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, freighted or delivered via our Mobile Delivery Service option.

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”.

Friday, 13 January 2017


POLITICAL

LIBERAL ALLOWANCES SCANDAL

Pathetic isn’t it? Sussan Ley standing there at her press conference with a stupid wooden smile on her face, telling us that black is white. How do they sleep at night, trying to justify the unconscionable? Then we have Cormann, the arrogant assistant treasurer dipping into the trough as well. The same person who told the electorate that we must all exercise fiscal restraint. These same people being responsible for cutting the foreign aid budget and happy to let refugees languish on Manus and Nauru. Oh the shame, the hypocrisy.

And what does our great leader have to say? Gutless silence, and then, let’s put Sinodinos in to replace Ley while we sort things out. Sinodinos of all people, the man with financial skeletons of his own in the closet. But Cormann and Sinodinos are both good Christian men, and that’s important.

Again it’s Andrew Wilkie and the Greens who are showing real leadership in calling for meaningful legislative change to rein in this virus of allowance corruption. Where is Turnbull? Trying to keep his head down, to avoid making the unpopular (with his colleagues) decisions with his meaningless bullshit statements about reviewing the system etc. while also wearing a stupid smile. This is our leader. Very hard to accept but true. A person who more or less condones this type of corruption. A hollow man if ever there was one. Shame Turnbull, shame.

INDUSTRY/ FINS /FCS and others

I’ve been meaning to write this for a long time because it needs to be said and said clearly. OK, the following is a reasonably common exchange with a client picking up a new board from me. Usually at this point I’m installing a set of M5 or M7 FCS stock fins into their board, you know, the light greenish/honey coloured 2 tab type. “Grant, can I have the same type of fins that you use please?” They ask this sometimes, as though they seem to think I may be giving them a fin inferior to what I would use myself. So what’s going on here?

FCS have done a fantastic job of marketing their fins. They used to be owned by Maquarie Bank so perhaps that’s not surprising. At the moment the FCS manufacturers fin catalogue is about 3 feet long!!! It’s impressive to the naïve too. Full of colourful fin options with details on which sponsored surfer on tour rides which fin and the claimed differences between them, and in tiny text, the actual difference in specifications down to 1/16th of an inch. It’s overwhelming, and makes claims which I don’t think could necessarily be substantiated under the Trade Practices Act. Wow, FCS are starting to sound like the Liberal Party you may think. It’s not just FCS though. The other fin manufacturers and online distributors are all happily pushing a similar barrow.

The bottom line here I think, is that a massive upsell has been devised. High level marketing of the humble fin to the masses who know almost nothing about fins. And how could they? Whenever knowledge is in the hands of the few, one must proceed with caution.

Over the years I have ridden many of these different fins in many different conditions. The difference in performance and feeling between many of these fins is negligible, sometimes not even perceptible. I can still surf at a high level, but even Kelly Slater would be hard pressed to notice any differences. Where you will notice a difference, is when changing from one fin to another which is either significantly bigger or smaller or has a varying amount of flex. Smaller fins are looser/easier to turn while bigger fins have more drive and are harder to turn. Flex creates other sensations which I may elaborate on in a future article.

Logically then, it seems most likely that the massive fin range is designed to sell more fins. Critically, these aftermarket fins are very expensive as you may know (up to $250 a set) and are all made in China which you may not. The mark up on these fins is very substantial and so surf shops are very motivated to sell them to you. They will tell you all sorts of stories about why they are better and what they will do for your surfing. But most shop employees are not qualified to do this. They are highly motivated, but not highly qualified. This is one reason among many why I will not sell my boards to shops.

So getting back to the person picking up their new board from me. I patiently (mostly) explain some of the facts outlined above, and can assure all my loyal clients that I ride exactly the same type of fin that they are getting. Exactly. I could certainly make more money if I supplied these aftermarket fins. But then I may as well start voting for the Liberal Party. The shame. It may be that some of you have found a particular aftermarket fin which seems to feel better for you. That is certainly possible. Variations such as size and flex would explain the differences, but again, you will be well served and your surfing will still improve if you ride what I recommend. Hopefully this information is helpful to you.

Happy surfing

Grant Miller

NEW BOARDS FOR SALE/ Cured and ready to ride with all fins.
F-SKATE 6'2” X 21” X 2 5/8” Quad plus Thruster version for maximum versatility. Lime green rails faded into Lemon Yellow centre and Lime green logos. RRP=$950, now $750
V-SKATE 6'5” X 19 5/8” X 2 5/8” Squashtail Quad plus Thruster version. Spearmint colour all over . RRP=$930, now $750 Both beautiful boards I'd shaped for myself. I'm just not getting on them as I'm still infatuated with the SUBX experiment.

USED BOARDS FOR SALE
[SOLD] -- SUBX 6'10” X 23” X 3 1/8” 2 plus 1 version. Blue fade from rails, to lighter blue at centre, top and bottom in excellent condition. $650
These boards are all located with me on the South Coast. Call or email me for further details/suitability. 0410770374