfully transitioned my surfboard business from Sydney to Milton on the NSW South Coast. Predictably I’ve lost a little of my Sydney work/specifically walk ins at Mona Vale, although my regular clients have followed me South. At the same time I’ve picked up quite a lot of new work down here as well as people from the ACT. Interstate orders remain very strong and recently I’ve sent boards to the US and New Zealand. I want to thank all of you who have ordered boards from me and thereby supported me during this time. I have many very loyal long term clients who continue to trust me with building their precious boards. These people truly appreciate a completely handmade surfboard designed specifically for them, which is often uniquely coloured as well. I really appreciate this trust and put a lot of thought and love into your boards. Some of my clients have also become friends, which add to the richness of my life. I look forward to coming back from the US fully recharged and ready to roll for summer.
USED BOARDS FOR SALE
V-SKATE 6'7" X 21 1/2" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster with grip. Lime green bottom and rails with white deck. Has had one rail ding which has been properly repaired. Other than that in very good condition/bottom is super clean/almost unmarked $350