Testimonial Date: 17/04/2021 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant, couldn't have hoped for better surf to try out the waterskate.

Smooth paddler. Easy entry, forgiving on steeper takeoffs. Smooth and quick down the line. Very happy.
Thanks again Grant.
Cheers, Andy Morgan/Gerringong NSW
Surfer:65/90kg/5'11"   Board: 7'6" x 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" Rounded pintail modified Waterskate 2+1 fin set up with 8.5" center fin. 
Spray gallery images # 60, 63, 65, 74 and 93 show the new Modified Midlength Waterskate. There is just a little variation in nose area depending on client preference.

Note from Grant: Andy is an experienced surfer who has been riding my boards for close to 15 years now. He has a SUBX, Powerglide, V-SKATE and this new Waterskate.
He picked the board up a few days ago on the mountain and was staying in the area to surf for a few days. He lucked into a great swell this past week and obviously gave the new board a good run. These mid-length boards are extremely versatile and can handle waves from knee high up to whatever you are comfortable in. The large center fin provides a lot of adjustment in terms of maneuverability and holds in really well in bigger surf.
I'm building a lot of these midlength's which are based on my own personal board, and I'm getting excellent feedback.

Testimonial Date: 12/04/2021 - Board Type : V-SKATE
GM, took the board out this morning and got one cracker!  Waited an hour in vain for another one......anyway, board works really well......paddling is incredible and I linked the outside section with the shorebreak, just glided over the deep water!

I'll keep you posted!
Thanks, lofty
North Avalon, Sydney

Surfer: 61/82kg/6'1"  Board: 8'4" x 23" x 3 1/8" Rounded squaretail modified V-SKATE thruster  (Number 98 on spray gallery)

Note from Grant: Lofty is a highly experienced surfer and a very good friend. I've shaped him in excess of 20 boards over the past 22 years or so. Boards for here and special boards for Jeffreys Bay where he normally goes each winter. His brief for this board was something for crowd control and for really small waves at Avalon and Palmie. 
I used an 8'4" longboard blank to really minimize the rocker, but the rest of the board is pure V-SKATE as you can see in the outline of spray gallery image number 98.
Perhaps the concaves in the bottom are a bit deeper but really that's all. Lofty trusts me completely after all these years and gives me minimum constraints. I love building his boards, although this one was a lot of work because of the size.

This type of board would suit either a really heavy surfer, or someone using it in typically longboard conditions for the fantastic paddle, glide and trim. I've got an old 7'10" similar to Lofty's board that's almost 15 years old. I ride it in all kinds of conditions and it's a lot of fun.

Testimonial Date: 19/03/2021 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
Have only had a chance for 3 surfs in pretty small beach breaks on the new board.
However, so far I am stoked with it......really enjoy the speed across the face.
Can't wait to get it out at Green Island/Golfies in better conditions.
Thanks again.
Andrew/ Northern Beaches- Mollymook
Surfer: 50/85kg/5'9" Board: 7'6" x 22 1/4' x 2 5/8" Modified* Waterskate rounded pintail 2 plus 1 fin setup.
Note from Grant:
Andrew has a number of other boards from me including a 6'3" Waterskate, a V-SKATE and a Powerglide. This board is essentially a copy of my own personal 7'6" Waterskate.
It's among a series of mid length boards I've been building during the past year. It's modified* in the sense that it's based on my popular Waterskate model but stretched out significantly in length. Also, it's a 2 plus 1 and has deeper concaves than normal. The concaves are almost as pronounced as those in the SUBX. This results in amazing speed and yet the board is still very agile due to it's generous outline curve and unique rocker.
I'm having a lot of success with these boards, and although they are primarily designed for small-medium surf, they also really turn on in bigger waves. Their very flat rocker mean they paddle extremely well in addition to being very fast.
When I get some spare time I'll be writing up a special design section for them on the Waterskate page.

Testimonial Date: 30/01/2021 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant, just a quick message to say the board is going well. Have enjoyed it most in fast hollow beach breaks up to 4ft. Great for steeper take offs and holds nicely in wave face. Down the line speed is amazing.

I think it might be slightly longer than I needed and possibly less volume for the next board so long as I stay fit. 6'2" could be the right length.
Overall it's such a fun board and so easy to catch waves, and after 2 to 3 sessions a week since November still in great condition.

Hope you're well and getting some waves.
Cheers Chris/Central Coast NSW
Board: 6'4' x 20 1/2" x 2 5/8" squashtail Thruster Surfer: 47/80kg/5'11"
Note from Grant: Chris is a decent long time surfer who before coming to me had been getting his boards from a local Central Coast shaper. He is fairly picky with the surf and only likes to go out when it's good. This board was built for good surf and is obviously a success.
Chris's comment about volume/length is interesting. Often, over the Christmas break or other vacation, a surfer will become fitter through more time in the water. His board then may begin to feel too big or too floaty (excessive volume). However once his surfing routine returns to normal with work and so on, the board feels just right again. Time will tell whether this is the case with Chris. I always design a clients board to feel best when he or she are surfing their 'normal' amount. It's a drag having to watch your weight for example to keep having fun on your board.

Testimonial Date: 30/01/2021 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant, I do hope that you are well.
I'm in Torquay having a coffee....
I finally got to surf Grant, the SUBX glided through the water, a little press down on the front and she sooo moves, hooks into the wave and turns sweetly, nice offshore with a 3 foot clean motion to cruise on. Sun breaking though, all that's missing after coming out of the water was throwing on my Crystal Cylinders Tee, and heading down highway 1 with G. Wayne Thomas, and co.

Grant thank you so much once again for your professionalism, understanding and giftedness....and creating a board that does what it's creator crafted it to do.
Go well Grant, go well.
Surfer: 55/73kg/5'9" Board: 6'8" x 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version with 7.5" center fin.
Note from Grant: Victoria's hard lockdown occurred just as Craig's board arrived down there. For months he was unable to surf. I kept in touch with him nonetheless.
Today he sent me the text above, totally stoked, totally worth waiting for. The board has more volume than what he really needs for his weight. However because he lives in Melbourne and cannot surf as frequently as he would like, I built in more foam to help him on his treasured trips to the coast.

Testimonial Date: 06/01/2021 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant. I've had 9 surfs in 8 days and I'm extremely happy with the Waterskate. I've surfed it in all sorts of conditions from absolute rubbish, to quality waves, from knee to head high and it just does it all.
I've experimented with different quad and 2+1 setups and it works no matter what fins are in it. The speed of the Quad V's the drive and looseness of the 2+1. I've never surfed a decent 2+1 before, so this board is a revelation to me.
The resin tint is brilliant and gets a lot of looks and comments in the carpark. Can you tell that I am stoked?
My 62 year old body needs a rest but I'm loving it. Cheers.
Fozz/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
surfer: 62/73kg/5'9" Board: 6'10" x 21 1/2" x 2 7/8" Roundtail version with 10" finbox and 4 side plugs. This board can therefore be ridden as a single fin alone, 2+1 or a Quad. The finbox is set too far forward to allow for a Thruster setup.

Note from Grant:
This board is shown at number 86 in the spray gallery to give you an idea of the look. It's a pretty "eggy" type of outline, but with all the usual and latest Waterskate features built in. I say latest, because I'm continually working to improve on my existing designs. This is achieved by building new boards for myself with incremental design changes and then incorporating the beneficial advancements into the boards for clients. It's totally unethical to experiment on boards for clients.

Fozz has featured in a number of previous testimonials you may remember reading. He works closely with me when ordering. He understands a significant amount of design theory and is very interested. This board was ordered by phone as they usually are, given my location. He wanted a classic eggy type of outline and so I put more nose area into the board. We also discussed fin placement for the quad plugs, and decided to "bunch" them a little more. That is, the front and back plugs were put closer together, or "bunched". This is an example where a client was prepared to try something a bit different, to take a punt perhaps. Theoretically, bunching should result in more looseness, but perhaps some loss of drive. We talked about it in some detail and then I did the calculations later. Obviously it's worked out really well. 40+ years of shaping experience means that most of my "calculations" work out well in the water.

Testimonial Date: 16/10/2020 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hi Grant.

Just wanted to give a little feedback on my Powerglide and start the ball rolling for another board.

The powerglide is awesome. I can get out in small surf and have a great time and compete with the mals. Paddles like its a foot or so longer than it is, has lots of speed and glide, but still has plenty of performance in the quad round pin tail. I look forward to small surf now because I'm having fun and not damaging my dodgy old body. Thanks for taking the time to get the exact result I wanted. As usual the quality is top class.

You might remember that I said I was thinking of getting a SUBX with a rounded pin tail. I've decided that, as I already have a SUBX, a Waterskate would be a better fit. The Powerglide and SUBX have small and average waves covered, a Waterskate could cover better waves, waist to just over head high.

Fozz/Northern Beaches, Sydney.

Surfer: 61/73kg/5'9" Board: 7'2" x 22 3/4" x 2 7/8" Rounded pintail version, set up with 5 fin plugs to be ridden as a Thruster or Quad.

Note from Grant: During the past 5 years I've shaped Fozz 4 different boards. A V-SKATE, 2 SUBX's and the Powerglide in this testimonial. Fozz has a considerable knowledge about surfboard design, and always brings interesting questions and thoughts to our ordering sessions. He also provides me with articulate feedback after each board has been built, and in this way his boards get better and better. Like me, he suffers from low back issues. However by keeping his weight down and careful management, he is dealing really well with his condition. Fozz sent me the email above earlier today. It was part of a longer email where he discusses in detail what he's looking for in the new Waterskate he is ordering.
The Powerglide above was designed for really tiny surf that he wouldn't normally be able to surf, even on the SUBX. It has really low rocker throughout, quite a bit less than what's normally in a PG, and deep concaves. To enable reasonably tight turns I put in more outline curve, and so he gets an unreal paddle and easy turning in the same board.

I spend as much time as I need with each client to fully assess what they are looking for. Then I carefully design their new board to meet their expectations and needs. Some clients like Fozz really enjoy close involvement while ordering. Others just ask me to do what I think, and leave almost everything up to me. We are all so different, and this great variety is a part of building surfboards which I really enjoy.

Testimonial Date: 07/10/2020 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant, amazingly, I was able to collect my board and get two surfs on it before lock-down 2.0 brought everything skidding to a halt. It's definitely a bit more challenging than the skate! Felt slippery underfoot and we parted company many times, but was quickly getting used to the new shape and balance. Second session was Gunnamatta and was stoked with it.
Heaps easier to paddle out through the heavier waves without the extra buoyancy.
Still paddles quite easily into waves and felt great across the face. Wasn't able to try anything much in the way of man-oeuvres, was just concentrating on staying onboard!
Feeling really good about it. Looking forward to getting back into the surf when this messed up situation in Melbourne stabilizes. Kiting has kept me sane during the lockdown at least. Hope your'e travelling well up there and getting some good waves-someone needs to! Cheers, Suz.
Suz Molloy/Victoria
Surfer:41/57kg/5'7' board: 6'4" X 21" X 2 5/8" Squashtail Thruster
Note from Grant: Suz was coming off a 6'8" X 21 5/8" X 2 3/4" high volume Waterskate. I'd shaped her the skate after she had been learning on a long-board. She had progressed well and was ready for less volume and more agility. I phoned her today and she sent me the text above. Regrettably the Victorian lock-down number 2 happened as she was coming to grips with her new board as she describes. However, her confidence is intact, vitally important, she is maintaining her fitness, and will be ready to roll once restrictions ease. There is a picture of her new board in the women's section of the site. It's located under the shaper section.

Testimonial Date: 25/09/2020 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hey Grant,
I just wanted to tell you that I am sooo in loooooove with my new board. I've been riding it a lot and taking it out on my own with the girls. Im turning so easy and its super easy to paddle.
aand you'll be proud....im not even dumping it in the whitewash im holding onto it.

Its so much fun and I feel safe on it.
So thank you so much you are a legend.
Have a fab spring.
Tash/Burrill Lake, South Coast, NSW
Surfer: 40/63kg/5'4" Board: 7'8" x 22 1/4" x 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster.

Note from Grant: Tash has about 3 years experience and had been riding her boyfriends Powerglide which he had bought used. She really liked his board so I looked up the file to use that board as a basis for her new one. We made the new one a bit narrower so Tash could carry it more comfortably, and I modified the rocker and fin locations to make it easier to turn. Plus, she got a custom color, Sunflower yellow. Her confidence is clearly up because she only used to surf with her boyfriend. Now she's surfing with her girlfriends and loving it. This is what custom made surfboards should be. How people can still buy off the rack boards is beyond me.

Testimonial Date: 05/08/2020 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Good morning, at risk of sounding a little melodramatic, first surf this morning, the new board is freaking awesome! It paddles fast, didn't miss a wave i went for, actually had to lay off a few so the other fellas got their turn, it feels faster than others we've done, it's fantastic on the rail on bottom turn and cut back. Wow. Stoked mate.

Keep copy of every dimension, it's the best so far!

Ken/Newport NSW.
Surfer:56/91kg/6'1" Board: 6'11" X 21 1/4" X 2 15/16" Squashtail Thruster.

Note from Grant: I've been shaping Ken's boards for a bit over 10 years now. His first board from me was a Waterskate and he has had a series of V-SKATES. Some were designed more with Indo boat trips in mind. He used to order in person at Mona Vale. Now it's over the phone since I'm on the South coast.
He may have forgotten that I keep detailed files on all his boards (on everyone's boards) but for me it's a critical method of improving each clients next board. Without the data I collect, we would be starting from scratch every time he orders a new board.

Whereas this way, I can progressively refine his boards to get better performance from each one. Whether a client orders a few boards per year, or one every few years, the process is the same. After I finish shaping each board, I record everything that's recordable. Rocker every 6" from nose to tail, all outside dimensions and thickness, fin locations and angles, type of fin used and so forth. This way each client gets a truly custom surfboard which can be replicated or tweaked over time. Certainly this takes me more time. However, it also means that I'm highly confident in being able to predict how each board will work. I'm able to honestly tell each client how their new board will perform, before I've actually shaped it. Intelligent surfboard design.

Testimonial Date: 13/07/2020 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Just back from a surf with Ian Morrison at Bungan. Possibly 4-foot sets, smooth and very pleasant on a Sunday morning. Not too crowded.

So far I've taken the new board out in dribble at Culburra, very solid Mona Vale, Bungan a few times and Queenscliff. The conditions have ranged from ankle crushing fun through to well overhead at Mona Vale where I enjoyed new banks sorted by the crazy surf we had about a month ago.

If you were to ask, "So what's it like?" I would respond simply with a, "It does exactly what you said it would do." It is a wonderful paddler, has more of a small board feel than your first-generation sub xs, is fast and turns fluidly and frequently with acceleration through turns.

The day at Mona Vale was over 6 foot on the sets. It paddled in nicely, allowed me to handle very steep drops comfortably and, while I was turning gingerly off the bottom, felt secure and ready to go the whole time. Other surfs have, happily, been quality beach break conditions and it has failed to disappoint. The side fins show their worth on those tight turning take-offs where there is little rail or main fin in the water at the start. The side fins keep it honest and allow that burst of speed as one tries to beat the section and maximise speed.

There is a down-side though. The deck has a number of depressions that are really strange. They are mostly where my backside would go when sitting on the board. I've included a video that will only give you an indication. In one section it is almost honeycomb-like.

Clearly this has no bearing on the performance of the board, and I did ask for a lighter glass job this time, but I still think this is unusual and I am not sure about longevity. In total, since picking it up I have had about 10 surfs without incident.

I am sorry to end this feedback like this because the board is as good a fit as the V Skate you shaped me a few years ago. I really loved that one because our collaboration seemed to iron out lingering doubts I had with it and it went so nicely. This is similar.

I am pretty sure I will be down your way in the holidays so I can give you a look at the board.

Must go. Hope all well and the new arrangement is going as well as you were hoping.

Take care of yourself.

James Burfitt/ Sydney.
Surfer: 60/74kg/5'11" Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8", 2 plus 1 (8.5" center fin)
Note from Grant: When I received this email from James, although I was pleased with the board report, I felt shattered with the ending. We almost never have material failures in our boards. I build around 200 per year now and I'd say that only once in the past 10 years have we had a failure that warranted replacement. That was a case where the blank had severely shrunk, a Dion Chemicals factory failure which only showed up after the board was glassed and ridden for a few weeks.

Anyway I got straight back to James and arranged for him to drop by when next down this way. I have been building his boards for some years now and we have a very good relationship. We met last Thursday on the mountain. It was immediately obvious to me that the denting which he had reported was quite minor. It was concentrated in the area where he sits, and was even more obvious because he doesn't wax that particular part of his board. He's only 74kg as well, and so has less padding than others, and wax also absorbs some shock. The unusual pattern of dents he referred to in the email, consisted of two or three shallow grooves a few inches long, parallel with the stringer. I think that they were a result of him sliding up and down the board when sitting up and lying down to paddle, possibly his hip bones. None of the impressions were any deeper than 3mm. However they looked worse without any wax.

We discussed these matters and he was very relieved when he realized that there was nothing wrong with either the blank or the glassing. When you spend a significant amount of money on a new board, and wait patiently for it's completion as James had, it would be only natural to be concerned. The deck was glassed very lightly too with only one full length layer of 4oz and a small tail patch. (This is how my own boards are glassed). We had decided this together because it allows for better performance. If we had glassed the board even with say a 2x4oz deck, then there would have been no denting. He left me feeling good and excited about his new board.
I also felt good. At one point during our meeting, James said to me " we trust you" referring to himself and another mutual friend/client. Trust is built slowly through doing what you say you are going to do.

Testimonial Date: 13/07/2020 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant....really enjoying the new subX mate...it paddles well and yet makes the drop on surprisingly steep takeoffs.

Been fun testing it in mixed conditions up here lately.
Plenty of rain coming yr way to fill those tanks and the dam!

Bob Allo/ Bungan, Northern Beaches Sydney
Surfer: 66/73kg/5'9" Board: 6'4" X 22" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: Over the years I've built a number of different boards for Bob. He has also bought various Miller boards used off the net if they seem suitable. He wanted a board he could ride in most conditions up to around a touch overhead and it seems the SUBX is doing it for him. I'm currently building him a 7'0" stretched out Waterskate with Quad plus Thruster fin setup. This is for days when it's bigger, and he needs to get in early and set himself up for what's ahead.
Bob is very interested in surfboards, and always comes to me with ideas of his own he's looking to incorporate. Exchanges like this add to the pleasure I get from building custom boards. I'm very glad I stopped shaping boards for surfshops where you never know who the board is for.
We had a good catch up recently down here on the mountain when he drove down with his wife to pick up the new SUBX and order the Waterskate.

Testimonial Date: 16/03/2020 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Dear Grant, I just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely delighted with your board.
I could duck dive fairly well (the new board is going to be better though)- the width is OK for me to sit on the board out the back. Paddling onto waves was stupidly easy.
Getting up was much better than any other board I've ridden in ages. When I was up, the board was lovely and loose, a feeling I have not had in so long.

I didn't fall off until I started to get tired after my big 25 minute session in 3'-4' slop. I just stood up riding the white water all the way to the beach. That board does not need much to cruise along does it? In short, I surfed like crap but had such a lovely time with my son Fred. I reckon the new board will suit me even better.
Have a good week Grant and take care.
Rob Newman/Wombarra NSW
Surfer: 55/90kg/6'1" Board: 7'6" X 22 1/4" x 3" Squashtail V-SKATE Thruster
Note from Grant: Rob drove 2.5 hours down to my place the other day to order a new board. He is about number 50 on my shaping list (after having had 18 months off to rebuild my house) but still insisted that "there is no rush Grant". We really hit it off which happens from time to time, and talked about politics as well as the details of his new board.

Just as he was about to leave, he asked whether I might have anything he could buy to ride while he waited for his new board to be built.
I had a V-SKATE described above which I had traded back in some time ago. It has a lot of volume and was not ideal for him at 90kg and so we discussed these matters. He has significant tightness in his hips and so I thought the width may also be a problem. However I thought it would at least help him to get going again since he has not surfed consistently for many years. He liked how it looked and felt under arm and bought it then and there. He knows that he can trade it back to me when the new board is done. I'm really stoked that he is so happy with the board and has something decent to ride for now.

Testimonial Date: 28/10/2019 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

Hope you are well!

Just back yesterday from a trip north and to date the best waves I have surfed on the Sub-X, Indo style left hander 4-6ft that wraps around an off-shore reef accessible by boat.
Cant believe how good the board went in those waves, amazing speed and super drive off the bottom :) Thank you.

Throw into the trip lots of snakes, bungarras, scorpions, turtles and sharks, pretty special.

Are you shaping again or still working on the renovations?
Looking forward to a third edition of the Sub-X……..

Chat soon.
Regards Danny/WA
Surfer: 50/90kg/6'4" Board: 6'5" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant:
I've been shaping Danny's boards for almost 3 years now. His first SUBX was a 6'8" version, then he got a 6'10" V-SKATE for bigger surf and then this current 6'5" SUBX. He is a decent functional surfer who lives in SW WA and surfs a wide variety of powerful reef waves with some beachies. He has been blown away by the performance of the SUBX and also the amazing paddle power.

Testimonial Date: 28/10/2019 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Thought I'd drop you a line to share some experiences I have had on Ian's green sub-x. This is the one that has small side fins and a laminated wooden central fin. It is 6' 8" and not his preferred board at the moment. He is too happy on the blue subbie ( 6'6" X 22 1/4" x 2 7/8")to swap.

I am totally won over by the side fins. I emailed you late last year to say I thought that this arrangement would work well after I had been on Ian's blue board for a bit. It has been an experience much as I thought it would be. I had nice waves at Tallows and Broken Head last week, and I was surfing awful Palmie this morning, with the occasional wave holding up and providing some salvation from the dross. To be more accurate the ones that held up were pretty good, but few and far between. I have had to take off late occasionally and to swing hard into waves on steep angles and the board has just sung. No slip, great stability, surprising speed and such a fun feeling.

You know Ian. Generous to a fault and he is acting as my surfboard sugar-daddy at the moment. Lends boards whenever you ask. What a guy!

Anyway, despite the board probably being about 4 inches too long, it is a love affair currently and I can't see why it can't kick on. Waves may have been up to 6 foot at Broken Head and the board lapped it up.

The big question right now is quad or side fins.

Anyway, you have done great work in developing this board and I have had great fun on it.

Look forward to chatting to you about getting one sorted when you are good.

Hope the house is going well. What a year you've had. Should be the perfect place once done.

Best regards,

James Burfitt/ Sydney
Surfer: 58/78kg/5'11" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" x 3" 2 plus 1.
Note from Grant:
James is an experienced surfer who normally surfs a V-SKATE/see testimonial on V-SKATE page. Recently he pretty well demolished his board on a long European trip, and since I'm not shaping at the moment his friend Ian has been lending him boards. I work closely with James on his V-SKATES and it's interesting to see how much fun he has been having on the SUBX, a completely different surfboard. I'm interested but not surprised because the SUBX is like a wolf in sheep's clothing. It looks like a fun board which might not be capable of high performance, yet it is very capable. All I ever ride now is a SUBX, up to a few feet overhead, which is when I get onto a Semi-Gun.

Testimonial Date: 30/01/2019 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant
Hope all is well with you and your ventures. Just a quick message to let you know how well the newest Sub X is performing.
The reduction in size and volume and the altered planshape has produced the board that I was chasing. Performance is light and nimble under foot with fast and sharp turns while still flowing along the face nicely. Although I have topped out at just over 100kg it is still easy to paddle and surf.

Absolutely stoked with another board you have made for me, and our relationship in creating amazing boards just gets better and better. At this time I can't think of any changes I would make in a board, but I am sure by the time you get back to shaping I will come up with ideas and tweaks for my next board and you'll guide me to what works and doesn't. Thanks again. Surfing gets more fun by the session. Happy new year to you and all the best to you. Cheers.
Surfer: 55/95-100kg/5'11" Board: 6'4" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" 2+1 version.
Note from Grant: I've been building Wal's boards now for a few years. He is quite knowledgeable about design and shaped himself a few boards when he was young.
Wal comes to me with ideas each time and we go through and asses them together, integrating some and discarding others. He trusts me. This trust has naturally deepened over time and I value that a lot. Remaining loyal to a highly competent shaper is the best way to improve your boards. Surfers who jump from shaper to shaper usually learn nothing along the way. However this is not to say that you should stay with a shaper out of blind loyalty since life is short. But if you relate well together, and you feel listened to and your boards are working well, then staying is the best thing to do. Make sure that your shaper keeps highly detailed records of each and every board you get. Only in this way is it possible for progressive improvements to be made in your equipment over time.

Testimonial Date: 09/11/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,
I hope you’re well.
Just a quick update on the Sub X.

I haven’t surfed a lot since early this year due to a shoulder injury, kids, and a fair bit of time mountain biking.

I took the Sub X our yesterday. My second surf since July, and probably my first surf on the Sub X since May.

The board was amazing. I caught more waves in 90 minutes than I have in a long time, the board turned amazing off the tail in some tight spots, and cruised and pumped along the flatter sections.

I was so stoked after the surf I can’t remember the last time I left the surf that happy with my surfing (the board), especially after so long out of the water.

Now the shoulder is better, I’m looking forward to more great surfs on the sub-x.

Great board, and so glad I finally got it!
Thanks again!

Mark/Central Coast NSW
Surfer: 45/5'11"/80kg Board: 2+1 version with 7.25" center fin.

Note from Grant: I've built Mark a V-SKATE and an F-SKATE previously. He wanted this for particularly small days where he would normally have to ride a Mal. He lusted after a SUBX for some time and finally succumbed. Another great result with a truly custom design.

Testimonial Date: 09/10/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, this is Leighton. I just wanted to let you know that after picking my board up, we scored another amazing week at Crescent which really allowed me to get to know the Suby. It's a board I felt instantly comfortable on given that I surf so little these days.

I'm really happy with the paddle performance, as you suggested, I found myself sitting just inside the longboards. But then the response and flow from turn to turn, just gets my blood flowing again in a way my 9'6" can't. Stepping onto my front foot was getting me past sections I thought I wouldn't make. I'm really looking forward to getting back in the water this summer*.

Thanks again for another brilliant board mate! Hope you're well!! Blue skies.

Surfer: 43/5'10"/80kg Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 set up with 8.5" center fin.
* Note from Grant:
Leighton lives in Albury close to the border and so cannot surf regularly. He and his mates usually do two road trips per year/one to Crescent and one to Torquay, with a bit of other surfing stuff in between. This was the third board that I had built for him over about a 10 year period/ the others being a 6'2" Waterskate and a 6'10" V-SKATE Gun. He wanted essentially a replacement for his 9'6" Longboard, something which was easier to transport and more agile once up and riding. I told him he'd be able to sit just inside the Long boarders at Crescent, and that's where he sat. It was great seeing him and his friends when he called into Little Forest to pick up his new board en route Crescent. When I later receive feedback from a client like this, it's very satisfying for me. Although I'm extremely confident about achieving great outcomes for client's, it's feedback like Leighton's which warms me internally.

Testimonial Date: 04/10/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Morning Grant. Trust all is well with you and the building project. First surf on the new Sub X this morning. Very uninspiring conditions but time to try it out. Firstly the board feels light and right under arm. Secondly it paddles like a dream and I feel it paddles easier than the previous Sub X. Caught about a half dozen weaves ranging from little walls to slush. Firstly in slush it just runs through nicely but on the couple of walls I rode it was speedy, reactive and fast with quick and easy transactions in turns.

The narrower tail i feel really added to the spark in this board off the tail, but I have also been conscious of surfing off my back foot more since our discussion. From the limited time and poor conditions this morning, I am really over the moon with this board and I can't wait to hit some good waves, but it really feels and rides the way I was hoping for during our discussions. Light, bright and zippy board.

Another great addition to the quiver. Thanks Grant- love the board.
Wal/Thirroul, NSW
Surfer: 54/5'8"/95kg Board: 6'4" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1
Note from Grant: Wal is a decent competent life long surfer. He has shaped a few boards as a young man and remains very interested in surfboard design. He first bought a used V-SKATE from me perhaps 2 years ago, and has since picked up another V-SKATE and a Powerglide from Gumtree. Last year I shaped a 6'7" SUBX for him and now this one. This current SUBX is built with my most recent modifications which primarily relate to changes in outline/planshape. I've changed the outline by pulling the tail in narrower. The nose width remains the same, as does rocker and fin locations. The main effect of this change is to loosen the board up and create quicker response. Wal ordered this board by phone and we spoke for a good hour as we went through the design and his expectations. When he picked the board up at Little Forest he was immediately stoked, and this text message today from him makes it all worthwhile for me.

Testimonial Date: 15/09/2018 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Just wanted to thank you again for the 6'6 roundpin V-Skate that you shaped for me a few months ago, it is far and away the best shortboard that I have ever surfed! Like I said, I keep detailed records of all the boards I surf and over the past 10 years I had surfed more than a dozen shortboards but always felt that something was wrong with these shapes, from not catching enough waves to stalling as soon as I got to my feet after take-off...Because of all these failed attempts with shortboards, I had slowly drifted to fishes and over the past 2 years even to a 7'0 mid-length, almost a mini-longboard with a very rounded nose. This got my stoke back because of all the waves I was catching again and the ability to either trim on small days or confidently surf big "full" waves. Problem is, neither the fish or this mid-length could handle hollow, punchy or fast surf (typically beach breaks like Narrabeen or points like Cronulla Point), I couldn't quickly change direction on the 7'0, and overall I felt like I wasn't progressing anymore and couldn't really put these boards on the rail, and this is why I wanted to give shortboards another go.

From the very first sessions I felt like the V-Skate was nothing like any other shortboard I had surfed before, it paddles like a mid-length (you can really feel the volume right below your chest when paddling), is way more stable, and really maintains speed through turns. It handles steep drops better than any other board I've had, and I can feel I am progressing again as I can be active again on the board and surf rail-to-rail instead of just cruising. The board really comes alive in good surf but I also had heaps of fun in mid-sized slow surf at breaks like Freshwater, which goes to show the versatility of the board!

This board will always be in my quiver and in my bags whenever I travel, and I can honestly say that I will never go see any other shaper for shortboards :) ! I hope I will not snap it when taking it to Hossegor, but if I do I'll definitely have to get a replacement!


Board: V-Skate Roundpin 6’6 X 20 1/4 X 2 5/8, 5 fin option (have surfed it both as a thruster and quad and tend to prefer the quad version, but this is very personal I suppose).
Note from Grant: During my consultation with Thibault here at Little Forest it became clear to me that his current mid-length purchase had been a reaction to progressive frustration with the shortboards he had bought from surf shops. He is young and very fit with no injuries, and so it seemed obvious that his surfing could be lifted with appropriate equipment. The board he had been riding (an internationally distributed Californian brand)had a significant twist shaped into it which was exacerbating his difficulties.These things I pointed out as we went along. He had bought many boards previously from surf shops/mostly failures. This V-SKATE was built for good powerful surf/waist to overhead conditions in various parts of the world, although it also works well for him in less demanding surf. There really is no substitute for an intelligently designed custom surfboard.

Testimonial Date: 02/09/2018 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hello Grant,

I managed to get the board in the water the first weekend after I received it, however I wanted to wait until I had surfed again before letting you know how the board went, just to be sure. This is just a great board and does everything that I told you I wanted the board to do. I can paddle into waves that I would previously miss and find that I have a new found confidence in my surfing. I was paddling back out after catching a wave on the weekend and I was wondering how I could best describe the feel of the board to you and one of my mates said to me exactly what I was thinking. He said that I looked “smooth” on the wave and that’s exactly the word I had in mind.

Thanks Grant for an awesome board and I look forward to racking up plenty of hours on my Powerglide.

Nick Olsen/Victoria.

Surfer: 54/5'10"/95kg Board: 7'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Note from Grant: A few years ago I shaped Nick a 7'6" V-SKATE which he had been very happy with. Since then he's taken to riding a 9'1" Fireball at times (in really small waves) and wanted this current board to paddle almost as well and also be more agile than the McTavish. The 7'8" Powerglide is bigger than strictly necessary for Nick's weight and size, but I wanted to ensure the good paddle he was looking for. Low rocker and extra length in his PG results in outstanding paddle power.

Testimonial Date: 13/08/2018 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

First surf in perfect PG conditions yesterday. Glassy 2 ft, a bit on the fat side. Would have been an average surf on the short board but super fun on the PG. Catches waves super easy, speed trimming down the line feeling the glide, still turns nicely, some cross stepping attempts, ....

Couldn't wipe the smile off my face until the last wave coming in ... rode it a bit too far and when jumping off on the end section I managed to land with my back on the fin. Full impact, could have been nasty for my back if it wasn't for the wetsuit but unfortunately I damaged the fin box :-(.. Will take it to get repaired but if they have to replace the box I may need your help sourcing a surfinz box ( had a fin box repair on another board years ago and the repair place only had normal fcs boxes). Will let you know ...

Thanks for a great board, I know it will give me a lot of joy on those smaller days over the coming years.

Sven/Perth, WA
Surfer:52/85kg/6'3" Board: 7'2" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4+ Rounded pintail Thruster version.
Note from Grant: I've built quite a few boards for Sven over many years but never a Powerglide. He rang me a few months ago telling me that he had bought a used PG some time previously and was having a lot of fun on it. However the board was getting a bit tired and could I find the file and replicate it? It turned out that the board was 10 years old and originally shaped for a client in Sydney who was pretty close to Sven in weight. Miller surfboards really get around. So I was able to copy the board without seeing it and with a great outcome/except for his accident. How many other shapers can do this do you think? Careful detailed recorded files enable outcomes like this.

Testimonial Date: 28/07/2018 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant, back surfing after nearly 7 months. Shoulder is getting there. Board is awesome. Only small waves so far. Paddles and catches waves well. As loose as my 6ft5 subx, has a bigger sweet spot, gets up on a rail better making it feel more responsive.
What I really like is, unlike my 6ft5 where I got extra speed by moving forward, I can pump this board up and down the wave face to get it going in my normal stance, which is much more fun. It also has a feeling of better control in turns enabling me to push it harder. Thanks.
Fozz/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:59/80kg/5'9" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" Dedicated Quad/with tail plug.

Note from Grant: Fozz has significant lower back issues like many of us do at his age. He has also been recovering from a shoulder injury. He is a good surfer, but because of his back in particular, cannot surf as frequently or for as long as previously, and so his water time is even more valuable to him. He wanted this SUBX to be built incorporating the recent modifications I've introduced/particularly more outline curve, and was hoping that even though this one would be longer than his previous board, it would be just as maneuverable. Fozz has a genuine interest in surfboard design and is surprisingly knowledgeable. I say surprisingly because very few people are aware of what design variables go into a surfboard and what effect they have. In fact, many shapers these days don't even know, and without shaping machines would be finished/but that's another story. Fozz was highly involved in the design process of this board, and although I didn't incorporate everything on his wish list, the majority was valid and utilized. I told him at one point that he could have a job with me answering my phone and talking with clients. Another successful outcome.

Testimonial Date: 28/07/2018 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant, the board you made me earlier this year has been superb and was undoubtedly money well spent. All of my best surfs during my Indonesia trip were on the step up you shaped me and I am thoroughly satisfied with how you successfully integrated all my requirements into the surfboard you made me. It paddles exceptionally while simultaneously feeling as lively as a tiny shortboard underfoot on larger waves. Unfortunately, due to time constraints with university, I wasn't able to use the board as frequently as I'd like prior to coming over here, however now that I've finished my studies this should change promptly. The board has performed exceptionally during the limited surfs on the northern beaches as well, and I am stoked with its ability to surf solid days in Sydney. I still find big surf challenging, however with your board the big days don't feel so daunting and I am not so anxious in the surf.
I also see myself improving at a substantially faster rate than I otherwise would have had I stuck with my shortboards. I suspect my enthusiasm for the board will grow as my confidence and ability improve in bigger conditions and am excited for all the great waves I'm going to catch with it in future.
James/Northern Beaches, Sydney
Surfer: 23/72kg/6'2" Board: 6'10" X 19 1/4" X 2 1/2" Rounded pintail Semi-Gun Thruster.

Note from Grant: I built this board for James for sizable surf in Sydney, and for his trip to south Sumatra where he emailed me from today. His previous experience in big waves had not been great as he had been riding much shorter boards. In bigger surf you need to get in as early as possible, and to do this you need length and appropriate volume. Good Semi-guns are complicated and require a particular combination of variables (see Semi-Gun page for details). Every time I'm in Sumatra the majority of guys turn up with "step up" boards which are way too short. Then they are forced into late take offs and suffer sometimes serious consequences. James and I are acquaintances, and have surfed together mostly at Avalon. He had seen my boards, seen the Sumatra videos and was happy for me to guide him through the order. He is a very bright guy as well which made the process most enjoyable for me.

Testimonial Date: 03/07/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, sorry missed your call today. The 6'9 SubX is a great board, rides very well, especially in mushy full conditions, struggles a bit when waves get sucky but this could be user error and skill level. A few little dings unfortunately due to my clumsiness and a small crease on the tail which I'm not sure what caused that.
Overall very happy with the board, has definitely helped with my progression. Thinking a v-skate will be my next choice as I progress a bit further. Thanks for your call!
Surfer: 30/85kg/6'0" Board: 6'9" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" 2+1 version with 8.25" center fin.
Note from Grant: Jesse came to me with only 1.5 yrs of experience. He surfs anywhere between Mona Vale and Wollongong and had been sold a number of boards already which were not suitable for him and on which he struggled.
I wanted to help him gain some confidence, and build him a board that he could initiate turns with and catch as many waves as possible. He seems very happy with the board.
His comment about sucky waves deserves some discussion. The SUBX was really only designed for very small surf, and most very small waves are not particularly sucky. However time has shown the board to be much more versatile and the recent design changes I've made increase this versatility still further. However the Achilles heel of the SUBX is that being very low in rocker, it is more challenging to ride in steeper suckier waves than other boards. I ride mine in anything and everything up to a couple of feet overhead, but being highly experienced I am able to make the necessary adjustments. Over time, Jesse will experience more success in steeper surf. For others, the more ability they have, the greater the range of waves the board will work in.

Testimonial Date: 03/07/2018 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant, very happy with the board. Haven't used a long board since I got it. Very easy to travel OS with. Had 6 surfs in NZ at river mouths, reefs and beach breaks & surfed it about 5 times at Bendy, twice at Dolphin Pt & just last week at Collers. Not a mark on it except for minor deck compression which is expected.

Paddles great, handles pretty steep drops & I'm entering the waves much higher and earlier on the face. People keep asking me is it epoxy because it's so white! It takes a bit to convince them its not. I have the fins set all the way forward.
Surfer: 49/86kg/5'9" board: 7'9" X 21 1/4" X 2 3/4" Rounded pintail Thruster version without nose concave**.
Note from Grant: Frank lives in Canberra and comes to the coast about once per fortnight and then goes hard. He also has a 9'0" Longboard and osteo arthritis in one hip which means he can't stretch his legs as wide as normal. He wanted a longboard alternative with excellent paddle that was easier to transport than the 9'0". He wanted to be able to surf this new board about 90% of the time and so needed a lot of versatility. Obviously he is very happy as his text this morning reveals.
I designed the board to be narrower than normal (normal/average for a 7'9" PG would be around 22 3/4") to minimize the soreness he gets from hyper extending his bad hip. **We left out the nose concave because nose riding was not part of his brief to me. The unique nose concave in the PG is there to facilitate nose riding (see PG design article on site). If a surfer is not into nose riding there is no point in having the concave. Also, because we wanted to minimize width, leaving out the concave meant that the board had a touch more volume than it otherwise would. It all adds up, and I take everything into consideration while working out the fine details of each board. These are not off the rack boards where everyone gets the same thing. They are unique one offs which perform as required.

Testimonial Date: 21/06/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant! How are you doing mate? I’m writing to give you some real positive feedback on the SubX. We are entering the summer season here in NY and waves here are tiny on most of days, 0-1ft! Recently Iv'e been relying the SubX a lot instead of my 9ft longboard. There were times that I caught 20 some good waves per session when most longboarders were struggling.

After owning the board for 2 years now, I find the board is more sensitive to the cleanness of the condition rather then wave size. Basically I would take the board out on any days that’s clean, doesn’t matter how small the wave is.

The best thing about the board is that it doesn’t require me to paddle as hard as my longboard, perhaps due to the lightweight and wide square tail, and once I’m on, the pressure on my front foot really drives the board down the line with good speed and makes it through the critical sections. I can surf it aggressively or just relax and cruise. And I really like the 2+1 setup, no bottom turn needed, I can set the rails early and draw a higher line. These days I’m feeling a lot more confident and progressing with good technique and style. hopefully I can be a on short board when the winter comes!

I think you really created something special here, I might looking into another model in the near future!

Thanks again! Steve/NY, USA
Surfer:40/68kg/5'8" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: I built this board for Steve 2 years ago and freighted it to New York. His feedback really speaks for itself and it's interesting how he describes the paddle power. Comparing his 6'8" SUBX so favorably to a 9'0" longboard. I made this claim at the very beginning of the SUBX's development 5 years ago/see design section on the SUBX. Over the years since, uninformed people on certain forums who think their opinion carries some weight, have denigrated these claims. However, many of my clients have given similar feedback to Steve's, any feedback is always spontaneously given, never asked for by me. The very low rocker in the SUBX enables this tremendous paddle power and yet the board is also remarkably agile. Very good of Steve to email me two years down the track because he's still stoked.

Testimonial Date: 15/06/2018 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant, finally got the new board in the water. Took no time to get used to and was catching more waves straight off. Don't know if I am getting in earlier or the board is just more neutral but I didn't kook any take offs so very happy.

Thanks again for the leggie. Loving life.
Glenn/Perth, WA
Surfer: 52/90-95kg/5'7" Board: 6'6" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4" Roundtail Thruster version.
Note from Grant: This board was built to replace a 6'4" Waterskate I shaped in 2001 that Glenn has been riding since then!! For a board to last 17 years is unheard of. However our build quality speaks for itself. His old board was still rideable too, just very tired as can be imagined. Since 2001 he has put on some weight and 17 years, and so after checking my original files I pumped this one up in volume and added 2" in length. He's obviously stoked.

It still amazes me that some surfers use so called "volume calculators" to determine their next board's dimensions. Such a crude and impersonal way of selecting surfboards when a highly skilled and sophisticated shaper can produce superior results. I feel quite sad when I think of the current state of the Australian surfboard industry and how it's being damaged by cheap imported boards from Asia. These importers are being supported by most of the magazines and surfing websites too. Pathetic really.

Testimonial Date: 15/06/2018 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Having had my new board now for a few weeks I thought I’d drop you a quick message to let you know how it’s going. I haven’t had as many sessions out as I would have liked, a work trip combined with some rubbish conditions has meant I’ve only been able to get out for about five sessions. However, despite the minimal time out, I can safely say I’m so stoked with this board!

It’s definitely more slippery underfoot, and harder to get on a wave#. Timing, position and wave selection with the skate are less forgiving than the barge. I wasn’t expecting to be able to stand up at all on my first session, but I did J During the first session, on the waves I caught and stood up on, we parted company quite quickly, but I’m finding I’m adjusting to it quicker than I thought and now if I get to my feet, I can generally ride the wave through to the end. I’m probably standing up on nearly as many waves now as I was on the barge.

Last weekend, I had what I consider to be the best ride I’ve ever had, on any board. Everything came together and I was able to ride the wave through to the end, probably about 150 meters or so, making some sharper turns than I’ve ever done (not that I turn very well, but it was good for me!), kept the speed up, and basically ended the ride with a smile splitting my face in two!

Yesterday, I ventured out to Gunnamatta. I’ve only surfed (using that term loosely) here a couple of times and taken a beating on both occasions. I caught and rode a couple of waves, taking one almost right on to the beach, having to bail at the last minute to avoid the shore break. Actually surfing a wave at Gunnamatta rather than nosediving or just flat out crashing is a first for me.

It paddles well, looks really good in the water and I think you’ve nailed the balance between making a board that is a step-up from the barge without being a demoralising handful. Thank you so much! The barge has been tucked up in its sock in the garage and hasn’t seen the water since the skate arrived.


PS. The skate seems to attract the wildlife. Dolphins at Point Leo on Saturday and a whale at Gunnamatta yesterday.

Surfer:39/57kg/5'7" board: 6'8" X 21 5/8" X 2 3/4" Roundtail Thruster version.
Note from Grant: Suz only has 1 years experience behind her but is very fit, enthusiastic and motivated. She came to me while riding her "barge" a 7'6" imported minimal which she had trouble duck diving and turning. Obviously at this stage she still needed stability and ease of paddling, but also more agility. It's a fine line and I also wanted to help her maintain some hard earned confidence. #She mentions in her email that it's harder to get on to waves. Certainly it's a lot shorter than the barge and so does not paddle as well, but she seems to have made the leap now and is doing well. She is clearly very happy and I get a lot of satisfaction from that. Suz ordered the board with me here in Little Forest on her way up the coast, and we sent it down to her when finished.

Testimonial Date: 21/05/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, just a quick note how I am going with the Subx. I used it 4 times now in different conditions: 1-2ft, 2-3ft, 4ft and have to say: love it. Today it was a bit straight (4ft+ on the set) but had some really good rides. Have the fin all the way back but will soon change it, just to feel the difference.

Not sure what you have done to the board but when you push your back foot the increase in speed is insane. There is 1 con:the board makes me lazy (paddles too easy) ha ha.
Will send a more detailed review later on. Thanks again, pretty stoked with my collection. Cheers, Wes/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:36/85kg/6'0" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" x 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: Wes is from Holland originally and started surfing only 4.5 years ago. He came to me as a raw beginner about 6 months after starting, with a lot of trust and enthusiasm. I first made him a high volume 7'4" V-SKATE which he progressed really well on, and then a more refined 6'10" V-SKATE which furthered his improvement again. This is his latest board from me/about a month old now. It's not a V-SKATE replacement but built to complement the VS for smaller surf/a 2 board quiver if you like. He also has a 9'1" Mal which he got sick of putting on the car and lugging around, and so the SUBX essentially replaces that board. His SUBX is one of the first boards which I modified with some significant outline changes to increase maneuverability without sacrificing speed or drive. These modifications, the first major changes in 5 years, are now going into all the SUBX boards I shape, after I finished trialing them on my own personal boards.
Wes's situation is a great example of how even surfers at the very beginning of their surfing careers can benefit hugely by being on the right equipment. Rather than following the run of the mill surf shop recommendation to "just get a Minimal", carefully designed custom boards can lead to more fun and faster improvement.

Testimonial Date: 11/05/2018 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hey Grant, first surf the other day (2--3', slightly onshore, easy take off, couple of steep and fast sections) and the board just felt right.

Early into waves, stable, quick, loose and SO much fun.
Everything I remembered. Love it. Thanks so much.
Brad/Central Coast, NSW.
Surfer:46/100kg/6'2" Board: 6'9" X 21 7/8" X 3" Thruster, plus Quad option(5 fin plugs with M7's at the front and M5 backs).
Note from Grant: Brad received his new board about a week ago and sent me this text today.
In 2010 I built him an F-SKATE with identical dimensions which he really loved. Over the years he often thought back to how well the board went, and recently called me to see if I could build him another one as close as possible to the original, even down to the same color. Since I keep meticulous files on all my clients boards going back 20 years this was indeed possible. I used his original file and shaped a duplicate with some very minor design tweaks where appropriate that I've incorporated in the years since.
No other shaper I'm aware of keeps records of all client boards. It takes me a while after I've shaped each board to record everything critical on the file (all dimensions including rocker every 6" inches from nose to tail, fin locations, glassing and so on). Without this information, replications/slight variations and continual progression with my clients would be impossible. Outcomes like this with Brad give me a lot of satisfaction as a shaper. Otherwise, there is no way I could remember a board I'd shaped 8 years ago without seeing it which is usually impossible. Boards get broken, stolen or sold and then regretted. This way, nothing is ever lost.

Testimonial Date: 12/04/2018 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
finally giving the feedback on the 6"10 waterskate you made for me.
First up the finish is top notch, what I expected but was pleased to see. The extra weight is not noticable and I know my board will last!
Now the important bit. I am stoked with the board in anything reasonable above 1ft and have ridden it up to about 4ft. 20 -30 surfs in I am still finding the sweet spots. I say spots because depending on fins, and where I stand I have a standard thruster, sort of old school single fin or mini mal... its just fun sometime experiencing like 3 boards on 1 wave.
Paddles almost like a mal but had helped me build endurance again. BUT I can duckdive it.
I have resurrected my joy in surfing - from every other month to now weekly or more, I think I'll be looking for a shorter board next perhaps a 6'6" Vskate
Trent/Northern Sydney
Surfer: 51/90kg/6'0" Board: 6'10" X 21" X 2 5/8" Squashtail version, set up as a Thruster but with a 10" finbox in the center.

Note from Grant: Trent's circumstances and board present an interesting case. He has 30+ years of experience and once surfed at a very strong level. Family and the usual responsibilities have taken their toll and he can now only surf about once per fortnight plus holidays. He surfs anywhere from the Central Coast to the Northern Beaches, and so this board was designed as an all rounder for 2-8 feet. He wanted a particularly durable board and so we used heavier glass than normal. He also wanted to be able to surf the board as a single fin or Thruster. This presents some tricky finbox location calculations for me so that it will work well in either fin configuration. However we do this from time to time with both the Waterskate and Powerglide and so I was completely confident that I could meet his brief. Finally, although he wanted a good paddle, he didn't want it to be too corky and so it's reasonably fine (2 5/8") for it's length, which provides good hold in more serious surf.
You can see that this was not a simple order. Although every board I shape is different because all my clients are different, some are more difficult than others. I really enjoy designing and shaping to meet these challenges. It was thoughtful of Trent to email me his feedback after I missed him recently on a phone call check in.

Testimonial Date: 29/03/2018 - Board Type : Powerglide
It was 2ft on low tide at Bendalong & no wind so I took the new board out. Very happy, 15 waves in 90 mins. Paddles me into the wave nice and high with little effort. Nose rocker is nice as I dropped into a few that had a steeper face with ease. got more waves than I would have on my 9ft. I can semi duck dive it too by rising up, planting one knee on the board & driving the nose through the wave. Log rolls with ease due to the light weight.
Frank/South Coast, NSW
Surfer:49/86kg/5'9" Board: 7'9" X 21 1/4" X 2 3/4" Rounded pintail Thruster version.

Note from Grant: Frank picked his new board up this morning at the property and a few hours later sent me this text. Prior to this new board he had ridden a HP 9'0" Mal for the past 7 years. However he has a hip problem/arthritis, which means it's uncomfortable sitting on a wide board, and also he gets sore after being in the water for a while
swinging a long board around for take offs. For these reasons we decided on a narrower version of the PG for him. I also made sure that the board was fairly sensitive so there was less strain on his bad hip with turning and so on. The board is designed as an all rounder for Frank and I'm predicting that his days on the old 9'0" are numbered. Even though the PG is quite a bit shorter than his Mal, it paddles at least as well. Looking like another success.

Testimonial Date: 06/03/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey there Grant. Had a nice long session on the Sub X yesterday at Thirroul beach in 2ft, occasionally bigger. I found the optimum paddle position i think, as i could really paddle well, and found some of the other guys out didn't bother trying when i turned into the paddle.

Catching lots of waves and also seemed to be in the right spot on the board when getting up just made it perform beautifully, although there is much more refinement in my knowing the board.

I must say i was disheartened after the previous session especially since going well before that. Definitely fun and definitely a lot more potential as the board and i become more as one!
Thanks for creating magnificent works of art that have re-ignited my love of surfing.
Wal/South Coast,NSW
Surfer:54/97kg/5'11" Board: 6'7" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: Wal is a decent long time surfer. He has not had this new board for long and is still coming to grips with it. He contacted me a little while before this text to say that he was having some difficulty in positioning himself on the board on some waves (after the disheartening surf referred to above). We discussed this on the phone at some length. We talked about how the SUBX is not the same as a regular thruster and that marrying up to a new type of board can take a little time. I suggested he ride a few waves without pushing too much, just guiding it to really get the feel of the board moving through the water. Also to gently experiment with finding the optimal paddling position. The shorter the board, the more important optimal positioning becomes, especially if you are a bigger person. With longer boards there is more latitude with respect to where you are lying. I think he has tried these ideas and now appears to be getting results. Sometimes a custom board provides instant magic. Sometimes it takes a while. This is one reason why I call all my clients about 2 months after they pick up a new board. I want to know how it's going, and sometimes I can help bed things in.

Testimonial Date: 19/02/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,
Just a quick note about the 7' Sub-X I bought a while ago.
In the move to Victoria and with all the work that took I was worried that my surfing wouldn't be good enough for the subbie so I have been using my mal.
In the last 2 days however I got it out.
Its amazing - the board paddles brilliantly, holds in steep sections and is really manouverable.
It has made me a better surfer and I feel confident on late take-offs and through the faster sections.
I am now annoyed I didn't get it out before but now I have it will be my go to board.
Thanks again and best wishes.
BTW I see you have moved to the south coast. I hope that is going well for you.
Surfer:55/92kg/5'11" Board:7'0" X 22 3/4" X 3" 2+1 version.

Note from Grant: I built this board for Mike in August 2015 and I remember really hitting it off with him which sometimes occurs. He was coming off a 9'1" McTavish and was soon to move to Victoria. When I initially called him back then, to see how the board was going, he was rapt. His email today is self explanatory, however it's always nice to hear how things are going with a client further down the tracks. Back then I put a bit more foam into his SUBX than strictly necessary for his weight because of the extra rubber he would be wearing down South, and also because his frequency of surfing was not particularly high at that time.

Testimonial Date: 15/02/2018 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

The 6’8” is a great shooter. It paddles well and entry into waves is effortless. It responds well to rail changes without ’stickyness’ or delayed response. It is fast through the turns and quick to release when changing direction.
I am stoked. I have been surfing it in very poor waves, enjoying it, but today in those long fast low-tide small waves it came alive. Mate, that is four boards in a row, from a 6’6” fish to 8’ gun and those in between…I love them all…!
Thank you…I am in your debt..!
Kind regards,
Les…..60 years old and still a grommet…!/South Coast, NSW
Surfer:60/85kg/5'10" Board: 6'8" X 21" X 3" Rounded pintail Thruster.

Note from Grant: Les is a very good friend and we often surf together down South. He now has a beautiful quiver of boards to suit all conditions. He looks very at home on the boards, as though he's had them for years. I get great pleasure watching him and sharing his excitement for surfing.

Testimonial Date: 06/02/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Hope you’re doing well and getting some waves, especially now the kids have gone back to school!

I just wanted to give you some initial feedback on the Sub X. I haven’t been able to ride it in a lot of different conditions, so this is just based on the few times I have had it out so far. I’ll provide some more once I get more time with it under my feet.

Firstly, the board looks amazing. Having only seen pictures of the Sub X on your website, when I picked it up from you at Little Forest, it looked and felt amazing.

The subtle changes from the nose to tail really hide the craftsmanship of the board. The spray and fin is spot on and suits the board perfectly.

I mentioned when I first picked it up that I was a bit nervous, not having ridden a single fin before, but also like I said when I first ordered the board, I wanted a board that is different to my other boards, and will get me in the water when it’s too small for my normal short board. I definitely got the board I was after.

My first couple of surfs was at my local beach break, with small weak 2 footers. Perfect to test the board in the conditions I bought it for.

I was stoked to feel how well the board paddles, and how easy I could get into the waves. My fears of riding a single fin were unfounded, as I found the board stable on take-off, fast down the line, but still really easy to turn off the tail. It flows with the wave amazingly and is still nimble enough to come off the top and bottom in tight spots and on the open face. I was really surprised how well it turned given the width of the board.

I’ve had a few weeks up the north coast and Sunshine Coast in January and while the waves were far from perfect (I missed both swells), I did get a few fun surfs in 2 foot clean waves at Tea Tree at Noosa, where the board was just perfect for a point break, it sat in the wave perfectly for trimming, got over the flat sections easily, and turned Perfectly on the open faces. Everyone else was riding 9 foot Mal’s and I was on my 6’4” Sub X. It was a much easier walk in with that under my arm, than a 9 footer.

We also got The Pass on a really small 1 foot day. It was small, but the waves still ran down the point really well. Similar to Tea Tree, the perfect board for the conditions. My 11 year old son rode it for 3 hours, and got a ton of waves. He has only ever surfed normal little beach breaks, so to get on the Sub X and get 50 – 100 metre rides where he could just pump
down the line, he was over the moon. He’s put a SUB X on his wish list for his next birthday….

I haven’t yet worked out where I need to stand on the board at all times, but when I have found the right spot, the board turns on a dime, and takes off down the line. I now just need to dial in those spots every surf. I haven’t tried it with the side fins yet, as so far I’m having so much fun as a single fin.

The board is everything I was looking for and exactly how you described it would be.

As always, it has been a pleasure dealing with you from our first contact, our discussion about what I was looking for, right through to picking up the board at your property. Your professionalism, knowledge, passion and craftsmanship are second to none.

Thanks Grant for a great board!

Mark/Central Coast, NSW
Surfer: 44/5'11"/80kg Board: 6'4" X 22" X 2 5/8" 2+1 version with 7.25" centre fin.
Note from Grant: I have built Mark a number of other short boards over the years. He wanted this SUBX to deal with Mal type surf/1'-2' days. It seems I've nailed it well for him for the conditions in question. I imagine that he will tend to ride the board more and more in whatever conditions present as I have. Now, about 4 years after designing the SUBX, I'm still totally into it in all but the biggest surf. His other boards are Thrusters and certainly it takes a bit of experience till you can rapidly transition onto the SUBX after riding these other types of boards.

Testimonial Date: 04/02/2018 - Board Type : SUBX

Grant good to hear you are well and active. I have now been riding the SUBX 6'6" Single plus 2 side fins for a few years and it has become my all-round wave board. At my age, 2-6 feet is my limit and although I recently went back to try a few of my other boards, none of them gave me the support, maneuverability and finesse that I get with the X factor in all conditions. In retrospect I wish I had tried a 6'4" as sometimes, on a good day, I get ahead of myself and think I am 21 again. More realistically I will probably be contacting you for a replacement 6'8" SUBX for my 70th birthday.

Best wishes
Surfer:66/80kg/5'10" Board:6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" 2 + 1 version
Note from Grant: I built this board for Bernie in early 2015. He wanted the board for a wide variety of waves in his area, from small sloppy rubbish to fairly powerful beach break. Modifications were made to the rocker to allow for this brief. Now, 3 years later, when most other brands of board would be in landfill, he's still stoked. Another great outcome with a beautifully designed and built board.

Testimonial Date: 27/01/2018 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant, just wanted to let you know the board is totally awesome. So good in fact I haven't even looked at the 6 other boards I have in my quiver. I'm surfing on average twice a week and have had this board in 2ft up to 5ft and it has exceeded my expectations.

I just want to say a huge thanks for giving me back the joy, fun and stoke that originally got me into surfing 38 years ago. I actually look forward to surfing junky conditions now as the board handles it perfectly. Haven't tried it out in anything over 5ft yet but in sloppy and glassy beach and reef breaks it kills it.
Cheers mate.
Dave/South Australia
Surfer: 50/91-96kg/6'2" Board: 6'8" X 21" X 2 3/4" Roundtail version with quad fin upgrade.
Note from Grant: This board was designed primarily for 1'-4' small junky gutless surf, but also for occasional bigger reef surf and Indo. Dave has had two left shoulder reconstructions and so needed a really good paddle yet with the ability to duck dive reasonably well. We also glassed the board more heavily since he usually dents his decks heavily. I made some slight modifications to the rocker and rails to allow the board to be surfed in more demanding conditions but still work really well in marginal surf. Since everything I shape is custom built, each board is carefully designed to meet each clients brief. In this case, the basic Waterskate design was used as a foundation, and then modified to suit Dave exactly.

Testimonial Date: 05/01/2018 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

Just touching base to let you know how much I have been enjoying the board you made for me.
I am now in the water 3-4 times a week and use the Sub-X exclusively, from 2-6ft.
Love how it holds speed on the smaller/ full days allowing you to maintain smooth rail to rail transitions.
Surprise is the fun I’ve had when it has been bigger and the waves have speed and power.

I am back down to 89kg (from 95kg) and much more surf fit than when I first ordered the board.
I am not in a position to order another board just yet but was wondering where I could go from here in terms of size and/ or refining the shape?
I have considered a different model like the V-Skate but really enjoying the Sub-X too much to make the change.

I am thinking the original board for smaller/ fuller days and perhaps a smaller, zippier Sub-X for the better surf days.
Living in the SW I am surfing pretty good waves most of the time.

Turning 50 this year so will put a new board on the present wish list, ha…..

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and hope you have a great 2018!

Danny/SW, WA
surfer:49/89kg/6'4" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 3" 2+1 version with 8.5" center fin.
Note from Grant:Danny came to me after spending the past 5 years totally into SUP'S, although he had surfed extensively before that on surfboards. He wanted an alternative to mix with his SUP. It needed to be able to handle good reef surf from 2'--6', although not necessarily super steep. I made some modifications to make the SUBX as versatile as possible and yet still have the fantastic paddle and glide he wanted. At times other surfers look at my SUBBIE on the beach and question how she goes in good surf. As I have said, they ride really well in rubbish and even better in good surf. Sometimes it seems, all things are possible.

Testimonial Date: 28/12/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Had a first surf on the Sub X this arvo at North Molly. Wow - what an amazing board! Waves were very ordinary - onshore winds, small crumbly 1-2 foot at the bottom of the tide ... conditions that I suspect would test any boards ability to get into a wave - especially for a novice surfer like me..

It paddles like a dream, easy to pop up on ... and I still had some fun! It ticks all the boxes I was hoping it would .... I can’t wait to get it into some better waves to see what it will do.

Thanks Grant for making great surfboards.

Cheers - Dave/Ulladulla, NSW
Surfer:54/85kg/6'2" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/2" X 3 1/4" 2+1 version.
Note from Grant: Dave bought this used SUBX from me a few days ago and couldn't wait to get in the water with it. He has not had a lot of surfing experience, having come to surfing later in life. This particular board is a high volume version, which I felt confident would suit Dave well. He needs a good paddler and stability so that he can catch as many waves as possible and gradually build up his confidence. Another successful Miller outcome.

Testimonial Date: 23/09/2017 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hey Grant, how’s it going mate? Hopefully you’re still on the mend, or well and truly mended!

We’ve had a good run of South swell up here, so I guess you’ve had more sizeable waves down your way and a few more options? The wind has been good too, mostly W and NW early in the day.

Grant, Im loving the F-Skate. I would have guessed that a 6 4 would be best for me, but I think 6 2 is actually perfect, any longer and it would have too much volume.
It paddles really well and picks up waves easily, love that low rocker.
Ive surfed it both as a thruster and a quad, preferring the thruster so far.
Its a model I’ve overlooked before now, but it’s a great small wave board when you need some paddle power and looseness!

Bob/Bungan Beach, Sydney.
Surfer:62/5'9"/73kg Board: 6'2" X 21 1/4" X 2 5/8" Quad plus Thruster version.

Note from Grant: This was one of my own personal boards which I just wasn't using much because of my SUBX infatuation. Bob has a number of my boards including a SUBX and V-SKATE. He asked me whether I thought this board would go well with his SUBX, perhaps in suckier steeper surf. I thought it would and he seems stoked which is great. I have another one I've begun surfing again recently which is a lot of fun too.I'd almost forgotten how well they surf in anything up to about 6 feet. Low rocker combined with a very fast bottom shape(see F-SKATE page)produces easy paddling and a very fast board. An excellent small/medium wave board for most ability levels.

Testimonial Date: 11/09/2017 - Board Type : Powerglide
Dear Grant,

I hope you are doing better again and your are recovering well.

So many memories come back to me while writing you this email because your board (Powerglide) lived/travelled to so many places with me and still does.

Due to work, I sort of “settled” and I am now (since 2015) living back home in Germany (Berlin) again with much less traveling and of course surfing.

In 2010 I visited you in Monavale. I was still young and had been living in Australia at that time and had been surfing for 2 years. I was nervous getting a custom board because I “only” was an “advanced beginner” as I described myself. However, you made it so easy, comfortable and fun. I still tell the story of my visit and whenever I take my board for a surf, memories surf with me.

The Powerglide is still my one board solution. I surfed it around Indonesia, Fiji, South Amercia (when I was at the peak of my fitness and surf skillset ? ) and now around Europe. It survived turtle rolls and wipe outs in large swell. All repairs I did so far were due to travel damages and reefs only.

Unfortunately living in Germany and UK now, I am not spending my days in the water anymore. It very much is reduced to some weekends and vacations mainly. Hence my fitness it not the best but I try to sty fit through swimming, but of course it is not the same.

I just returned from San Sebastian / Biarritz enjoying the summer swell with my Powerglide. It helps me to still catch many waves. I am always surprised that I still catch waves (as unfit and slow I have become) and get my share of waves. I don´t out paddle the old guys with the long boards anymore though ?

To make things short.

The reason I am writing you is that after my Surf trip I very much felt that it is time for a second board as an addition to my 7 foot Powerglide (in case it makes sense)

The breaks I am now surfing are in the UK and Spain/France (in summer), mainly 1 – 4 foot mushy waves. Although I love the Powerglide, I feel like something new. Something shorter, more turntable, fast, “skateable”, lots of volume and as easy to Paddle as the powerglide made for small beach breaks. For everything else, I still will use the Powerglide.

I am not sure if this actually exist or if it is possible or if the Powerglide I own is already the perfect solution.

In 2010, when I visited you for the first time and you asked what I am looking for, I said, I have no specific design in mind and are open to everything you think what would work for me. This of course is the case again. I have to admit, browsing the internet I liked the Firewire Baked Potato and the quad fin option, but as I actually have no clue about shapes, designs, fin setups etc. it is almost stupid to say I like it.

So again, I would be very happy if you would help me finding my next board.

Wish you all the best and hopefully we´ll be meeting in person again some day.

Axel Besinger/Germany
Surfer: 37/93kg/6'2" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8" Roundtail Thruster version.

Note from Grant: Axel's testimonial is interesting in a number of respects. He was a beginner/lower intermediate when I built his current board in 2010. Many people think it's a waste of money to order a custom board at this stage. I disagree. A well designed board at this early stage can really assist a novice surfer to progress and gain confidence much faster than if they were to buy a minimal or random rack board for example. His email also shows just how versatile the Powerglide is. He has ridden it successfully all over the world in varying conditions and it's still in decent shape. Most commercially available boards these days are lucky to last 18 months before going to landfill. We build boards to last.
Lastly,I really appreciate his level of trust and loyalty. This was apparent in 2010 and obviously again now. He is ordering a new board from the other side of the world and is very happy to do so. This speaks for itself and is very heartening for me. Tomorrow I'll call him in Berlin and we'll go through his order together/ a custom SUBX to go with his old faithful PG.

Testimonial Date: 01/09/2017 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hey Grant, sat back home thinking of the phone call I had from you while in the UK at four in the morning !!!
It’s a funny thing while overseas I was constantly thinking of my last surf at Long reef (Poles) about three to four feet, took off on a nice little left, but as I jumped up I realized I was standing on the back third of the board, not were I usually ride, and on other boards this far back is out of control. But I was committed on this beautiful little left, just drove hard off the bottom then hit the lip with spray going everywhere, the feeling was amazing & so effortless, haven’t been able to do this for thirty years. So still loving this board & doing things I haven’t done in a while.
Cheers Al Keates/Collaroy, NSW

Surfer:67/85kg/5'9" Board: 7'6" x 22 3/4" x 3 1/16" Rounded pintail modified Waterskate with Quad + thruster fin setup.

Note from Grant: Another testimonial from Alan/see previous one from earlier in the year. I called him to see how it was going and he was in the UK, oh well. It's a great feeling for me to be reminded just how much pleasure my clients get from their boards. I work very closely with them to achieve these consistent results and keep meticulous records of all boards.

Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
I've surfed the 7'2" V-SKATE that I got from you a couple of times now in surf from 2" to about 5'. It was really odd with the length*but so well balanced it was easy to get used to it. The board paddles like a Mal i think and picks off waves really easy. Has a really 70's single feel about it but carves like a modern board. On certain waves where i found the sweet spot it just flowed so well and made me look like a better surfer than i think i am and a couple of guys commented on how well it goes.

the ride was like a cross of glide on a mal and that soul type of riding on the older singles. i am amazed at how good it feels underfoot-a feeling i haven't had for quite a while-like an extension of myself, almost like it can read my next move. LOVE IT!

Can't wait to really get it wired and get my sub x and work it out.
Cheers, Wal./Thirroul, NSW
Surfer: 53/95-100kg/5'11" Board: 7'2" X 21" x 2 7/8" Squashtail thruster version.

Note from Grant:This testimonial was texted to me a few days after Wal bought this board from me. It was used, but had only been ridden perhaps half a dozen times. I have reproduced his text to the letter. * First off, Wal is used to riding much shorter boards. In the 6'6" to 6'8" range and so I can imagine this board would have felt long at first. Wal had ordered a new SUBX from me over the phone. The next day he called to ask about this used 7'2" which was on my site. He asked if it might be a good step up board from his 6'7" SUBX for bigger surf, and also would it suit him in general as an all rounder and while he waited for me to build his SUBX later in the year? I told him I thought it would suit him very well and he drove down from Thirroul that day and bought it for $650.
This is obviously a very good outcome for Wal. It also provides me with information which I will use when shaping his SUBX in October. At times, existing clients call me to ask my opinion about suitability for them on boards that are for sale on Gumtree or Ebay. I try and help them when I can as this can be a good way for them to increase their quiver of Millers.

Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant

Just a quick word to say I hadn't been on the Subby for a while. Didn't take it to Indo as I hadn't ridden it enough to feel confident? about it.

BUT - had a quick surf this arvo at Bronte in head high and couldn't believe how it handled the reef. Absolute perfection - which is quite a statement. Such smoothness and responsiveness and ease.

Thank you again. And I will probably be calling very soon to have an identical copy shaped as a reserve !!

Hope you are keeping well.

James/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 53/77kg/5'11" Board: 6'5" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.

Note from Grant: A few months back I called James to see how he was liking his new board. He was super stoked and said among other things that he had recently caught "the best left ever" for him while on the SUBX. He asked what I thought about taking the board along with some others on an upcoming boat trip in Indo. I said that it would be ideal for the smaller days in particular and that he might be surprised how it would go even in bigger waves. This is particularly true on boat trips where you can often paddle into the break without drama, as opposed to beach break in bigger conditions. As you can see, he didn't take it. This was James's first board ever from me and confidence in a new board can take some time to develop for anyone.
A few days ago he called me and ordered an identical SUBX copy "in case something happens to you or you stop shaping". He is aware that I lead a very full life both in and out of the ocean, and perhaps he was thinking of my last Himalayan trip in particular. On that trip, I became very ill while alone, high up in a remote valley but was able to evacuate myself and return home. I have no intention of retiring from shaping. I think he is just so stoked with the SUBX that naturally he wants to have a back up. It's a great feeling for me to know that my boards are so much appreciated. A lot of thought and love goes into them.

Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Sorry for my late response but it's been really busy at work.

Just want to let you know that I am really happy with the new board. The transition from my old board to the new one wasnt as difficult as I expected. The board paddles so easy and on the waves its really responsive as well.

I can feel myself progressing again and my confidence in the bigger surf is also improving. It's so much easier to take off on bigger waves with this board, I love it! You did a great job!!

Thanks again and I will be back for my new board (once I convinced Quin I need one in a year or two!


Wes/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:35/90kg/6'0" Board: 6'10" X 21" 2 7/8" Squashtail thruster version.

Note from Grant: Wes and his wife Quin are originally from the Netherlands. It's difficult for me to remember a keener more enthusiastic surfer than Wes. He walked into my shaping room at Mona Vale a few years ago and said "Iv'e done my research and want you to make me a board" I was also recommended to him by Manly Surf School. Not long after he got the board his wife came in and also ordered a new board. They both had only a couple of years experience when they came to me. I built them boards which were stable and easy to paddle, and were also not difficult to turn. Both boards were a complete success. This is Wes's second board now and we used his first board as a reference in designing it. This is the same approach I use with all my clients and it leads to very predicable improvements in the boards, which translates to increased confidence and performance in the surfer.

Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

Got your voicemail, thanks again for taking the time and being so considerate :)

Apologies for the delay in getting back - I'd taken the board out for a couple of really good sessions quite soon after I got it, then I wanted a couple more before getting back to you, but we had a huge flat spell for over a month. Just took it back to the coast last weekend.

The board goes great, I haven't quite surfed a board like that before, and I feel like it has a lot of dimensions I'm yet to explore. The best sessions I had was at a couple of remote points we have here, a peeling right and a steeper left.

Surfed the left first which ended up around head and a half to double overhead. I had the side fins in plus 7.5 centre fin, the board felt good, easy to paddle in, bottom turn felt solid. Board itself felt very loose but I think I also have a tendency to be standing too far forward sometimes which might contribute to that.

One thing I noticed was at the top of any top turns I was making, I felt a lot of "float", not sure how else to describe it. Felt like I couldn't bury the board in the wave as much as I was used to on thinner boards, but I guess that's to do with the volume?

The right we surf a lot is a fatter point, had the side fins in there. For cutties it felt great, plenty of speed through the turns, had lots of fun on this wave with the board.

I've only surfed it as a single a couple times, and only in quite crappy waves. I definitely haven't got the hang of it as a single... something I really want to try more, but as soon as the waves get solid or decent I find myself reaching for the side fins too.

Anyways, feels like I still need a few more sessions in good waves for a really decent assessment. Super keen to hear feedback from others or see videos of guys surfing the board, as I'm a pretty average surfer and sometimes seeing someone better with the board opens your eyes to what is possible.

Thanks heaps again Grant... love ya work.

Tane/New Zealand
Surfer:40/78kg/6'1" Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.

Testimonial Date: 01/08/2017 - Board Type : F-SKATE
G’day Grant,

I wanted to contact you after my very first surf on the F-Skate due to how stoked I was, but I thought I’d hold off until I had surfed it in a few different conditions so I had a better overview of the board.

After I picked up the finished board from you I took it straight down to a local beach break and was disappointed to see that the waves were only knee high (1-2 ft). But keen to try out the new F-Skate I paddled out anyway and quickly found out that this board is something special. From the very first wave the board just felt like it wanted to GO! With it’s volume in all the right places, paddling was a breeze and it flies through flat sections where I’d usually get bogged down and lose speed. The tail shape combined well with the quad fin set up to deliver a great balance of drive and maneuverability. This board turned conditions that I usually wouldn’t bother paddling out into a really fun surf.

A few weeks later and I’ve had the board out in a variety of wave sizes and conditions, including a solid 6-8ft day that was on the borderline of my ability. I’ve been able to catch waves from right out where the longboarders sit due to it’s paddle power and put it right on rail through arcing turns in good sized waves.

I’ll finish by mentioning that I enjoyed the whole process in creating this board, right from discussing shapes with you, holding various boards under my arm in your shaping bay and deciding on the finished look - spray / pin-line / logo colour etc. I’m stoked with the finished board.

Thanks mate. See you in the water

Surfer: 38/72kg/5'8" Board: 6'1" X 20 3/4" X 2 1/2" Dedicated Quad.

Note from Grant: This is the third board I've built for Kerry in around 4 years. He wanted a board that was versatile, and capable of tight turns in the pocket in any conditions up to about 5 feet. He surfs well and gets in anywhere from Sussex down to Wairo depending. Another successful outcome.

Testimonial Date: 01/08/2017 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

I just wanted to let you know that I surfed the new board yesterday and I love it. It's so nice to realise the small differences we made from my last one. It's so much looser in transitions on the tall but paddles just as well.
It was only a first surf but felt really happy and it just feels right.

Thanks for understanding my needs. You're a true craftsman.

Simon/Manly NSW
Surfer: 45/61kg/5'5" Board: 6'2" X 19" X 2 3/8" Squshtail

Note from Grant: I made Simon's first board a couple of years ago and he loved it until Qantas finished it off coming back from Indo. During the time he owned the previous board, Simon improved his surfing significantly, and so we made some subtle and not so subtle changes with this new one. Only by keeping detailed records of each client's boards, can a shaper consistently create better and better outcomes. Most shapers do not keep records. This means that each time they shape a new board for someone, they are starting from scratch, rather than progressing.

Testimonial Date: 13/06/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant. Hope your well. I’ve had a few more surfs on the SUBX. Never in all my 35 plus years of surfing have I ridden anything like this. Unique. Pure joy. Amazing board. I reckon as I get some match fitness back, I’m going to want one with smaller specs.

Thanks heaps for a great board.


Surfer:50/5’7”/93kg Board: 7’0” X 22 ½” x 3 ¼” 2 plus 1 version

Note from Grant: Terry has been surfing since he was a kid. He now lives a bit inland and so cannot surf as frequently. He had been on longboards the last few years and so wanted this board to paddle him really well but also offer some performance. I remember when he was ordering the board he was concerned that it might not have enough volume compared to what he had been riding. I assured him that it would. Now he’s thinking he could have gone a bit smaller. A great outcome.

Testimonial Date: 09/06/2017 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

Hope you are well, I guess you are well in to the travels by now…..

I’ve had a few surfs on the Powerglide now and am really enjoying it. I was expecting a lot more of an adjustment period but it is actually really easy to surf so really happy. The board is really stable and predictable without any of the corkiness I mentioned I didn’t like in previous boards so I think you did a great job of translating what I wanted in to a finished board. When I say predictable I don’t mean boring, as it feels really loose, more that it does what I expect it do which means I can concentrate on the wave rather than what is going on with the board. I’ve already been trying a few tighter turns than I would consider on the longboard and I just haven’t found a turn that the board won't accommodate, so I think it will be a great board for me to progress on. The only adjustment is in catching waves, but I think the longboard has made me a bit lazy in positioning as it will take off on anything, but had a nice 3 foot day at Manly yesterday and barely missed a wave I went for, so think I’ll get the hang of it. But once up and running, loving it..

I was speaking to a guy at Manly yesterday and he had a relatively new V-Skate and was also saying how good that was.

Well, just thought I would drop you a line to say how it was going..have been really impressed with it and am looking forward to progressing on it with more surfs, so thanks for shaping a great board for me.

Happy and safe travels

Matt/Manly, NSW
Surfer: 44/5'10"/83kg Board: 7'2" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" Rounded pintail version.
Note from Grant: Matt was coming off a 9'1" McTavish Fireball. He wanted a looser, tighter turning feel and something which was easier to duckdive than the Mal. He had had a custom from another shaper which was too corky for him and so he was keen for me not to use too much volume. It seems I got things just right for him.

Testimonial Date: 09/06/2017 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G day grant just letting you know how happy I am with my board you made me a while back. took a while to sort the fins out but after a phone call to you you sorted me out with the proper set up I put pc 7 fins in and have not looked back love the paddle power and flotation of the board take offs are made easy with the stability you mentioned
I am really enjoying my surfing again thanks to you I am thinking of going a little shorter may be 7ft now I have a bit of confidence in the boards no doubts you will be able to help me with another gem of a board like the one I have all ready when I am cashed up again I will be in touch. by all means please touch bases if you have have something in mind that will suit going off my last dimensions of my 8ft v skate. Your a legend cheers
Wayne/Norah Head, NSW
Surfer:56/6'0"/110kg Board: 8'0" X 23 1/4" X 3 1/4" Squashtail Thruster.
Note from Grant: Wayne has been surfing since childhood but over time has put on weight and gradually gone longer and longer to compensate. His current board was a 9'3" X 22 1/4" X 3 1/4" high volume Mal. He had lost the short board feeling long ago and wanted it back. He told me " I want the short board feel again but still with excellent paddle." I put a fair amount of volume into his board but still with reasonably refined rails for some sensitivity. As you can see from his email, his confidence is now up a few months later and he is thinking of coming down even more in length.

Testimonial Date: 11/04/2017 - Board Type : Custom

Hi Grant,
Surfed the 8’ board today. Nice solid waves, with the bank a long way out. Long rides down the beach and hard to get back through the break, so paddling was a challenge for me. The waves were clean and lovely. The board paddled so well, with super easy entry into the long lefts. I felt great off the bottom and fast through the turns, even cutting back with clean smooth release in direction changes. Mate I could not be happier, it is a lovely board, suited to my needs in that kind of surf. Thanks so much for all your efforts and professionalism in crafting a great shooter for an aged surf nazi.
Kind regards,
The half-hearted man.
Les/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer:59/5'10"/83kg Board:8'0" X 20 1/2" X 2 15/16" Pintail Gun
Note from Grant Miller: Les is a good surfer with a heart condition affecting his stamina. He wanted a board with more volume for 6'-8' decent surf down here on the South Coast. It's got more foam than he needs for his weight to compensate for his diminished paddling ability now. Nevertheless I made sure it was not too bulky, and that it retained appropriate sensitivity through the rail foil and distribution of foam throughout the board. I'm really looking forward to watching him surf it this winter. He seems very happy with the outcome.

Testimonial Date: 05/04/2017 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Surfed the F-skate today. So much fun. Small clean hollow waves, sunshine….in my boardies…! The board is great…fast, loose and so easy to change rails on the wave face. Paddles like a dream and catches waves so well.
6’6’’ is the perfect size. Haven’t had that much fun in small waves in years.
Thanks mate, you have done so well….move over ‘Slater’…the 'half-hearted man' is on the move….fast and loose…!
Kindest regards,
Les/South Coast,NSW.
Surfer:59/83kg/5'10" Board: 6'6" X 21 1/2" X 3" set up as a Quad plus Thruster option.
Note from Grant:Les has a heart condition and needs extra paddle power. However he is a very experienced surfer and so needs a board with performance capabilities once up and riding. He pretty much just told me to do whatever I thought was appropriate for him after we decided on 6'6" for the length. Even though there is significant thickness in the board, I built reasonably refined rails into it for sensitivity and flow and gave him some late rocker to keep it nice and loose. He is a personal friend and so it was a pleasure to work with him on the board. I also shaped him an 8'0" Gun, but that is still waiting to be ridden.

Testimonial Date: 27/03/2017 - Board Type : Waterskate
TWO WORDS !!! Magic carpet. No can’t leave it there. Mate I knew this board was special as soon as I started paddling, super fast paddling & getting into wave super early. Paddles better than the Powerglide. Nice conditions this morning glassy with 3 to 4 ft wave, but a lot of closeouts. Must say the board felt superb under feet. Grant please make sure you have every detail of this board recorded. I know you have. Thanks again, this one is the best board yet. Regards Al PS. I was paddling around the line up like a twenty year old, umm would you believe thirty.
Alan Keates/Collaroy, NSW.
Surfer:67/5'9"/85kg Board: 7'6" X 22 3/4" X 3 1/16" Roundtail modified Waterskate with Quad plus Thruster fin set up.

Note from Grant: I've been shaping Al's boards for close to 10 years now and he has a number of different models. We are always building on his last board and aiming for better and better results. He is a good surfer who has a pretty good grasp of design fundamentals. Nevertheless he always encourages me to just do my thing after we have worked out the outside dimensions and exactly what conditions he wants the board for. This board paddles better than his Powerglide because it has less rocker throughout. Still, in the right conditions he loves the PG too. This is a good example of the benefits of having a carefully thought out quiver, and can only be achieved by working closely with a very experienced shaper.

Testimonial Date: 07/03/2017 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

It's been great. I got 17 days in over Xmas and while it did not turn me into Kelly Slater it made for much more enjoyable sessions in the small swell.

Really happy overall. If there is a downside it's that I enjoyed it so much that I'm not overly happy being back here in Singapore.

Thanks for your work.


Surfer: 37/6'2"/90kg Board: 6'10" X 21" X 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster.
Note from Grant Miller: Simon works in Singapore and wanted a board for when he comes back to Sydney and also to take to Indo from time to time. Because he cannot surf regularly, I put some extra volume into his board to quicken the inevitable adjustment after he's been out of the water for long periods.

Testimonial Date: 07/03/2017 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant,
Surfed the board this arvo. Really enjoyed it. Paddled great, responded well.
Chunky messy waves…really sucky but fins felt great, with plenty of flex.
2 7/8 is great thickness and extra width, no problem.
It was a new fresh experience. Thanks mate.
It made my old boards feel superseded.
Regards,Les/South Coast NSW
The half-hearted man.
Surfer:59/5'10"/83kg Board: Semi-Gun 7'0" X 21" X 2 7/8" Thruster rounded pintail.
Note from Grant Miller: Les bought this board from me yesterday second hand after it was traded in. He is a very experienced decent surfer who has been in the water his whole life. He has a heart condition now which means he no longer has the same degree of stamina. There is more volume in this board than strictly necessary for his weight, but I thought it would be ideal to enable easier paddling/early entry and yet still surf well. For approximately the past 20 years he has ridden boards built by another local shaper, and so this is his first board from me. So far so good it seems.

Testimonial Date: 04/03/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant, I swapped some fins around, surfed some more, had to slow down and get used to the board a bit more and completely happy with the SUBX. Using the quads helped me trust the board. And checked the website again, it's a Long board alternative, not a shortboard.

Back to the single and side bites with further spread. Surfing to it's design, it's close to the perfect dims. I had a killer surf yesterday. Very happy.

Shane/Port Maquarie NSW
Surfer: 50/76kg/5'7" Board: 6'4" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" Set up as a 2 plus 1 as well as with extra Quad plugs for maximum versatility.
Note fromGrant: I have shaped a number of boards for Shane over many years. He is an experienced and decent surfer. About 2 months ago I rang Shane to check how his board was going (I do this with all my clients as a matter of course). He had not surfed the board very much due to work and poor surf conditions but was not particularly happy at that point. He thought it had too much volume and that perhaps he should have ordered a 6'0" version. It just didn't feel right he said.

I felt really disappointed because I put all I have into all the boards I shape, and remembered how pleased I had been with the way the board turned out. A lot of care and emotion are involved for me. However I also really appreciated Shane's honesty and courage in providing honest feedback. When I call clients to check on their boards, it's because I care, not because I want to hear only good feedback or praise. So, we talked about the board and his experiences for some time, and while we did this I was looking carefully at the board's file in front of me, trying to find something to help me understand his experience. On paper, technically it all looked good and I could even remember how the board had felt under my arm and thinking how sweet it was. In the end I made some suggestions relating to fins and encouraged him to surf it some more in varied conditions and then get back to me when he felt ready. I told him that if at that time he was still unhappy, then I would build him another board at no cost to him including freight. That we would work it out.

Yesterday while I was driving to Sydney to deliver boards with broken Bluetooth, Shane called me. I told him I couldn't talk right then but would call him back. However before I could, he sent me the text reproduced above. A little while later I rang him. He was totally stoked in the board having ridden it quite a bit more and played around with his fins. He said he had caught a left and surfed it the best he had ever surfed. Among other things, he had taken out some aftermarket fiberglass fins and replaced them with the stock FCS fins I provided him with originally. Perhaps he was also more relaxed knowing that I would work with him no matter what, I'm not sure.

In the end, people come to me because they trust me, either from their own previous experience or from someone else's recommendation. I take surfboard building very seriously and really appreciate the trust given to me.

Testimonial Date: 01/03/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey mate, sorry missed your call........just working driving ferries on the harbor. My board is fantastic bud, I'm very happy. Paddling is good but where I'm most surprised is the speed.....I've always seemed to pop up and bog down, but not on this baby, it takes off!

I've certainly had to change a bit style wise and flow more with this board but I am loving life brother.
Thanks Grant.....I will be in touch when I need my next board.

Surfer:52/6'0"/104kg Board: 7'0" X 23 1/4" X 3 1/4" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Troy is only able to surf about once per fortnight, plus holidays on the NSW South Coast. To ensure that he had sufficient paddle power and didn't spend half his valuable sessions getting his paddling up to speed, I put in some extra volume to assist. Another very satisfied SUBX client.

Testimonial Date: 08/02/2017 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant,

Hope all is well with you and business. Thanks for the recent call. Apologies for not replying - been flat out.

Sub x - It's great. As before, your creation has lived up to your promise - performs and rides exactly as per description. It's certainly been a life saver in the recent less than average conditions I've been presented with. Paddles really well, I've been (pleasantly) surprised with the ease in which I've caught gutless full waves. Initially I found the ride stiff and the board tough to maneuver, and I attributed it to my inexperience. However I moved the centre fin forward about 3/4 inch and it came into it's own. Between the sub and the v skate I am equipped for almost any condition - that was the goal.

Thank you for both boards and all the pleasure they bring, its greatly appreciated; I feel fortunate to experience the results of your wisdom and craftsmanship. The next step for me is to improve, significantly, and then consider the next board.

Again, I hope you are well, content, and enjoying the waves too.

Surfer: 48/91kg/6'0" Board: 6'10" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: Matt's discussion about the fin adjustment illustrates so well the fact that as surfers we are all different, and so may need to adjust our fins to suit. The SUBX in 2 plus 1 format provides a tremendous range in fin adjustment, both at the 10" finbox and also with the Surfinz side plugs we use. Fine tuning is where it's at once you get used to your new board.
Matt's feedback also clearly shows the benefits of having a quiver to optimally deal with the range of waves you typically surf. His V-SKATE which I built perhaps 18 months ago is great for surf above say shoulder height, but when it's small out comes the Subbie.

Testimonial Date: 11/01/2017 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hey Grant,

I just saw Muz and asked him if he’d mentioned to you at all what my thoughts on my new board are. As expected he told me that he hadn’t given anything away. Probably a good thing if my views had changed, but really my first surf was so good that for me nothing could take away from the feelings I experienced that day. I so wanted to call and rant about how amazing it was, but I promised both of us I’d hold off. Until now anyway.

That first surf was in extremely glassy rights (and the occasional left) peeling fast and fairly sucky in the middle of the beach here. I was the only one out and it was only 1’. I caught about 10 waves and every wave and every turn and every movement of the board felt so instinctively right. Starting with some fades and moving towards some top turn arcs and then cutbacks - everything I tried the board did, but even better than I could have hoped. The speed is incredibly fast and surprisingly fast actually, the degree of looseness felt great, as does the drive, and beyond that the forgiveness really giving. Man, Grant I was friggin stoked. To the point of claiming that it’s one of only two or three boards that I’ve ever connected with so completely in a first surf. That claim won’t change. When Patto finally paddled out I refrained from gushing too much other than stating that “I’d come home”.

So I’ve ridden it 5 times now (every surf I’ve had) in both lefts and rights, mostly crap, but with a fair bit of decent shape in the mix. I’ve had nothing but totally satisfying experiences. I honestly have zero faults that I can find, and I’m actually pinching myself over how much you completely nailed what I’m looking for. I’ve been trying to recreate those feelings from riding big single fin pin tales in small strong long period swells over in Hawaii from my time there in the 90’s and early 00’s, and haven’t found that until now. That Dead Kooks gave me moments but as you know it always felt hard. Your board feels easy!

Beyond that, again as you know, that Joel Tudor footage has captivated me for years now and I’ve wondered how I’m ever going to find a board that goes like that. I’ve found it. I’m so stoked. As time goes on I’ve got a much clearer vision of I guess who I am and in terms of relevance here, how I wan’t to surf. I’ll still mix up my choice of boards from surf to surf a bit but the egg is going to be a big staple, coz it allows me to surf small to medium weak waves in the was I want to ride them.

Mate, thank you! I know this is obviously a glowing review and I wouldn’t give it at this stage of riding a board if I didn’t really own my thoughts.

Aloha my friend

Deano/South Coast, NSW.
BTW: The other board you made me is extremely special for me too (I haven’t surfed it a lot because of the conditions) but it likewise has resonated with me completely.
Surfer: 45/5'9"/80kg Board: 7'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 5/8" Rounded pintail Waterskate egg/2 plus1.
Note from Grant Miller: Dean is a very good surfer with a smooth, powerful and functional style. He has surfed in many parts of the world and has had many boards from multiple "name" shapers. He wanted this to surf from 1 foot here, up to overhead in Indo. That is a very difficult ask. Before this board I made him a high performance 6'3" Waterskate for decent surf down here on the South Coast. That board was also a complete success. With the 7'6" he asked me to use the classic Waterskate design as the starting point which I did. He wanted a lot of drive and trim but also to be able to pull it around into tight roundhouse cutbacks at will. He showed me a very short video of Joel Tudor doing what he wanted to do on some sort of unidentified egg in California. I handshaped this board with very sound design principles in mind, but as usual, also let some intuitive flashes have their expression in the foam. Shapers who use shaping machines (the vast majority now) do not have this luxury because too much of the design is dictated to them by the machine.

Testimonial Date: 24/11/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, your email somehow got buried in my inbox, sorry I just saw it now. The subX is an absolute joy, I had some fantastic rides on it! After riding longboards for years, my first impression of the SubX was it felt very light quick and maneuverable. I took it to California few weeks ago, it worked very well in different conditions, I let my friend used it and he thought it's very similar to a fish board. Anyway I really liked it and learning something new every time I use it, the only thing I wished I got is stronger glassing, as you know NY beach is super crowded on summer days, and I got dinged couple times on the rail, but nothing major thankfully.

Anyways thanks for shaping a great board! I'm hoping to taking it to Costa Rica next year!


Steve/New York, USA.
Surfer:38/5'8"/68kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: Steve is an intermediate surfer who had previously only ridden longboards. The board was made for waves in NY, California and Costa Rica, showing once again how versatile the SUBX is.
Glassing: Steve's board was glassed quite lightly and this is one reason the board performs so well. Glassing and performance are always trade offs with any surfboard, but the SUBX is primarily designed for smaller surf where lightness is a distinct advantage.

Testimonial Date: 11/11/2016 - Board Type : Powerglide
GM, just browsing your testimonials ,no feedback from Malcolm or Tony ? Anyway , found my Powerglide feedback from 2006 post JBay where the Powerglide excelled. I just returned from another JBay excursion and whilst in a surf shop off de Gama rd overheard a group of younger locals talking of a 'magic' board that resided at aforementioned surf shop and people took turns borrowing it . The Miller they whispered , my ears tweeked !
The magic board was the Powerglide I left there in 2006 ! I have returned to JBay regularly ,most recently in September this year and once again my Powerglide got the job done allowing me to thoroughly enjoy surfing fast waves from 2ft to 6ft+. I have left that PG there for others to enjoy and as you know am now awaiting the arrival of a fresh,new Powerglide . If there is a more practical,versatile surfboard around I'm yet to find it ....
Well done GM , lofty/North Avalon, Sydney.
Board: 7'0" X 22" X 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster. Surfer:57/85kg/6'0"
Note from Grant Miller:
I have shaped lofty almost 20 boards over the past 16 years. V-SKATES, Waterskates and a number of Powerglides. He is a very good surfer with a timeless, functional style and we often surf together up the North end of the peninsula. His PG is his go to board, from Avalon to Jeffries Bay. What kind of surfboard could be more versatile?

Testimonial Date: 14/10/2016 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hey Grant - hope you're well

Just some more positive feedback about Dan's 7'0" Waterskate ...as you shape mine (please look for my deposit today).

I used Dan's board again over the weekend but this time in a little heavier, steeper conditions about 4-6ft. I caught a ton of waves and what stood out to me was how much speed I got on the WS and how easy it was to turn. Immediately I picked up a lot of speed at high part of the open face and pumped it down the line until making a few bigger turns and small cutbacks. With the drive and speed of the WS, I made it to sections of waves that surprised me...some of the better, longer rides + maneuvers that I have ever had in my life, no joke.

I don't want to blame Dan's WS but I had a bit of a hard time getting into one or two of the bigger, steeper, faster breaking (dumping) set waves. I made the steep drop (with arms flailing haha) but didnt get into the face/line. Again it's probably just me and maybe I could have used an extra paddle or put more of my weight forward dropping in. Over time I'm sure that I would get more comfortable on this board (only my 2nd time) and also some waves will just be close outs. But is this where a touch more rocker could be helpful??? As discussed, this is the only tweak we agreed making to Dan's specs and I think we are on same page...no downside, only upside.

I just wanted to share this additional positive feedback and another great experience that I had on Dan's WS and to reiterate how excited I am to order one like his.

Colin Brooks/New York, USA Surfer:36/97kg/6'1" Board: 7'0" X 21 3/4" x 2 7/8" Rounded pintail Thruster version

Note from Grant Miller: Recently Colin contacted me inquiring about having a Waterskate custom built and shipped to NY. His friend Dan had ordered a 7'0" Waterskate in 2005 which we exported to him. This board has been regularly surfed since then and I still have the original files. Colin rode it just once recently and was hooked, but Dan would not sell it to him. The new Waterskate will be very similar to Dan's board but with some slight modifications to suit Colin. I think this case is interesting because it demonstrates a number of facets of our business.
Retention of detailed files allows me to reproduce a board built 11 years ago for a guy on the other side of the world. Superior build quality is clearly demonstrated/Dan is 90kg and has surfed the hell out of the board which is still in good condition. Most Australian built boards are finished within 2 years maximum, worth nothing and headed for landfill. Also, although I started building Waterskates in 1999, the design is still entirely valid. Other manufacturers have copied it all over Australia since then, but the boards are not the same, they cannot be, and so are obviously inferior.

Testimonial Date: 10/08/2016 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant, hope all is well.
Just an update the board is amazing...!
I've just came in from a surf at Greenmount & the board did everything I wanted & more.Down the line, fat sections & turned beautifully.& it just glides in on takeoffs so effortlessly.
I've found my magic carpet....! Thank you..!
P.S. While I was doing one of my walk arounds a lady surfer doing the same had a Miller waterskate saying it was her friends & they both loved it. It was in great condition for 10 years old.
Once again
Glen Webber/North Coast NSW
Surfer:45/95kg/6'0" Board: 7'4" X 21 1/2" X 3+" Round pin Thruster version.
Note from Grant Miller: Glen began surfing as a kid and then let it go for 15 years for various reasons. Five years ago he started again and since then spent all that time struggling on different boards which he primarily bought from various surf shops. His weight fluctuates between 95kg and 110kg, and so I built enough volume into his new board to allow for this. However I also wanted to ensure that the board would not be too corky, and would perform well in good waves as well as in more marginal conditions.

Testimonial Date: 10/06/2016 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant.

Thanks for contacting me about the SUBX I got from you late last year. Sorry I couldn’t provide much feedback as I had been out of the water for 3 months, but I’m back surfing again now and loving the SUBX. After struggling on hybrid type boards for a while, I thought I needed to change my boards and surfing as I aged. I was right about needing something different to ride and the SUBX is perfect, but my surfing has gone up a level.

Paddle power is awesome, my wave count is way up, I’m getting in earlier, but what has really surprised me is what I’m doing on a wave. It’s got drive when on the front foot, it’s loose on the back foot, fast with multiple sweet spots, and if the wave goes fat, just step forward for more speed. I really think you have found something special with this design. Not only am I getting more waves, I am getting longer rides, often all the way to the shore. Its makes rubbish surf fun and small high tide waves I used to struggle on are now a blast.

I’ve had a few “what just happened” moments when I’ve pulled off something I would have struggled to do 30 years ago when I surfed every day. And all of this is on a board that doesn’t look like it could perform like it does. Another bonus is the extra thickness is great for a push down and submerge the board, no paddle late take off. It took a little while for me to get the Quad with stabiliser setup right but the Surfinz system made it easy to tune. The quality, finish and spray are first class. Thank you for asking the right questions, assessing my ability and fitness perfectly and for making the whole process a positive experience.

Fozz/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:57/5'9"/78-80kg Board: 6'5" x 22 1/8" x 2 3/4" Dedicated quad version with centre tail plug so it can be used as either a Quad or Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 06/06/2016 - Board Type : Powerglide

My new 7' 2" POWERGLIDE is a dream board.
It has transformed my surfing (once again with your boards).

It catches loads of waves.

It turns on a dime.

Is fast.

I am in love.

I am recommending it to all my friends including all the women I see struggling to catch waves.

Bern/Thirroul, NSW
Board:7'2" X 22 1/4" x 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster version Surfer: 51/5'4"/70kg

Testimonial Date: 16/05/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant
Just wanted to give you some feedback on the 7.0 SubX you shaped for me.
Firstly thank you for the care and passion you put into your boards .
There is a lot going on with the detail in these and the finish is superb.
At 50 i need volume for paddling but want all that foam to disappear after takeoff.
That is where this board truly surprises. I was expecting a lazy mini mal like ride but the subx was driving itself down the face on take off, with phenomenal acceleration through bottom turns and then going rail to rail like a short board. Even on more critical take offs the bottom rail combo maintain a fast, light neutral feel. There's no stall off the top and remains well mannered when bouncing off the whitewater. We all like to think we got that special board but reading the testimonials of others suggests its this design.
Grant Miller you sorcerer, there is some serious magic going on here.
Surfer:50/90kg/5'11" Board:7'0" X 23 1/8" x 3 3/16" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: This board was ordered as a gift for Andrew by one of his friends. His friend already has a SUBX which Andrew had ridden, and so using my design records it was not difficult to build him a very similar board. Andrew's comments really describe the SUBX beautifully.

Testimonial Date: 13/05/2016 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant

Forgot to provide feedback

went down to raglan on saturday. it was around 6 foot!

farked up my timing off the rocks and got caught by some big sets. the board survived a massive beating on debut.

- had to let it go and dive under.

however i eventually got out.

the board paddled well and it was nice and stable on takeoff -even when i was halfway down the face on one wave before i balanced properly.. super forgiving

i caught one screamer. the board stuck in the wave well. i could stay nice and high and it was also easy to turn when needed. really happy how it performed in big waves (for me)

off to shipwreck bay for surf trip with mates tomorrow. looking forward to trying it in other sorts of waves. i think it will go well


greg/New Zealand
Surfer: 41/5'10"/85kg Board: 7'0" X 21 1/4" X 2 3/4" Roundpin Semi-Gun
Note from Grant Miller: Over the years I have shaped a number of boards for Greg, some for small waves and others as all rounders. He is a competent surfer but has lower back problems with accompanying stiffness, which causes problems at take off as he is naturally late on his feet at times. He wanted this board for bigger surf in NZ and for an upcoming trip to Mexico. I made it wider than most shapers would for a Gun, as I wanted him to have more stability on take off particularly. It also has a bit more volume than strictly necessary for his weight, again to provide stability but also to enable him to paddle in nice and early in big surf. Rails are reasonably fine for holding power under pressure and to allow appropriate sensitivity. After his first surf he sent me the email above.

Testimonial Date: 03/04/2016 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant

Just wanted to say how awesome my 7ft skate is. I just got back from a week in bali

I was really worried that moving from a factory manufactured 7ft 8 7s board to a 7 ft board would be to much of a move down at my age - especially when i am only in the surf every 10 weeks

The board really improved my surfing as the carving and turning was so much better than my 7 s . The board really came to life in the bigger 3 - 4 ft swell which i would of usually not gone for - the speed and turning ability was just on another level vs the factory boards - I found myself getting into the critical section on the wave every time and executing moves i hadn't done for 10 years

Great idea in keeping the thickness through the nose as my paddling was like a dream yet i could duck dive which i hadn't done for years

Thanks so much for showing me that having the right board takes your surfing to a new level and pushes you to keep improving

To anyone in their 40's who has been on factory boards in the 7ft to 8ft range but struggling to get your turns and cutbacks back in your surfing - Grants boards are the only way to go- you go from long board moves back to short board moves in one session. I am a 41 year old 93 kg who lives in Singapore so Grant shaped a Skate 7ft 22 w and 3 inch thick with a pinned tail - I surfed it as a quad. The biggest difference Grant boards make is the performance is another level, so your confidence in making the moves you want to goes to a new level which drives you to keep pushing yourself.

surfer:41/93kg/6'0" Board: Waterskate/7'0" X 22" X 3" 3+4 fin version

Testimonial Date: 03/04/2016 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
Just wanted to leave some feedback on the beautiful quality workmanship Waterskate I am now the proud owner of. As a 'larger gent' who still likes to get out there, i was looking for a board that would provide maximum enjoyment for my sporadic surfs(once a week usually). This board is everything i hoped for and more; easy to paddle, surfs off multiple sweet spots, cruises past fat sections, yet is still manouverable enough for any pocket jam or off the top that i'm capable of laying into.
A recent trip up the coast, confirmed my love affair with this board. In punchy beachies, it zoomed into places on the wave i hadn't been to in years and on the point i could ride it like a 'mini' minimal, cruising up the front or shifting down the back when a good section loomed ready lean onto a full rail carve.
My wave count is up and my smile is broad!
The idea of the squash/square large tail area thrusters i used to ride in the late eighties that i discussed with Grant whilst we were designing this board has been perfectly incorporated into this shape - this is what personalised service from an experienced shaper who takes the time to listen to his clients is all about.
Thanks Grant
Andrew/Northern Sydney
Board:6'6"x 21" x 2 3/4" Squashtail version Surfer:46/6'1"/95kg

Testimonial Date: 10/03/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant! That was the most fun I've had on a surfboard for 7 years!!! I'ts everything I've ever wanted in a surfboard! I was getting in early, trimming off the take off!!! (I've never done that) and it was powering through flat spots without having to bounce! So stoked mate! Thanks so much! Yew

Brad/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 33/100kg/6'3" Board: 6'10" X 22 3/4" X 3 1/4" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Brad already has a 6'8" Waterskate and 6'8" V-SKATE. He wanted this as a fun board with easy paddling and good glide to go with the others and picked it up today. 3 hours later he sent me the message above after his first surf. Great success.

Testimonial Date: 10/03/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant

I picked up a board from you last august, 68 with a good serving of foam… Green with a tint spray and purple pinstripe. Grabbed the purple fin out of your draw..
Anyway I ruptured my achilles, tore a few other ligamnets, had an operation and haven’t surfed much until the last 3 weeks.

While my initial thoughts on the board when you rang for feed back were a pretty decent allrounder….having only surfed it a handful of times. I think I referenced it like a car I had, a subaru forester turbo…..good at all things but not outstanding…I now wish to apologise…and I have to update my view and say that it is the right board at the right time. It is exceptional at providing feel good feeling on almost every wave I now catch. As I I have read in some of the testamonials, it has renewed my inner surf vibe and lust.
Now that Ive caught a greater number of waves, I rate this board as, the one that seems to be the right board for me in almost all conditions that I surf.
Usually I take one board to the beach and half the time wished I brought a different one down the beach. Not now.
It is a great board with the ability to let fly down the line. I have to ride/stay a bit higher in the wave than I am/was used to, but the rewards are speed and a greater feeling of lightness, and then be able to drive it back round of the shoulder and feel the bite and gouge of a traditional single fin, but with the confidence of a thruster to maintain bite while up on the rail.
We discussed a few things about what I was looking for and to sum it up, I got what I asked for…..A board that works for me.

And that is why Im looking at a second SUB X, so when I go away or one of my boys comes down to the beach , I can ensure Ive still got a sub x to ride.

Tony/Manly, NSW
Surfer: 50/80kg/5'9" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Tony is a surfer with 40 years experience. He wanted the SUBX as a fun board to go between his 6'0" JS and 9'0" Malibu.

Testimonial Date: 16/02/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, Warren Shaw here. Sorry for being so late in getting back to you. I just wanted to let you know that I sent a follow up email today as over the xmas break I had the opportunity to try the SUBX out in Margaret River. I scored some beautiful, clean, fast n' hollow over head high waves at Left-handers and North Point.

I had an absolute blast and can only imagine how much more I could do on the board when I get the opportunity to be on it a bit more. So in the more powerful and bigger stuff it still went a treat, I had done steep late drops and got into some barrels. On a couple of head and a half to double over waves, it was apparent that I was reaching the limits of the board as it had just too much float/tail width and was more difficult to get the rail to bite. I also found on these bigger hollow ones that a couple of times the board spun out on a hard bottom turn, possibly due to the center fin coming out of contact with the water. It's a 7.25" so I actually think that with such width in the tail I might use an 8.25" fin to give a bit more bite and confidence in the bigger stuff.

So mate I'll leave it with you, thanks again. You might give me a bell after you have read the email.

Surfer:42/5'8"/72kg Board: 6'2" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version (7.25"fin).

Note from Grant Miller: Warren sent me some good pictures in an email shot in WA. He is a very fit surfer who now lives far away from the coast and cannot surf nearly as often as before. If he were surfing more regularly, then we definitely could have built him a smaller SUBX, but given his situation I put more volume into the board both through length and overall dimensions. It's always very gratifying for me when clients go out of their way to report their experiences without me ever asking. Certainly I always follow up each person by phone a couple of months after they get their new board to check in with them. But I never solicit testimonials. If they feel like sending them however, we put them up.

Testimonial Date: 30/01/2016 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Mate, that board is a revelation!
Quite nice lefts and rights at the peak (Newport) after I left you and it was brilliant. Responsive, quick and that point of balance thing seemed perfectly adjusted.
Take a bow.
Another very happy client.
James Burfitt/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer: 55/78kg/5'11" Board: 6'7" X 20" X 2 5/8" Thruster version.
Note from Grant Miller: I've been shaping boards for James for quite a few years now, always keeping very detailed records of each board, as I do for all my clients. He is a very competent surfer. His previous board was identical in outside dimensions and he surfed it for a few years and liked it a lot. However at times, he felt as though he was standing too far forward when he first got to his feet and then had to correct his stance mid-wave which can be difficult. After a careful consultation I decided to move the balance point of the board back towards the tail. This was achieved by moving the widest point back past halfway and also moving the thickness distribution back a little within the board. This has the effect of moving the foot position back so that he does not have to adjust his stance. Obviously this has been a complete success and James messaged me after surfing the board for the first time this afternoon.
This is a very good example of how I work with my clients to help them improve their surfing and get more enjoyment out of it. My method of recording and storing the critical dimensions of each board, allows me to manipulate relevant design variables later on, to create the unique feeling in the boards which my clients want. Many shapers don't really listen to their clients, although they may pretend to. Rather, they have their own agenda which they use. I frequently encounter people who have asked various shapers to incorporate legitimate ideas into their boards, only to be disappointed when this does not happen. For me, this is unacceptable.

Testimonial Date: 27/01/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant, I've now surfed my sub x in good waves and shitty summer beachies and the board is friggin amazing!
Thanks again.
Gary Wood/Victoria.
Surfer:46/79kg/6'0" Board:6'7"X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: There is more volume in Gary's board than strictly necessary. However he has a medical condition which means that he has lost around 40% of his paddle power. Also, he is wearing a full wetsuit most of the year. We are all different, and there are many variables which a shaper should evaluate and consider before deciding on what the correct dimensions are for each persons board.

Testimonial Date: 18/12/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
G'day Grant,
Great to hear from you, just proof of your professionalism and after sales service.
Thought I'd send a quick note on how the Sub X is treating me. The first time out was proof of what this craft was designed for. Being a not so young bloke with "Gumby" tendencies this board is very forgiving, everything stated on your website with regards to the Sub X and it's design is true.
I am not getting the ocean time I would like but when I do it's fun times all round. It may not have elevated my surfing ability to that of Mick Fanning, but it doesn't matter I'm just having a good time.
I look forward to a few fin adjustment experiments you suggested on the phone.
Anyway, thanks again and hopefully "Shark Alley" provides some decent surf days over the coming months.


Surfer:48/6'0"/86kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: At the time of ordering, Rick described himself to me as an average surfer but very keen. He and his mate drive 2 hours to get to a decent part of the coast where they usually surf. He has a slow pop up and so was looking for some stability as well as versatility in this board. With these things in mind we designed this board with a bit more volume than strictly necessary for his weight.

Testimonial Date: 08/12/2015 - Board Type : SUBX

I'm far too excited to wait for your call to give feedback about the board. I've now surfed it twice and I'm absolutely loving it.

I should also say it was really good to see you the other day as well!

I got the new Sub X out in what I'm guessing was 2-3 foot surf and managed to surf a bank with only a few other people on it, which for a sunny Sydney summer weekend is a miracle, but there it is. The first few waves I was taking off too much under the lip, which I gather doesn't suit this board, so started positioning myself a bit further out. With that one change, everything changed. As you know better than anyone, the board is fast. It carries speed for more distance than say a V-Skate. But what really surprised me is its maneuverability. One cut back before I knew it I was rebounding off the foam at its apex. I definitely didn't expect that sort of responsiveness.

For me it has a similar feeling to the Powerglide, in that it also carries a lot of speed for a long distance, but the Sub-X is more maneuverable. That's what I feel so far anyway.

The other bonus is it fits neatly in the back of the car and no roof racks required!

I'm very very happy with this purchase and needless to say the construction quality and feel is as always perfect.

Brett/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer:50/90kg/5'9" Board: 6'4" X 22 1/4" X 2 5/8+ 2 plus 1 version with 7 1/4" center fin.
Note from Grant miller: I have shaped a number of different boards for Brett in the past. He wanted this board primarily as a "good small wave summer board". So far it looks like a perfect fit.

Testimonial Date: 08/09/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant
just wanted to give you some initial feedback on my new 6 4 SubX…

My initial surf was in junky 2-3 ft waves, the banks were terrible but it didn’t really matter as this thing made all the difference.

I caught quite a few waves considering the conditions. It paddles really comfortably with no splash off the nose area .

I was impressed with the speed I could generate on small waves and it seems really stable. It snapped and turned pretty quickly off the tail on my backhand so Im going to really work on that and see how far I can push it. I did some old fashioned climbing and dropping it was really smooth till I got too excited!

Ill be surfing this puppy for a bit this week, so I’ll give you a bit more feedback after that, but so far its a ripper Rita!

As you said, I could have gone 6 2 but with my shoulder issues, the 6 4 is just fine and give me a bit of paddling advantage.

Have a great trip, catch you when you get back for a surf
Bob/Bungan, NSW
61, 72kgs, shoulder issues and crap paddler, normally ride a 6 6 thruster Board:6'4" X 22" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version.

Testimonial Date: 28/08/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi grant, my love affair with the new board is serious! Mate you did something special, this board is magic, since I got it I have been surfing it exclusively, a quiver killer this one. Waves have been good lately, today pretty big and it went unreal. I only used it as a quad, very loose and fast when small, but great when big, not sure how that works, haven't tried it as thruster...it paddles better than the 6'4, but it is a more precise board, more sensitive (any sense?) a much better board really. keep the dims of this one because it is my magic stick, never had a board before that I thought it was perfect...thanks.

Diego/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 44/5'9"/84kg Board: 6'6" X 21" X 2 3/4" Roundpin 3+4 fin setup.

Note from Grant Miller:
Diego also has a 6'4"Waterskate and a 7'0" Semi-Gun which I built him over the past two years. His brief this time was a board which would fit between his two existing boards and which would be primarily for good 2 foot to 1.5 X overhead surf. The rails and tail foil are reasonably fine and the rocker is about midway between his two other boards.
This is a good example of how we can build better and better boards for clients by keeping detailed records of their previous boards. I can then refer back to see exactly what I did with their other boards, and by manipulating the appropriate variables get an even better outcome. This is exactly the same process used between professional surfers and their respective shapers.

Testimonial Date: 05/08/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
This is the second v skate I have had Grant shape me. It was made for a trip up the Telos and to handle most of the conditions thrown up around the northern beaches of Sydney. As usual it was a fantastic experience. In a disposable world its great to deal with true craftsmen. I took a few boards down to his shaping bay to discuss dimensions and it was very informative. One was a 6'3" Channel Islands Fred Rubble, a hit and miss board that seemed schizophrenic to me. Grant held it up and balanced it on his arm demonstrating the centre point of foam distribution was too far back for me as a surfer that favours the front foot. We settled on a 6'5" five fin configuration. It was unbelievable up in the Telos in everything from 3-6 foot. I rode it exclusively as a quad and it was fast and responsive. Just seriously good.

PB/Manly, NSW.
51 years 5' 11" 79kgs
V Skate-yellow round tail 6'5"x 19 3/4 x 2 5/8

Testimonial Date: 01/08/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Hope you are well.

Just a quick note to let you know I'm very happy with my board! It's the prettiest board in Manly to start with, and that's before I enter the water.

As you know I was on a softie before and really ready to move on to something more. I feared the transition to fiber, because I thought it would be much harder with less buoyancy and stability, different surface etc. but from the first moment I stood up on your board it was actually so much easier! The board is still very stable, buoyant, and on top of that it gives me the opportunity to really move on a wave instead of just being able to go straight or make a slight turn.

In other words, your board has done so much for my surfing, I have to thank you very much for it. I am catching my own green waves now and having a lot more fun than I had on my old softie.

Hope you keep making boards and make surfers of all levels very happy with them!

Quin/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
surfer:33/5'6"/65kg Board: 7'2" X 22 1/4" x 3" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 30/07/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

I would like to thank you for the great board! I really love riding it! On my old board (8ft) I struggled catching the bigger waves and in the line-up I usually wasn't the winner. It became a bit frustrating. However, with this board it is so much easier! It paddles really good and catching waves is very simple. The board is stable but still responds so well on waves. I am really impressed!

It is worth mentioning that I never met a person who is so passionate about surfing and helping other surfers. You really took the time to understand my needs and wasn't focused on making quick money. The board is from an excellent quality and will give me years of fun! I definitely will be back for my next board!

Thanks Grant!
Wes/Northern Beaches,Sydney.
Surfer:32/6'1"/96kg Board:7'3" X 22 3/4" x 3 1/8" Squashtail Thruster.
Note from Grant Miller: Wes came to me with only 6 months surfing experience having recently started surfing at 31. He had already had a number of lessons with Manly Surf School and was very enthusiastic. I wanted him to be able to build on his emerging confidence in a progressive way. His board is designed to paddle him well,have adequate stability, and also allow for turning and control as this develops over time. A very pleasing result.

Testimonial Date: 29/07/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant, thanks for the call the other day.
Firstly thanks for the board. It is obvious that the build quality is of a high standard, it looks great.
I have only ridden it about 6 times since receiving it and have not put even a small depression in it, so it is going to last for a long time given nothing unforseen happens to it.
First impressions are that it is a big board when you hold it up in front of you. This is not a bad thing as we discussed how much volume I would need, the thing is once you tuck it under your arm or lay on it that size disappears and it feels smaller to its dimensions and not bulky or cumbersome. Feels good.
How it goes – right from the outset I felt how easy it was to paddle and I have enjoyed that point being able to keep up with and pass younger guys on smaller boards. So that is an obvious plus, as we discussed and you incorporated into the board.

Unfortunately I have not had any memorable rides on it as yet but from the 2nd wave I caught it did something no other of my boards do and that is drop in easily down the face and stay in close to the wall, feeling almost like a controlled slide down the face, but it wasn’t. It all happened so easily I was a bit shocked. I ended up getting a short barrel much to my surprise. I have been able to replicate this move a couple of times with ease which means it was not a fluke. I really like this feature and it was what I was looking for as I was wanting to surf steeper waves and faster sections and hunt a few barrels. No doubt the rounded pin has something to do with this besides other finer details. As for other attributes I am still trying to get it out in some decent surf to find out and will write you a note when that happens.
In summary all good and thanks again.

Paul Dawson/QLD
Surfer:52/100kg/6'0" Board:7'2" X 21 1/2" X 3 1/8" Rounded pintail version with 3+4 fin set up.

Testimonial Date: 06/07/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Gidday Grant.

I had a classic session at the golfy this morning. So much fun on the subby. My message to anyone who is doing more paddling than surfing is to ring grant and get a SubX and start smiling. A bloke asked me in the water this morning after I'd caught wave after wave in a big crowd: "what is that thing"!!!

Glen Hassett/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer:46/72kg/5'6" Board:6'2" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version with 7.25" centre fin.

Testimonial Date: 24/06/2015 - Board Type : Waterskate

Just wanted to leave some feedback on the 2nd hand 6'2 squashtail Waterskate I bought from you a few weeks ago.

In short, it's the best board I've had. If I ever snap it I'll be sure to order another 6'0-6'2.

It paddles sensationally for its length just like the 6'8 waterskate I bought from you in 2008 (which is still going strong I might add but doesn't get used much).
I'm not sure whether it's the squash tail, or going back to a thruster fin set up (I've spent the last 18months on single fins and had a ball), but ever since picking up this board a few weeks ago I've only had a few sessions on the longboard when it was ideal nose riding conditions.
I've had this board out at Cronulla Point in overhead + surf and plenty of great sessions at various beach breaks during this recent run of swell we've had. Getting in earlier gives me confidence to surf bigger waves, go for tubes I normally wouldn't go for, and for some reason I seem to be linking my turns a lot better (me thinks this is the work of that appropriate tail thickness). Wasn't a fan of the honeycomb Dion DS fins, so switched them for a set of fibreglass K3's. Next size up, Perfect.

As always with your boards, the construction quality is industry leading.
When I'm ready I'll give you a call about a v-skate for the more hollow days and in preparation for my Indo trip in June 2016.

Thanks again for the great board.

Cronulla, NSW.
177cm/77kgs/33yrs surfing for 8 years.
6'2 waterskate squash thruster
6'8 waterskate roundtail thruster
(Previously owned 7'0 powerglide)

Testimonial Date: 26/05/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

Had my first surf on the new board over the weekend. Managed to escape the madness of Sydney on Saturday and scored shallows at shellharbour in good 3-4 foot plus off-shore conditions with a friendly crowd of only 20 or so guys to contend with.

What struck me straight away was the ease of paddling. It was my first winter surf wearing a steamer and the board was incredibly easy to paddle - good idea of yours to add that extra 1/4 inch to the thickness.

My first wave was one of the biggest waves of the session. The board seemed to respond on auto-pilot allowing me to make a fairly steep drop, execute a bottom turn on my backhand and race a barrelling section - not sure if you know the break but it can pack a fair bit of power, especially when it starts getting overhead. At the end of the section I leaned forward into the wave slightly to execute a cutback and was amazed at how quickly the board responded allowing me to make a pretty impressive round house cutback into the foam ball and straighten back out for the last section of the wave. I was pretty stoked - this was my first wave on a brand new board with rusty sea legs and a poor level of surfing fitness (it had been my first surf for a few weeks).

Subsequent waves just reinforced the incredible ability of this board to handle the conditions and respond well to my surfing style. Can't wait to try it out on some more serious, less crowded, warm water waves. I'm sure it will rip!

Thanks mate for your amazing craftsmanship - wish I had done this years ago!

Best wishes

tim walsh/Maroubra, NSW.
Surfer:52/5'9"/85kg Board:6'8" X 20 1/2" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 19/05/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
Its been 14 mths since I got my V-Skate. Straight away I knew I was onto a good thing. I'm using M7 side fins and M5 rear fin which seems to work best for me. It is very easy to paddle, so the wave count is way up. After a Maldives trip last August I was saying it was the best board I've ever owned. After getting a 6'9" Sub-X just before that trip, I have been riding that board through summer having lots of fun. In the last month I have jumped back on the V-Skate and after only one surf it feels like I have never been off it. The board is amazing and by far the best board I've ever owned.
Thanks Dave/Central Coast NSW
Surfer:50/85kg/5'8" Board:7'0" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8" Rounded pintail Thruster version. SUBX 6'9" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1

Testimonial Date: 13/05/2015 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant,

Thanks for your call yesterday. Got back from the Mentawais last Monday and had a ball. I got your board out only once as it was a little small up until the end of the week.
We got to Bankvaults on our second last day and there were solid 6' sets running through and I started out on a 6'4 and was struggling to get on early enough. I changed to your board and the difference was amazing. Easy paddle in and a good speed.
I am looking forward to getting onto it a lot more this winter. We need more swell!

Thanks for everything. You've been fantastic the whole way through and I love the board.
Kind regards,
Michael Holden/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:40/5'9"/76kg Board:7'2" X 19 1/2" x 2 5/8" Rounded pintail Thruster.

Note from Grant Miller: This board was built specifically to surf waves up to double overhead plus, both in Indo and back here in Australia. We wanted a board which paddled Michael in nice and early so that he could set himself up for the wave ahead. So many surfers go to Indo with undersized boards and suffer accordingly. They are forced into late take offs and get caught behind fast breaking sections. All this is totally avoidable with the right board.
It may be trendy at present to ride shorter boards. But when you are paddling out into serious surf on the trip of a lifetime, you need the confidence that only comes with riding a well designed Semi-Gun.

Testimonial Date: 29/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Just a short note to say having a lot of fun on the 6'8' subx. Have ridden nothing else since picked it up. Ridden at Currumbin, Cronulla and down the coast. Best part is plenty of waves and being a big guy can sit out the back and pick them off that bit earlier.

Paul Taylor/Cronulla NSW
surfer:48/6'1"/92kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 3" / 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: Paul also has a 6'8" V-SKATE and a number of other boards. He wanted the SUBX as an all round fun board that paddled really well to be able to compete in the crowded conditions of Cronulla. He also wanted the board to be loose enough so that it could be ridden like a regular Thruster. Another great SUBX success.

Testimonial Date: 22/04/2015 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Ok so I love the Subx you made for me last year, but I came to see you and asked for a Powerglide that I could use with my longboard mates. The Subby is awesome, it is such a great board to ride, I do catch a lot of waves, and it really handles well.... but there are days when I am better on a longboard. The 9'3" longboard I have catches anything bigger than a ripple in a pond, but it handles like a bus. (This could be the driver, as I prefer a shorter board) So my brief was a board between the two, paddles really well, but still turns, as much as possible like the Subby, fast, sweeping turns, working the face but not radical/vertical, just gliding... smooth, but with a turn of speed as I move forward.
I have now surfed the PG maybe a dozen times, and still use the Subby on some days, so move from board to board. You have made a board that does exactly what I asked for. It paddles in really well, trims like a longboard if I want it to, pumps to pick up speed, and then makes nice sweeping bottom turns into fairly tight turns off the top and back again. I am delighted with both boards and I can surf anything I go out in, and catch lots of waves. I find myself laughing as I surf... and that's the point really isn't it? If you can paddle back out with a grin on your face after most waves, surf for 2 hours, and go home feeling great, what more do you want?
As always your quality craftsmanship, and that of your glasser, have produced a beautiful board I can keep for years. It is a pleasure doing business again and I will catch up with you soon.
Ian/Newport, NSW.
Subby 6'8", 22 1/2",3"/// Powerglide 7'8" 23" 3", & various other Miller gems!

Testimonial Date: 22/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

It's been about 6 months since I got my SUBX, so I guess it's time for some feedback.

I wanted a board that fills the gap in my quiver between my short (and fat) boards and my mals. I went for a 6'8" SUBX, which is longer than you recommended, even though you fined out the rails a bit. But I wanted a board that would allow an easier transition between my longboards to the short ones. I got more than I bargained for.

I found the SUBX did the job of my mal just fine on smaller, summer days at my local beachie, paddling in and getting going quickly and easily. Even as a single fin, it comes off the lip easily and loves a big cuttie. On the bigger days, the early entry and down-the-line speed makes more sense than riding my shortboards, or wrangling a big mal around. I hardly rode anything else.

I recently took the SUBX on a trip to the Telo Islands, where the waves are generally much mellower than the Mentawais. (Coupla pics attached.) Unfortunately, I'd been really crook for quite a while before I left (against doc's orders), so I can't give a complete review on the board's performance. I was as weak as kitten in the water. Lots of guys ride mals over there, and the guys on shortboards go alright as well. Very friendly waves, with only the occasional "What the f___?!" moments.

I rode the SUBX with side fins in, unlike at home where it's a single. It did everything I needed given my weakened condition, paddling in easily and trimming elegantly like a mal across the sections - with the occasional big-spray cuttie thrown in just to feel alive again.

My current thinking is I'd like a smaller version as well - as you first recommended. Probably a 6'4". Paddling it in easily wouldn't be an issue, and it should be just as loose but smoother than my current shortboards. It's on the wishlist.

Thanks for yet another great board, Grant.

Adrian/Perth, WA.
Surfer:62/73kg/5'8" Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 3 1/32" 2 + 1 version.

Testimonial Date: 13/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant

Thought I would let you know how the SUB X is going. I rode it 4 or 5 times when I first got it and was learning as I went. The paddle was sensational, I caught waves that others would not bother going for. Late entries are not a problem.

I took it to Mollymook and had head high right handers and it really opened up. Fast fluid, changing angles is easy. I have been out of the water for a month and first time in today. Had some glass in my heel and had it removed and some stitches.

Paddled out this morning and caught 7 waves in about 25 mins and it was busy. Just like I had not had a break. Now that's a pretty stoked feeling to have.

Normally I draw an arc through my bottom turns, today I stalled slightly then shoved the board around, it responded and drove up not quite vertical but took me by surprise.

I love it, cant wait to get back out there. Genius design. Could not be happier.

Thanks for making the SUB X Grant, its a gem.

Laurie Miller/Maroubra, Sydney.
Surfer: 54/5'10"/83kg Board: 7'0" X 22 3/4" x 3 1/8" 2 plus 1 fin setup.
Note from Grant Miller: Laurie had been riding 9'0" Mals when he ordered this board. He not only wanted an excellent paddle but also wanted to be able to do tight turns as well as smooth arcs. I made some minor modifications to his board to allow all of this to happen.
When we say that the SUBX paddles like a much longer board you can be assured that it does. Our claims for all the models we build are always based on accepted design theory and many hours of testing in the water.

Testimonial Date: 01/04/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant and thanks very much for your call the other day.

The new board has been everything I expected and more.

I enjoyed two trips up the nth coast in Jan-Feb so gave it a real

good workout and was really happy with how it handled in all conditions.

The board is very responsive, easy to man oeuvre and great for catching volume of waves.

It's perfect for my age, weight etc and level of surfing ability.

Well done on another masterpiece and good luck for the future!

All the best - Adam/Manly, Sydney.
Surfer: 48/5'9"/76kg Board: 6'6" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 31/03/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
Just wanted to let you know how I'm going with my new V-Skate. Well I think you nailed it in everything I was asking in the way I wanted the board to perform. It's paddles like a Mal and rides like a short board. It's super easy to catch waves, extremely fast and very manoeuvrable.Wish I would of discovered you years ago. Thanks so much Grant, job well done:))
Mark/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer:48/5'10"/87kg. Board:7'4" X 22" X 3" Rounded pintail Thruster.
Note from Grant Miller: Mark had been riding a 9'2" McTavish longboard and a 7'8" Hybrid when he came to see me. He wanted a really good paddle, stability and speed and also a board which would be relatively easy to turn.

Testimonial Date: 22/01/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
Just wanted to update you.
I love it I love it.I love it.
Ill come see you soon.
Grant The Plumber/Mona Vale NSW.
Surfer:45/90kg/5'9" Board:6'4" X 21" X 2 3/4+

Note from Grant Miller: I've been shaping Grant's boards for many years now. Some time ago when I was away travelling, he needed a new board at short notice and bought one off the rack in a local surf shop. It was a 6'2" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" JS. Although the board surfed OK once Grant was on the wave, it didn't paddle particularly well and so his surfing started to go backwards as he caught less waves and was unable to compete in the lineup. So, we went a touch longer and I increased the volume to suit him exactly. Having an experienced shaper building your boards is the best way to achieve maximum fun and progression in your surfing.

Testimonial Date: 11/01/2015 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I've finally had some quality time on my V-Skate 8'er and Water-skate 7'2
Firstly the V-Skate this thing rips,it paddles easy as I can catch anything on it and throw it around.
It just flies along and keeps on going through dead sections so I can surf it right through to the shorie.
I have a ball riding it,easy and so much fun!
Thanks so much the board is perfect just what I was after! " you nailed it thanks "and the board looks awesome too!!
A great job all round 10/10

Now the Water-Skate 7'2"
I am so happy that I got this board!!
It is so fast and loose,I've been riding it in sucky beach breaks, I can paddle it easily and pop up early and then pull into a steep wave face and it just flies,then I can throw it around with ease!! It is so rewarding even for an overweight unfit old bloke like me!!
The board is awesome I just love it!! I am still swapping between the Tri and quad set ups depending on how I feel on the day!
Thanks Grant you really are a master craftsman!!
Cheers Paul/Newcastle
Surfer:44/105kg/5'10" V-SKATE 8'0" X 23" X 3 1/8" Squashtail Thruster version. Waterskate 7'2" X 22" X 3 1/16" Roundtail version. 3+4 fin set up.

Comment from Grant Miller: I originally shaped a V-SKATE for Paul's brother Brett. Paul rode that board and loved it and then ordered one totally identical. Because I keep such detailed records of every board shaped, this was not a difficult request. Then Paul called me up one day recently and told me that he was considering buying a 7'2" Waterskate off Gumtree which had not been ridden, and did I think it would be suitable for him?(He was actually sitting in his car outside the sellers house in Merewether at the time.) I checked my files with all the specifications recorded off the 7'2" and then consulted with Paul and told him that I thought it would be a good board for him, although he would have to work a bit harder on the paddle. He went in and bought it. Another great outcome for Paul. This is just one example of the benefits of dealing with a shaper who takes detailed records, and keeps them available for his clients.

Testimonial Date: 31/12/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant, I've now had the SUBX for over 6 months & all I can say is this is just a great board. Yesterday was out for 3 hrs in 2'-3" not bad shape Sydney beachie surf, quad setup. Very stable on takeoff, so much so that it sets the "old" confidence level sky high & I regress back x number of years & start pulling roundhouse cutties, reos reasonably quick snap turns on this board. It's quick off the mark & can get around sections, or as I've found out in single fin mode take the high line for speed/cruise or glide. I must have had a good time as the old body is sore today but "loving it". THe SUBX has changed the way I now surf & that is a BIG impact. I don't see myself having to go to longboard style I,in my mind (ha ha), can still surf more aggressively/modern OR if I prefer I can cruise.

Now the only problem I have is the fact that none of my other boards are gettin a run, particularly my beautiful 8ft powerglide, so I'll probably be talking to you soon about another......

Steve Minors/Sydney, North.
Surfer: 62/6'2"/100kg board: 7'0" X 23 1/4" X 3 1/4" Set up with a 10" finbox and 4 Surfinz plugs. The board can be ridden either as a Single fin/Thruster/2 plus 1, or as a Quad.

Testimonial Date: 10/12/2014 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant, sorry I couldn't reply sooner, have only just got set up after the move.
I haven't really had a consistent run of waves as yet, but that has kind of served to highlight how easy the board is to surf. Even after a few lengthy breaks out of the water, and not having spent much time on the board it just feels magically easy to use and performs beyond the brief I gave you for this board.
It paddles at least as well as the 7' V-skate, duck dives like a charm and gets into waves real early, a few strokes and it's up to wave speed and planing and super stable to pop-up on.
The first thing I noticed once up, was how quickly this board gets going and how sensitive it is to input, it feels very alive underfoot. It actually took me a few waves to tame it in that respect but that's the board's potential speed and agility. The way it keeps flying over dead sections blew me away too.
No problem standing it up on rail in hard turns. I was a little apprehensive about the thickness before I got the board but it feels right for me.
Have only surfed it with three fins so far, and in waves up to 5 foot it had no issues.
I know I'm going to love this board the more I use it, it's so much fun and will get me out in the water a lot more. The two Millers I have now will pretty much cover me for anything I'm going to surf.
Thanks Grant, well done again. Hope you're settled after the move from the south coast.
Surfer:56/5'11"/93kg Board: 6'7" X 21 3/4" X 3" Thruster with Quad option.

Testimonial Date: 20/11/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Thanks for your call today. I haven’t done as much surfing as I would have liked of course, but I can confidently say that I think I have finally found the right shortboard for me.

It’s definitely easier to duck-dive than the Maurice Cole, with no discernible loss of paddle power. A relatively easy board to catch waves and to surf. Forgiving in the drop too. There's something going on with the bottom turn that I like but I need to see it again - a long high-speed carve such as I have not experienced before. Fast and loose, yet easy to surf.

I look forward to using it more and more.


Tim Pryor/Victoria
Surfer:46/75kg/5'10" Board:6'6" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 20/11/2014 - Board Type : SUBX

I’ve racked up plenty of surfs on the Subx so figured I owed you some feedback.

I love the board. I wanted something different and it definitely feels unique.

On my first surf the paddle power was immediately evident. That was even with the expectation that the board would paddle well and it didn’t disappoint. What came as a surprise was the speed. To me due to its outline I didn’t expect that so much, but the board can really fly. To put it in context my first surf on the Subx was headhigh/just overhead conditions off a reef break where the peak was shifting and pitching suddenly at times. Not ideal conditions for a first surf for me – but hey it was empty.

Subsequent surfs have proven the board is also solid in the manoeuvrability department. One surf in particular stands out. After a day of commitments I rushed down in the evening to the beach to be greeted by empty, shoulder high, but onshore conditions. “Bugger”. Still there was some energy there and beggars can’t be choosers, so I pulled out the Subx. Jeez I had a good time, culminating in a back hand turn off the bottom to the top of the wave and pulling the board back around in a beautiful forehand turn. That moment just felt really good, like hitting a perfectly pitched note. A sequence maybe not remarkable to many, but when you factor in the onshore chaos and my skill levels I was ecstatic.

Yeah sure with the thickness it’s not for absolutely all conditions for myself (e.g. beach break with punch and not much in the way of gutters, due to the depth I can achieve on repeated duck diving)– but like with all boards you gotta use your common sense!

Anyway it’s a great board. The deck is still looking really good despite the bludgeoning from my 100 kg’s, 6’4” frame.

The spray is a beautiful thing – please thank Martyn again. Its hypnotic so I have to be wary of staring at it for too long or the opportunity for a surf will pass by.

All the best

Northern Beaches/Sydney
39 years, 6’4”, 100 kg, Board Subx 6’10" X 22 3/4" X 2 7/8" / 2 plus 1 fin setup.

Testimonial Date: 07/08/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,
Just a quick update on the board.

Had a couple of days on it now.

First day, two surfs @ 2-3ft, felt good, didn't paddle as well as my 9ft long board (wasn't expecting it too), but as close as you would get on a 7fter. Felt a bit strange at first and I put that down to the single fin setup, but after a few got the feel, the single seems to slow everything down a fraction, the smoother you are the better it felt, no vertical reentries going down!! So all up pretty happy after day 1.

Overnight groundswell hits and its 6ft plus. No real power for size, big fat takeoff, into some big fat walls. Put the trailing fins in for first surf, nice set wave first up, that thing is magic on the wave, being able to pick it up that fraction earlier just gives a broken down body like mine that bit extra time to rip it. Got about 10 waves, each time it just felt better. Go and have bfast and back to a single fin setup. Loved the single set up in those waves. I think the subx makes you a better surfer than what you actually are. And paddling around the breaks its like having a motor. Thinking I need two, like a 6'8 for the bigger stuff.

So after two days of surfing am totally impressed with the board, has done so much more than expected. Looking forward to more waves this week. It is everything you say it is plus more. It makes me want to surf more, and its a "just one more wave" board.

Did put a couple of decent depressions in the deck though which was a bummer.

Enjoy your time in Sumatra, hope you get some amazing waves,

Matt/South Coast NSW
Surfer: 40/103kg/6'5" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" with 2 plus 1 fin setup.

Testimonial Date: 14/07/2014 - Board Type : F-SKATE
G'day Grant

It's been a year or so since I received my F skate after meeting you in the surf on the south coast.

I just want to thank you for making me a board that does everything I asked from it and more, from the first surf in small point break waves I was blown away at the ease of speed and the control and power When I turn, it almost feels like cheating.

I have gone from having three boards to one, to cover me from waist high to overhead barrels.

The boards I had prior to this where boards made by FireWire, Hayden shapes and JS and they just don't work as well for someone who weighs 100kg.

I have ridden the F Skate as a quad, and even when I snapped one of my M7 front fins out yesterday and used it as a quad with four m5 fins it still worked.

I have had lots of comments from other surfers on how well the board goes, it is an absolute pleasure to surf.

this board has been a huge wake up from buying off the shelf, to a custom designed for me and the way I surf, this board is better than any board I have ever surfed, and I think I must have owned over twenty boards in my time.

I don't think I would change anything for its replacement apart from maybe a colour spray, you nailed it first go,well done Grant

Brett Algie/Crescent Head.
Surfer: 39/100kg/5'11" Board: 6'3" X 21 1/4" X 2 7/8" with 3+4 fin setup.
Note from Grant Miller: I met Brett in the water last winter down here on the South Coast. We ended up surfing the same bank at two different beaches on successive days and got chatting as you do. He was riding a Firewire which he showed me and asked for feedback on. I enjoy requests like that. A few days later he came up to the farm and checked out some of my personal boards in detail. One of his issues with epoxy boards had been durability. Despite many claims being made about strength, the harsh reality is often disappointing. I assured him I could build him a board that not only surfed great but also would hold together with strenuous surfing. Brett surfs a lot. Here we have another great outcome.

Testimonial Date: 14/07/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

How's things? I am sure you are flat out before taking off on your trip!

I am emailing for two reasons.
The first is to say I have been surfing on my subX non stop now for the last 9 weeks including a block of surfing daily for 3 weeks and a run from Byron to Crescent back to Tomakin and a lot of places in between. I have really found it to improve my surfing exponentially. I jumped on my F-Skate on Saturday morning (I felt bad having not ridden it in a long time) in some chest to a touch overhead clean waves and it went unreal - I was surfing the best I have ever been! Hitting the lip, throwing some spray (I know, who would of thought) and really just surfing well for my level. I wanted to say I truly believe this is because of the way the SubX has made me refine my surfing!

Nathan McGrath/South Coast NSW.
Surfer: 29/110kg/6'0" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" Single fin version.

Testimonial Date: 19/06/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I just rode my brothers V-SKATE he got it from you 1 year ago aprox, I was blown away! It's awesome,fast and loose.Its an 8'er and it paddled like a dream.I am considering one possibly around 7'6",(I would be very interested in your advise/recommendations).I know you are taking some well deserved time off and was wondering when would be an appropriate time for you and myself to consider ordering one?
I would also appreciate if I could get a price for the board with colour on bottom and rails in a tri fin setup with delivery.
Could you also advise price for a cover and tail pad.
I am currently riding a McCoy 8' nugget but after riding the V-SKATE I released how much more responsive and better to ride the V-SKATE was I could throw it all over the wave face with ease! When I got back on the nugget I released it was slow and hard to throw around and the rails bogged in when I tried to do the same moves.I thought that I was not able to do these things well until I rode the V-SKATE. If I had a V-SKATE I am sure I could surf how I want to surf!
Thanks Paul/Blacksmiths, NSW.
Surfer: 43/103kg/5'10" Board: 8'0" X 23" X 3 1/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 09/06/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
sorry for the delay in providing feedback for the board you made me but got the board leading into Summer. This is my busy work time and surf pretty average also. Have since had board in a variety of waves up to 6 foot (double overhead).

The brief for the board was something that would float a 95kg old fella but needed to get in under 6'6" as Jetstar (the only airline that flies directly to Lombok from Perth only allows boards up to 1.9m). Big ask as had not ridden anything under 6'7" for 10 years as always knew high volume boards suited me.

Unpacked board and first thought was chunky and it is with foil volume all the way through to the nose and tail. Board is great asked for back foot heavy and keep pressure on back foot through turns and it powers. Great for the beachies as loving the shorter turning circle so to speak, much snappier. Also hangs in there when juice is upped surprisingly given the beef in it.

Solid construction only put one little ding in a rail in 8 months or so which was my fault. A great all round board that provides the float that I need but still responsive.

Thanks Grant will be ordering a semi gun off you soon, all the best regards Pete/Perth WA.

P.S. Thanks for putting up with all the rooting around with time frames etc., much appreciated. AJ loves his waterskate too.
Surfer:44/95kg/5'11" Board: 6'5" X 21 3/4" X 3 5/16" Squashtail with combined Thruster Quad setup.

Testimonial Date: 09/06/2014 - Board Type : Custom
G'day Grant,

Finally got some decent swell to test out single fin orange.
Good Friday I got a decent size left at a lake entrance near home and the board went fantastic on my back hand.

But the rest of the Easter weekend I surfed my favourite right hand reef break down the coast and the board came into its own.

I had to remember I wasn't riding a thruster and once I got the muscle memory happening for the single fin I had a ball.

Thank you again for exceptional first class personal service and making me a board that once again makes me look better than I really am!

Paul/South Coast NSW
Surfer:48/105kg/6'1" Board: 7'0" X 22" X 3 5/16" Single fin wing pin with 10" finbox and 5 1/2" base, 7" deep Brewer fin.
Note from Grant Miller: Paul came to me with the brief "I want to relive my youth." I pulled out my old templates from my years shaping at Hot Buttered Surfboards in the late 70's and early 80's. Essentially I replicated the outline, foil, rocker and bottom contours from that era, and added modern rails. Martyn Worthington did a magic fade with colour and Steve Zoeller finished things off with a beautiful glass job. A truly beautiful board.

Testimonial Date: 04/06/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Guys, the board I usually ride is a 7'5" x 23 x 3" powerglide of Grants & my Subx is 7'0" x 23 1/8"x 3 1/8", but the way Grant has shaped this & distributed the foam I've found, much to my delight/stoke, that the Subx floats me 62yo (100kg) just as well. I sit in the water on the Powerglide just around my belly button, on the Subx the waterline is lower down around my hips. The paddle is amazing, it just seems to float over the water picks up waves really really well, takeoff is very stable (for those of us of the slow pop up brigade) & turns very easily. I've had it out in 2'-3 & it picked up everything I paddled for, I've had it set up as a 2+1,and I've got the quad option, & I gotta say I'm extremely happy with this board, cannot wait to get it out in something bigger. Get a SUBX now, & that's coming from a bloke who has been surfing for 50yrs!.

Steve Minors/Northern Sydney.

Testimonial Date: 28/05/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Just thought you should know that I am really enjoying the board you made for me. Having so much fun on it. The stability on take-off is excellent. I am also picking up far more waves than I used to.

The only disappointment is that I have not had enough surf time.

Kind regards


Surfer: 52/6'4"/105kg Board: 7'10" X 22 1/2" x 3 1/4" Squashtail Thruster version.

Note from Grant Miller: Prior to ordering this board, George had spent the past 15 years riding a 9'6" Malibu. He really wanted to come down in size but doubted whether this was realistic or even possible. I discussed the various options available to George and we settled on the dimensions shown above. Another great success story.

Testimonial Date: 25/05/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Your April phone call broke the wave drought, you should have rang sooner!

Firstly some nice walls locally instead of closeouts or slop since mid-January and finally on the late April journey North some clean 4 footers in the bay at Lennox and the board confirmed its earlier hints of performance. Recent waves also adding to the experience.

So it is nice and buoyant for a 98 kg 62YO who needs more duck diving technique!

It paddles well and in the right spot forward on the board it picks the wave up often more willingly than the operator.

It's quick down the line and a few turns gets me around the sections either left or right.

I now surf the Mal when it's <2 to 3 Foot or fat & slow and once the waves are moving in the 3 foot & over range I take the Vskate out and catch waves on it!

So it works, the wave count is up & thank you


Bernie/Collaroy, NSW.

Surfer: 62/6'1"/ 100kg Board: 8'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 18/05/2014 - Board Type : SUBX

" I have found this to paddle as good as my old 9 foot performance mal. Not as good as my old school 906 log though - but still unbelievably well."
Nathan McGrath/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer: 29/6'0"/110kg Board referred to above: SUBX 7'0" X 23" x 3 1/4" Single fin version.

Note from Grant Miller: The above quote was taken with Nathan's permission from a thread on the Seabreeze website. The thread was in a post called MillerSUBX under Longboarding, and dated 15/5/14.

Because so many fraudulent claims are made these days about various surfboard designs and features, surfers have naturally become very sceptical. I thought it may be useful to post this quote to independently support our claims about the SUBX's paddle power. How many 7'0" boards have you had that paddle as well as a 9'0" footer?
Nathan met with me today at Little Forest to order another board (a smaller version of his 8'0" V-SKATE) and so I asked him if we could reprint his post, to which he kindly agreed. Thank you Nathan.

Testimonial Date: 17/05/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Morning Miller,
I rode my 6'1" F-SKATE quad at box and for me the perfect board for the conditions, a little skatey on the sets, but handled really well.
I went out at Newport yesterday ,down the south end , pretty solid waves, thought I'd try the sub X out there, a couple of guys who we're watching as I walked past made a few comments about wrong board for the conditions, but I just kept walking, anyway the board went really well, I was sitting out with the guys on the guns and taking the sets, I even managed to take off further inside and get around the section that people were sitting on because they couldn't get around it.My last wave was the set of the morning and I rode it all the way to the beach. When I walked up the path there were around fifteen guys watching the surf, they all were surprised what I was riding and started asking a lot of questions about the board and asked if they could hold and check out the board.

Michael/Bilgola, NSW

Surfer: 44/6'0"/82kg Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" x 2 3/4" Single fin version.
Note from Grant Miller: Michael's interesting testimonial demonstrates the amazing versatility of the SUBX. Even though the board was designed for very small surf, it can be ridden in many different situations depending on surfer skill level. I called Michael after he sent this email and he said that the SUBX was the only board he was currently riding. For the record, he also has an F-SKATE, V-SKATE, Semi-Gun and an 8'3" full Gun for the German Bank at Long Reef. All Millers.

Testimonial Date: 18/04/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Surfed some waist to head high waves at North Bendalong boat ramp. It was quite full and crowded. The board paddled really well, caught waves almost as easy as my mal. It felt really nice and natural under foot. I was impressed with how well it went in the full surf, fast, drivey and a lot more maneuverable than my mal.
I'm really happy with the board, and look forward to surfing it over the coming week.

Thanks Sam Gifford
Surfer: 34/115kg/5'10", NSW South Coast
Board:8'0" X 23 1/8" X 3 1/4" Squashtail Thruster version

Testimonial Date: 11/04/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant, it's Chris Mani again.
I gave you some feedback on the V-skate a while ago, not long after returning from Indo.
It occurred to me afterwards that I hadn't actually surfed the board on my forehand at that stage!
I just thought I would drop you a line to say that the board really blew me away once I got onto some good right handers.
On a 6 foot day up at Seal Rocks a few weeks ago courtesy of that last cyclone, I had a ball surfing from a forward / mid position on the board and it flew.
I had my best forehand surf today in glassy 3 foot sucky right handers, with the occasional 4 foot set.
For the first time I discovered that this board makes late bowling take-offs on my forehand like it's on autopilot.
On 4 or 5 take-offs I thought I was going to eat shit for certain, and it just swooped through the drop and bottom turn without any
hint of bogging catching or slowing, exhilarating stuff.
Such a versatile board for a 7 footer. It really feels nimble underfoot.

At first it felt a little flighty out on the face cruising, but I worked out that it needs to be ridden with a firm hand, and kept busy.
The bigger the waves the better it goes, that's it's forte I think, but it does everything well.
Awesome board Grant, can't thank you enough.
Cheers Chris/Central Coast NSW.
Surfer:56/6'2"/93kg Board:7'0" X 21" X 2 7/8" Rounded pintail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 11/04/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, I thought I would send through a review of the Sub-X.

I have been reluctant to provide a review until I was able to spend some considerable time on the board, this was mostly due to how different I found it surfed to anything I have surfed before.

My first paddle on the board was late one midweek afternoon on a small left about knee to waist high without any power behind it. I was able to paddle the board with ease - I found the nose shape particular comfortable with the deck side hard edge, I was also able to catch everything I paddled for. Once away on the wave I found that I was trying to be too aggressive with the way I surfed the board and ended up bogging down and not harnessing the speed that I felt was there - over time I realised that this board needed a refined smoothness incorporated to the way I attempted to surf, no more heavy hacking away and pumping for speed. Once I incorporated this change along with some intentional style changes like higher lines and longer arcs etc I found the board to begin to come to life.

The board provides tremendous speed and I have found I almost prefer to surf it in larger waves. I have had it out in well overhead surf and thought the board excelled. The speed it generated allowed me to flow through large arcing turns whilst allowing early entry through the volume you have kept throughout.

Overall the board took me a little while to adjust to however it is an extremely good single fin board that has smoothed out my style and taught me to become a better overall surfer and most of all RIDICULOUSLY FUN!

My apologies for the novel of an email.

Nathan McGrath/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer: 29/110kg/6'0" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" Single fin version.

Testimonial Date: 06/04/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Took the new board out today, and I think I'm in love!
Conditions were less than perfect - heavy, wind affected swell (3 to 5'?) with lumpy waves that tended to rolling close outs in sometimes random directions.
As I was there anyway, decided to go in just to get a feel for the board - figured a paddling / duck dive practice session never hurt anyone.
To my surprise, the board just took off on the first wave I tried - 1/2 green, 1/2 white. Hadn't even planned to try to stand up - just getting the feel of the board - but it just felt so natural / easy I realised ( when the wave was just about dead) that I could easily have tried to stand up, so from then on I did!
Took a bit to sort out out my pop up balance and foot / weight distribution ( mostly due to lack of skill and the feeling that it should be harder than this to go from an 8' foamie to a 6'8" hardboard!), but after a bit I caught a wave, popped up reasonably well and was heading for the beach fairly comfortably, so thought I'd try a bit of weight distribution / turning. Expected to fall off in the whitewash, but next thing I knew I was gliding along parallel to the beach, and only had to stop when I was heading into the patrolled area.
Couldn't believe it!
It was about the best ride I'd ever had, and this was on a wave that didn't even have a proper face / shoulder, or even a lot of green in it!
Felt as smooth as Kelly slater in a barrel, even though it was just an, err.. 'Very late starter' on a rather dodgy wave!
Stoked! Grin still hasn't left my face!
Really looking forward to where we can go from here....!
Thanks for an absolutely brilliant board that feels totally right and easy, and seems to work for where I'm at in my surfing, while really giving me the confidence and inspiring me to try taking my surfing further.....
I know I have a long way to go, but in my case it really is the journey rather than the destination that I am finding so addictive and rewarding - and just plain fun!
Thanks again for providing this great board to help guide me along the way!

Deborah/Phillip Island, Vic.
Surfer:51/70kg/5'6" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" Single fin version.
Note from Grant Miller: I shaped Deborah a 6'8" Waterskate many years ago which she loved and still has, but working and being a mum kind of got in the way as it often does. And so she had fallen back to riding an 8'0" foamie and had lost some confidence. I thought the SUBX would provide her with the stability which is so important, and also allow her to regain her confidence and begin to progress once more. Happy days.

Testimonial Date: 13/03/2014 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi grant, good seeing you the other day...had 2 surfs in really crappy waves.
Different experience than the yellow one. First surf I placed the front fins center and for some reason the back fins all the way back. I got many waves but the board fell big and stiff...mainly big. Today another crappy day, moved all the fins forward and it was a different story, I actually had a lot of fun, the board was turny and loose...sometimes to turny...It made a day that normally I wouldn't have surf a fun one. It was the whole point of this board.
I still need to know it better and play with the fins a bit more...It paddles great, catches everything...

Best regards
Diego/E.Suburbs, Sydney.
surfer:43/84kg/5'9" Board: 6'4" X 21 3/4" X 2 3/4" Squashtail dedicated Quad version.

Testimonial Date: 13/03/2014 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant
i currently have a Powerglide that you made me 7 or 8 years ago, i cannot describe how many fabulous sessions ive had on this board both in Oz and OS.
I know you still have the details because my friend Nathen Woodford is currently awaiting the arrival of his Powerglide which is the exact same dimensions.
For me its time for an update.. i was considering maybe a slightly shorter PG with 4 fins, and then i saw the SubX which i think would interest me as a quad.
Its funny but the older ive got the shorter my boards have become.My general board in decent waves is a 6 0 quad.
I am going to Fiji on May 7 and wouldnt mind being able to take a new stick.I intend to come to Milton with Nathen when he picks up his new board but i dont know if this is too late to put my order in.
cheers Callo/Moruya, NSW
Surfer: 54/75kg/5'11" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster version.
Note from Grant Miller: Callo's board is 7 years old. 7 years. In the throw-away world of modern surfboards, where boards are deliberately built to fall apart after perhaps 18 months, this board speaks for itself. We are old fashioned when it comes to building our surfboards, and it shows. How long did your last board last for?

Testimonial Date: 07/03/2014 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Thanks for the awesome service you provide to us average punters. I picked up my 7ft Powerglide just 2 weeks before a Maldives trip last August. I had one surf before I left and 1st impressions were very good although the waves that day were pretty average.
Arrived in the Maldives to a solid 6ft swell. The board went outstanding in solid overhead waves. One of the more memorable sessions, among many, was a solid 4ft very very crowded session at a break called Jails, sometimes described as a "Warm Water J-Bay". So you get the picture. The wave catching ability of this board in those waves resulted in me getting way more waves than I ever expected. The paddle ability of this board is awesome.
Thanks again for the excellent advice and service you provide.

Dave Annand/Central Coast NSW.
Surfer: 50/85kg/5'8" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8" Thruster version.
Note from Grant Miller: To see some pics of Dave surfing in the Maldives on this trip, check out the client photo section under the gallery heading. I made some modifications to his board with more powerful waves in mind. Little things like a touch more tail rocker very late in the board to provide more control at high speed and to help facilitate late take off's. However obviously most of the time Dave is surfing the board back on the Central Coast, and so it needs to work well in both environments. Over the years, the Powerglide has proven to be an extremely versatile board. It surfs unreal in rubbish and yet really winds up big time in decent surf.

Testimonial Date: 07/03/2014 - Board Type : Waterskate
hi grant thanks for another great board came out unreal.have been surfing it quite alot , the 2+1 set up is unreal fast and smooth as honey and for a small board trims great.as you know i like using alot of different fin set ups the 2+1 is great ,then i put a cheyne horan star fin in and it just totally blew me away so fast and smooth botton turns, unreal and so much hold on the face felt like the board had a motor in it ,should be good the reef breaks in vanuatu thank again talk to you soon

kelly/Gold Coast QLD
Surfer: 50/75kg/5'11" Board: 6'4" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" roundtail, designed around a waterskate.
Note from Grant Miller: Kelly and I have collaborated on approximately 12 boards over the past 10-12 years. We have never met, but we get along really well and communicate excellently over the telephone. Kelly is a highly experienced decent surfer. With this board we used the Waterskate design as a starting template and incorporated a 2+1 fin setup. The board has less rocker than a typical Waterskate which creates an even better paddle and produces a lot of drive.It was designed as a single board Kelly could take on trips, and so needed to be highly versatile.The fin setup is a 7" Single fin in an 8" finbox with side plugs where he uses some small tracer fins. Another success.

Testimonial Date: 07/03/2014 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant , the board is amazing !!! Had it 2-4 ft strong offshore condition's - 5 surfs in first week I was home . Find myself standing a bit too far forward - still adjusting from the 6'4" F skate . Have hit the sweet spot once or twice and really fired off the bottom with plenty of speed down the line .

Thanks very much for another great board which performs exactly as you described and is mean at catching waves !!!
Wally/ New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Surfer: 54/84kg/6'0" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" x 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 31/01/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Sorry I missed your calls the other day. The board's going great - I couldn't be happier. The craftsmanship is as always impeccable. The board itself is drivey and has worked for me from knee high to well overhead waves. When finances permit I'm keen to look at a Sub X for really small waves. I also think when this current V skate bites the dust I might look to drop another inch or so in length and maybe have a round tail rather than square. Don't let those comments give you the impression I'm anything less than 100% happy with the board. I'm very happy indeed.

Brett/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 47/90kg/5'8" Board: 6'7" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 25/01/2014 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,
the new board is fantastic, you really nailed it. Things I had been struggling with seemed to fall into place right away.
The first time I stood up it felt right, and familiar. I's so quick, and responsive for a big board.
I've probably had about 10 sessions on it, finding the bigger the waves, the better it feels which was the intended purpose.
I'm regaining confidence and form quickly now and loving it, and I can actually duck dive again. I was beginning to think the problem was me, with the old board**. Very much looking forward to exploring the potential of this board as my skills come back.
Thanks for your help, and thanks for a board I'll keep forever.

Chris/Newcastle area, NSW.
Surfer:55/93kg/6'2" Board:7'0" X 21" X 2 7/8" Rounded Pintail Thruster version.
**Note from Grant Miller: When Chris ordered this board he was struggling badly on an imported 7'3" 7S. Even though he was a highly experienced surfer, he had lost his confidence and was blaming himself. He had been out of the water for some time, and was trying his best to come back. This new V-SKATE was designed with good powerful waves in mind since Chris was booked on an upcoming Indo trip. The results speak for themselves and are a good example of what can be achieved both in terms of surfing performance and mindset.

Testimonial Date: 20/12/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Hope you are well.
Just letting you know , i'm really happy with the PG. Its just great in
small,weak conditions. Normally i would be frustrated and disappointed in
these conditions , now i'm having fun and actually looking forward to taking
it out. Paddles fantastic , trims so so smooth , and i was surprised how easy
it is to turn.
Thanks for great board !
Wishing you all the very best for the Christmas and New year ,
Surfer:46/77kg/5'8" Board:7'2" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 20/12/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate
sorry I missed your call Monday afternoon. In regards to the waterskate(also any comparisons I make, will be to the McCoy 6'6' pot belly)
The board looks a bit funny due to the width in the front 1/2 and narrow tail- but that's fine.
1st session didn't go well but the next day it cleaned up and I had perfect chest high glassy waves all to myself- problem I kept burying the rail trying to do these big circular turns, soon realised I had to change something. This session I made some adjustments and wow look what I can do now.
The board is fantastic I was able to start surfing like those light weight 15 year olds flying across the wave doing all those short arc manoeuvres and quick turns.
The board has amazing speed and it doesn't change from standing on the tail or if you stand forward of centre, makes any section with ease, I have questioned what had I been ridding over the last few years and how was I able to surf those boards, not to speak negatively about anyone else.
The board does what you want in all parts of the wave turns nicely you can slide the tail when you want, now I can do 360's on the quad set up. Thruster set up, fins are all the way back in the slots, quad set up- front fins all the way back and rear fins all the way forward.
The weight of the board is perfect which does make it more responsive, overall a fantastic board and the board bag also impressed me. The board has also been on the Gold Coast and Byron Bay and surfed very well.
Great job the only down side is that the board has less buoyancy which means I cant sit right at the back of the pack now I just have to work a bit harder and scramble more, but that's ok it keeps you young.
Again love the board and look forward to buying a Sub X in 2014, have a great Christmas and a Happy new year and stay healthy.

Cheers and thanks you definitely now your craft and the service was of a high standard, very polite and professional.
Mat Paunovic/South Australia
Surfer:42/94kg/5'10" Board:6'6" x 22" X 3 1/8"
Note from Grant Miller: Mat mentions the board has less buoyancy, but as he also points out, that is in comparison with his 6'6" McCoy. Geoff McCoy typically makes very thick boards. Whilst they do have good flotation, lets just say here that this flotation comes with some significant downsides.

Testimonial Date: 04/12/2013 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi grant

im here in bali christened the board on monday it has been head to double head high on the east coast of bali board has handled it well surfs like my 6'8" but faster thanks for another great board

Peter Cox, Perth/WA
Surfer:56/80kg/6'0" Board: 6'5" X 21 1/4" x 2 5/8" Dedicated Quad set up.

Testimonial Date: 26/11/2013 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hey Grant,

Just dropping you a line regarding the F-Skate you shaped for me a little while ago - I was finally able to ride the board this past weekend and it went like a dream! Sarah making me hold out on surfing it made the experience all the more enjoyable!

Over the past 2 days I ended up spending over 7 hours in the water at a range of left and rights - the board paddled unbelievably well (better or at minimum on par with my V-Skate) whilst being easier to duck dive due to the reduced length. Once in the line up I found the board caught waves with ease, short paddle and then I was up and riding?? I initially sat inside with some other short boards however I found that I was able to drift deeper as the board just picked up any swell that came its way... I was expecting the quad setup to be harder to turn however I found that with the added speed the F-Skate provided I was able to power through the turns a lot more than what I normally am able to.

Overall the board is a real winner - I was not able to get the grin off of my face for the last 2 days and Sarah is tired of me talking about the board and how much fun it is to ride. It is a serious gem and one that I can see me spending a ridiculous amount of time on.

Thanks again for your super work - I am extremely excited for the coming sub-x.

Thanks again,

Nathan McGrath/South Coast
Surfer: 6'0"/29/110kg Board: 7'2" X 23" X 3 3/8" Quad version
Note from Grant Miller: Nathans V-SKATE which he refers to is 8'0" long. This F-SKATE was designed to be surfed typically in very small waves and so needed to have plenty of volume for him.
I also incorporated deeper double concaves in the tail to provide maximum pick up and planing speed.

Testimonial Date: 18/11/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Grant hope you are well. Testimonial below if you would like to use it, in whole or part.
All the best.

Hi Grant,
Thanks again for the 7'6 V-Skate you made me in May this year.

I've already bagged my biggest wave ever on it in pretty bumpy conditions, pulling in with the little extra confidence this board gives my 6'4, 100kg frame (38 yrs), with its length and extra width (stability). Just as we discussed.

What's been really surprising to me is the manoeuvrability of this board in 3 foot and above waves. I find it turns with ease in some juice. In particular, on my backhand the ease with which the board cut high on the wave face had me laughing.

For everyday, average size to small waves my 6'10 V-Skate remains my favourite board. Such a great paddler for the responsiveness it offers even a fella of my skill level. It has been a great board like the 6'10 waterskate I had before it.

With my current life commitments I surf when I can. The conditions I surf in are not the glassy perfect barrels which fill surfing magazines and films (unfortunately) , I feel your boards accommodate this reality.

While I still love the mal's (9ft) which hooked me in the first place, I seldom reach for them anymore, as I've been spoilt by the combination of manoeuvrability and paddle power in your boards.

Looking forward to contacting you again in the future when I'm ready to try something new, as I know you and the team produce a well designed, quality board and are a pleasure to deal with.

All the best
Northern Beaches/Sydney
Surfer: 38/6'4"/100kg Board: 7'6" X 22" X 3 1/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 04/11/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,
Got the SUBX out this morning down at Marboubra for first its first go, and had a lot of fun trying to work the thing out.

conditions were exactly what I had i mind for the board - kinda fat, plenty of longboards around but some nice little peelers with the NE swell breaking down the beach. the paddling advantage was immediately obvious just from the speed of getting out. also happy to discovr than i could duck dive the board fairly well. the guys on short boards looked like they were really struggling to catch anything too, so I was feeling pretty good about board selection.

Managed to nose dive the first wave (foolishly attempted last second takeoff) which was an amusing start, and then learnt over the next few waves that thrusters and single fins are different beasts. BAsically my take on the differnece is that you need to take a smoother approach with the single fin than trying to skate them along the wave.
about 45 minutes into the session though 1 or 2 things started to click and i picked off a couple of better waves for the conditions. One in particular really got me excited about the prospects for this board. Basically the board just seemed to keep accelerating, but really smoothly so. no squirts of speed like the vskate just this building gliding sensation. the board just kept making sections and the next thing I was practically stepping off onto the beach. At that point I think I got my first idea of what the board might be all about.

A really interesting start. No question the board made a marginal surf a lot more fun. Really looking forward to getting it out again soon and having another go.
Adrian/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" Surfer: 42/83kg/5'11"

Testimonial Date: 28/10/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Have been meaning to contact you for some time, flat out since returning to work.

Board arrived about 1 week into my leave and managed to get out about half a dozen times.

Have to say mate I am wrapped, the difference this board made to my surfing in those few surfs was amazing and far greater than I expected, I feel like a kid again on it and can not wait to get back home and back out there.

Noticed a huge improvement in paddling with it, able to get almost every wave I paddled for and making wave sections that I would not have on my old board.

Thanks very much Grant, I will be back to you for every board now.

Best Regards,
Matt/Sunny Coast

Surfer:36/78kg/5'10" Board: 6'5" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4" Squashtail version.
Note from Grant Miller: Matt works 5 weeks off and 5 weeks on. He had been out of the water for 10 years when he ordered this board. I designed the board so as to allow him maximum paddle power yet at the same time not too corky. His rails are reasonably fine to allow for hold and control in peaky beachbreak and down the line surf.

Testimonial Date: 28/10/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Firstly, I have no association with Grant, I don't get a discount and he has not asked me to write anything on here. Honestly before you buy another Asian made off the rack board - give him a call. Before I ordered my board I was so concerned about whether my level of surfing warranted a board of the quality he produces I.e I'm pretty crap - am I really going to notice any difference between this and a cheap board... Thing is a good surfer can make a plank look awesome For the other 99% of people, we need all the help we can get!! The rate at which I have improved on my v-skate is insane compared to the cheap mass production board I bought off the peg in Bondi and struggled with for 18 months. Most importantly I'm enjoying surfing more and that's gotta be worth the investment! This post is credit where it's due and nothing more.
Craig Robinson/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 28/90kg/6'3" Board: 6'10" X 21 1/4" x 2 7/8" Squashtail version.
Note from Grant Miller: This testimonial is reprinted from the Seabreeze website with the authors permission (originally uploaded to seabreeze 15/10/13).

Testimonial Date: 26/10/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,
I've had my SUBX for 3 weeks and surfed it 5 times. I am delighted with the ease of paddling and how late I can get into waves. It feels very stable on take off and REALLY flies down the line. I've had a couple of people comment on how "cool old school" it looks and how well it seems to surf. I have found I am getting into some sections even my Waterskate would not catch up to, and getting there with enough speed to throw an extra turn or two. When I keep my back foot further back it turns quite tightly, and if I move my feet forward it glides along the face in big sweeping arcs. I have ridden in 1 foot slop, 3 foot clean and various in between surf, as well as some rolling 4 footers at the Bommie. It goes well in all conditions. I had ummmed and ahhhed about a Powerglide to go with my shortboards, but am glad I tried the SUBX, it rips !!!
I think my next board will be another SUBX, maybe in a different configuration.
As usual it was a pleasure doing business with you,its great to see there are still craftsmen with pride in their craft shaping boards, and the finish is outstanding. (pass on to your glasser)
Thanks a lot
Ian/Northern Beaches,Sydney.
Boards: 6'6" Waterskate, 6'7" VSkate,
6'6" (2 7/8, 22 1/4) SUBX
Age 55
Weight 85kg

Testimonial Date: 26/10/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'Day Grant,

Took Hennery to the Mentawais. It went really well. He was the envy of quite a few of the boys. Backhand on it best ever. Loved how I could dig the rail in and 'pow' how it responded. My forehand cutty was pretty average but that's more to do with me. I'm growing into the board but given the limited time I had to get used to it before going it went really really well and I have sussed the sweet spot on it . I will send some photos when I get them.

Cheers Nick/Northern Beaches/Sydney.

Surfer: 52/95kg/5'11" Board: 7'2" X 21 1/4" X 2 7/8" Squashtail version.

Note from Grant Miller: This board was designed as an all rounder for Nick to surf primarily in Sydney. However since he also goes on surf trips to Indonesia, we incorporated some additional design features into his board with more powerful waves in mind. Things like slightly finer rails for better holding power and increased late tail rocker for more control in bigger faster waves.

Testimonial Date: 26/09/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hi Grant
Hope you are well.
Just thought I would send you a quick note to thank you for the board, which I used for the first time this week. I had so much invested in wanting this board to be great, I don't mean the money, but rather in the whole experience of discussing it with you, listening to your opinions and being guided by them. I am so glad that I took this path.

As the name of the board suggests, I felt that I was easily gliding onto waves, the paddling power is fantastic. The board also felt like it wanted me to get forward on it, which was very rewarding when I did exactly that. Initial impressions were really positive. I think it will be perfect for conditions back home** - although I'm not looking forward to the colder water!

On the basis of my experience, I'm going to do exactly what you suggested when we first spoke, and order a V-Skate from you if that's OK.

If you could let me know a convenient time to call, I'll give you a ring to discuss.

I am heading back to the UK on the 18th October, but will be back again in Mid November for a couple of weeks, so at this stage I'm not sure if I can collect or will need shipping, but that's a discussion for another day.

Best regards
Surfer: 50/70kg/5'8" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster version
** Note from Grant Miller: This board was built with waves around Devon in mind. The locations which Mike usually surfs over there generally lack power and are often on the small side. One spot has long but typically small waves while the other is a variable beachbreak with more power. Therefore the board was shaped with deeper double concaves to promote speed and also with some additional late tail rocker to assist with quicker turns in faster breaking waves.

Testimonial Date: 18/09/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant.

Was really cool catching up with you the other day in Milton. Great to finally meet you in person after all these years. You live in a very beautiful part of the world mate. Very much looking forward to heading down that way again soon and scoring some waves with you.

So far I couldn't be happier with the SUBX. It has phenomenal paddling power. It felt very similar in fact to paddling on my 9'3". But that's pretty much where the similarities with my longboard end.

I didn't get any waves on the trip home and had my first surf out the front of my place in 2 ft junk. Whilst I was impressed with the paddle and also with the fact that it wasn't too hard to duck dive, I didn't really get to experience how it surfed. Sure, I caught a lot more waves than I would normally and I definitely got that magic carpet feel that all your boards seem to have, but I didn't get the opportunity to put it on rail with speed which was what I was most looking forward to as I had never owned or even surfed a single fin before. My opportunity came a few days later when we got a nice prolonged pulse of 3-4 ft ESE swell.. I surfed a local right hand point break, it wasn't barrelling but just long glassy walls at a touch overhead. The board went insanely well. After scratching around wider I ended up paddling deeper and deeper as I was getting into them so early and generating so much down the line speed that I was making waves that I wouldn't have on any other board that I own. Surfing more off the front foot made it go even faster. Long drawn out bottom and top turns, rail to rail, a really pure and awesome feeling. I was beaming when I got out of the water, the poor bastard that I was surfing with had had more than enough of my excited blithering about the SUBX by the time I dropped him off at this place. Since that surf, I have had a couple more days on it, none in waves that were better than that day at the point however. Over time I have been pushing harder on turns, trusting the rail and fin more - and have found the board surprisingly very responsive to back foot vertical surfing as well. In short, I think you are definitely on to something here mate. An awesome groveller for average surf and sublime in quality head to just over head high waves. Loving it Grant, very glad you talked me into one!

Talk soon

Paul Davis/Sunshine Coast

Surfer: 37/5'9"/80kg Board: 6'6" X 21 1/2" X 2 3/4" Single Fin SUBX

Testimonial Date: 17/09/2013 - Board Type : Custom

Used my semi gun 7'x 20' x 2 3/4" for the first time today in clean 6' surf. In one surf I can say it is the best board I own. From the first wave it went well, but every single wave was getting better, found the sweet spot and for a large board it turned really well and made those waves really easy to surf. The board could not be more user friendly. I was in control all the time and it gave me a lot of confidence, every wave I was taking off deeper... I made a few late drops that normally I would not have. Grant made me exactly the board I was looking for, at the end of the session I left the water feeling a better surfer than when I went in.
And very very happy!
Thanks Grant!

Surfer: 42/5'9"/84kg Board: 7'0" X 20" X 2 3/4" Rounded Pintail version.
Note from Grant Miller: This board is very very similar to my own 7'0" Semi-Gun, just widened out and a touch thicker. I have been developing and refining this design over many years in the varied waves of Mexico, Sumatra and here at home. It is built to paddle in early and then get going quickly, and at the same time have plenty of manoeuvrability.

Testimonial Date: 05/09/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Dear Grant,

I'm absolutely loving the v-skate you shaped me. I've only had it for a month and my surfing has already improved noticeably.

It is everything you promised, and as a result I'm selling my other under-volumed shortboards.

It has amazing paddle power yet very loose and fast. The rail holds exceptionally well on steep waves and it bounces out of turns like a spring.
The balance of speed and control is just perfect for my level.

Surfed from dumpy overhead in newcastle to clean knee high on central coast, and this board really shines on clean 1-3 ft peeling waves, which I recently had at south curl curl.

Haven't found a quad setup that I enjoy yet but as a thruster this rounded pin works very well.

Thanks again for your good work Grant. I cannot be any happier with this board and already thinking of excuses to order another board!

Alex Lin/Sydney
Surfer: 32/82kg/5'10" Board: 6'7" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4" Rounded pintail version with Thruster and Quad fin setup.

Testimonial Date: 20/08/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant

Just letting you know I am absolutely stoked with the Waterskate. Have caught more waves in the four sessions since picking up the board than the previous four years. It paddles well, manoeuvres well, just great all round.

A bunch of mates and I are just in the motions of booking Indo trip for March next year. Padang to Sibolga (map attached), I?ll get a few more months on the Waterskate and then talk to you about best 2nd board option to take on trip.


Ken/Newport Beach NSW

Surfer: 45/97kg/6'0" Board: 7'2" X 22" X 3 1/4" Roundtail thruster version.

Note from Grant Miller: Ken had been a decent surfer when younger, but following a 10 year break, had experienced a bad run of boards bought in various Northern Beaches surfshops. During consultation with him, we decided to up the volume significantly so he could increase his wave count as much as possible, thereby gaining lost confidence. At the same time, the board was designed to surf fast and loose to keep up with his anticipated improvement.

Testimonial Date: 07/08/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

I thought I would send through a review of the board that you shaped for me a little while ago. After the disappointment of buying a "hybrid" off the rack board that was all sorts of wrong I am extremely pleased with the V-Skate you shaped for me. My first session on the board was at a left hand beach break; I paddled out in some decent conditions with the occasional larger set rolling through. First wave came and the board took off like a rocket, the speed was astonishing and the manoeuvrability was something I had been chasing for some time. I thought there would be a period of adjustment where I would be falling all over the place however this was not the case, I felt comfortable and in control on the board. Over the next 10 sessions the board has improved my surfing substantially and provided me with the confidence to tackle breaks that I would normally not have attempted.

Thanks for spending the time talking with me and listening to what it is I was wanting and how I wanted to progress as a surfer.

Nathan/South Coast
Surfer: 29/115kg/6'0" Board: 8'0" X 22 1/2" X 3 3/16" Squashtail Thruster version.
Note from Grant Miller: The "Hybrid" Nathan refers to, was a 6'10" Firewire Advance which was recommended to him by a salesman in a surfshop. One can only speculate on why he was advised to buy the board. When Nathan first met with me at Milton, he had lost a lot of confidence and was back riding his 9'0" Mal. Close inspection of the Firewire revealed a number of technical flaws in the design which had contributed significantly to Nathan's difficulties.There were also structural/construction deficits apparent in the board. In surfing,confidence is hard won, but is easily lost.

Testimonial Date: 31/07/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide
Gday Grant.

Loving the Powerglide Quad!Just had some of the best waves at Sharky Rights in ages.Got some great barrels.Tried to attach some photos by my mate Barry,but tech skills a bit lacking.Will be down the coast on Friday for a long weekend,might see you in the water.
Best wishes,and thanks for the great board!

Ross Harper/Austinmer NSW
Surfer:53/82kg/5'9" Board:7'4" X 22 3/8" X 2 3/4" Rounded Pintail version, with 3+4 fin setup. Can be ridden as a Quad or Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 29/07/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide

G'day Grant,

The PG has been absolutely amazing mate. You pretty much read my mind
when you crafted this board for me, which is all the more impressive
seeing as we did it all by email! First wave I dropped into I
completely forgot I was on a 7'2" board - the manoeuvrability blew me
away. It paddles really well, and I had it out the other day in some
small clean stuff and had a great time nose riding (or trying to).
Heaps of boards are advertising the 'one board quiver' out there, but
for what I needed (and wanted), you absolutely nailed it.

I had really high hopes and expectations of what the PG would deliver,
and you blew them all away. The only question for me now is how many
$$ I can get for my other boards when I sell them! I just can't
imagine any circumstances when I'd pull any of my other boards off the

Thanks for all the time you spent in refining my requirements - I
didn't even know what I needed. Great board mate - it's really
reinvigorated my love of wave riding.

Dan/Eastern Suburbs
Surfer: 35/73kg/5'7" Board: 7'2" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" Roundtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 25/07/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant,
Just wanted to let you know the new 6'6" Vskate is really hitting the mark. A small sacrifice in paddle power* has given me much more drive and responsiveness just like we talked about. Feels like my surfing has advanced in just the 2 months that I've had the board and its great to be really excited about surfing again. Thanks for your advice and great service.

Surfer:42/83kg/5'11" Board:6'6" X 21" X 2 3/4" Squashtail Thruster.
* Note from Grant Miller. Adrian's previous board, a McCoy, was wider and considerably thicker than this new board, and therefore paddled slightly better.

Testimonial Date: 16/07/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide
Grant, about the boards ESP the 8'0” PG. Had it out at Palmie in 2-4' Sunday set up as a Thruster with Sunny Garcia glass fins in. What can I say, best session I've had for a while. Stable on takeoff, fullish wave, double pump cutback, loose but quick, wave picks up and speed over the bank, pump it, pump it, cutback, come back around foam and trim, walk to the nose, 6-10 sec nose ride, cutback, pickup reformed wave & scream along the shorebreak. Repeat for 2 ½ hrs absolutely stoked.


Surfer: 61/6'0”/100kg Board: 8'0” X 23” X 3” Squashtail version. This board was built with a 10” centre finbox and side fins to be ridden as a Single fin, or as a 2+1. However using an FCS finbox adaptor, an FCS Thruster tail fin can also be used. This is the fin arrangement Steve was using during the session he reported on.

Testimonial Date: 29/06/2013 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hey Grant, it's Matt LaGanza, mate I'm so stoked with my board. Drove to Taree today to test it out at my favourite right. So much speed, carving turns, paddle power.

It does everything that it's asked. Big fan of the Quad at the moment. Hope you have a great w/end mate. Aloha.

Matt/ Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer: 43/6'2"/100kg Board: 6'7" X 21 1/2" X 2 7/8" Quad with Thruster option version.

Testimonial Date: 29/06/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Grant, early indications about that new board after three surfs are really good. Surfed it in 2 to 3 foot and then twice in overhead and it went beautifully on each occasion. Responsive and feeling great under foot. Maybe a bit premature, but so far so good. Cheers.

James Burfitt/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer: 52/5'11"/77kg Board: 6'7" X 20" X 2 5/8" Squashtail Thruster version.

Testimonial Date: 24/06/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate

Hey Grant

well the board sings along

it is sensational

I am loving it

getting lots more waves in all types of conditions

very very happy

thanks so much

hope your going strong with your recovery

see you in the surf

Surfer: 47/70kg/5'5" Board: 6'8" X 21 1/2" X 2 5/8" Roundtail version.

Testimonial Date: 23/06/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant
Good to talk to you today. Loving the 6'2 V-Skate quad, suits my surfing very well, very responsive, very quick even in ordinary or fat conditions. Please send the shots of the SUBX, that board is going to be huge.

Ron (WA)
Surfer:51/70kg/5'8" Board: 6'2" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Squashtail dedicated Quad version.

Testimonial Date: 18/06/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant, well we are back from SImilieu, North Sumatra and we had an amazing trip with great swell for the entire two weeks.
My new board you shaped for me was amazing. Performance in powerful quality waves was incredible. My preference was 4 to 6ft waves and my liking for taking off deep and getting through that first critical section with speed was well covered by the design aspects of my board.

My second board from you Grant and now the best board I have ever owned. I can tell you I will never make the mistake I did once before of changing boards and shapers for the sake of change alone.

This board truly brought me out of the wilderness, and revitalised all that I love in my surfing, so thank you very much for once again making the board of a lifetime.

Look forward to seeing you on one of your trips to Sydney. Kindest regards, Jim/Sydney.
Board: 6'8" X 21" X 2 7/8" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 16/06/2013 - Board Type : Powerglide

MAAAAATE, You've hit the nail on the head once again! The 7'5" Powerskate went unreal at Palmy today in 3'-5' southerly swell.Paddles & floats me really well, stable on takeoff and it does takeoff,fast! Set up this time as a quad & it was loose but not tracky,turned & held its line well. Really really pleased.

The 8'Powerglide is also another killer, sh#t easy to paddle,turns easily,glides & noserides really well it's gone exceptionally well in the run of small surf in Sydney of late.Had it set up as a 2+1 & I'll, try it as a thruster if I get off the Powerskate when the swell drops again. The SUBX sounds like it'll be another "Miller Killer". I'll catch you soon, good to hear your back is still improving, thanks again Steve.

Surfer: 61/6'0"/100kg Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfboards/Powerglides: 1.7'5" X 23" X 3 1/16" Rounded pintail, 3+4 version(set up for either Quad or Thruster surfing) 2. 8'0" X 23" X 3" Squashtail 2+1 version(10" Finbox with sidebites to use all at once, or as a single fin alone)

Notes from Grant Miller: Both the boards referred to above are custom Powerglides, although Steve refers to the 7'5" as a Powerskate. Both boards are more pulled in than normal through the tail in outline. The effect of this is to improve turning ability without any reduction in drive. Normally, if you reduce the amount of area in the tail, you lose drive. However I have designed these boards with special rocker and fin modifications to ensure that this does not occur. Steve is a highly experienced and decent surfer, who is obviously stoked with the outcomes.

Testimonial Date: 22/05/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate
G'day Grant,
Thanks again for another great board.

I had my second surf on my Waterskate today at the farm which was 3-4 foot.

I was able to get a good feel for the board and as usual it was doing everything you said it would do.

The waves were initially fat but were standing up on the inside section and the board excelled in both conditions.

Sean and I enjoyed our surf with you last week (sorry about the drop in!)Hopefully we can get together again soon.

Once again thanks for another first class board that makes me look like a better surfer than I am!!!!

Board: Waterskate 7'8" x 23 1/4" x 3 1/4" roundtail version. Surfer: 47/6'1"/110kg

Testimonial Date: 03/04/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant, well mate have just had six hours of fair to good 2 to 4 foot surf over the last three days.

My board has gone absolutely fantastic. It was like the last two years of not having one of your boards, and seriously wondering where my passion for surfing went, was washed away on virtually my first wave on Saturday morning at Bungan.

The board did everything I could have wanted from it from the paddle onto the wave to the solid responses to all types of turns.

Thank you so much Grant, really looking forward to my trip in 5 weeks and catching up with you on my return.

Enjoy the south coast my friend.
Best wishes, Jim/Sydney.
Surfer: 58/85kg/5'9" Board:6'8" X 21" X 2 7/8" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 06/03/2013 - Board Type : Waterskate

Just thought I'd send you some more feedback as I couldn't believe my eyes the other day.
I'm really impressed with how my 6'8 waterskate has held up. I used it to come down from a 7'10 mini mal in 2008 and have a surfed it HEAPS.
I had a collision with a man of questionable character at Cronulla the other week which left me with a huge fin chop in my rail. I took it to a local shaper to get the ding repair done. It was the first time i'd seen this board with no wax on the deck for about 3 years. It looks like it's only a few months old except for a little yellowing on the deck. I always keep it in a bag so this may have helped a little.
Been surfing it lately with some bigger side fins and a smaller centre fin which makes it feel a little faster.

Had a great session up at Seal Rocks the other day and came in with a massive smile on my face.

When I can decide what I want next, I'll be sure to get on the phone.
Thanks again for a magic board.

Surfer: 31/78kg/5'8" Board:6'8" x 21" x 2 3/4" Waterskate roundtail thruster.

Note from Grant Miller: This board was built 5 years ago, has been ridden a lot and is still in nice condition. Currently, most Australian surfboard manufacturers think its acceptable if a board lasts a little over a year. We consider this attitude to be totally unethical. However for commercial reasons, many "big brand" boards are deliberately built with a short lifespan in mind.

Testimonial Date: 28/02/2013 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant
Just wanted to let you know that I have been riding the boards in HK, Sri Lanka and Margaret River in last 2 yrs - have had some fantastic times on them. They are perfect for a surfer like me allowing me to get up relatively easily and then pretty manoeuvrable in the smaller waves of HK.

Thanks again for all your help and for helping me to enjoy my surfing even more.

Rory/ Hong Kong.
Surfer: 44/ 95kg/6'1"
Boards: 1. F-SKATE 6'4" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8" Thruster 2. V-SKATE 6'8" X 20 1/2" X 2 3/4" Thruster/rounded pintail version.

Testimonial Date: 27/02/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant, glad to hear you're back out in the water and the move down south sounds amazing. I hope you find peace and happiness.

I wanted to wait until you were shaping again before leaving some feedback on the custom v-skate you made me mid-2011. I'm really happy with it, it has helped me progress my surfing, and it has impressed those who have borrowed it.

What really amazed me was that there was no period of adjustment on my new v-skate, despite it being a completely different board to the 6'6" Powerglide it replaced. I had expected to fall back a few steps and spend some time falling about all over the place, but the board seemed to do the work for me and I found myself glued to the face of the first wave I caught. It immediately felt softer under my feet, easier to turn and maneouvre, but never unstable or skatey.

I've surfed other boards since, and I realise that the v-skate is a board that works so well for me because it was designed to do exactly what I need a board to do at my level of experience. What impresses me most is that you knew exactly what I needed and then designed a board which does precisely that. It does everything you said it would and you were bang on in your prediction of how long it would take me to progress.

I recently spent a few weeks on another board to experiment a little and did ok. But when I returned to my v-skate, I immediately surfed better than I had been for those past few weeks. As I paddled back out I felt a surge of renewed confidence in my board and my ability, and that to me sums up my experience with my v-skate.

Rohan (Sydney)
37yo, 6'1", 70kg.
Squash-tail v-skate, 6'4" x 20" x 2 9/16"

Testimonial Date: 07/01/2013 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Am riding an 8ft VSkate that was made for a sth coast local. "sean ".I boughjt it unmarked from a surfshop where he traded it in. Ive been on longboards since making a 30 yr break.I struggle with weak shoulders and poor hip mobility,Im 63. some days I try and rip my HP mals like a shortboard. This Miller 8ft is so special to me,has same paddle ease as a mal but gets me into areas on a wave the longboard loses it.Any guys finding their longboard surfing too one diomensional should consider a shortboard thats big..Thats your VSKATE.

Alan/South Coast NSW

Follow up testimonial received 10/2/2013

8ft v skate handled the recent big swells so great.the level of confidence this board has given me is wonderful.Previously stayed out of the storm swells with my longboard but now I can take those late drops and get an edge early. Made some big ones last month on your design.In the carpark Im teased about riding a shortboard now.I cant paddle or stand up on a shortboard .the 8ft VSkate tucked under my arm looks like a 6ft6 ,the lines are so subtle and all the elements of rocker,rails and outline shape just melt into one.Strong glassing too. Its taken some high speed impacts well.Thanks again grant,just wanted to say hi and encourage other surfers to make foam their friend.If you cant catch a wave in the first place ,you are not having much fun.
Aloha Alan Williams
Surfer: 63/70kg/5'10" Board:8'0" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 26/10/2012 - Board Type : Waterskate
G'day Grant. Glad to hear you had a good time away. I never got to provide you with feedback on the 6'6 waterskate you did for me just before you left. Mate, I have had a ball on it. I've found it to be great in nearly all conditions and it has helped my surfing become much more consistent and heaps of fun. My brother in law has been keen on one after having a crack on mine as well. it's been a great go-to board

Thanks mate
Darren/Wollongong NSW.
Surfer:42/75kg/5'8" Board:6'6" X 21" X 2 5/8" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 23/10/2012 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hi Grant,
Thanks for your voicemail great to hear your back on the job shaping.

Just wanted to provide you with some feedback on my 7"2 Powerglide
Got this board for my 40th birthday and absolutely love it. what can i say it is everything you said it would be and more. Its really the one board quiver. paddles into waves easily and cuts through the crowds. allows a little nose ride and yet is maneuverable like a short board. Its been so good one of my mates even managed to get hold of a second hand one as he couldn't wait to get his hands on one.

Great craftmanship, advice and service.

Justin/Adelaide SA Surfer:40/88kg/5'10" Board: 7'2" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8+ Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 14/04/2012 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Just wanted to let you know that I finally got to take my 6'8" powerglide that I
bought off you last year for it's first east coast surf trip over to NSW and it
went fantastic! I was really impressed with how it handled all surf conditions,
especially in solid 4 - 6 foot surf at Angourie, caught one of the best and most
powerful waves of my life there! It also went really well at Crescent Head
competing with all the longboards and I caught another best wave of my life
there too! I find that every time I go for a surf I always grab that board to
ride because it's so comfortable and it has definatley helped me progress with my
Thanks again Grant for a great board!

Jenny, WA
Surfer: 30/70kg/5'6" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 20/02/2012 - Board Type : Powerglide
Welcome back Grant.
Well, you've done it again. The 7ft 4in Powerglide you made for someone else* has put a smile on my face all summer.

It helps to be honest with yourself when asked "how often do you get out?". Stop
for a moment and count back 4 weeks. The answer will not be what you you feel
you would like to be able to do -- that's just your imagination.

It also helps to have a very skillfull and intuitive craftsman build boards that
work for you.

Thanks again. Cheers,
Andrew Doyle/Sydney. Surfer: 59/5'11"/85kg Board: Powerglide 7'4" X 22 3/4" X 2 7'8" squashtail.

* Note from Grant Miller : This board was originally shaped for a client in Queensland who was unable to complete the transaction. After consulting with Andrew, and having previously built him other boards, I was confident that this board would suit him.

Testimonial Date: 19/02/2012 - Board Type : F-SKATE
HI Grant
Welcome back.
I still love my 6.4 f-skate you made me. Always comments about what a nice board it looks and how well I surf it - that's your input, rather than mine. It has made a big difference to my surfing ability. Had a great time in Java and the Maldives in 2011 on the boards.
Snapped my 7 ft powerglide after creasing it and then having it run over by airline tractor (or whatever) ....
keen to talk to you about maybe getting a v-skate, something for slightly bigger cleaner waves.

Hope you are back shaping soon

Anna/ Newcastle NSW.
Surfer: 47/5'5"/59kg Boards: F-SKATE 6'4" X 21 1/4" X 2 5/8" Powerglide: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" Roundtail

Testimonial Date: 16/06/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Had my first surf on the new board on Saturday, work has kept me away from the water.
The board feels like I've been surfing on it for ever, no getting used to it, it is great. It's incredible that after a 15 to 20 minute phone conversation you have produced a board that required no getting used to plus a board that has given me confidence to go for it.
You are truly a very gifted craftsman.
Enjoy your trip, stay safe and thanks again.

Surfer: 57/77kg/6'0" Board: 6'6" X 19 5/8" X 2 9/16"

Testimonial Date: 13/06/2011 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Thanks for following up on the 6' 4" F-Skate you shaped for me and sorry to take so long to post some feedback.
The board is great. I wanted to be able to make the most of small onshore mushy conditions as that's what I surf mostly now and the F-Skate works a treat. Plenty to float on and paddle with. Surprisingly loose and it amazes me what you can pull off in 1-2' slop. Haven't surfed it on any quality waves yet, but no rush as I'm having so much fun anyway. Looking forward to checking out the Waterskate some time.
Surfer:50/80kg/5'10" Board:6'4" X 21 1/4" X 2 5/8"

Testimonial Date: 12/06/2011 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Just wanted to let you know that I finally got to ride my new board for the first time on the weekend and I am absolutely loving it!!!

It is so smooth through the water and I can really notice that you have thinned the rails out as it is a lot easier to turn. I find it a lot easier to duck dive as well. It also performed really well on pitchy, beach break waves, I'm guessing that's because of the extra tail lift, so it has given me more confidence when catching those sort of waves.

So I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a beautiful board and I hope you have a relaxing time out from shaping and find many perfect waves to ride.

Surfer: 29/70kg Board: 6'8" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 12/06/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
You may have left by now and if so all the best on your travels. Last time I emailed I had not ridden the 6'6" semi gun only the 6'1 V-skate.

As you had suggested the 6'6 has become the board ridden most over here in Bali. I still love the V-skate and ride it in anything under 4-5ft but you were absolutely correct in pushing me to go a bit longer. You were also right in saying I could have gone even longer, mind you I have never felt uncomfortable on the 6'6 yet. I have had some really nice waves at Shipwrecks, Canggu and around the Bukit Peninsular (Uluwatu, Balangan etc). On the bigger days I am very grateful to have the 6'6 and not anything smaller.
Either way I am loving both boards, they perform awesome and a holding up to some fair punishment beautifully. Thanks for taking the time and advising me on the right choices for my travels and delivering two awesome boards. The spearmint colour is also very cool. The family is doing well over here in Bali, everyone is happy so there are no plans to return back home just yet, which suits me fine as I have plenty more breaks to explore. If you ever end up this way on your journeys drop me an email. all the very best.
Kind Regards,
Matthew Richards/Currently living in Bali.
Surfer: 34/78kg/5'7"
Board: V-SKATE inspired Semi-Gun 6'6" X 19 1/4" X 2 9/16" roundpin.

Testimonial Date: 09/06/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
RE: new 6'3" orange V-Skate
Hi Grant,
I understand that you're probably flat out at the moment, but I really want to provide you with feedback on the new board.

In a word, this board is perfect. I thought the Waterskate I'd been riding for the past 2 years was great, but this board surpasses it. I actually find it to be quite different to the Waterskate. The greatest similarity between the two is the ease of paddling - that volume is right where you want it, and that nice chunky tail . However, I find the V-Skate to be faster, much easier to duck-dive and more responsive to turn. Maybe it's more suitable for me since I'm only a small, light surfer?

Or maybe it's just a better fit for how I want to surf? I don't know. But it's definitely more performance oriented and the ideal step up from the Waterskate, I love it!

We had some great waves here in Vic over the weekend and I couldn't wipe the smile from my face.I've got a feeling my surfing could step up a notch with the new board and you can't ask for more than that.

So thanks again Grant, hope you have a great time away and hopefully we speak again one day in future.

Surfer: 35/65kg/5'7" Board: 6'3" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Squashtail.

Testimonial Date: 04/06/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Sorry I missed your call, really loving the V-skate been riding it as a quad mainly. Took a while to get used to the speed and feel of it in that set up, I’m glad I went with your suggestion of having the thruster option as well.

Only been down south twice since I got it off you, second time down had a nice chunky 6 ft swell so was good to put the board through its paces. Performed really well plenty of drive off the bottom and held well through turns. Needed that tail lift you put in on a few waves!!! 100% Happy!!!! Will definitely go for that model again when I order next board, maybe tweak it a little width wise.

Enjoy your trip and will talk to you when you get back.
Safe travels
Justin Hinchliffe/WA
Surfer: 31/80kg/6'1" Board: 6'6" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Roundpin 3+4 fin version.

Testimonial Date: 29/05/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Thanks for the call. As I said on the phone the v-skate you shaped for me is an amazing board. I tried to put some thoughts down about it to pass on to other blokes contemplating a new board. Have a great trip and see you next year.

"I have wasted too much time riding boards that were shaped for guys half my age and twice my talent. Like most of you I researched different shapers and after a few months found myself one sunny morning in Mona Vale talking to Grant. I took pretty much all my old boards down and tried my best to deconstruct what worked and what didn't. I even had some shots from an Indo trip to help him make a fair assessment to make the right board for me.

Grant listened intently and shaped a beautiful 6'8 v skate for an upcoming trip to the Ments and to ride at home on bigger days. It was agonising waiting for it to cure but when I got it out on the first day I wished I'd been riding a Miller twenty years ago.

The board is lightning fast and responsive but very stable and assured. It can be surfed with the fins moved forward which effectively makes it a 6'6. The foam is distributed beautifully, a little fuller across the chest and in the nose. It feels like the board is pulling me into the wave, almost encouraging me to paddle in.
All in all I am stoked with the new board. Grant is a true craftsman with a keen ear and eye for making a board that will really help your surfing.

Check him out when he returns from his travels. Its worth it for the conversation alone."

Surfer: 47/ 5'11"/ 79kg
Board: V-Skate 6'8" x 21" x 2 3/4" round tail thruster

Testimonial Date: 10/05/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

I would like to thankyou for the v-skate I received today. I had it in the water within an hour of getting it and I was truly amazed.

I noticed a difference as soon as I dived in with the flotation and extra paddle power. But what amazed me most was the ease to get on a wave with this small board. I had just less than an hour before I had to pick up my kids from school and I caught more waves in that time than I had in hours of surfing on my old board over the last 1.5wks. I literally had a ball. It was only small slop but the swell is picking up overnight and I will be back down there in the morning.

The greatest thing is it has given me back a confidence in surfing that I had obviously lost. Confidence to challenge for a wave (though today noone else was around) and confidence to tackle bigger waves. This board simply feels comfortable under me and feels powerful (not sure how else to describe it) and I thank you for recommending it.

All the best for your year ahead and I will have no hesitation in highly recommending your boards to friends in the future.

Surfer: 39 / 75kg / 5'10"
Board: 6'3" x 19" x 2 1/2" squashtail

Testimonial Date: 19/04/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
I couldn’t wait for your call to give you feedback; I’m way too excited. Let’s just say this board is fantastic. It not only matched the brief, it exceeds expectations. You’ll recall I wanted a pumped up V-Skate for small waves. You’ve delivered. I’ve only surfed it twice so far, but it’s very clear the board is perfect for its intended use. It paddles nearly as well as the Waterskate it replaces, gets me in the wave as early as the Waterskate, but once in the wave it is much faster and more manoeuvrable. I can’t believe how quickly it accelerates after paddling in, and pumping down the wall generates incredible (for me) speed. Yet again I’m a very satisfied customer.

Best of luck in your travels, and I look forward to hearing of your return in 2012.
Brett McKenzie-Craig/Sydney.
Surfer: 45/5'9"/92kg
Board: 6'7" X 21 1/4" X 2 7/8" Squashtail dedicated small wave version.

Testimonial Date: 08/04/2011 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hey Grant,
Thanks heaps for your advice, knowledge and amazing craftsmanship.
You made me an awesome board. I need not say any more as your boards speak for themselves and pictures are worth more than a thousand words.

see link:

Thanks for keeping surfing in my life for another 20yrs. You are a genuine and remarkable Australian.
Warren S (WA)
Board: Custom F-SKATE Quad 5'11 x 20 3/4 x 2 5/8
Me: 74kgs, 39yrs and 5'9

Testimonial Date: 07/04/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I hope your trip to Sumatra was a successful one.
I have been riding the 6'1" V-skate you made me. I have not had anything over 5ft yet so the 6'6" is still in bubble rap but I am looking forward to getting it out.

Without talking shit I can honestly say the V-skate is hands down the best board I have ridden. Feels awesome, fast and responsive. It has amazed me how on paper it is exactly the same dimensions as the board I showed you I was riding, and yet is so different in the water. Just feels faster and more responsive. Paddles great. Thank you for taking the time to giving me what I wanted. I am very happy, and can't wait to get the 6'6" out. They are forecasting some bigger swell from Saturday on. Sweet. All the best on your travels.
Kind regards,
Matthew Richards
Surfer: 34/5'7"/78kg
Boards: 6'1" X 19 1/2" X 2 1/2" 6'6" X 19 1/4" X 2 1/2" Roundpin semi-gun.

Testimonial Date: 04/04/2011 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hello Grant,
you shaped a beautiful Waterskate for me a couple of years ago (red 6'3"). I won't bore you with details but I will say it's the best board I've ever owned and it's helped renew my passion for shortboard surfing. For some time I've been wanting to order a V-Skate from you and having noticed that you a taking a hiatus from shaping, I cannot put if off any longer. You originally suggested a 6'3" V-Skate for me so that's what I'd like to order. Hope to hear from you soon,

Surfer: 35/5'7"/65kg
Board: 6'3" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 01/04/2011 - Board Type : Custom
Thanks Grant for the board you made me a few months back. I've had plenty of decent waves to ride it in and it goes really good.
The quad set up really livens it up and its fast through turns and feels loose without any loss of control.
I've had a quad before with a more straight fish like planshape and found it a bit restricted through turns but the curvier planshape on this one you made feels a lot better.
I haven't ridden it as a single yet but I put some smaller back fins in it and mucked around with it but found that the M5's and M3's you put in it feel the best.
As always it was great to deal with you and the board came out exactly like I wanted it.
The overall finish and glass job is excellent as usual.
I hope you enjoyed your Indo trip. I will be booking in for next year.
Stay safe and enjoy the rest of your big break.

regards Sean South Coast
Board : custom quad egg
7'6 x 22 x 3

Testimonial Date: 25/02/2011 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I just wanted to give you a quick update on the new F skate you made me just before Xmas. I've used it exclusively since picking it up in all sorts of waves . Even though the new board is 2 inches shorter and about 10% less volume than my previous F skate I found that it paddles onto waves just as easily. The quad - thruster set up gives me 2 boards in one also. As you said the quad has a lot of drive and is a great option for sucky fast waves. I think I'll try the quad - thruster combo on the next v skate I order also.
Thanks for another great board.
John narrabeen
Surfer:48yrs /86kg /6'2" Board: 6'4" x 21 1/2 x 2 5/8 F-SKATE/Thruster-Quad setup.

Testimonial Date: 24/02/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Just read your notice about having a big break from work. Would like to wish you all the very best in your travels and in the future.

Also like to greatly thank you for the boards you have shaped for me over the years. Starting surfing at a late age I never thought it would be possible to Learn to surf , let alone stick to it and progress. I believe this has only been possible because of the boards you have shaped and the care you take to ensure each boards measurements are appropriate for the level of my surfing at the time.
Thankyou !

I would like to order another 5'11 before you leave. I've been so happy with this board and feeling more confident everytime I take it out.
Please let me know when your ok to proceed with this order and I'll transfer a deposit into your account if that’s ok.

Testimonial Date: 16/02/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
After 2 years struggling with different surfs,
i bought second hand(from a private) one of ur V-skate (6.8 standard size,thruster g5 fcs), i want to thank u, and tell u how great this board is for me.

i spent 2 months now surfing it and i never enjoyed so much,felt so natural and improved; i always had trouble surfing curl curl, queenscliff and maroubra but from the first day i had such a big fun there with this board.

IT's not just catching the waves, but the general feeling, when paddling back, when moving along the lineup...now i feel confident to sit in the good spot and wait for my turn and take it, paddling committed and knowing what to do after.

The funny things is that 2 years ago, after the usual start with minimal etc, i drop u a mail, that supposedly went lost since never got reply,
and so i went to a well known shop, telling them i was interested in the waterskate,
but got suggested to take another one, superfish 6.8.
I spent 2 years trying so hard to surf that board and i never felt it, no matter how hard i tried,
so i started getting second hands boards to try to find the good match for me..till now.

Off course i cannot say is ur vskate only, i matured a bit of experience, i got more fit and i changed a bit attitude torward surf,
but ur board for sure has a very big weight on my actual surfing and the fun i feel doing it.

I'm impressed on how well built is the board,
no matter it had previous owners(i'd guess is at least 4 yo) and got few dings, scratches and a bit of sunken and yellow deck around the stringer, the board still feel fantastic, the glassing is very good, and i'm impressed on how finely the rails(toward the tail)are shaped.

Thank u Grant to create such a great product,
Hoper to drop by ur shop soon.

Best regards,

Testimonial Date: 16/02/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Just a quick email to say thanks for the V-Skate Quad/Thruster you shaped for me back in late Dec. Looked beautiful when I unwrapped it, but unfortunately due to Perth shocking summer swell conditions then eye surgery I couldn’t take it out until last weekend when I went down south.

Got to try the board in nice offshore conditions waves around 3-4 ft, took me a few waves to get use to a board that small but after a while started to get the hang of it, found the board extremely responsive had lots of drive off the bottom turns and could generate speed with ease. I found the board still very stable just as much as my Waterskate which was a pleasant surprise another surprise was how buoyant the board was even coming down in the size and width, which allowed me to get on some waves the other guys couldn’t, stoked on that!!! The only thing that I’ll need to iron out is the sharpness I can now turn which I think will take me a while to get use to.
Haven’t had chance to try as a Quad yet but can’t wait to give it a go!!

Thanks again for an another great board look forward to many more.

Justin Hinchliffe (WA)
Surfer:31/80kg/6'1" Board: 6'6" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" Rounded pintail, set up to be surfed as either a Thruster or a Quad.

Testimonial Date: 25/01/2011 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
All the best for the new year.
Just letting you know that I've started to use the new 5'11 board in the last couple of weeks and absolutely love it !
It paddles very similar to the 6.0 which is great. Also Compared to the 6.0 - I really like that its lighter in weight and less volume in the top of the board and
I seem to be generating more speed and sharper turns compared to the 6.0.
Looking forward to sticking to this size board and improving as much as possible.
Thanks for another fantastic board,
Geoff/Sydney NSW

Surfer: 43/5'8"/72kg Board: 5'11" X 19 3/8" X 2 1/2" Squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 22/01/2011 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
Happy New Year. I just thought I would drop you a line re the performance of the “PowerGlide”.
I am happy to say that whilst we haven’t had an abundance of great waves since I collected it in November, I couldn’t be happier with the new stick. It is the all conditions board that I have been searching long and hard for. As you promised its paddles like a mini mal so I am picking up my fair quota which is important given the Xmas crowds and it is loose enough for me to bring out some of the old moves that I couldn’t do on the mal. At the end of Feb we are heading up the coast on a road trip so can’t wait to have the daily surf that I am now craving.

Regards & Best Wishes
Trevor Kennedy/ Central Coast NSW
Surfer: 49/88-90kg/6'1" Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8" squashtail version.

Testimonial Date: 17/01/2011 - Board Type : Waterskate
After a month of decent testing I thought I'd drop you a line to give you some feedback on the waterskate (6'4"x 20 ½"x 2 9/16") you shaped for me Nov-Dec last year.
This last month has yielded some good conditions for testing down here on the south coast in waves ranging from knee high summer mush to easy overhead and I have been having a bloody ball. Whilst I may not be challenging for the world title this year, there have been whispers in the carpark that I have made pagan sacrifices to the surfing gods in exchange for my new found surfing skills. My traditional pooh-man straight down the line stance has been replaced with gliding bottom turns, big top turns and backhand rail grabs that have some of my local surfing brethren questioning their choice of surf craft.

Whilst no one wants to say any board is the "magic board" I can certainly say my waterskate definitely does everything is says on the box (your website). No doubt if more people were surfing boards like this there would be more happy punters in the water, stemming the frustrated looks & agro most guys on short boards feel when they see a longboard rider catching more waves than them.

For example, I was out yesterday in 1-2 foot inconsistent surf with the usual group of summer local/visitors at a well known break down here on the south coast. I was sitting with a mate of mine on his 9'3" in between the groups of punters. In a matter of an hour he and I caught more waves than everyone around us, we were grinning and having a ball whilst the surrounding crew were left kicking & thrashing around chasing every swell with increasing frustration. At the end of the day, he who is catching waves is having fun and the volume in this board allowed me to sit in the same spot my mate on his mal was sitting and get heaps!

I'm looking forward to seeing how this board holds in bigger swell and I reckon I'll stick to the quad option (5 front/3 back) as it has been allowing me to make that first turn faster and hold more speed through otherwise sluggish sections. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks heaps for the board, I am massively happy with it and will be looking forward to further refinements the next time around.
Keep it real,
Dan/Kiama NSW.
Surfer: 35/6'0"/78-80kg.
Board: 6'4" X 20 1/2" X 2 9/16" Roundtail. This board has the 3 plus 4 fin setup and so can be ridden either as a regular thruster or a quad.

Testimonial Date: 05/01/2011 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant,
I just wanted to give you some feedback on my boards. As you know I have been surfing for only 24 months, I am middle forties, not brave and not skinny either and so this new pastime has been a real love hate thing. I started on Pinkie that you shaped based on my beginner status, an 8ft 2 mini mal, chunky and very pink and she gave me the confidence on my first fibre glass board. I do not know any of the terminology so all I can say is I could paddle the board easily, catch waves, stand up and stay up all on a board that I could carry and not have to drag!!!

After this came Sam a smaller board who I love and he allows me to make bottom turns and make my rides longer. He is 7'6" and lighter to carry and smaller than my first board so I felt I was getting somewhere. Now I am riding another Pinkie, 7’2, narrower and weighs like a feather and is great for turning.

All along from the very first time we spoke about my surfing, you have had a plan for my boards and as I have progressed you have gently reduced the length and width of the boards but still given me the stability I need to maintain my confidence.
Your standard of service and care could not be any better and I could not be happier and want to thank you for your expertise and encouragement.
Maybe in a year I will be riding a 6’10!!! Yippee.

Fi/Palm Beach, Sydney.
Surfer:45/57kg/5'4" Board: Custom Minimal 7'2" X 21 1/2" X 2 3/4" Squashtail.

Testimonial Date: 15/12/2010 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant
Just had another amazing surf on the board
you shaped me and will this weekend cleanup
my extensive quiver of other shapers boards
to sell so I can buy more millers.
thanks so much for finally
giving me the holy grail of surf boards
I have been chasing for 25 years.
keep surfin and shapin
Surfer: 41/77kg/5'8"
Board: 6'2" X 21" X 2 5/8" Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 10/12/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
The quad is fantastic.
I have only surfed 3 times and in average surf … but I can tell it is a really magic board.

I am loving the quad set up. Seems to have all the quad benefits, without the unpredictability.
And the refinements on the length, thickness and rails are also really working for me.

I am really looking forward to some more time and some more good waves on it
Talk soon

Surfer: 34/6'3"/83kg Board: 6'6" X 20" X 2 5/8" Rounded pintail.
This board has been set up with 5 fin plugs and so can be surfed as either a quad, or as a Thruster.

Testimonial Date: 23/11/2010 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant,
My condolences on the passing of your mother. I read the tribute to her that you
wrote on your website and she was obviously a very inspirational woman.

Thanks for the call about the 6'9" you made for me to take to the Mentawais. I
didn't really get to try it out in the waves that would test its limits and the
couple of days that I should have used it, I paddled out on the smaller board
and managed ok.

Not having surfed a board that size for a while, it took me a bit to find how
best to surf it with regards to foot placement etc, but once I sorted that out
it was great. I felt confident laying it over on a bottom turn both forehand and
backhand. It was super responsive in turns and I don't think that I caught a
rail at all. I tried it with a couple of different fin combinations but settled
on FG-5s as the best fit in those waves.

The other board I took was a stock board that I bought from you a couple (or
more) years ago off your website. It is 6'6", 19 3/8" and 2 1/2" V-Skate and was
the board I used the majority of the time on the trip.

On the last day I surfed it in well over double-head high conditions and it
handled it fine. The thing that might interest you is that I rode that board as
a quad the whole time with fg-7s in the front and some home-made rears that are
slightly smaller than an FCS GX. I was amazed, make that stunned, by how much
hold it had in the bigger waves. I only took it as my smaller board because I
had surfed it in some small surf at Currumbin Alley before the trip with that
same fin set-up and it was just a rocket but still loose.

I've now had all my Millers except the 6'9" (which is just too beautiful to mess
with) converted to quads using the Bruce McKee formula and they are all just

I think the thing that I've noticed most about riding your boards in quad
format, as well as the sensation of increased speed, is that it seems to have
freed the tail of the board up without any loss of hold. At first I dismissed
that as just the excitement of having something new to try but all the converted
boards exhibit the same characteristics.

As you may remember I have always ridden your boards with big fins in the front
and a small fin in the back, so maybe the quad approach with that same style fin
set-up just happens to suit my surfing. I think I mentioned this to you when
telling you about the first quad conversion, but the other thing I've noticed,
and this was apparent in the Mentawais, is the way the quads seem to hold their
speed during a drawn out turn or cutback.

I've made turns on the converted boards that, had the board been in thruster
format, I would have never have got the board all the way around. Now obviously
that's mainly related to my skill (or lack thereof) level but if a design factor
helps me have more fun, then I'm not complaining!

The other thing I wanted to mention is that I only use side fins with a flat or
an inside foil in the rear as I'm looking for the side fins to provide more lift
and a bit of drive than being concerned about the ability to transition between
Thanks again for providing me with boards that have helped me enjoy my surfing
so much over the last few years.


Testimonial Date: 20/11/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
HI Grant
Sorry not to get back to you after your message a week or so ago.

The 6-5 you made for me was perfect for the trip.
It felt good from the 1st surf I had on it.

Biggest surf was probably 1 and a half overhead , maybe double on some sets.

This was probably max size for the board.

Great for paddling onto them and this was admired by the other guys.
Thanks again

Paul/Queensland (Board built for trip to Mentawis)
Surfer: 43/78kg/5'7" Board: 6'5" X 20 1/4" X 2 5/8" Rounded pintail

Testimonial Date: 07/11/2010 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
Got your message a while ago, sorry was in Byron and wanted to wait till I got back to contact you after I had chance to try the board in quality waves (As you know this can be a problem in the Perth metro area). Must say that I am truly impressed with your boards Grant. The Waterskate performed well in every sort of wave I took it out on from really fast hollow waves to slow peeling point breaks. Surfed The Pass on it quite a few times. The board never felt like it was fighting me, it just responded to what I wanted to do. Sometimes I even found myself making sections I didn't even think I could. It's also great to see someone who still believes in good customer service and is willing to spend the time to listen to what his customers really want out of their boards and this is then shown in the end result.
I look forward to ordering more boards off you in the near future.

Thanks heaps
Justin (WA)
Surfer: 31/85kg/6'1"
Board: 6'8" X 21 1/4" X 2 3/4" Roundtail.

Testimonial Date: 30/10/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Apologies for not replying to your phone message earlier (from probably two weeks ago). I was on holiday with the family and to be honest I completely forgot!

Yes the 6’8 V-skate rides pretty much exactly as you said it would. If you remember I had the Webber Fatburner 6’9 previously and thought it a little stiff. The V-skate actually paddles better, is looser and I can actually lie further forward paddling into waves without nosediving. This helps me alot as I have a tendency to place my feet too far backward and stall the board a little at takeoff. This is helping me get my weight forward and keep momentum.

The board has been excellent thus far and looking forward to using it alot more as the last two months has been hectic with work and being away. Great board and finished really well also.

Ivan/Northern Beaches Sydney.
Surfer: 40/85kg/6'0"
Board: 6'8" X 20 3/4" X 2 7/8" squashtail.

Testimonial Date: 14/10/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'day Grant, have not had much of a chance to get out in the last month, however, for the handful of times I've ridden the 6'6 v-skate rounded pin tail in up to head high clean and messy conditions I find the board to be quite fast, feels loose but stable?? turns easily and holds line in the steeper sections. A pleasure to ride. Quite bouyant for me at this length being easy to paddle but doesn't ride like a cork, and i can push it under ok when duckdiving.
The planshape and foam distribution initially looks and feels a little like my boards from the 80's but the combined speed, drive and manouvaribility are something else. Is this the bottom contours, rail design both/everything???
We have a good swell at the moment and I expect to get some challenging waves over the next few days as conditions calm down and clean up, so will let you know how I go with this board in some bigger waves.

Surfer: 36/70kg/170cm
Board: 6'6" X 20" X 2 9/16" Rounded pintail.

Testimonial Date: 29/09/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Typhoon 12 just passed and sent us some very nice swells with size to the reefs in Chiba (Tokyo)

Rode the board for 5 hours over 3 sessions on Friday, 3-4 ft at my local reef, sucky steep take off, one half bottom turn then top turn and into a barrel section. First time on your board in decent surf, surprisingly good on steep take offs and great drive off the bottom, turns much sharped than I expected and at the same time is stable. had a great session. Followed this with a lunch time low tide session, the reef is never as good on low tide and is more critical, still stoked with the board.
Afternoon session on a beach break at 4-5ft, the paddle in was a breeze and again taking late drops when necessary was no problem, the nose, rocker and shape really works.
Saturday (another 5 hours 3 sessions) on the early surfed the reef again at 8ft+, rode my Warner gun (7'), some real size and strong wind coming into the face making the drops late and sketchy and the rides very bumpy, Think your board would have been fine.
Sat lunch, took your board out at another reef, 8-10ft, deep in a bay so much calmer sea state, your board rocked, everything good, Low tide, the drops were monsters and pulled off some of the biggest waves I've ever ridden from out the back, the board is so stable at speed, able to move my feet more than ever before, the wave runs 150m with a high performance wall and a barrel section (sometimes on the inside) - SOOO FUN, also picked off lots of inside waves, late in the pocket drops, the left is a much shorter steeper wave, grabbing the rail on the drop - total confidence I'd make it, and mostly did...
Sat afternoon same spot, wind died completely, 12ft swell with 16 second period so set waves still in the 8ft range, but the tide much higher, surfed your board again and nabbed some of the best waves I've ever had, most of the heavy locals were being ferried by jet ski out to a bombie in the middle of the bay, so it was like an eat as much as you can buffet, got to really play around on some big faces, the board comes off the bottom really well, real confidence booster - stoked - Stayed out after dark it was so much fun, could hardly lift my arms.
Sunday ( rode it for 4 1/2 hours) back at the beach break 6 ft - conditions not perfect, back to paddle speed being a real advantage, and still able to duck dive with relative ease, nice to be able to out paddle the youth and still be taking critical drops.
Sunday afternoon, at the first reef again, Solid 6 ft, had the best session of the weekend.

Grant, can't think of anything that would improve it

Scotty/New Zealand expat living in Japan.
Surfer: 43/84kg/5'9"
Board: 6'5" X 19 1/2" X 2 5/8" Squashtail.


Testimonial Date: 21/08/2010 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
I could not resist and surfed the board 3 days earlier then you actually recommended...:-) All i can say is I love it. Its like a rocket, so fast and I really catch a huge amount of waves. Since I have moved the fins forward it turns and responds so quickly(as you said) and is exactly the way i like it. All an advanced beginner can ask for!

Thanks again for bulding me the right board and making my first new board purchase such a great experince.

Axel/ Sydney.

Surfer: 29/90kg/6'2"
Board:7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8"

Testimonial Date: 02/08/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
Not my first Miller and definitely not my last, love the new 6 10 goes unreal
My previous models were off the rack and agree a custom is the way to go,
perfect balance of shape, quality, colour & finish.
Also always enjoy your diary comments..

Thanks again
Lenny/Northern Beaches Sydney.
Surfer: 6' 2" x 92Kg x 58Y
Board : 6' 10 x 21x 2 7/8

Testimonial Date: 06/07/2010 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Good to hear your trip with Nev in Sumatra went well.

Off to Bali for 2 weeks with the family tomorrow and then 2 weeks in Mentaiwai's with the boys so thought I'd give you some feedback on the F Skate I got in April.

Fastest and most fun board I've ever had. It's the go to board now and at my age it's good to experience the buzz of a board that goes so well.

Thanks again.

Ryan Dhue (WA)
Surfer: 42/6'4"/100kg Board: 6'8" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8"

Testimonial Date: 28/06/2010 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant.
Well It took me a while to appreciate the F Skate squash tail you shaped for me. Mainly because of a and extended stretck without decent surf

Initially I was having fun in small junky surf, but not really finding the speed or vertical performance I was hoping for. Then I changed the fins to the FCS H2 which had been such a great success on my 6'8" Miller V Skate. I took it out in 3 foot hollower wall surf and the F Skate just flew with really easy curvy top to bottom arcs.
Since the fin change I've had a lot of fun in both beach braeks and point surfs.

I'm just a very average older surfer but this board (6'6" x 21 5/8" x 2 5/8") is both loose and drivey and has improved the fun factor greatly.

I was looking for a summer board for peaky beach breaks. I'm generally slow to my feet so need something with paddle power and stability that would allow quick and easy entry into waves that peak and throw quickly. This is it!

Only small refinement I'd go for in the next one is slightly less thickness at the nose end to assist duck diving.

Great board. Thanks Grant.

Michael Gardiner, Ballina NSW.
Surfer: 60/65kg/5'11"

Testimonial Date: 19/06/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant,
It was great to catch up with you the other day.

As discussed, I was really happy with the performance of the V Skate and I had some great waves at Ulus as I hope the attached photos show

After 40 years of surfing I am getting heaps of waves and feel I am surfing better than ever, and I would say the V Skate is the best board I have owned

Hope to see you in the surf soon

Kind Regards
Greg Clark/Collaroy NSW
Surfer: 56/82kg/5'9"
Board: 6'10" X 21" X 2 7/8" squashtail.

Testimonial Date: 18/06/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Howdy Grant,
Thought I'd report in and give testimonial on the latest board you made me shortly before your successful Sumatra trip.

Had some great surfs on the new board over the past month or so and have to say it is one of the best boards I have owned/ridden, and the strawberry color is spot on. As you know, the board is a Semi Gun 8' 0" x 21 1/2 "x 3", beefed up as per the dimensions to assist with my reduced paddling capabilities (neck/back problems).

I have so much to say in favour of this board that I'll only be repeating the attributes of the Miller Semi Gun detailed by yourself on the website. The features I have really come to appreciate are the early wave entry, excellent traction/holding ability on steep faces, quick tail response, pronounced drive when needed, all combining to give a great feeling of control.

The last Semi Gun I owned was 15 years ago, dimensions 6'10" x 17 1/2" x 2 5/8", a good board but which these days would leave me seriously under volumed, even though my weight is about the same at 73 Kg. Re-adapting to the streamlined shape and extra rocker characteristic of a gun style board was a gradual process. There wasn't much surf about when I received the board but I was keen to paddle and ride what I could to get aquainted. Over several weeks I worked my way up in wave size from waist height to O'head and a half and found the bigger and hollower waves may have challenged me a bit but not the board.

So for now, I ride a previously acquired Powerglide (7' 6" x 22 1/2" x 2 15/16") which works well for me up to about head height, then out comes the new Semi Gun for overhead conditions. Less and less frequently I ride a 9' epoxy mal.
Interestingly the mass (weight) of the 8.0' semi gun and the 7' 6" Powerglide on my digital scales are the same at 5.8 Kg. The epoxy mal weighs 7Kg and is becoming too heavy to paddle!

I feel very fortunate to have experienced your wonderful board shapes and the great pleasure they give.

Charlie Hyde, Broulee NSW 51/73kg/5'10"

Testimonial Date: 24/04/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I really enjoyed the process of getting a custom board, much better than just buying one off the shelf. Thanks for patiently listening to all my surfing limitations (I realise it took a quite a while..).

In the end, I definitely feel I got the right board. It looks great. It's very light and its hidden volume and flat rocker makes it paddle really well. It feels stable and, on the wave, its very fast and its loose (I'm probably the main limitation).

Thanks again,
Chris - Manly, 5'11, 80kgs; Board: V Skate, 6'3, 20 3/4, 2 5/8
Note - I wanted an allround board for standard 2-3 foot stuff and this is perfect.

Testimonial Date: 21/04/2010 - Board Type : Waterskate
Thanks for your message of a little earlier, and sorry I missed the call.

The board is going fantastically. As you may recall l was out of the water for probably two years in all with various medical disasters, and consequently put on a lot of weight, and lost a lot of fitness. I got back in the water with a Powerglide which I still use on tiny days, but the 'go to' board is definitely now the Waterskate. As my weight continued to drop and fitness came back this has provided all the floatation I've needed, and is still manoeuvrable. One thing I've noticed compared to boards with a similar concept is the Waterskate offers just a bit more drive and speed. And, as is widely mentioned the construction qualities are excellent.

You've got a customer for life!

Assuming my weight continues to drop I'll likely come see you and discuss shaving just a tad of volume from the board here and there, but that won't be until at least after winter.

Brett/Sydney NSW
Surfer:45/94kg Board: 6'9" X 21 1/2" x 2 7/8"+

Testimonial Date: 16/04/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Grant thanks again for another great board.
It goes really well and surprisingly loose for an 8 foot board.It paddles unreal too and gets in early which is good. This is now the fourth board I've had from you and like the others the shape and the glassing are excellent.I can honestly say I've never had better boards. People have commented on how well proportioned the board is and how it doesn't look like an 8 foot board. It's a great all rounder and would suit anyone who wants a bit of length and volume without wanting to go to a mini mal or a 9 foot mal.I'm really happy with the fin system as well.Thanks again Grant.
ps I enjoyed the video footage as well.

regards Sean age 47 and 90kg
board 8' x 22 x 2 7/8 round pin V Skate

Testimonial Date: 13/03/2010 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant,

As I get older and wiser and maybe a little heavier I have realized that all of the boards I see in surf shops are probably only good for 50% of the surfing population. Guys are riding boards that are not suitable for them and unfortunately are becoming overly frustrated with their surfing experience. This was certainly how I felt. Interestingly I am not alone in this train of thought and I now see others following your shaping ideas.

Killing time today waiting for the kids I spent an hour looking at Al Merrick's shapes in Mona Vale. Most surf shops have a limited range of boards that fit my line of thinking. Indeed, last year's Channel Island's range only had 2-3 models I would have been interested in. However, this year, a good half of Merrick's boards are suitable for my style of surfing. All of his boards have increased in volume. The dimensions are truer than many other shapers. Lots of guys say their boards are 2 -1/2 inches thick but it must only be the measurement at the stringer. Once you move away from the stringer the planer has taken most of the volume away.

Sorry about the ramble but I thought you should know that one of the world's top shapers has realized what you have been talking about for years.

Now to my boards.

F-SKATE - 6'6" X 21 5/8" X 2 3/4"
I spent a good proportion of the summer on the F-SKATE and hardly used the V-SKATE. I only did this because I was having so much fun on the F skate. It did exactly what I wanted. I was after a board I could use when surfing small waves with my son. At 6'6" and very wide it is really easy to paddle. I caught every wave I wanted. It manages to go across flat sections well and in 3 foot plus is really easy to turn. At times in the smaller stuff I found that it lacked looseness so I began to experiment with fins a little. I changed to M5s in all 3 positions but felt there was not enough drive (at my ability level anyway). I put the M7s back in the sides and put an M5 in as a centre fin. This loosened the board up quite a bit and I now use this as my standard setup. In smaller conditions or when surfing a small point break like Tea Tree at Noosa or Mona Vale basin I have been using the M7s as side fins and have used a small GX fin in the centre. This has really changed the way the board works. It still has plenty of drive but is really loose as well.

This board does exactly what I wanted it to and it certainly has a place in my quiver. My next F skate, however, will probably be around the 6'4" x 20 1/2" x 2 -1/2" . This is an inch wider and the same thickness as previous boards by another shaper, however, the true F-SKATE thickness is more to my liking. I would use this in small waves that had enough power not to warrant using my current F-SKATE.

V-SKATE - 6'7" X 20 1/2" X 2 3/4"
After spending too much time on the F skate and realizing I was surfing it in bigger waves that would have been much more suitable for the V-SKATE, I finally put the F-SKATE away. Once again the V-SKATE paddles onto waves so effortlessly. After only riding it a few times I even managed a 2nd in my division at my local boardriders' club. (My highest result ever against guys I have surfed against since being a grommet). This particular day was a pretty solid 5-6 foot and I had much more confidence than ever before. The result on the day said a lot about the board. In waves up to this size my V-SKATE is great, however, on this day I found the extra width made the board a bit "skittish" I was only using M5s so I could have handled it a bit better with a different choice of fins perhaps.

Once again this board has done exactly what I wanted it to do. It paddles easily, turns on a dime and has plenty of drive. My next V-SKATE would probably go back to 6'6" x 19 1/2" x 2 1/2" or ( 2 3/4" ) . This would give it a bit more down the line hold but still provide plenty of volume for paddling. I would also add a little more of a double concave through the tail. I would consider a square or another rounded pin tail.

Thanks for all of your help and guidance.


John Engel/Narrabeen (45/84kg/6'2")

Testimonial Date: 24/02/2010 - Board Type : Powerglide
I am aged 50 have surfed many types of boards for over 30 years. Recently, back and neck issues have meant that even paddling a 9 foot longboard have become a real chore, half an hour and I am worn out. I was very alarmed and seriously thought my surfing days were numbered.

I desperately searched the internet for a smaller lighter board with a Mal outline, especially with a nose concave that I could rely upon. After may hours of search prompts I found the Miller website and the Powerglide, I was ecstatic, contacted Grant and soon placed an order ( 7' 6" x 22 1/2" x 2 15/16")

The objective was to re-experience that short board feel with the least paddling effort whilst keeping the nose-riding option. Over 20 surfs later in a variety of conditions including overhead, I am absolutely satisfied, so it's a big thumbs up with OBJECTIVE ACCOMPLISHED.

For other burnt out short and longboarders the Powerglide is a serious option. I now can surf for double the time, half the wear and tear with close to double the fun.

The board paddles well, handles beautifully, is smooth, fast, responsive, thrusts well, is even good off the lip. It is also very stable allowing one to take two medium cross steps to the nose and two steps back with confidence. The nose concave works very well, almost instantaneously, which is essential when noseriding on a shortish board.

Regards and a Big Thankyou

Charlie Hyde (Broulee NSW)

Board: 7'6" X 22 1/2" X 2 15/16"

Testimonial Date: 24/02/2010 - Board Type : Powerglide
Just a note to say how pleased I am with the powerglide model you made for me late in 2009. Having ridden an 8'4'' mal for the past decade, I wanted something a little more manouverable and shorter.... but not too short. At 53 I don't have quite the fitness or enthusiasm for hell for leather surfing but wanted something that has good speed and turning capability. The 7'4'' bright orange and yellow "powerglide" you designed for me is brilliant. I have weaned myself off all other boards in my quiver and now only surf this. I have been blown away with its speed across the wave face and sharp turning capabilities. You were right - it is like riding a short board and so enjoyable. It is my new best friend!! Thank you for your time and attention to detail to design me a board that suits me down to the ground. It surfs great in faster steeper waves of Werri point and is fantastic on the smaller cruisy gentle sets at Seven Mile Beach. It's a great all rounder. Cheers from a very sati
sfied customer!!
Glenn Isemonger : Gerringong/South Coast NSW

Surfer: 53/5'8"/85kg
Board: 7'4" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" Roundtail

Testimonial Date: 27/01/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Dear Grant,

I thought I would drop you a line to give a progress report on my V Skate. Just to remind you it was a 6'8", 20 1/8" wide, 2 5/8" board you finished in November.

It is very different from the last few boards I've had which were Greg Clough, Simon Anderson and Bill Cilia thrusters. I wasn't expecting what they had to offer but it did take a while to get it right with this board. My feet weren't right, I took a while to understand the way the board moved, and then there were the caught rails, and frustration encounters in just knowing that everything was wrong at times and something wouldn't allow me to move where I wanted to go.

I am acutely aware that I have been surfing a 6'8' board through a pretty severe wave drought and the 1' to 3' crumble monsters I was paddling into were making it a bit harder to extract fun than normal from an average surf.

When we discussed the design and specs you suggested it would be great to get me 2 boards: a 6' 4" and the 6' 8". Pity I didn't have the money as I think you hit the nail on the head. The board has felt a tad long this summer, but more from the point of view of wasted potential. It goes, and any sort of power seems to give it a chance to shine, but the 4" cut would have enhanced this.

Despite all the above, it didn't take long for the board to begin to feel right under me and, while I think it demands a different approach, this is the board I was needing. When I get it right I am surprised at how well the board handles and how easy it is at times to throw it around.

I'm keen to get back to you after I have a little more perspective in relation to the sort of waves I've had. It has been small for too long and while I've had head high surfs plus - missed last week's swell while on a seminar - there hasn't been enough of that.

I love the speed, the momentum through flat sections, and, of course, the added volume has made a significant difference in paddling and a noticeable improvement in ability to catch what I paddle for. This makes me sound like a lazy old bastard, which may be closer to the truth than I'd like to admit! From a design point of view I really like the bite the board has when pushed despite the volume. There is no "cork" effect. Your gradation of hard to soft rails appears to be the perfect feature for this.

Finally, thanks for the attention to detail in your finish of the board. It is a quality product, and I was grateful for you putting a sprint in to get it ready when there was that hitch with getting it shaped.

Will be back in contact, and am happy to tell you I have been talking up your boards with friends who are not on the right equipment, but still need quality to go with change.


James Burfitt/Northern Beaches Sydney.

Surfer: 49/5'10"/78kg
Board: 6'8" X 20 1/8" X 2 5/8" Roundtail.

Testimonial Date: 22/01/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I bought a 7'2" v skate from you last June. Definately the best board I have owned. Great paddle power drive and speed. Feel that that my surfing has progressed so much that I would benefit from a slighty shorter new board. I was wondering if you still trade your old boards back. It is still in great condition by the way. If you still trade I would like to order a 7' v skate but a round tail model.

South Coast NSW
Surfer: 47/6'0"/90kg
Board: 7'2" X 21 1/4" X 2 7/8" squashtail

Testimonial Date: 22/01/2010 - Board Type : V-SKATE
After a horrible two weeks holiday with no surf... this week Huey delivered. "They're closing the beaches," was the cry. "Cool let's get out there," said my mates. And didn't my V-Skate perform perfectly in the 6 footers! God I love this board!!!

With the surf dropping I'm considering buying a powerglide even though my 7 foot V-Skate can handle the slops as well. Am I being too generous with owning two Millers? I think not but let's see what the wife says...

Simmo/Northern Beaches

Surfer: 37/6'1"/85kg
Board: 7'0" X 21 1/4" X 2 3/4" squashtail

Testimonial Date: 21/01/2010 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I got your letter with the info on it.Thanks alot man. Nice talking to you too.I thought we might have been in for some cyclone swell recently with a bit of weather hanging around but it never eventuated so it looks like I'll have to wait until April to get back out on the F- Skate.The crocs are a little bit less agressive then so it's better for the blood pressure anyway.

The last time I rode the F- Skate,which was probably the 2nd or 3rd time on it, I had what I would call one of the best surfs I've ever had. Not because the surf was fantastic,( it was pretty good though for up here.)but more so because of the shit hot board you shaped me.I love the Waterskate but the F- Skate takes your surfing to another level.It paddles really well,is fast and very manoeverable.There's nothing that I don't like about it mate so thanks very much.I look forward to yacking with you again soon about the next installment to my quiver.
Board: 6'7" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" Specialised small wave F-SKATE

Testimonial Date: 07/01/2010 - Board Type : Custom
Gday Grant
Just thought I’d drop you a line to let you know how the board is going. I’ve taken it out a few times over the last few weeks and have been absolutely loving it. The paddle power and the speed of it are simply awesome, it works exactly how I wanted it. It took a little while getting used to the single fin on my first surf on it, I kept trying to turn it hard on the rails like I do on the V-Skate and got spat off a few times as it tended to spin out a bit on the tail as I was surfing it in pretty solid 2 metre waves. The biggest thing to get used to was the sensation of speed, it goes so fast down the line compared to the V-Skate – bloody awesome!!

After my first surf I was considering adding the extra couple of fins to make it into a thruster to enable it to key into the bigger waves on the turns but have now decided to leave them off because I have started getting used to the different feel of it and I quite like the challenge of having something different. I like a lot of diversity as I reckon it helps improve my surfing because I’m the kind of person that can go a bit “stale” if I stick to the same thing all the time

In smaller stuff it works an absolute treat, I spent a morning out at Point Leo in small fat little waves and it went beautifully, picks up waves with ease and responds well to weight shifting to get more speed or hold back to stay closer to the pocket.

In short mate I love it, thanks again for making me such a great board that suits what I needed so perfectly.

Best regards

Andrew Hatch/Victoria

Board: 8'6" X 22 1/2" X 3" Dedicated high speed malibu with maximum paddle power. 2 plus 1 fin setup.

Testimonial Date: 23/12/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Just a quick call to say thanks for another great board, my second. The V-skate was even better than I could have imagined. Having been on a Waterskate for a while I wanted something new and a bit faster for the waves in the Mentawais. Your advice and expertise in providing such a great board for my big trip is much appreciated. I look forward to speaking again when I am ready for the next upgrade. It will definitely be a Miller board.



Board: 6'6" X 20 1/4" X 2 5/8" Rounded pintail

Testimonial Date: 18/12/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE

I've been searching for waves morning and evening every day this week, I got out for a few fairly ordinary surfs but was holding out for something more auspicious for yellow's maiden voyage. I drove all the way South to Bombo tonight and was rewarded with 3-4ft clean NE swell, pretty weak and inconsistent but with a lovely 50m bank and five guys out.

I just can't get over how light and fast it is compared to what I've been riding, I made every wave I went for and ended up getting heaps of waves. They were all on my backhand and I felt pretty out of control, it's a lot faster than I'm used to and I overcooked most of my turns and ended up face-planting into the wave but it was great to finally feel what it's like to do a hard turn.

Easily my best session in the water since my last night at Ujung Bocur, the wind swung South on my way home so tomorrow looks like it will be pretty good too. Going to skip off early before the swell gets blown out to sea.

Just wanted to say thanks again, I'm all excited at the thought of getting out again tomorrow and trying some more turns.

Hope all is well in Sydney.

Seeya - Ciaran.

Board: 6'9" X 21" x 2 3/4" Roundtail Surfer: 36/84kg/5'11"

Testimonial Date: 08/12/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
G'day Grant, sorry I haven't returned your message, I have been out bush working along the Nullarbor rail line for Telstra.
Finaly had a chance to give the Powerglide a run at Pondie with a few mates.
Very pleased with it. Exactly as you said, easy to paddle, great manouverability and just good fun.
Thanks very much and your after sales follow up is appreciated. Good to see someone that cares about their product and the customers.

Happy surfing

Regards Michael (South Australia)

Board: 7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8"
Surfer: 53/80kg/5'7"

Testimonial Date: 15/10/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Just writing to give a quick heads up on how the surfboard travelled.

Absolutely love it, paddled superbly well and constructed to suit my style and physique. Had a ball travelling down the NSW Nth coast, was catching heaps of waves, although the swell died a bit on the back half of the week. Found the board great in all conditions and cant wait to get back to the coast to give it a whirl in some bigger surf, to really open it up and see what she can do.

Been an absolute pleasure going through the design process with you and it felt so special getting back to AUS and being able to hit the water on a new board. Cant really express how good that made me feel to be honest.

Hopefully can catch up for a surf sometime in Sydney- if your not to busy.
I might see you in September sometime to pick up my mates board.

Tom/Sydney 7'0" X 21 1/4" X 2 7/8" 26/97kg/6'0"

Testimonial Date: 07/07/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Thanks for the call.
The board is going well, I cannot flaw it really, it just does everything I have wanted a board to do. It turns tight and has a lot of feel when the back foot is on the tailpad, it is stable on take off too. I have yet to sample it in crappy onshore...there has been none, but I have been surfing up to solid 5ft waves and it holds the wave nicely at speed, is pretty quick and paddles great...gee do i sound happy, well thats as I am.
See you for the next one.
ian (Newcastle/NSW) 6'5" X 20" X 2 9/16"

Testimonial Date: 03/07/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

Picked up my 6’8, V-Skate about six weeks ago, this is my third Miller board in less than three years and they just keep getting better.
After not surfing for 20 years I started with a 6’9 Waterskate. I rode this board for about two years until I picked up a 6’7, F–Skate, this board went great but I missed some characteristics of my Waterskate.
The V-Skate is the best of both worlds, I cannot feel any noticeable difference in the paddle power, the board is stable and super responsive.
For any average surfer in his forties looking for a great all round board the V - Skate is the answer.
Thanks again Grant.

Cronulla (6'8" X 21 1/2" X 2 3/4")

Testimonial Date: 27/06/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Gidday Grant I've ridden the board a few times and its been hard getting back after the back dramas I've had. I had it out in a wedgy beachbreak this morning. The board handled the late drops really well and because it paddles so well I was able to get into the waves no worries.
The board is really stable, paddles well and is fast,loose and doesn't hang up or catch rails. This is the third board I've had from you and like the others, the shape, glassing and overall finish have been unreal.
Coming down off a 7'6" Powerglide was no worries.
Again the experience in dealing with you was great and I'll get back to you for another board later in the year.
Have a good trip and stay safe

regards Sean (NSW South Coast)
age 47
weight 90kg
Waterskate 7'0" x 21 3/4 x 2 7/8

Testimonial Date: 27/06/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant
Got back from the Mentawai's over two weeks ago, so I thought I should quickly check in with you. The 7'2" Powerglide#3 and 7'8" Miller Gun were perfect additions to my quiver.

Powerglide - As you know, my enthusiasm for the PG's is unerring so I confidently put #3 to good use in everything from well overhead Nipussi to "just breaking" Pitstops. The board went so well making big long slabbing sections without a stutter. Alternatively, it transitioned back into a great fun board for perfectly peeling Pitstops.
Note: I tested out the new fin system by slamming into a submerged branch at overhead Nipussi. Not too much damage right! The fin's were jolted back a little and the plugs need a bit of patching but nothing like the carnage that you'd expect from an FCS system.
What I like about the PG - Early entry into any wave from deep way outside, pulling up into the most critical section when I'd normally be scratching into the drop!
This is my third PG with minor variations. I think we have the dimensions locked in.
I love the board.

The gun - Last but not least. The 7'8" Miller Gun is a dependable big wave board. No questions asked! I only took it out once but it was nice to have the entry speed and positive feel under foot on the bigger drops. I don't think I need to elaborate you know the story!

I have a couple of photos from a sweet little Pitstops session. Water temp 26degC, air 30degC.


Tim (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 22/06/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Grant - good to catch up with you again on my recent trip to Sydney. I took the blue vskate (6'6- 20.5, 2 5/8) out on Sunday and it worked a treat. I was a little worried that the step down from a 6'9, 21 1/4, 2 3/4 Waterskate might have been too much but it floated me well, paddling was fine and its given me that looseness and rail drive I was after. You've mastered the knack of 'hiding' the volume in a light, compact frame.

Enjoy your break and I look forward to ordering another board in the next year.


Testimonial Date: 16/06/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
HI Grant,
I recently bought a 6'8 V-Skate from you. Just a quick note to let you know so far so good. Have only been able to get into some full Dee why breaks but at least I can make the best of it on the new board. Got a descent run last thursday at Narrabeen on some size and shape and I feel very comfortable on the board. I'm enjoying getting to know the board and am very happy with the purchase, it's the right board for me. Have a good break,
Wayne/Sydney. (6'8" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4")

Testimonial Date: 10/06/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
having been surfing for 37 years and knowing what i want in a board but not getting it,i took what i thought was a gamble on you.Well it paid off cause you delivered what i consider a keeper,a board that is extremly fast,loose and paddles well and is now in my top 5 boards in my life .Well done and thanks.If anyone out there looking for a new board but maybe uncertain to take a chance on Grant just go for it cause you wont regret it!
Dave Lowe/NSW Norh Coast....v skate 6-4x19.5x 2 5/8

Testimonial Date: 10/06/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

Thanks for the follow-up call on my V-Skate. The board is beautifully designed and constructed, it’s light and strong, and a joy to hold and admire.

It got baptised at a Torquay reef on the biggest swell of 2009 (so far). The board paddled easily and I picked up the first decent wave without any trouble. Once I got to my feet, it was like a whole new world of surfing started opening up.

As you know, I was coming off a mini-mal that I’d gone to after losing some fitness because of typical late-30s family and work commitments. I enjoy the mini-mal but was looking for a new board to give my surfing a push along, particularly in bigger and better quality surf and the V-Skate sure is the one for me. On the mini-mal, I’d got lazy and was tending to just ride waves; the V-Skate demands that I surf the wave.

Even though on that first wave I felt like I was riding a skateboard down the side of a house, the board was rock solid. And since then I know that the board will make late takeoff and very steep sections if I’m doing it right. It’s really fast, even in smaller and sloppy waves, it slides and sticks depending on where my weight is, it’s smooth into turns and quick out of them. As soon as I’m up, the board just seem to ask, ‘What do you want to do?’ and then to respond to whatever I’m capable of.

So, thanks again for a design with the perfect combination of looseness and stability, for great communication and quality service.

And it’s not just me. After trying the V-Skate on just two average waves at 13th beach my brother was on the phone to you the next day to place an order. He’ll be just as happy and I’ll keep recommending you.

All the best for your winter break.

Melbourne. 6’8” x 20 ½ ” x 2 ¾”

Testimonial Date: 04/06/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

I just want to say thanks for shaping such a lovely board. Flawless lines and a top paint job.

You might recall my sad story of having started surfing on a shortboard many years ago, then upgrading to newer, thinner, ‘cooler’ looking boards which caused my surfing to go downhill and eventually forced me onto a mal.

The Waterskate you shaped for me is an absolute revelation.

I initially had some trouble adjusting to the board but am now much more in tune with it.

The board is so buoyant and easy to paddle but once you’re up, it really does surf like a regular shortboard – very loose, responsive and easy to turn. Even after extended periods out of the water, it doesn’t take too long to get back into the swing of things.
My enthusiasm for surfing was always high, but now it’s off the scale.

I am CONSTANTLY dreaming of going surfing. Any decent moves I managed to pull off during previous surfs keep going over in my mind.

I just can’t wait for my next chance to hit the waves.

So, thanks again Grant. This is honestly the best board I have ever surfed and

I will definitely be ordering a V-skate sometime in the future.

All the best,

Dom (Victoria) ( 6'3" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" )

Testimonial Date: 03/06/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant

Just wanted to send you an update about the board (6'8 waterskate). I
have been totally happy with it-easy to paddle, east to catch a
wave-when I'm brave enough and stable. Everything you said it is. My
only problem now is taking off on the bigger wave!
My husband Pedro has been using it through the Sumatra coast to Bali
as we've been sailing down- he WAS a kneeboarder for some 30 years and
loves your board soo much he has sold the kneeboards and rides
mine....I use it in the very small stuff- he uses it in the bigger
waves. He finds it stable, was ideal to learn on, easy to ride on
fast 5-6' waves. You can stand anywhere and move around- forgiving I
guess is the word! It's been used on all the Sumatran/Mentawaian surf
right down the coast, although it was the early season, so not such
heavy swells, but still pulled into some big waves.
My 2 sons also ride it in suitable conditions as well. Although
Moses, now 10 yrs has now got his own proper shortboard 5,10 ( to last
him), and as all young boys trying all the tricks, cutbacks, manouvers
he can. Entered his first comp in Kuta last week and made the semi's
and came 5th overall, against all those Indo wipper-snappers! what a
dreamlife-learning to surf in the Mentawai!

anyway, I see your off to Sumatra.....where is that Freeline camp?
Krui? Enjoy....great memories and friends made in that part of the
world for us.

Take care and enjoy

Cheers Belinda Le Grice
(WA/sailing Indonesia.....6'8" X 21" X 2 5/8")

Testimonial Date: 02/06/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Thanks for your follow up call.....

The board is excellent and I use it as my preference, even when surfing down south. On the bigger waves it's too fast but the paddling benefit far outweighs that so I use it anyway..... it's good to a solid 4ft which is about my comfortable limit.

Mentawias was great 2-5ft range the whole trip... nothing epic but perfect for a group of mid-40's who don't surf much anymore.... a brilliant trip without the crowds.
Attached is a pic of me enjoying the fish on one of the smaller days.

Perhaps I should be looking toward the V-skate for the bigger days....
I'll be in touch!

Pete/WA (6'4" X 21 1/4" X 2 5/8")

Testimonial Date: 26/05/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I just wanted to let you know how I was going on my F-Skate (6'2"). I have been trying to wait to write to you so I could try my standard shortboard again to compare them but I can't seem to find the right conditions - the F-Skate is too much fun!

I guess the big differences I have noticed are the paddling speed and the fact that it doesn't lose speed and sink so easily in weak waves. It certainly feels different to my normal board but I've tried it out in everything from knee high to well overhead in the past few weeks. Had a few scares at Narrabeen when it was quite hollow and I thought I might snap it when it was brand new - still in one piece luckily.

Anyway, great board so thank you.

Ben Birt/Northern Beaches (6'2" X 21 1/8" X 2 9/16")

Testimonial Date: 15/05/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know how the v-skate is going. What can I say - just love it! Paddles well, got great line speed,is very easy to surf and forgiving of this old timers rather slowed reaction times! Despite lots of waves i feel I'm just getting to know some of its capabilities. Well done - another great miller design.
Had some fab surf in Bali though I have to say the crowds are pretty
horrific most of the time. Highlights were Bingin, Caggu and Medewi - the latter was so much fun and we were lucky enough to get it on a new swell at a couple of metres plus. The V and I loved it!
If I don't get back to you before, have a fantastic trip,
Again many thanks
Ian Sherrey/North coast NSW ( 6'6" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" )

Testimonial Date: 09/05/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
In July 2008 I picked up my 6'8 x 21 x 2 3/4 Waterskate after coming down from a 7'10 Mini mal.
My surfing has come along in leaps and bounds since then and I have since been able to surf much shorter boards and am now taking on bigger waves. I ride my Waterskate mainly on the mushy days between 2 to 4ft and anywhere there's a lot of paddling involved.
The Waterskate really does paddle very well and is a very stable ride. It has been a fantastic platform for me to learn on.
I underestimated how quickly i would pick up skill on the shorter board and have been regretting my request for you to go from 20 1/2 to 21 wide. Your recommendation on the thickness has been perfect. My advice to anyone out there would be to listen to your size recommendations every time... Learn from my mistake.

In Feb 09 you shaped a Powerglide for me at short notice before I went on a course on the Mornington Peninsula.
I picked it up early and had to wait 10 days for it to cure before I could surf it. It was an agonising wait. Once the ten days was up, I had to wait another 4 days because it was flat. The swell picked up and I scored some shoulder high waves inside Westernport bay. It took a few waves to figure it out but once I kooked a few waves I was off! I can't believe how well I could get up to the nose even though it was only a 7ft board. Don't get me wrong, I'm not hanging ten, but I got 5 onto my black rail band a few times, with by back foot planted on the Miller logo, and all in the first session. It was great for nice long turns and paddled like my old 7'10. The next surf was 1-2ft Crunchie point where I got a chance to glide in some really small waves... nothing exciting but fun nonetheless.

I took my board home for the weekend following and on my return to Melbourne, the airline (that shall remain nameless) smashed it up pretty badly. They knocked back my claim for compensation even though I had it in a 10mm bag.

So once I get this situation sorted out and get a/my powerglide back in the water which ever the case my be, I'll send you some better feedback.

In the mean time though, many thanks, it's always a pleasure dealing with you and i look forward to buying more boards from you.


My specs.

Height: 5'10"
Weight: 80-83kg (depending on drinking:surfing ratio)
Years surfing : 3
Waves: Cronulla Point and Seal Rocks when I can get away from town.

Testimonial Date: 22/04/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

Just a quick note to say thanks for the 7' powerglide you shaped for me at the start of Feb. As you may recall I was after a "fun" board for small days at Manly when getting wet was a better option than sitting on the couch or grovelling on a short board for no rewards. Indeed the powerglide is very much a "FUN" board with a capital F! and has truly exceeded my expectations. The board came alive first time I stood up on it and I knew I was in for a treat. It really does handle quite well for a board of that size which can be quite deceiving at times. When you're pumping up and down the line you really forget you are on a mid length type board. There are multiple sweet spots and it surfs really well from the tail. It also paddles like a demon and is easy to duckdive. The nose concave is quite unique and works a treat as I have had no problems on cheater fives etc. It really does add another dimension to a board which surfs almost like a short board. It is not a short board of course and you do notice the extra size when trying to come off the top. That being said I love this board. For what it's made for it does the job and more and I wouldn't hesitate recommending it to anyone in the market for a mid length board.
This is a well thought out and effective design and Grant is a pleasure to deal with.
Years surfing: 17
Location: Manly
Surfed: Manly Beachbreak and Bower to 4ft


Testimonial Date: 21/04/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE

I bought the 6'6" F skate that you were riding. The clear deck board with M5 fins ($450).

I took a little while to get used to the 21+ inch width, but the paddle and float it delivers is sensational.

Early waves at Maroubra in 2-3ft surf, I found the board to have consistent speed, it planes unbelievable across flat sections.

I took it to the Superbank in waves between 3 & 6 foot, it howled. Late takeoffs were a breeze and it felt stable, it drives and accelerates under foot and pulls great arcs with a high degree of certainty. If I could change anything, I would have bought it earlier!

Thanks again, you have the art down pat and there is nothing that brings a sweeter smile to a surfer than the knowledge the stick under his feet will deliver the goods.

All the best
Laurie Miller/Sydney 6'6" X 21 5/8" x 2 5/8"

Testimonial Date: 01/04/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
I got your message yesterday and my 6'10" V Skate goes really well. I am really happy with the board as it does what I was hoping it would do. Turning, duck diving, paddling,speed it achieves all of these. The volume in the board allows me to paddle onto waves early and easily but it is not too big to not be able to duck dive. Turns really well and the speed is good.
Unfortunately I have already put a crack on the underside of the board where the the lap folds.I hit it hard with my my knee.
Very happy with the purchase and I will ring you again when I need a new one.
Dave/Northern Beaches. Sydney.

Testimonial Date: 19/03/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
My Waterskate arrived today at about 3.00pm SA time.
Also, TNT did ring me at about 8.00am to advise me of approx. arrival
time at my home.

Love the board. The shape, rocker - everything - is more than I hoped
I was a bit worried about my choice of the yellow! However, the way
it has turned out is perfect - a credit to the person that sprayed
it. Thanks.
The fin system looks pretty good too - glad I followed your advice.

I will now wait for 2 weeks before going for a surf on it.

Once again, my sincere thanks,
Simon Grayling(South Australia)

Testimonial Date: 28/02/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant , got the board in the water first day home - 3-4 ft slight cross wind but a straight swell - I was the only one out and had 1 1/2 hours of ripping it up ( if I dont say so my self ) best board ever - wave catching , speed and tight turns .
I'm stoked !!!!

You are onto a winner here , as if you dont know .

I'm spreading the word !!

Wally /New Zealand ( 6'4" X 21 1/2" X 2 5/8" )

Testimonial Date: 26/02/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
G'Day Grant,

I picked up my Powerglide (The Green Machine) a couple weeks ago and have been riding it in crappy surf and i am stoked. Finally some decent 3 to 4 foot swell arrived this week and the board just went to another level i can't wipe the grin off my face.

Now boys and girls i'm 120kgs give or take a few kilos (give more than take) and was a bit wary when Grant said it would float me and paddle like a 9 footer but it does and i'm blown away how good this board is!

It surfs like a short board and you can get up on the nose if you like. So all you big fellas out there looking to get off your logs, this IS the board!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't thank you enough Grant.

Paul 8.0 x 23 x 3 1/8 Powerglide
South Coast NSW

Testimonial Date: 24/02/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

I've had the Powerglide you shaped me for almost a year now, and thought I should let you know how its going. As I discussed with you last week, a couple of months ago I popped a FCS plug out - I had it repaired (the shaper that repaired it commented on how good the glass job was!) and got some FCS PC-7 fins to replace the M-5's. As you and I figured out, the fins were way too big as it made it feel stiff and slow. I ended up getting some FCS Simon Anderson S-25 Medium fins, and could not be happier!! Yesterday it was 2-3ft onshore, and I was having the best fun I've had on the board! It was fast, loose and most of all, an absolute blast to ride! Overall, thanks for making a fantastic board!

Sam / VIC (7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8")

Testimonial Date: 24/02/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'day Grant.
You called me last week following up after supply (last Christmas) of a V-Skate you shaped for me. In my appraisal I said that I was happy with the board, however, I was finding it a little sluggish in the small waves we've been plagued with over Summer.
Well, yesterday I was fortunate to have about an hour of getting a glutton's share of solid three foot (occasionally 4 ft) waves and the board really came into it's own. Paddling into waves above waist high the board really lights up with fantastic speed and manoeuvrability, performing as well as any of those wafer thin boards I was riding before. The main difference was that on the V-Skate I was sitting about an extra 10 metres further out and therefore was getting onto a lot of the waves before the pack had even started paddling.

Really happy with the board - it's a great product.

P.S. Enjoyed your blog/diatribe concerning the fourth Reich (aka Liberal Party of Australia)

Rick/Sydney (6'5" X 19 5/8" X 2 5/8" squashtail)

Testimonial Date: 17/02/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Just a note to say thanks for what I think is the perfect board. At 6’5” it’s hard to find a shaper who knows how to make a board for someone of my height. The 6’8” V-Skate is simply fantastic and what I’ve been looking for, for years. When I first saw the board I thought it looked much bigger compared to what I’d been riding, but any doubts were immediately dispelled once it was in the water. The extra volume through the nose makes an incredible amount of difference in getting into waves early and it surfs better than the other thrusters I’ve been frustrated with for years now, despite buying boards meant to be for someone tall. I came back from a surf yesterday happier than I’ve been in ages. I couldn’t be more pleased with the board and your guidance and will certainly be back for another in the future.


Hamish/WA (6'8" x 20 1/2" X 2 3/4")

Testimonial Date: 03/02/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

Just writing to give some feedback about my powerglide board that you made late last year. It's really good. It does everything that I want it to in the conditions that I have surfed it in thus far, which is great. I'm just waiting for a nice peeling day at a good size to see how it goes. Thanks heaps, I'm really happy with the board.

Michael/Victoria (7'0" X 22 1/8" X 2 7/8" squashtail)

Testimonial Date: 03/02/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Purchased a 6'7 F Skate before Christmas. This replaces the 6'9 Waterskate I have been riding for the last 2 years. I had not surfed for about 20 years until I purchased the Waterskate and I am hooked.
The F Skate is everthing you said it would be and more. First decent surf was Head High waves at The Pass Byron Bay, the board was unreal and many locals were asking where I got the board from.
Thanks again Grant I appreciate your patience when I was picking board.
Speak to you later in the year for another upgrade.

Neil/Cronulla (6'7" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8")

Testimonial Date: 03/02/2009 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant

The Powerglide is perfect for what I needed. It's fast to paddle and stable to ride. I lent it to friend that took it out into bigger surf than I'm capable of riding at the moment and he was very impressed with how it handled bigger conditions.

I feel that this is a board I'm going to be enjoying for a long time.

All the best

Paul/Japan--Queensland (8'0" X 23" X 3" squashtail)

Testimonial Date: 03/02/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

we've taken off overseas for a year or so and i'm currently in the north east of england. Took the 6'10 out in scarborough (northern english north sea) yesterday.... its started snowing while i was out! Great fun though, and the board is brilliant. I don't really surf the waterskate any longer as the two vskates are just too good. When i went to the Mentawai's (probably the best trip ever), the 6'10' quickly became the board of choice because it allowed me to get into the waves just that little bit earlier. Once i was up, (technique permitting :-) ) i was able to generate speed and practice my turns. The boards i have have really helped to improve my surfing.

I hope you had a good time in California. Should be back next year.
Andy/Sydney (6'10" X 20" X 2 5/8")

Testimonial Date: 03/02/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

What can I say about the V-skate...... well the biggest compliment I can give you is that I gave away my old 6'3'' Al Merrick as I was never going to surf it again.
The V-skate has become my quiver of one.
I've ridden fast reef point breaks in the Mentawais and gutless beach break in the UK and it has been a star in both.
Planning early was such a result on the fast stuff, giving me more time to pop and so making more drops than I would expect to. It's sweet in the turns, giving me confidence to carve a bit hard every time.
It takes a little more effort to duck dive and is probably on the limit of volume I'd like in a board,but that was the whole point of going for the v-skate.
The sweet spot to lie on the board is quite big, which is handy for those last minute decisions to go.
However I often catch myself lying a bit to far forward on the board,
(probably due to having ridden a 6' fish for so long, old habits die hard).
All in all I'm glad I stopped kidding myself and bought a board that suits my level of surf ability, (and fitness), that puts a massive smile on my face.
Cheers mate,
Andy/Sydney (6'4" X 19 3/4" X 2 5/8")

Testimonial Date: 02/02/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Thank you for the call today... I have only just started using the board and am REALLY impressed- very happy with the decision... Easy to use, turn etc without being cumbersome. Thanks for taking the time to listen and shape the board, as well as the follow up. Will let you know when I need an upgrade (gotta lift my weekly surf rate first!!!!). Cheers

Kind regards
Alan (Victoria) 7'0" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8"

Testimonial Date: 19/01/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

MATE!!! Surfed the new board yesterday at Curly. It rips! Got some really nice head high lefts and a few rights. Great for paddling and manoeuvrable also so I'm really happy with it.

Thanks so much.

Next one I'll come straight to you.

Thanks again and hope you are keeping well.

Barry (Northern Beaches/Sydney) 7'0" X 21 3/4" X 2 7/8" roundtail version.

Testimonial Date: 16/01/2009 - Board Type : Custom
Gday Grant,

The 6'4' you shaped is fantastic. Worked an absolute treat in Sri Lanka - could go from top to bottom easily, it suits me perfectly. Its got great speed and the round tail makes it nice and loose in the small stuff. Sometimes it goes a little wobbly in the big stuff because of the tail, but most of the time goes great in big surf.
Definitely the best board so far. Thankyou very much. Hope you're enjoying the summer.

James Cripps (Northern Beaches/Sydney) 6'4" X 19 1/4" X 2 1/2" High performance.

Testimonial Date: 16/01/2009 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

I ordered a board (F-Skate) from you about 12 months ago. It is the best board i have ever ridden. It has seriously reignited my stoke for surfing. Being pretty heavy i needed some real paddle power and the F-Skate is perfect. Feels like i am picking waves up soooo much easier which is allowing me more time to get to my feet and in turn put em in the right place. I have planned a trip to Sumatra later in the year and will take the F-Skate with me for the fun days. I was curious to know more about the V-Skate and whether it would be suitable for more hollow waves like over there. I have found with the F-Skate that when surfing a more punchy hollow wave, unless i am on my feet before it pitches it isn't as easy to make late take-offs. Love to have a chat to you about it and possibly make an order.

Cheers mate
Brad (Victoria) 6'8" X 20 5/8" X 2 3/4"

Testimonial Date: 08/01/2009 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
I've had the vskate for around 18 months or so now and am still very happy with it. I surf it in all conditions but now that summer is here, and with it the awful surf that we get here in Perth, I was just after a bit of feedback on your fish. I've spoken to a couple of people who have raved about the board in these conditions and wouldn't mind a chat sometime when you get back.

Regards Johnny (Perth/WA)

Testimonial Date: 08/01/2009 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
A very belated response to your follow up call regarding my Waterskate and Powerglide.
So far so good... they are everything I hoped for in terms of quality and performance.
Wish I could say I have had some good waves on them but the fickleness of Qld surf in spring and early summer and my inability to surf when there has been good waves around prevent this.
However with the limited surfing I have had on the boards I can say that I am very positive that we made the correct choices.
Will talk to you in the New Year, when you have some time, about another Powerglide for my daughters.
I hope you enjoyed a happy Christmas and have a prosperous New Year.
best wishes

Ray Aldridge (QLD)

Testimonial Date: 23/12/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant. Sorry I missed your call yesterday.

Thanks for the 7ft V skate at such short notice. Had 2 weeks in the Mentawais in September and the board was unreal. It took a couple of waves to get the feel for it but after that the paddling ease and speed were unreal.

The board looks great and the finish is just quality.

Thanks again.

Ryan (WA) 7'0" X 19 3/4" X 2 3/4"

Testimonial Date: 18/12/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Just dropping you a short note to let you know that the V-Skate you shaped me is pretty good ... It's definitely a keeper!

Thanks for taking this job on short notice and for caring enough to take meticulous notes on all your custom orders. You were able to interpret my sometimes vague feedback and use your shaping notes to make little tweaks to my previous board - already a good one - which were all positive. I can hardly believe what a huge difference those changes made. Yours truly is a custom service.

I just got back from the Mentawais last week where I rode it every day in waves ranging from 2 to 5 feet. It paddled well and was fast, smooth and drivey. Pretty much everything I want my boards to be.

Sherman (Northern Beaches) 6'2" X 19 1/4" X 2 7/16" Roundpin V-SKATE.

Testimonial Date: 05/12/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G’day Grant,
Thanks for the call, glad to hear you really enjoyed your trip!! Good things happen to good people!!

Attached is a photo of my V-Skate in action in The Mentawais…!!

Thanks again for another great board. That trip along with your board has once again taken my surfing to the next level…After only 2 x years of surfing, I’m loving it more than ever!!

Cheers…Glenn 6'8" X 20" X 2 5/8" (Cronulla)

Testimonial Date: 04/12/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

Thanks for the follow up call, once again very happy with the custom 7' v-skate you made for me. It has worked really well down at Manly so I am sure it will do the job when I head off to Indo in March. Good down the line speed but still quite maneuverable and with plenty of paddle power - the best combination! I think that's board no 4 so far and they have all been great - keep up the good work.

Dave (Northern Beaches)

Testimonial Date: 13/10/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Dear Grant,

sorry for my delay in replying to your telephone message some weeks before. A few months ago I hurt my shoulder and after only one surf on your board I did not yet feel qualified to give you some feedback about how it went.

Recently, however, with my shoulder healed, my mate and I went on a 3 day surf trip down the Great Ocean Road. Your board went really well Grant, I love it.

The best day was about 4-5 at Bells, good conditions, and with the healing shoulder and all your board paddled terrifically. It just paddles unreal Grant, and even after being out of the water for so long I managed to catch a good share of waves - waves I knew I would have missed on my old, thinner boards. It also turned well, and felt responsive. After only 5 surfs I am still getting the feel of the board, but I just wanted you to know that already I am really satisfied with it.

Thanks for listening so much when we discussed my needs. I am a not a hot surfer, but love it, and I really appreciated the thoughtfulness you showed when we discussed the details of the board.

In about 12 months my mate and I are planning a surf trip overseas, perhaps to Bali or Fiji - and I will certainly be contacting you to get one or two more boards.


Graham Gee ( 6'7" V-SKATE/ Victoria)

Testimonial Date: 13/10/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Gday Grant,
I purchased a 6'6 vskate from you back in may this year and just want to let you know that im stoked with the board.It drives good off the bottom and is fast down the line,only got to surf it in about 4ft sofar but keen to get it into some bigger size.Fully stoked with the glass job, and how easy it is to paddle.Finally found a board with allround good performance.Sorry never got back earlier in the year been workn offshore but got time ashore now and been getn a few waves..............

Cheers,Bill caldwell

Testimonial Date: 09/07/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Just wanted to say i am very happy with the new board.
Havent been out on it a lot, but the few surfs i have had so far have been great.It has great paddling power and for a larger board (7'6") awesome speed and turns on a dime. When it comes time for a new board i will definately be back again.

David/NSW Central coast. (7'6" X 21 1/2" X 2 7/8")

Testimonial Date: 08/07/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'day Grant,

Happy with the seven footer you shaped for me, but the swell prospects are poor for Ayers rock this morning... Surfed it at Saltwater in pretty good 3-4 footers before I left and on initial indications it went well. My best mate at Pambula is on it till I hit the coast again probably in Exmouth. The bigger fins give a lot of extra drive off the bottom wich was what I was after. It took well over 3 weeks to cure properly down in Vic. but she arrived unmarked. I think Its gunna be a great allrounder. Thanks DEAN. (Victoria) 7'0" X 20 3/4" X 2 3/4"

Testimonial Date: 04/07/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G’day Grant,

Thanks for your phone message today.

Thought I’d drop you a line to say how wrapped I am with the new board. I used it first down south & it already has made so much difference. Heaps easy to paddle, catching a lot more waves & not getting as tired as I used to doing so.

It handles great, nice & stable but easy to turn. I can’t believe how easy it gets around whitewater sections, feels like it’s floating on air like a hover board compared to my last board.

Even had a little bit of swell in Perth lately & they have been the best surfs I’ve had here for ages due to the new board.

It’s also helped restore confidence in my ability……was losing it a bit on the previous ‘toothpick’ I was riding.

I can’t tell you enough how happy I am with it & the service you provided Grant. It does everything you said it would.

Thanks heaps & have a great trip to California.

Nick Raynor

Perth, WA ( 6'8" X 20 1/2" X 2 5/8" )

Testimonial Date: 26/06/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,
thought you could use these (taken in Samoa this May). I promised to send
you some when I picked up board April 2005 (3+ years ago). Apologies for the
delay - only went digital 2007.
In over 40 years of surfing and owning many
surfboards through this period, this board has proven to be one of the best
I've ever had the pleasure of riding. It works well in waves from hip high
to well overhead. I've surfed with this board on the mid north to south
coasts of NSW, in New Zealand, Fiji, and Samoa on reef breaks. Thanks again
for this beautifully shaped and finished board.
Ross Tinker(Australia)

Testimonial Date: 21/06/2008 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hi Grant,
its twelve months since you made me a 7' powerglide and then a 6'6" V Skate.
The powerglide was just a dream from day one and my mates are forever telling me i get too many waves and are amazed at how well the board performs considering its "wierd" look.I had it in the Maldives last July and surfed Jails one day for a total of nine hours and got a" million" waves with minimal effort.
The V Skate was a different story.I struggled to get comfortable with it,it was too skatey for me and it got shelved cause i was having too much fun on the powerglide.One day i took some generic brand fins out of a broken board and tried them in the V Skate...now i cant get off the V Skate, its soooo good.For me two boards is a quiver...thanks
Moruya..South Coast(NSW)

Testimonial Date: 12/06/2008 - Board Type : Custom
Hi Grant

I LOVE my board! Perfect weight and size for me and its fast! The paddling was no problem either.

I put on a smaller skeg, making my turns easier.
My first day out with the board was at a break at the North Shore and I got my first barrel!!
I can't wait to take it to surf Fiji in September.
Next time I am out in Hawaii (in July) I am going to try the 6'6 Waterskate I got from you previously.
You are the best! Your board design makes me surf better and I love the way it handles.
Thank you Grant.
I LOVE my board.....Seriously Stoked.

All the best
Rhonda (UK/Australia) 8'0" X 22" X 2 5/8" rounded pin mid length Malibu.

Testimonial Date: 11/06/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE

V-Skate: 6/10 able to take on the lads at the Boiling Pot, no mean feat but to be able to pull off a Double Overhead screamer barrel and then work the face from the wedge through to Johnson's for a aged goofy - excellent. Superbank barrels are effortless, and mistake recovery easy as. Got this one 2nd hand, next time I'll go with Grant's experienced advice and go a 6/8 & shave a smidge of width off the hip & tail.

Powerglide: Sweet - Just like Grant says - 7ft paddles like an 8 and handles like a 6/6 - Great off the backfoot - forehand or backhand, working the wall, styling - sliding and gliding, or snapit if you want. Haven't had it long enough to workout the optimum backhand frontfoot sweet spot, but in most cases it's forgiving. However, in all respects forehand felt like an old fav from the very first wave of my first session - even snuck in a pair of D-bar barrels. Had a comment that I was taking waves off the kiddies. Ha! that's a turn up at D-bar.

Cheers David

Testimonial Date: 10/06/2008 - Board Type : Powerglide
Re Powerglide

Grant its been nearly 12 months now that I've had the Powerglide and its turned out to be the best mid length board I've ever had. The way you describe this board and the way it surfs is spot on.
Its held up really well and still looks really good.
I'll wait until you get back from from your trip away before I order something else.
I wont be trading it in though because I dont think I could part with it.

regards Sean (South Coast NSW)

Testimonial Date: 22/05/2008 - Board Type : Waterskate
i thought i'd better send you a note to let you know how stoked i am with the 6'8 waterskate i recently purchased. my previous board was a 7'0 minimal and from the very first wave the waterskate felt spot on. i reckon i'm probably surfing better on the new board than i was on a shortboard 10 years ago. i've just had the board out to rottnest for the first time in some overhead surf and it went unreal.

can't wait to get my hands on a v skate and see whats possible. what a godsend to finally come across a shaper who has blokes like myself in mind. keep up the good work.

Mitch (WA)

Testimonial Date: 21/05/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Grant,The Fskate has gone exceptionally well when I've had in the water.Unfortunately since I've had it there has not been much swell or I've been having too good a time on the PG & havn't taken it out.

Had some good waves on the Skate up the northcoast but I'm still getting my shite together on it after riding much longer boards for a number of years.I'm sure i'll get that sorted over winter & I'll let you know how it goes.Once again an excellent board thanks.

Steve M.(Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 21/05/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
G'day Grant,
On e-bay, people like to leave positive feedback relating to purchase's. Well if there was ever a person or product that deserves positive feedback, mate, it's you and your surfboards!!
I'm absoloutely stoked with my F-Skate, it's exactly what I wanted and excatly what you said it would be...stable, fast and loose!! In a nutshell...it's UNREAL!! My skill level has gone thru the roof because my wave count is thru the roof!!
I'll definately be ordering another one when this one's dead.
In the mean time, Grant could you please give me a call to discuss a V-Skate for those "bigger" days.
As for the people that read these testomnials, if you're thinking of buying a "Miller" surfboard. My 2cents for what it's worth... give Grant a call and order what will probably be the best surfboard you've ever ridden!!
Keep the stoke!!
Cronulla, Sydney.

Testimonial Date: 23/04/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant

Hope you’re having a good break. Just letting you know that I have just returned from Bali. Had ten straight days of decent surf. The V-Skate performed even better than I expected. Volume was just right and I was surfing like a crazy grom I even gave a the locals a run for their money on a couple of occassions. Thanks again. I’ll be getting another one later this year.


Ron (WA)

Testimonial Date: 14/04/2008 - Board Type : Waterskate
Sorry i havent got back to you earlier, but i want to tell you how happy i am with my 6'10" waterskate i got off you 2 years ago. My surfing has improved heaps and still does with every surf. My wave count compared with my old boards has more than tripled, i feel like a grom again.
I surf it in all sizes and conditions and it always goes great, always surprises people how fast it goes and have had a few people stop me down the beach and ask me about it and how to get one.
I mainly surf around phillip island but have also surfed bells and winki between 4' and 8', also surfed angourie last year at 4' to 6', north narrabeen at 1' to 6', cresent head at 1' t0 4' and a few other spots on the nsw north coast. And it was great everytime.
I now want to order a v_skate off you, probably a 6'10" but i'll see what you think. i've moved back to the coast( phillip island) at the start of this year and im surfing 3 to 4 times a week now. My weight is still the same as when i got the waterskate but i'm a fair bit fitter. Let me know if you need any other details.And thank you again.

Cheers Tony Berry(Victoria)

Testimonial Date: 14/04/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Thanks for dropping me a line after the purchase of a 6'8" V-Skate in December 2007.......I had'nt really tried the board out when we chatted but have some more detailed feedback for you as promised.

In a nutshell - I am very happy with this board - It has re-invigorated my approach to surfing.

I have surfed this board in a variety of conditions - 2ft to 8ft and it has been good all-round...............

In 2 ft - I was getting into waves I wouldnt usually paddle out for (I am approx. 6'2 and 92Kg) and I have been finding speed from the take-off and making cutties and little whacks - heaps of fun (with emphasis on fun).

In 8ft - the biggest day I have had in a couple of years, I felt super confident paddling into some bombs with this board under me (I consider myself an average surfer and that day I felt like I was going to make every wave I went for - whilst a made a few bombs - I got slayed on a few by being a bit over-confident by the end of the session) - Firstly - I can generate good paddle-speed from this board and can position on the peak - secondly - the board is really stable and feels good getting to my feet - If I put my feet in the wrong spot its pretty forgiving and I am comfortable moving my foot / feet into the sweet spot - thirdly - In the bigger waves there were some good ramps on offer so generating speed wasn't the issue and this board handled the speed (did'nt flutter etc) and felt great to turn.

On my last surf - great arvo - 4-6ft right-handers - started to really push through some turns and it felt real good..........can't wait for my next surf and am heading to western vicco in a fortnight - this is my number 1 board for the trip.....................

Thanks and regards

CP - Port Lincoln - SA

Testimonial Date: 10/04/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Love the board ... The f-skate is simple and effective.The board feels good and handles with finesse.I'm a grommie again!!!!

Paul (Gove/Northern Territory)

Testimonial Date: 07/04/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

I know you said that you would give me a call to see how the board was going but I'm so stoked with it that I had to drop you an email now to let you know!

I've taken it out at Flinders plenty of times since I got it and it is just a revelation. Even after a decent lay-off with surfing since my wife and I had the baby I had no trouble getting to grips with it. It paddles better than my old 7'6" Epoxy Thai Pop-out (which is remarkable considering it is 6 inches shorter and a lot lighter) and it goes like an absolute rocket once you're up - so much so that I'm doing bottom turns and cutbacks on waves that I never would have been able to before. Its lightness means that I can finally duck-dive a board again after years of fighting the epoxy board when a wall of white-water is about to pummel me

Turning ability is so much better than the old board too. I had to lean so hard to get the damn thing to turn and often ended up digging in the rails and falling off yet the V-Skate just does it all so easy and glides along beautifully while doing it too.

Honestly mate you've got a great board there in the V-Skate, I simply love it and no way will I ever buy a generic board again. Thanks heaps for helping to open up a new door in my surfing for me.

Yours Sincerely

Andrew Hatch (Victoria)

Testimonial Date: 05/04/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant,

I thought I would send you through some pics that were taken in The Maldives
in March, we got some very nice waves, however the photographer wasn't
around for the epic days (murphys law).

The two boards you made for me performed exceptionally well, I started off
riding the 6'6 and then as the trip went on I couldn't get off the 6'3 F
Skate, It was very different to any fish I had ever surfed on. I surfed
solid 8 ft Honkeys with the 6'3 and it didn't skip a beat, other people in
the line up were asking questions about the board as they couldn't believe I
was taking on solid overhead surf on a 6'3 fish

Thanks for your honest and experienced advice...the 6'3 performs well at my
local breaks as well and has become my go to board...The 6'6 is also good
however it plays second fiddle to the 6'3, I am sure this will change when
the winter swells start arriving.

Many Thanks

Copacabana, NSW.

Testimonial Date: 05/04/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Thanks for my 6'2" F-Skate. It it so much fun, even in bad surf. I tend to ride my 6'5" V-Skate when it gets over shoulder high but the F-Skate is a wonder board in the small stuff. I've found both boards to be quite capable of handling a range of sizes so I can get away with only taking one board to the beach.

The F-Skate has "fish" paddle power and speed, while turning more like a short board. I have experimented a bit with the fin combination and have found the M5 at the sides and the much smaller GX at the back is my winning combination. I prefer this combo on the Waterskate and V-Skate as well.

Here is my recommendation for someone considering one of your boards. If you are a capable surfer who only uses one board: the V-Skate is for you. If you want a second board for smaller or sloppy days: the F-Skate is a winner. If you are less capable or are coming off a Long Board then the Waterskate may be what you need.

Thanks for making surfing so much fun.


Brian. (Busselton. W.A.)

Testimonial Date: 02/04/2008 - Board Type : Custom

Thanks for shaping me a great custom made semi-gun (7'3" x 19 7/8" X 2 3/4") for my trip to Sumbawa.It got me into (and out of) just about every situation I put myself into, in the "magazine picture" quality surf we encountered on our trip. The fact that I'm 54 and only half fit didn't seem to matter-just paddle, point and shoot!

Notwithstanding reef and rock bottoms, nothing more than a few small dings,and it was the only board I surfed.

An exceptional piece of equipment.

Kind Regards,
Andrew Doyle (Eastern Suburbs/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 02/04/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

I've finally got around to writing you up a 'little' feedback for the 5'11" F-Skate.

As you know I wanted the board particularly for small days. I tested the board out on a full tide, on a tiny day. I caught waves out the back effortlessly, even keeping up with longboarders. And was able to glide over flat sections easily, the board just kept going.

I also took it out on a very peaky, messy, onshore, day, thinking it was small and fat until I paddled out and realised it was 5 foot on sets, although the board was for small days it held up well and I was able to catch waves further out than most of the guys that day.

A couple of times I was even able to take off so early that I was on my feet and fading back into the pocket before the guy further inside, with priority, had even taken off. Probably not good etiquette on my behalf! That day was so messy I was surprised how much fun I had, I wasn't sure if others were even getting any waves, I was constantly paddling back from another great ride.

Also I usually will ignore a left for a decent right, but for some reason I love going backhand on this board. I've discovered a whole new love for going left. I can really throw this board hard into a backhand turn onto the rail, haha I'm getting all pumped just writing this.

Even with the less rocker that you put in, the board still held well on steep take offs. There is something about this board that just gives you confidence when a wave approaches, paddling and takeoffs are just so easy. Once again Grant, many thanks for making this great board for me.


Northern Beaches/Sydney.

Testimonial Date: 01/04/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant.
The F skate arrived in good shape and I have had it out in some nice 2 - 3' beachies. It is absolutely perfect. Everything you said it would be! The volume is just right, has good acceleration, feels light under foot and can be put on a rail. A lot of fun. Perfect match with my V skate. Thanks heaps.

Regards Greg (Perth/WA)

Testimonial Date: 28/03/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Haven't looked back since our conversation out in the surf a few months back which prompted me to order my first Miller, a 6'8'' V Skate.
Every surf has been unreal, catching more of those set waves, doing a few more turns and when you're pushing 57 lets face it, every advantage you can gain, embrace it.
So while I'm on a roll, as we discussed last week, I have become the proud owner of a new 6'6" F-Skate to compliment my 6' 8".
Certainly picks up any wave you're willing to paddle for ..stoked again.

Many thanks Grant for your timely advice

Regards Lenny (sorry to rave on a bit) (Collaroy/NSW)

Testimonial Date: 27/03/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant

Well I've given the F-Skate a full-on shellaking in the past month from knee high slop to head high screamers …. It performs very well in both actually ………. Best aspects of the board are

- ease of paddling (ha I can out paddle my son now)
- it is pretty loose which has surprised me
- it appears to be pretty tough cos it has gotten a bit of a pasting at times
- it is fast - so fast in fact it "scares" my son - he reckons I am going to lose control

On the other side of the coin I have found that because I like to grab the rail on my backhand for those late fast drops I have dented the deck with the heal of my hand ……………… I am now being a bit more careful and not squeezing the beejeezuz out of it

Overall a 9 out of 10 .. I'll definitely be getting another one ……..

Peter Cox
Trigg, WA

Testimonial Date: 25/03/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant

Okay had 2 months on the V skate and my surfing has improved massively. So forgiving and probably catch 20% more waves.Backhand has improved so much I am actually looking for Lefts! Speed is perfect and manoverability is more than I can handle just yet.Haven't thought of taking another board out and at this stage wouldn't change a thing, bring on winter!

Take care and add another name to the fan list!

Cheers Phil (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 17/03/2008 - Board Type : Custom
Hello Grant,

I've finally managed to get some good surfs in on the new board and it's been great. I went across to WA for a 10 day surfari with a friend and we had an awesome time in head high waves, strong offshore winds and friendly locals.
The board was perfect, very easy to paddle (once I got my body position correct), super stable on the take off's and loose on the wave. My surfing improved leaps and bounds after a few days, even my mate commented how much I had improved after some solid days surfing. The board was very forgiving with multiple sweet spots and just let me concentrate on improving my riding.
Thanks for shaping me a great board to match my ability.

The only negative side would be the difficulty in duck diving, being only 75kgs and with a poor technique I found it very difficult to sink the board but I guess there is a lot of volume there to push under the water. You can't have it all..!

I think I'll be in touch towards the end of the year for one of your F-Skate models, something a bit smaller with less volume that I can grow into and go and conquer some bigger waves. I've got the bug big time now...!


This board was an egg shape requested by Mark....6'8" x 22" x 2 7/8"....hence his challenge in duckdiving it.

Testimonial Date: 12/03/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant

Just thought I would touch base with you after collecting the 6"6 F-Skate back in mid Feb. I took it up on a 4 day trip to Byron the following weekend and in small but clean waves it was fantastic!

After the 6"10 Waterskate, I had no trouble at all instantly adjusting to the F-Skate. As we had discussed, it is the perfect board to help me develop to the next stage of my surfing. It was still easy to paddle and stable (like the Waterskate) but I found it much faster and looser - which enabled me to really start working on my turns. I cant wait to get back out in the water.

Thanks again for your excellent, personalised service.



Testimonial Date: 07/03/2008 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant, it is me, Flo from Germany again.

I was at Fuerteventura (Canary Islands) over New Year and it was the third time I used my 6”6 waterskate. The first time, Bali, I told you was great. Second time was mushy knee to hip high North Sea waves, it also worked!!

But the third time at the Canaries was unbelievable, I have been barrelled the first time and I made it! I am enjoying my surfing so much since I have got the Waterskate because I have the feeling I am able to surf since I am using it! Thank you very much…

Next week I will leave to the Basque coast, there will be cold water and very punchy stuff, I will tell you how it worked out for me.

Cheers, Flo. (Germany)

Testimonial Date: 05/03/2008 - Board Type : Powerglide

I bought a 7'0" Power Glide off you a few weeks back, and just thought i would send you a quick email and say "Thank You". I have just gotten into surfing recently and had tried a few diferent boards, but none felt right, and i struggled to really improve my confidence and ability out on the water. Enter the Powerglide. This board is amazing and i love it! The Powerglide does everything well, and is amazingly versatile. since getting my powerglide my surfing has come along in leaps and bounds. I can see myself riding this board for a long, long, long time in all conditions.

Grant, apart from making beautiful boards, your a true champion of the sport, and a legendary shaper. You helped me/pointed me in the right direction with your knowledge and expert advice. I really appreciated the fact that you were genuinely wanting to help me get the right board above all else, and to get the most enjoyment out of the surfing experience.

Grant, again a very big thank you.


Troy (Collaroy/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 07/02/2008 - Board Type : Powerglide
Grant, Thanks for the Powerglide, it goes just as you said it would...(FANTASTIC).After surfing for as many years as I have, it was great to be actually able to go back,as it used to be,& "talk to the guy" who was going to shape my board. As you proably now realise,after speaking to me,the PG has renergised me & my surfing.
After spending a number of years on costly boards from Northern NSW thinking that this was as good as it gets, I simply cannot believe how good this board performs.

The mates reckon I'm a jibberer 'cause I won't shut up about this PG,but they do say I'm now catching way too many waves.
So Grant,please fire up that Fskate I've ordered I'm sure it'll be brillant.

Steve M.(Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 06/02/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE


After getting home from collecting the F-skate last Saturday the surf looked too good to pass up even with my bad back. The anticipation of getting the board into the water was just to much.

I must say I was really surprised by the way it paddles...no effort at all even though I have been using a 9' mal for the last couple of years. Take off was great and then away it went. I now know why you call these boards skates.... that was the sensation. Rail to rail transitions are excellent for such a wide and thick board and I was tubed on the first ride.

The down side is that my back injury was not helped much by going back into the water so soon and I am paying the price at the moment.

Can't wait to try it out again this weekend if my back improves. Will keep you in touch.


Rob Walker(South Coast/NSW) 6'10" F-SKATE

Testimonial Date: 05/02/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Just thought that I'd send you a note to say how much I've been enjoying the 6'6" F Skate. I'd been looking around for quite a while for something like this after being dismayed and frustrated with the boards that I had been riding over the years.
The board is everything that you said. It's extremely loose and my wave count has increased dramatically. I'm enjoying myself so much every time I hit the water and am so suprised with the performance that the board delivers. It handles late drops remarkably well and hangs in even in the most critical of sections. It blows me away how fast, manouverable and stable it is. All this has given me a new confidence with my surfing and thus increasing the amount of waves that I catch knowing full well that the board will handle it. All my mates have noticed how much more I am enjoying my surfing and I think are a little bit envious about the amount of waves I'm getting.

Dean (Cronulla/NSW)

Testimonial Date: 04/02/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Thanks for your call the other week concerning my new F-SKATE (6'3"). As I told you when we spoke,the waves hadn't been going my way in the few weeks I'd had the new board,so I really hadn't had the opportunity to ride the board in good conditions.

In the last few weeks, I've had a few more surfs on it, in a variety of waves and I must say, I love the board. Both in the way it looks and surfs.

It performs exactly how you said it would. It's easy to paddle, stable and fast, and best of all when I switch back to my 6 6" V-Skate, the transition is very easy.

In terms of paddling, I've easily doubled the number of waves I was getting on my V-Skate. I'm getting into the waves quicker and easier, and once up the board is really fast and surprisingly easy to turn. I thought I'd have trouble with the width, but it transitions from rail to rail very nicely. It gets over the flat sections easily, enabling me to make the most of every wave.

It is without a doubt the best board I've ridden yet, and I can already see
improvement in my surfing, not only in the number of waves I catch, but also the length of the rides and what I am doing on the wave.

Thank you so much for yet another great board, your fantastic service and
advice. I'll hopefully be back for a 6'4" V-Skate in the not too distant future.

Mark (Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 23/01/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

The two boards I ordered last year haven’t had much work as I’ve been stuck in Tokyo for most of the time. However, did manage a couple of weeks at Kandui resort in Mentawai in Oct 07 where we had great waves and even a couple of real full on sessions (overhead rifles & bankvaults). It took a couple of surfs to get used to the shorter length (6’8” vs 9’6”) but once back in the zone the boards went so well I found myself pushing a few of my old limits. The last time I rode a short board was a single fin in 1982 so it was unreal to feel the rush of pulling off maneuvers again. The boards never failed to hold a line even in the steepest sections and not once did they spin out on cutbacks. It took me a few months training to prepare for that trip but the thrill of getting back into serious surf again has taken years off my life. I’ll be going back to Mentawai again and meantime I’ll keep fit in Japan’s week-end moshpit. Thanks for the tools to enjoy life!


John (6'8" & 7'0" V-SKATES/Japan)

Testimonial Date: 21/01/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant.
Just a short note to let you know that the 6'6" F Skate quad hammers and by the way thanks heaps for making the second one on short notice.Have just spent the last 2 weeks up around Woolgoolga the weather was crap but the waves were good. Because it was 5' plus most days i was able to use the v skate more than the f skate. I must say the v skate would have to be one of the best boards i have ever ridden,i definately reckon that my surfing improved in the two weeks especially on my backhand.I will be getting another v skate this year with a slightly heavier glass job.I reckon that you have really hit the mark with these boards and i will be recommending them to mates.
Hope you have had a great Xmas and have a good new year.
(Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 15/01/2008 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Just to let you know that I managed to get out on my new (purple)6'10" F-Skate today for the first time (didn't get a chance at weekend).

I figured that considering I'd pretty much ditched my GSI produced 7S fish a few months ago and moved back to using my trusty 9'1" Mal, I thought the transition back to a fish was going to be a hard one.....

... However...I couldn't believe how easy the F-Skate is to paddle... duckdiving was easier than I figured it would be also (considering I haven't duck-dived for a few months due to riding a Mal).... but best of all was that I managed to catch the first wave I went for and had probably one of the best rides I've ever had!! I repeated this feat half a dozen more times during my lunchbreak today. I'm so stoked with the F-Skate. It's unbelievable. Thanks a million!... I can't wait until 5pm to finish work and get out again.

Thanks again.

Kevin (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 09/01/2008 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
Thought I'd give you a quick note about the v-skate. Mate, more than impressed, I'm in love. Now, I know my prolonged absences from the coast leave me susceptible to getting over excited but the board has been everything we discussed and like you said. Firstly the delivery was excellent, even too quick for the old man who picked it up for me (thanks to MR for holding it). I got to the coast just before Christmas and went straight to Dad's to pick it up and was just blown away by the look of the board, the spray, the curves, the lot. Luckily I got a couple of nice little swells pre-christmas at home and I've just landed back at Blackies after catching the tailend of the new year swells up the coast. The board went excellent from paddling, to catching waves, to surfing them. Everything from 1-2ft to a couple of meaty (and bumpy) bigger ones. While at this stage of life I'm not going to be a better surfer the board was helping/making me surf better. Even now I'm thinking of a couple of sessions where I thought my fitness/lack of surftime might have cost me but didn't (well not as much anyway). So mate, from me, a job well done, you've got a very satisfied customer. Thank you.
Now I might have to start thinking about an F-skate to really start enjoying those 1-2ft days.
Brad Emanuel (Inland NSW teacher/Newcastle/Forster)

Testimonial Date: 21/12/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE

grant thanks for a great board.the fskate is a real little speed demon i have surfed it in 1-4ft, the hollower the better. backhand no problems .the board goes looking for the barrel and cuts back great on the open face .paddle power is just what you expect from a Miller. effortless entry and speed to burn. thanks a lot. kelly (QLD) .

Testimonial Date: 19/12/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant,
My board (F-Skate) is fantastic. It is really stable, I have no trouble paddling it and I have been mastering my duck dives which I could never do on my longer boards. It is everything I could have asked for. As for turning, I am working on that!!!! It looks awesome too. I love it. I get heaps of comments from both other girls who are impressed by the width and stability and guys who drool over it. A few people have come up and said, "Is that a Miller board????" I give them all the details and tell them what a nice guy you are to deal with. Hopefully you will be getting more business from down this way.
Merry Christmas and thanks from a very happy customer.

Lisette (from Coledale/NSW)

Testimonial Date: 14/12/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

Huey delivered today: small waist to chest high waves, but with great shape and a light offshore. Low tide, so not much grunt in them - the perfect setting for my first surf on the Powerglide.

My Sweet Lord!! I had pretty high expectations of the board in these conditions, having surfed my Waterskate for the past few months, but was still blown away! Really does paddle like a mal, accelerates beautifully out of turns, trims and turns from the nose and is so loose off the lip or through a cutback.

Your suggestion to stick with the thruster setup rather than a 2-plus-1 proved itself in the speed and looseness. (Okay, so you can't trim all along a long wall with your toes on the nose, but that's what a square-tail, single fin 9'6" mal is for.)

With the Waterskate and the Powerglide in the car, I'm travelling to the beach with the perfect summer quiver.

Thanks for another great board,

Testimonial Date: 13/12/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant,
My 6' 3'' F-SKATE is a great board.
Turns beautifully and has nice lift to get me through sections easily.
Having a 6' 10'' V-SKATE and a smaller F-SKATE pretty much covers all wave types for me now.
Keep those designs coming mate, if my surfing keeps progressing I'll be calling you up early 2008 for a 5' 11'' quad.
Ian (Victoria/Sunshine Coast).

Testimonial Date: 08/12/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Gidday Grant thought I'd write back on the Powerglide. I've had it for about 5 months now and its turned out to be my pick of boards on most days. Its super fun to ride and would be among the most versatile boards I've had as it goes in anything.Thanks again.
P.S Howard's gone you ripper !!

regards Sean(Wollongong)

Testimonial Date: 29/11/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant
It's really satisfying to prove or disprove any claims - and the Powerglide is not bullshit! I picked up one you had in stock last August and it really does perform like a short board.
I surf at least 6 sessions a week and in the 4 months I've had it the Powerglide is my preferred weapon of choice. I've surfed it in 6 inch windswept dribble to 4 foot peelers, where it really excels. I love the stable platform on takeoff and the way it responds as soon as I plant my back foot. Mates have commented on the craftsmanship and the glasswork, a solid board and a reliable performer. Very happy!


Testimonial Date: 26/11/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate

G'Day Grant
I've had the Waterskate (6'6", 20 5/8, 2 5/8) now for a few months; and it's all that you promised! You may remember that I had struggled over the past nearly 2 years on another (big name) high volume short board. Well, having the skate has made me realise that I have unfortunately written off 2 years of practice on a design that just did not work for me. I have had the skate out in all sorts of size and conditions and I am really getting comfortable with it. The words I would ascribe to it: stable, smooth, fast, predictable, confidence inspiring, well constucted, aesthetically pleasing. I am the last one to 'talk up' my meagre surfing skills, but now I feel that I have a board on which I can progress, and more that that - HAVE FUN! I can feel my confidence and skill building with each surf. The only problem that I have now is that it has made my other favourite board obsolete; the waterskate is the only board that I want to take out in all conditions! At last I have the elusive "magic board." My sincere thanks to you Grant, for your professionalism and craftsmanship.

Kind Regards

Testimonial Date: 15/11/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

Finally able to get some decent waves with the 6'4" v-skate after a slow
recovery from the sprained ankle.

Its speedy and manoeuvrable. It took me a few sessions to get used to
the extra volume compared to my old short board but I really appreciate
the easier paddling. Got heaps of waves this morning at Maroubra despite
the crowds.

Looking forward to many fun sessions over the coming years with the

Thanks for the great service.

Victor (Randwick/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 12/11/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

howdy grant sorry we didn't get a chance to speak b4 you went o/s, thanks for trying though. Firstly I am very happy with the 6'7" v-skate another work of art. The other thing I wanted to mention was; how about a bit of a write up about your holiday in the states. I enjoy reading your comments in the diary about politics and the surfboard industry, how about a bit of a write up on the industry and surf culture in the US as you saw it on your travels. Anyway thanks again for the great board and i look forward to the next one. Cheers andrew
(South Australia).

Testimonial Date: 02/11/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,
Well, I've been riding my 6'6" waterskate now for two years and every time I think it may be time for a new stick, it's also time for a reality check. This board is still everything I need in a board, just a great all rounder. I celebrated my 51st. birthday this year riding typhoon swells with it and thanks to your design I'm still hanging in there. Your thoughts on design hit home with me when I first read your site, so keep making great boards and thanks for keeping it enjoyable.

Adelaide, South Australia

Testimonial Date: 29/10/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate

Gidday Grant. Hope Nepal treated you well. I'm loving the Waterskate 6ft 2". It's just made my surfing so much more enjoyable. I'm getting many more rides each outing which obviously gives me more of a chance to progress in what you can actually do on a wave. Paddling onto a wave is just so much easier, I love it.

Just got a call from my Uncle Chris down your way to tell me that he's put in an order for a Waterskate too. Looking forward to a wave up at Boomerang beach with him.

Thanks again and all the best. Glen Hassett (Central coast NSW)

Testimonial Date: 07/09/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate

Guten Tag Grant,

I am back from my trip to Bali already 4 weeks. It took me a little longer to write you.

As you said, it is a Surfboard with some german heritage… First of all when the package arrived at my hotel in Bali I was impressed by your skills and how you know your craft… It is painfully obvious that everything is made by hand, the quality is amazing… I never saw a surfboard with such nice workmanship. The rails are perfect - I love the tail, the edge comes close to being sharp - the glassing is so strong and the board is still very light. I met a very nice fellow countryman of yours, we surfed together and he was absolutely delighted with the board, even after 30 years of surfing and some shaping on his own.

What also impressed me is how you described the performance of the Waterskate, it works exactly how you said, and what I read in the testimonial section of your website is also true. My surfing skills are limited because I life in Germany and surf only when I am on holiday. I felt like making some large steps further by riding the Waterskate, my girlfriend agrees. First it felt a little bit weird paddling into waves with a 6”6 surfboard., as you know I rode to a 7x21x2,75 “Big Guy Shortboard”. I was not used to such a short thing. After two days I was able to get what I expected, a short and loose stick. It works very good, the paddling is amazing and it is still very easy to duckdive. The board is much faster than my old one and with the rounded tail it is very easy to turn. I thought as a 88kg heavy and over 1,90meter large guy it would take me decades of holiday based surfing experience to ride a 6”6 surfboard.

Grant, thank you very much for the nice surfboard, I hope to surf much more often in the future so I can feel what is really possible with the Waterskate. I will stay in touch with you to update you about the board and me. I hope to get some waves in autumn at the Dutch coast.

Auf Wiedersehen und alles Gute, Florian.(Germany)

Testimonial Date: 03/09/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hey Grant,
just a quick note to give the powerglide a wrap. I can't believe how easy the transition from a 9'2" to a 7'0" is. I was also doing things on waves that I haven't even bothered to try on a mal for years. I must say that I caught myself having a quiet chuckle on quite a few occasions. It is great to have that childlike enthusiasm when you are 45

Cheers Greg/Northern Beaches Sydney.

Testimonial Date: 31/08/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Have been riding my second v-skate for about 2 months now, and still cannot believe how loose and responsive it is. 6' 5" and paddles well above its length. Since i started riding this board, there has been quite a good run of swell. I have surfed this in all conditions with no complaints. Paddling power is just as good as my first v-skate, but this one is looser with a bit more drive off the bottom. I will be ordering a longer v-skate next year for bigger waves. My advice to anyone thinking about buying one, talk to Grant first. You won't find anyone better suited to help you.
Thanks Grant

Testimonial Date: 31/08/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate

Hola Grant,

That's more than a year that I'm surfing only with the
board you made, it still looks like when I take it out
of the shipping box (some pressure bumps on the deck,
and a little one on the left rail), and sicne a few
months, as I got finally my left knee fully recovered,
surf with 3 fin set up: GPRX on sides (carbon) and YU
on back (composite / plastic, the regular one).

The board is much better (for me) with this set up, a
lot of fun, a lot of speed (pumping or triming), a big
smile on my face after each session.

Well, this summer I made some 'tunning' to the board:
I put a mvg (micro vortex generator) in front of the
back fin. I'm still amazed and stoked by how this
small finlets improve all the performances of the
board, the board feels shorter, is faster, turns a lot
better and with more speed: I don't have enought face
to hold the big smiles I got now after surfing!

Big thanks for this board, and try these mvg's, sure
you'll be also amazed.

Gonzalo, from Spain

Testimonial Date: 29/08/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'day Grant, just wanted to leave you some feedback regarding the 6'10" V-Skate that recently arrived..........I love it. The waves have been a bit all over the place for the last week or so but a few days ago I took it out at Triggs and caught a beauty that I would normally have pulled out of because of a reluctance to be chundered on. The board handled it beautifully and with ease. The board was fast, stable and like some other guy wrote in your testimony page, the thing seems to go where ever I looked. I am very happy.

I think your recommendation that I get a V-skate instead of a Waterskate was spot on. Thanks for your excellent service. I will certainly recommend your product.
Thanks again
Kim Roberts - Perth/WA.

Testimonial Date: 20/08/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

Just a quick one to say that the Powerglide has turned me into a wave catching fool - I haven't been this charged since I started catching waves over 20 years ago.

It takes a bit to get used to paddling a wider nosed board but I throughly recommend it - its a smooth ride and very easy to catch more than your fair share of waves.

Keep up the great work!

Angus (Byron Bay)

PS It was great to meet you and I hope you got over the cold!

Testimonial Date: 26/07/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
You had a mate of yours deliver me a 6'10' V-Skate to Coolum at Xmas time.
The board was so good that I started catching heaps of waves again, in fact, probably more than when I was a teenager surfing every week.
I surfed twice a day, every day over January, went back up to Coolum at Easter and again just recently.
The other day I tried out a fish that was lying around, thinking it would be too small for me but I found it pretty good fun and easy to catch as many waves as I wanted.
Now I think I need another, shorter board.

You know when we last spoke I was 92kg, not fat but muscle and brawn. I'm 77kg now,no dieting,more food/drink than ever,no conscious effort at all to lose weight,just catching more waves!!!

Hows that?

Please call me to discuss the order on the attached number.
Ian Withers (VIC/Coolum,QLD)

Testimonial Date: 25/07/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Apologies for not letting you know sooner. I am so thrilled that every step of the way went exactly to the plan you proposed.

The board even arrived on the Tuesday which I would say is when you expected (best case scenario) and even before ‘mid week’ as you mentioned. Absolute pleasure and unfortunately a rarity these days to deal with someone who runs such a well oiled operation.

I can’t believe how excited I was waiting to see it. And when I opened it up (excellently packed by the way, of course!) I was even more thrilled.

Grant it looks brilliant. I have had it out once in poor surf and the way I describe it, at this stage, is there was nothing to say about it when I came out of the water. I was just smiling. Meaning, it just did everything so easily there was nothing negative to comment on. It was all just so good and easy. Not a fair appraisal as surf was not good and I can’t wait to use it again in a bit better surf. It is easy to paddle, easy to duck dive, smooth and clean to ride and turn yet pretty stable for an unfit bloke.

Grant, I am so impressed and rapt that you deliver exactly what you say, and will give you a more accurate appraisal after a few surfs.


One really happy surfer,

Dave Curl(Curly) South Australia.

Testimonial Date: 25/07/2007 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Just got your message - was down south in Denmark until today.

Very happy with the Waterskate - it's exactly as you described it. No problems paddling - it actually paddles better than some bigger, thicker boards I also ride. It's wonderfully fast in trim, yet still loose when you want it to be. I'm glad you persuaded me to stick with the thruster setup instead of a single fin. I can still trim and turn from way forward, which is my natural style - though my mates would say that falling off is more my style.

Thank you for your advice and a great board.

Adrian (WA)

(I was sorry to read about the passing of your Dad. My condolences to you and your family.)

Testimonial Date: 25/07/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

I thought I would write to thank you & provide feedback on my 6'10" V Skate I collected from you at the end of April.

After collecting the board I had the frustration of owning a new board and having to endure a flat spell in May, but I managed to have a few surfs on it before I took it to Bali in June.

After surfing it in a range of waves of all sizes in Bali and then in Sydney over the past few months I am stoked with it. The performance of the V Skate was surprising,it is faster & looser than the Waterskate I have been riding for the past 3 years, and I have had some great surfs on it.

It took very little time to get used to the the V Skate and I think my surfing has improved as well since I have had it.

Your recommendations on the dimensions were spot on and any loss in paddling power compared to the Waterskate is barely discernible, and this is more than compensated by the performance of the V Skate.

In these days of mass production it is also nice to have something custom made to your specifications, and even better when the performance exceeds your expectations.

In my 40 years of surfing I have had many custom boards, but I reckon this is the best board I have had.

Thanks again Grant for your advice and craftmanship


Greg Clark (Collaroy/Sydney).

Testimonial Date: 29/06/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Grant The V Skate's going unreal. I've had the chance to get it out into some decent waves and I'm stoked with it. I cant believe how loose it is for 7'10" and I'm paddling in earlier.

All in all its amongst the best boards I've had in the 30 plus years I've been surfing and I've had plenty. Quite a few people have commented on the board and are looking at it with interest.

Can't wait to get the Powerglide for those cruisy days down here at the Farm.

Sean (Southcoast NSW)

Note from Grant Miller:The particular board referred to above is one of our modified V-SKATES...available in lengths from 7'2"---8'0" POA.

Testimonial Date: 25/06/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant

Hope you are well.

Its been a few weeks now since I bought the new fish and I know you are keen for some feedback, especially considering you have been riding one exactly the same as mine.

It's definitely what I have been looking for - faster and lighter. It felt good the moment I began the paddle out and I was grinning after the very first wave. It's extremely lively and easy to turn.

It doesn't seem so important when riding the v-skate or water-skate but I've found the f-skate rides best with my back foot a little further back than normal -- I only worked this out after a few nosedives on my bottom turns but as soon as I have my weight back a bit it just seems to want to "dance" along the wave. In this position it needs only very slight hip or leg movements to turn and it comes back really quickly and responsively. When I ordered it I suspected the 5 fin set up might mean it would hold its line really well but you might have to put slightly more effort into turns but thats not the case at all, especially when your back foot is planted. (Know what I mean ?) It still holds it's line really well but at the same time its so easy to scoot around a bit of a shit to get to the next clean section.

I have been using all 5 fins and haven't had time to experiment with a twinny or thruster set up yet. I have a feeling that it will be very lively regardless of what fin configuation I use.

Shit - you werent wrong when you said it would be fast.

My 17 year old son's been riding it too and loves it. He is fairly advanced and into massive hacks and stuff like most groms these days. But he's barred from riding it again because the little prick wouldn't trade back last time and I had to spend the rest of the session on his popout piece of shit.

Pretty stoked Grant - thanks a lot. Will report back in after another month or two.

Dave Dawson (QLD)

Note from Grant Miller:This F-SKATE was ordered with the optional quad fin set up.....so it could be ridden either as a quad or as a thruster. However Dave chose to ride it first off with all 5 fins installed.....obviously his experiment has paid off big time. He now has 3 viable fin options(4 if you include using it as a twin fin)in the one board. I'll admit that I was suprised at how well the board surfed with 5 fins.....this interesting feedback is one of many benefits that result from keeping in touch with the clients I shape for.

Testimonial Date: 25/06/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant

Hope you are well.

Yes, you can put the feedback up no problems.

And yes, both my son and I have been riding it with all 5 fins in at the same time - I haven't felt the need to change down but may try a twinny set up this weekend depending on what the surf's doing.

I'll try and explain something and if it doesn't make sense maybe you can try it yourself and see if the same thing happens for you. On my backhand as a natural footer I tend to have more weight on my back foot and its been fast, light and easy to turn so I just ride it the same as I would with any board.

On my forehand I reckon I tend to be further forward with more weight forward and my feet probably a bit too close together and initially I found it still surfed good but seemed to want to throw me on occassions and on steeper take offs I sometimes nosedived on the bottom turn.

Anyway, I ended up on one wave (not sure but think it was a late take-off) with my back foot further back and I just raced along doing multiple turns. It almost felt like the board was doing it itself and I was just there for the ride. These weren't the little speed turns you do when you're pumping the board trying to beat a section, they were more like little hacks but with no effort because the board just seemed to want to do it by itself - thats what I mean when I say it seemed to dance on the wave. I have not had this same feeling of liveliness regardless of how far back my weight is on any of the other 5 boards I have. So for me, using 5 fins at the same time, on my forehand with my weight toward the tail it seems to become heaps more lively than any other board I have.

Dave Dawson (QLD)

Testimonial Date: 25/06/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE

Hi Grant

Yes, I reckon its a winner. I will change down to a thruster set up and see what happens.

In the 5 fin set up I have been using the smaller fins in the middle (large forward, then small, then large at rear). It hasn't felt like too much drag at all - it has been fast - but I will compare it for speed when I change down to a thruster set up.

The fun thing about a 5 fin fish is that you can change the fin set up around and I reckon you will end up with the same basic board only behaving differently every time you change. This can only improve your overall surfing and it also gives you the advantage of setting the fins up to suit whatever the surf is doing at the time.

With the 5 fin set up you have something unique. If you didnt put 5 plugs in you could pretty much just use a 3 plug fish as either a thruster or twinny or single for that matter.

Dave Dawson(QLD)

Testimonial Date: 13/06/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant, thanks for phoning the other day. As I was saying when I spoke to you, so far so good, I'm very happy with the vskate even though conditions here have been less than ideal since I received it. My first impression was how much easier it is to paddle out and duckdive than the waterskate...not that I found the ws a problem but the vs seems to slice through the chop a lot easier. I also find I'm able to turn and go a lot quicker when the need arises and get going faster from a standing start also. Ive ridden the ws for nearly 2 years but adapting to the vs was no problem at all the first time I went out...it felt a lot lighter and more,I don't know, nimble I guess. Ive been out in mainly onshore waist to head high beachies here in Perth and when it has been offshore and clean I haven't had the opportunity to get out of town yet to where Ive had some great surfs with the ws(when its clean and offshore in Perth you're lucky to get a turn in before you get slammed by the closeout or the backwash!). The ws felt really steady in bigger waves and I've no reason to believe the vs will be any different.I think losing an inch in length has been a good thing, the board doesnt appear any less steady but I feel a bit less sluggish at the takeoff and able to accelerate a bit more in the first second of the ride which is crucial here when conditions are poor, and, because I'm tall, I'm able to kick without battering my shins on the tail which I did now and again on the 6'8"ws. My surfing has certainly improved since I got the ws and I'm confident the vskate will be another step forward...I'll keep you posted.
Johnny Macdonald

Testimonial Date: 13/06/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Sorry that it has taken me a while to get back to you on the 6'5" V-Skate you shaped me a few months ago. The board is a solid allrounder as was my request. I find I am more willing to sit further out on solid days knowing I will be able to paddle in early and take the drop with more confidence than on my old board.

You got the volume right. It does paddle me well without feeling like a mal. The board also seems to be glassed well and should serve me well for a year or two.

Thanks again, Brian.


Testimonial Date: 06/06/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Sorry it has taken so long to email back.

The board is perfect. I have only used it in small to medium waves with
not much power so far but it is great. I feel like I can pull onto
anything and the board has so much life when I'm riding. Even in the small

Thanks very much
James (Japan)

Testimonial Date: 30/05/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Unfortunately I picked up my V Skate in the middle of one of the worst swell droughts on record. Today we had a small NE swell and it was all I needed to get out there.
The waves were sucky shoulder high peaks at a local beach frequented mostly by bodyboarders.
The board went unreal and I finally got a chance to have a decent surf on it. It felt comfortable to paddle and ride right from the start.I took off pretty deep on a few and made them easy with plenty of speed. Looking forward to a 4-6 foot day because I got this board for good waves.
At 7'10" its a big board but its so well proportioned it actually looks shorter and surfs shorter. A few mates had made similar comments.Great glass job as well.At 95 kilos and after a bit of a back problem I have had to ride longer boards. I had a high volume board from a very well known shaper but was over it pretty quick as you really couldnt sink a rail on it and although it went OK it had nothing on the V Skate.
Looking at Grant's website the pictures of the various models do not do them justice . These are beautiful boards.
The whole experience of dealing with Grant was a pleasure and he took time to explain the boards and find out about what I wanted. Grant obviously takes a lot of pride in his boards and with good reason . I'm so impressed I ordered a Powerglide for the smaller days. Be back soon.
Thanks again

Sean Harwood Shellharbour (NSW)

Testimonial Date: 17/05/2007 - Board Type : F-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Thanks for the 6'1" F-Skate. I have been putting this board through it's paces over the last few weeks and have only positive things to say about it.

By having volume throughout the planshape from nose to tail, I find it paddles into the waves earlier due to the lower entry rocker, which aids in setting up the wave from take off. This board responded well to the situations that I have put it thru, from steepish 4ft days to small almost non-existent waves and everything in-between.

With the refined bottom curves you have shaped, the F-Skate surfs well rail to rail, with surprisingly good drive when encouraged thru flat sections, whilst still retaining a looseness thru the tail to give it enough squirt off the mark and picks up speed quickly when required.

This board has increased my wave count considerably, and by doing so, can only improve my surfing ability, confidence and desire to surf more.

This is the fish-style board I have been waiting for - thank you.


Ian (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 09/05/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Grant ;
Sorry I took so long to get this e-mail to you .Have been doing a lot of surfing this past month and the new 6'3" V skate you made for me would be the best board I've ever owned,loose fast and easy to paddle. I've surfed it in everything from knee high to overhead and it has performed magnificantly. My friends tell me that I'm surfing better than I have for years. The board has done wonders for my confidence, I am trying a lot more moves and trying to place myself much higher in the wave,which I couldn't do on other boards. I've only surfed the 6'10" rounded pin you made for me a couple of times ,as the surf hasn't really been big enough lately, but it feels really solid. Again thankyou for your care and committment to quality handcrafted surfboards, and "Death to the epoxy pox!"
Many thanks;
Mal (Dudley/NSW)

Testimonial Date: 09/05/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide

Hi Grant

Well, I finally got a few days out on my new Powerglide over the long weekend, and can safely say that it is an awesome work of art!! I must admit I was a bit concerned about whether I would be able to ride it after the 9’6” log I have been used to, but all fears were quashed rather quickly. Got up first time, and did things I have never done before! It is really easy to paddle, and fantastic once up – really smooth and easy to turn..... Such a dream to ride! I am obviously hooked and can’t wait for the next surf! The waves were very average, but I still had a ball, and caught more waves than I have in a long time. We have officially stated that the surf season has begun here, so it can only get better.

I can see now that I actually have an opportunity to improve my surfing on my new board and it’s really exciting – like learning all over again, yet with the added advantage of having the basics already, and a great board to assist me in my journey to better surfing!

I also discovered it is not only me that is forming a bond with this board, as my husband John has also been riding it and is hooked too! And a fellow Gove surfer who also owns a V-skate (Mark Toomey) had a lengthy go on my board and loves it too – said it was heaps of fun, and I even witnessed him with his toes on the nose (which just spurred me on to master this board even more!). Mark and several others have also stated it is the perfect board for up here, which was something I discovered immediately! The unique nose on it causes a lot of conversation too – I am assuming it is to assist in lift for nose riding....is that correct??

I noticed that not only is it easy to paddle out, but (once I discovered I need to sit in a whole different place to catch the waves compared to the longboard), it really is incredibly easy to catch a wave as well. And it is so stable once up that I have been able to play with moving my feet around to find her sweet spot – even clumsily shuffling up towards the nose! So much to learn and experience!

So a heartfelt thank you Grant, for convincing me that this board was right for me and our conditions up here – it is LOADS of fun, and has rekindled my faith/confidence in my abilities (though I know I do have, and always will have a lot more to learn!). I really do appreciate the time, patience and effort you put into making sure you had all the information to get it right for me. I will keep in touch (as my husband has hinted he may require a new board for his birthday now!), and will let you know when I finally get my toes over the tip!

Thanks again for giving me the opportunity to feel as stoked as a kid learning to surf!
Happy surfing
Kindest Regards
Loren Waller (Northern Territory/Australia)

Testimonial Date: 27/04/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant

Thanks again for another great board.

The new v-skate is fantastic; fast and loose - just what I wanted.

I’m 6”3” and 89kgs. You’ve got me back down to a 6’6” and hassling for waves like a grom again.

The only problems with you shaping such great boards for me is that you’ll now be catching less waves.

See you out there

Nigel (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 27/04/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Grant,you are a magnificent board shaper mate! As well as being very efficient in arranging packaging and delivery too.
I got the board Fri pm then of course it went onshore and dribbly for the next day but yesterday I went out in calm 3 ft swell and ...I caught every wave I paddled for,didn`t wipe out,I even stayed on the ones I thought I wouln`t make.
It is so easy to paddle around on,duck dive etc and as you said,that extra bit of nose rocker doesn`t push any water ,it takes off really well.
I still have to learn where to put my feet and find the sweet spot and how to make it accelarate when I want it to ,but its great and made my surf so much more rewarding than my Powerglide ,which I will be keeping for the samller days of summer glass.
And it looks great ,so many thanks Grant, your a magician and you listen to your customers and ask all the right questions,you have a customer for as long as I can stand up and surf.
Cheers, Huw (Raglan/New Zealand)

Testimonial Date: 27/04/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant;

It's been nearly a month now since delivery of my 6'10" V-SKATE. Thought I'd get my thoughts down in anticipation of your phone call.

First of all let me tell other readers that your level of service is exceptional. From the first e-mail contact and follow-up phone call, I felt as if I had your full attention in answering my questions and advising me accordingly. (I made it clear what I believe my intermediate skill level is, and I'm sure you responded with the same level of professionalism and commitment as you do to all others.)

After listening to me, you endorsed my preliminary interest in your V-SKATE shape, which I'd formed from your informative website. You then recommended slightly increasing the tail-lift on the 6'10" and bringing the fin grouping forward, to accommodate the surf of both metro Perth (!) and the larger southwest WA stuff. After a brief exchange of e-mails and phone calls, I had an order placed and I was in the queue. You updated me a couple of times by phone whilst I waited. A month to the day later as declared, my board arrived in Perth in pristine condition.

The colour was exactly as desired and expected. I was so keen to get it wet (it was well-cured you'd said) that I had it in the water near Yallingup by the next afternoon (300km south of Perth). Even though it was lumpy head-high sets over reef in an onshore wind, doubling up into a churny shore break :-), one pop-up and I felt the sheer speed of the V-SKATE. The thing was alive, and took off like a rocket! The first double-up I encountered happened to show off the thicker tail foil and turning ability ... after making the drop I decided to pull out, and it felt as if the V turned on a 5-cent piece.

So that was the first impression. Since then I've had it in small shore break, 1 1/2 head-high reef, steep face, fat waves; and it performs beautifully in all (at least up to my limited capabilities!). The foil, rocker and rails are absolutely great; it paddles and duck-dives very easily (I'm 5'11" and 85kg)... Very forgiving in terms of no caught rails off the top, and also late drops. Down the line it's very stable, yet as I said as soon as you lean into a turn or flick off the lip it's sooo positive and fast. (I wanted an all-rounder, and you delivered one!). As others have said, some aspects of the V-SKATE have taken me a while to get used to (e.g. finding the sweet spots further forward). And I'm nowhere near done yet... :-)

So thank you Grant, for a terrific board. It's done (doing) everything you and the website said it would, but equally as important it's taking my surfing further than it has been. I'm now looking forward to a WA autumn/winter/spring, with 2 weeks of solid Bali mid-year.

Kind regards,
Mark Richards - Western Australia

Testimonial Date: 10/04/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hey Principal,

I just received my 6'7 V-Skate a few weeks ago and have only surfed it 3 times so far but I'm stoked with it. I'm 6'2, 98kg and was looking for something with more volume but did not want to sacrifice performance. The v-skate seemed like the board and it is. I agree with the other guy's in saying that everyhting they have said about Grant and the info on his site is true. The board performs exactly as promoted including what customers say in the testimonial section. My last 2 boards were a Simon 6'8 and a Webber Afterburner 6'7 - neither of which I would buy again as they were just a bit light for me.

I don't believe they are any more expensive than other reputable custom boards you'll buy. Also. when you get the right board, it's worth it.

Lastly I'd like to say that the whole process from the first phone call to Grant to delivery was excellent. No bullshit, no ego, just straight up good service and a genuine interest in delivering the right spec'd board for each individual. Hard to come by that these days.

Good Luck - I'm sure you'll be stoked too.
Posted: Sat Mar 31, 2007 7:07 pm
(Taken off Realsurf.com from a forum thread entitled Grant Miller.....with kind permission from the contributor:Gavin Krawchuk/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 04/04/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
About 2 years ago you shaped me a 6'7 v-skate which has been fantastic. Its time to get a new board but I have improved so much since last time that I want to change the design a little. I now want to be able to do tighter turns rather than just cruise (testimony to your boards and the impact its had on my surfing).
Hoping you can give me a call on the above number when convenient.
Warwick (N.Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 29/03/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Dear Grant,

I’m officially converted. The Powerglide you shaped me has lived up to every syllable of the blurb on your website. It paddles easily,duck-dives easily, turns incredibly easily and goes like shit off a stick. But what really rings true is the versatility.

I can trim and snake it along a wall effortlessly or I can really throw it about. I haven’t snapped so many turns per wave since the days before I chubbed out and bought a minimal. Thanks for a great board. It really has reinvigorated my surfing.


Geoff Fischer (Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 22/03/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Re: Powerglide


I wanted to relate to you what a great board the Powerglide has turned out to be for me.

As you remember, I have a (very)long 9'4" Mal which I was fun, but no longer a challenge. Being out there with the boys on their thrusters, I thought I should get one of those, so I too can have their maneuverability on the waves.

Thankfully, I spoke with you, and after our discussions, you specially designed an 8' Powerglide for me which has turned out to be an amazing board to ride, giving me as much (or more) turning ability and speed as I was looking for without making the board too hard to transition to, despite loosing 16" in length from my mal.

As you predicted, the Powerglide almost immediately became my board of choice, and is a fantastic board for mal riders who are looking for more speed and control from their board, without loosing the ease of paddling, stability and ability to sit further out than the thruster-boys and catch the waves before they do!!!

Thanks again for your advice and shaping a board that suited me. I'll be back soon to look at other board designs to further expand my wave options.


James (Northern Beaches/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 21/03/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant
After a season of fun on a 6'10" Waterskate. I just bought a 6'8" V skate stock board off the rack from Tim at Aloha Manly.I knew the quality is there so didn't need to wait for a custom ;-)
Just want to let you know that I am enjoying both boards immensely.
For those of you thinking about either board you can't go wrong. I love the Waterskate and the paddling difference is just not really noticeable between a 6'8 V skate and 6'10 Waterskate. Im 6'1 and 86kgs.
For me, the best way to describe it is that the Waterskate is more forgiving and overall fun.However, there may be times you just want a bit more speed and tighter control down the line on a bigger day,and yet have a board that still makes it easy for a weekend warrior. This is the perfect selection criteria for a V-skate.
PS I've sold my Mal and you are spot on about the need for a true Fish F-skate design.It was my unforgiving "performance fish" from a company who shall remain nameless which brought me back to Miller.
Keep up the great work. Time to start saving for a Powerglide!

(Mona Vale/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 14/03/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

Thanks again for taking the time out to show my kids through your shaping bay etc. They got a real blast out of it, and frankly I enjoyed it as well.

The 6'8" V-skate you shaped me is just great. Paddles so easily but surfs quite loosely. I saved it for 4 weeks before surfing it becasuse I wanted the first surf to be in great conditions. Finally got it out there....well there are no words to describe the feeling of a surf on a brand new board are there?? Especially when the board is better than you'd hoped for.

The second surf however was not so fun. A surfer I would kindly call a "learner" threw her board in front of me as I took the drop on a 5 foot sucky right (I was going to bottom turn around her) and put three or so massive dings in the bottom of my board with the nose of hers. Man I was shattered. Anyway, the local board fixer is nothing short of genius, and repaired it so well that I am now off the anti-depressants and surfing it again. You honestly wouldn't even know it had been dinged up.

I must have upset the gods that week, because I was surfing my "old" Waterskate while the V-skate was at the repairers, in some quite good waves at "Cylinders" (you know the spot?). This Waterskate was still in great condition after 4 years thanks to the heavier glass job you gave me on request. Well 5 foot "Cylinders" can be a heavy wave at low water and I creased the board in two places during a memorable drubbing in about 12 inches of water. I knew right then that my week could only get better. I, at least, was unhurt (I actually got a good barrel shortly after on the way in!).

My repairer maintains that I will hardly know it has been creased after he is done with it. Man, its better than finding a good mechanic when you find some one like him.

Anyway, enough of my woeful week. The V-Skate is just great and as I said to you last time I bought a board off you (the 7'4" gun - avocado green) you have a customer for life.

FYI, I am using Kelly Slater 2.1 fins in the V-skate when it is small to medium surf and they work real nice. When it gets a bit bigger I am putting in the G7s on the side, and keeping the smaller fin at the back. After that I put the large G7 in the back, but when the surf is getting that big I am starting to think about getting the 7'4" gun out anyway.

Thanks again and I will talk to you next board....

Best Regards

Darren Chaffer
Cabarita Beach (NSW)

Testimonial Date: 20/02/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

I hope you’ve had a great Xmas/New Year period.

I thought I’d better send through some feedback on this 6’10’ v-skate I bought from you the day after Boxing day.

First paddle I went on it was for an early down at the Pool at Newport in that 6-8 solid SE swell we were lucky to get. I watched the sets before going out and decided that with the size and unridden new board, that I’d stay south and catch a couple of close outs away from everyone while I was scoping this new board.

Basically I couldn’t believe I was literally out the back so fast. Couldn’t believe the paddling speed. Took off into a left towards the pool (back-hand) and had so much speed that I actually kind of whip lashed my left arm out of the bottom hand turn. So I was thinking how much speed has this thing got? Bloody hell. Next wave I’m skating over the top and down into this inside right. I just held the line hard, got so much speed and then eventually when I cut off this first right down near the ugly shorey, I actually ended up having to grab the rails as I accelerated up off over the back and ended up lying on the board about 8 feet through the sky. Pretty much opposite to my 6’10’ aloha. I was thinking this subtle volume increase is unbelievable. Wow.

A large Xmas soup of about 40 guys (obstacles) came out that morning and I kept thinking I should mello out since it’s a new board. I saw one set outside wide coming through off the bomby behind Newport reef. Started paddling NE away from the pack (I think a lot were wondering where the hell is he going). Turned and hooked into this 8ft bomb and was on it before I even noticed.

It was truely a memorable first surf.

A few other memorable waves were caught during those howling 30+ North easters second week of January in that lovely 16 degree water out at the Cove. The board was definitely plaining over the chop. So loose but still tight. Great fun.

And finally the 3rd session that stands out was some very high tide 1-2ft set NE swell very very full waves almost not distinguishable. I caught 1 wave where I almost surfed from the Cove to inside the peak on a full fat little wave with 2 foot face. I was standing further forward and pumping it but seriously could not believe the distance I’d gone in this powerless mush.

The swell in January/Feb as you know has been either on or off. I’ve been heavily into surfing the earlies before work and as many of your testimonials have mentioned my catch rate has gone through the roof. I did catch a lot of this recent East swell but not at spots that fire so I’m yet to see the limits of this board. They are probably beyond me J but I’m so glad I got this board.

I can race off for a quick surf, catch double what I used too (helps the fitness too) and still be back to play with the baby.

And well the Aloha 6’10’, well that’s a memory of a by gone era J

thanks Grant.


Brett (Newport/Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 16/02/2007 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Hi Grant,

Hope you are well.

Just wanted to let you know how the 6'2 Vskate has been going that I picked up towards the end of last year.

When I first paddled out I noticed that the overall volume of the board was smaller compared to the previous 6'2 Vskate.

The nose seemed narrower , the rails felt smaller and the board felt lighter.
It took me a few surfs to adjust to the feel of this board , but after that initial adjustment period I've never looked back.

I absolutely love this board.

Its quick and super responsive , paddles extremely well , my wave count keeps improving
and I've never enjoyed surfing more than I have in the last couple of months.

Thankyou once a gain,

Best regards,
Geoff (Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 17/01/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide

I wanted to send some feedback on the new board you shaped for me in November. After much discussion with Wato @ Beach Without Sand, I took his reccomendation and ordered a 7' Powerglide with a simple custom spray. Prior this, I've been riding an 8'4" that owes me over $1400. You can probably guess the brand. At 6' and 90kg, I was a little sceptical that a 7' would even float me properly, let alone do what was claimed.

Since it arrived, I haven't taken my mini-mal out of the racks. All of the design components combine to make one excellent board. Apart from anything else, not having to turn turtle for half the waves when paddling back out means I've got far more energy when I get there. That alone makes for a better session, but then you get to actually ride the thing...

It actually does what it says on the tin! Paddles like a longboard, but rides like a shortboard, yet with so much stability. This is an absolute cracker. Despite the pretty lousy waves this Summer so far, I've been able to pick off waves almost @ will at both N.Av and N.Palm. There are also waves I wouldn't have felt confident chasing on my mini-mal which are an absolute blast on this thing. Removing 16" of foam and glass from in front of me makes it so easy to turn at the bottom of the wave, or to get angled across the wave on takeoff. I'm a total convert.



Testimonial Date: 09/01/2007 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,

First of all, thank you very much for your call all those weeks ago. I apologize for not getting back to you earlier. The Powerglide has been going very well thanks, i am very very happy with it. I had some great surfs up at Crescent Head and i have been down to the Mornington Peninsula a few times since Christmas as well. The first surf on it I was a little hesitant as I really noticed the loss of 14 inches from my old board. That only lasted a few sessions though. I have appreciated the extra volume and i am finding it as easy, if not easier to get onto the waves compared to the old board. As you said, duck diving is a lot easier now for which i am thankful. I have found plenty of speed on the waves, more than enough to get through the flat sections and the tighter arcs on the turns are great as well. Basically, I am wrapt with the board and all that you suggested has worked very well. The glassing is still in mint condition, no pressure dings and no reef dings yet ( I bet I get one next session now.)

Thanks for your input, I wont hesitate to get a 6'6" or so waterskate from you when i am ready.

All the best,

James Gerrish

Testimonial Date: 22/12/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate

Hi Grant

Thank you for the phone call and I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year. I trust all the family is well and in good spirits.

The lack of swell here in Perth and lack of time to get out in the water has been frustrating to say the least. I have managed to put the Waterskate to the test and I am over the moon with the end result. The custom spray turned out just spot on and the board arrived without any dings.

The performance handling of the board is just terrific and the ease of paddling for entry into the waves has allowed me to spend longer in the water without straining my pre existing shoulder injury. I still have to spend time adjusting to the responsiveness of the Waterskate but it has been a pleasure to ride and I love how it turns on a dime under speed.

Once again Grant you have produced another gem and I am doing my best to enlighten the surfing crew over here about the quality and workmanship of Miller boards.

Wishing you all the best

Kind regards

Neville Fern

Testimonial Date: 22/12/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
After a serious flat spell I finally got a chance to ride the V-Skate you shaped for me (6'8" X 20.75"). This is the board I needed! If you remember from our conversations, I had been riding the green 7'0" X 21.75" waterskate you shaped me about a year ago. Paddling is similar (not the same, but similar) and this V skate just takes off so much smoother in good surf and carves so much harder - basically, it's the piece that has been missing in my surfing. The waterskate was great for me at the time, but I'm hooked on this V skate now. It's got the flotation I need, and it really carves. I don't feel like I'm giving anything away in the performance department now in good surf. The 7'0" waterskate still has it's place in mushy, sloppy surf, but this new board is awesome. You said you were going to "put everything you had in it" and I think you did! I mean, it's all there. The flotation I need, the domed deck to keep the rails thin, the double concave bottom for that speedy zip, and the right amount of rocker. I can't thank you enough Grant.


Testimonial Date: 18/12/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Grant, I love my new Waterskate that much I am leaving my wife for it. Mate, I was a skeptic but all the testimonials about the performance of the waterskate are true. I wont repeat what other testimonials have stated (they are true)I have been surfing for 35 years and very rarely do you find a shaper that can deliver all that he says his boards will do. Grant, thank you, a true craftsman - dont retire from shaping because you have me as a repeat customer as long as I can get to my feet on a wave.


Testimonial Date: 16/12/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant sorry for taking so long to give you some feedback on the 6'6" V-skate that you shaped for me back in June. Firstly i really want to thank you for an amazing board, the amount waves that i am now getting is amazing. Being only a weekend surfer it has really made a huge difference to my surfing. My surfing as improved 500% and i have no doubt it is due to the board. I recently got married (my wife has 6'6" waterskate also an excellent board) and spent 7 days in Lombok as a Honeymoon. The V-skate was the perfect board, we got surf ranging from 2 foot to 8 foot and the V-skate was the only board I needed. It handled what ever we paddled out into with absoulute responsiveness and ease. Thank-you again for providing me with the tool to revitlise and energise my enthusiam and want for surfing. When the time comes for a new board I will be definatly contacting you, and with the rate my surfing is improving it could be sooner rather that later.
Thanx again
Hope you are well

Testimonial Date: 02/12/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE

Sorry I missed your call earlier this week. My partner has recently had a baby which is now 2 weeks old, so we have been a bit busy.

Not a worry on the delayed call, regarding the V-Skate (6'6")you made for me back earlier this year.

It took a few weeks to get used to the shorter and narrower board, this combined with the need for a steamer over winter probably took away the immediate benefits of the new board, but after a while, and more time riding the board, it is great.

I find it a lot faster than my previous board, though my ability is probably limiting the speed I should be getting, combined with an easier time turning the board, though with the continued stability and ease of paddling make it ideal for me. I find I am getting more waves, which in turn increases my enjoyement of a surf.

I haven't had the time to test it in all conditions, being in Sydney and only riding Saturday and Sunday over winter, though I am enjoying the board more than I thought I would. I hope to get more time surfing over summer in different conditions and size to really improve my surfing in the next 6 months, though with a new baby boy, this may be in jeopardy....

Thanks for the time to talk about my wants, needs, ability etc, as the board you have made is great.

Happy to talk more if you'd like more feedback. I'll be back at work on 28/11, though am contactable on my my mobile before then.

Thanks Again.

Mark Evans

Testimonial Date: 02/12/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Thought it was about time to drop you a line and let you know how I'm getting along with the Waterskate! It rocks!!!

I've been taking out to the South West Coast almost every weekend and it's been great. The practice has been good the board - a real dream to ride - once I got the hang of it. Easy to catch waves, paddle, turn and it moves pretty fast as well!

Don't know what else to say, I've been really impressed with it and when it's time to upgrade, I'll be on the phone speaking to you!

Thanks for the great board, great service and great surfing experience!


Testimonial Date: 02/12/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'day Grant,

Even though it was the 11th when I picked up the board, I only managed to get out on it on Saturday just gone so I thought you might appreciate some feedback. The board is great, I couldn't be happier: It paddles like a dream, is really stable underfoot but with enough 'zip' to make it a lively ride. You may recall that I've been surfing very irregularly since the beginning of this year (although I do snowboard in the winter) and to date have only rode long boards (7'2"+) so I was expecting to fall off the V-skate probably 9 times out of every 10 attempts? Well I'm delighted to report that Saturday's tally of 'up/over' turned out to be roughly 50:50, far better than I could have hoped and really reflects on my inexperience, not the board itself. On top of all that, I got one or two approving nods from other surfers with respect to the spray job!

Thanks then for taking the time to scope the board with me, the result has left me a very satisfied customer indeed. Best wishes for the festive season.


Greg Bowen

Testimonial Date: 07/11/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant.
I know its been a while since I got the V-skate thru the post, but I wanted to give it a good going over before I told you what I thought.
Sadly, the first 10 days where rubbish. (the surf, not the board). 8-10ft and bigger of onshore west coast washing machine. East coast was flat. So I had plenty of time to admire its looks. And I gotta say it does look great!
But finally last week, it all came good with a swell of about 4-5ft, pretty solid and sorta offshore (ish), about mid incoming tide. paddled out, bit more floaty than I was used to, so MUCH easier to paddle. Duck diving also no problem. That was a relief, I was a bit concerned, but no problems.
1st set....stuffed it up! same on the 2nd...
but then caught a coupla smaller ones, and figured out where to stand, and then caught a set wave.


The take off is sooo much easier than my old shortie. With the bouyancy and stability combined getting to your feet is so much less of a consideration (for me anyway) than it used to be. I would describe it as the 'window of opportunity' got opened a bit wider, if you know what I mean. Fatter waves are easier 'cos I'm paddling faster, and faster hollow waves are easier 'cos I'm into them earlier.

As far as actually surfing it goes, HOLY CRAP! I got to say that I was amazed that something that felt as wide and thick as the V-Skate does feel (in relation to my other board,) goes so damn fast! I wasn't the only one who was surprised either. A couple of the local boys were a bit surprised by how fast it went too. It turns beautifully, floats across fat sections and does the fast hollow bits as well. bloody fantastic!

You asked me how often i was catching waves on my other board. I said maybe 7 out otta 10 on a good day. Well, Im catching 10 outta 10 now. Still fall off of course, but its 'cos I'm doing 'new' (to me) stuff now.

I've now tried it in everything from 6ft, on and offshores, to the last weekend of perfect little 2-3footers. At all sorts of tides. Worked brilliantly every time. I feel my surfing will probably be reaching some new heights this summer, its just so. much. more. fun. Wich is, after all, what its all about.

Thanx Grant.

You can probably tell that I'm stoked!

Ps. To anyone reading this, thinking about a buying one of Grants v-skates, TRY ONE TODAY! I cannot reccomend it enough, (especially to the majority of us out there who arn't called Fanning or Slater).

Testimonial Date: 10/10/2006 - Board Type : Powerglide
Grant, my struggle is over. With the new burgundy P-Glide in the quiver I have the perfect foil for rising above the growing wave monopoly of longboard warriors who now congregate at the end of my street. Nth Av last saturday was the perfect venue. Clean 3-4ft righthanders. The P-Glide went berzerk. Paddle speed was good but the instantanious lift and drive were quite remarkable. The board can be riden confidently off either the front or back foot depending on the required radius of turn. Great for a sandbank with a combination of long/steep and short/fat sections. On the day my shortboards would have been frustrating when trying to snatch waves off the longboard pack but a longboard couldn't take advantage of the beautifully carvable wave faces.
In conclusion: this P-Glide is definately a wolf in sheeps clothing. It looks a bit mal'ish on first inspection but blows nitro the instant the pedal is pushed.
Count me in as supporter of the P-Glide northern alliance. thanks lofty and thank you Grant!

Testimonial Date: 21/08/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hello Grant,

Finally got a decent surfari, 15 days with the van and
family in Asturias.

Once fixed the fins (I add 3mm lexan at the base of
each tip), started to enjoy the board.
It's awesome. Mushy or hollow, on shore or glassy (I
didn't get much luck with the swells, mostly wait to
chest on shore beachbreaks), the boards rips: it's
fast, it's smooth, surfed most of the time with the
Stage 6 fin + sidebites.
One thing that really shocks me it's that the board
don't 'feel' fast but it IS fast and responsivenes,
you want to turn or carve and you're already doing
it, you expect to pass that closing section and you're
already passing it. I like in particular the fact that
you can build speed by moving/pumping the board or by
triming it: I do a couple of 'noserides', both feet
where on your logo deck, and the board still flows
with the wave!

So, I am very glad I commanded you this board, it's a
great one. BTW, my front leg isnt 100% yet, I surfed
with an orthopedic knee protection, but I was able to
get a lot of fun in crappy onshore waves, and perform
(cutbacks and small floaters) on good ones (very early
morning sessions, 6:00 am in the water, the sun
I have a long time friend that is a hardcore surfer
(surf almost everyday since 15, now 39, he rides
longs, fishes, thusters, singles) and tried your
board, he was surprise by it, after the session he
checked the bottom and rails again and again.

Thanks a lot for the board, it really matches my
needs, it's strong, it's loose, it's fast, it's
perfect for me.


Testimonial Date: 12/07/2006 - Board Type : Powerglide
Grant , I'm still on somewhat of a ' high ' from a sublime surfing experience , negotiating the high speed walls of Jeffreys Bay on the Miller 'Powerglide' .
The evening before the trip I had packed a couple of boards and the thought crossed my mind, " Am I brave enough to take the board that I know 'deep down' will really work ?". I have had success in the past at the same spot with a few 'paddle -pops' with their low rocker, planing area and relatively straight plan shapes. Serious surfers would not dare stray too far from the ordained designs.Could I ?
Upon arrival I was greeted with corduroy, to the horizon,as they say. Although perfectly shaped the waves were only small.Waist to chest high. The guys on the 'conventional' equipment just weren't cutting the mustard. To make these waves you had to get in early and get going ! Climbing,dropping,trimming. Friggin' Powergliding !
Even when the waves picked up to overhead I stuck with P-glide as I was just having a ball and the equipment was working. Out of about 20 surfs I reckon at least 10 times guys approached me and wanted to know all about the board I was riding. Obviously not because I was surfing like Kelly Slater but because I was making the waves all the way through and as a result having a great time. In the end I decided to leave the Powerglide in Jeffreys Bay with a worthy custodian. A fellow who will really benefit from this addition to his already extensive quiver.
Thank you Grant, I eagerly await the arrival of my new Powerglide and more travels with it.LOFTY.

Testimonial Date: 15/06/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

I wanted to touch base with some feedback on the V Skate you just made for me. I had my first surf in decent swell on it over the long weekend and it went like a dream. I have loved riding the Waterskate you made for me about 18 months ago and the step to a shorter V-Skate was easier and more rewarding than I thought it would be. The V-Skate has maintained a lot of the paddling benefits I had on the Waterskate but is significantly more maneuverable, faster and responsive, particularly off the back foot. I’m really wrapped mate and appreciate the effort you put into ensuring the board would not only meet my expectations, but again exceed them. The spray job on the board also looks sensational.

Many thanks for all of your efforts.

Chris Vine

Dee Why, NSW

Testimonial Date: 01/05/2006 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant

Some feedback on the 2 boards I have bought over the last 6 months. The V-skate goes really well, all the usual stuff about easy paddling, manouverability, speed are true, especially when I changed the fin setup and used the new FCS fibreglass type G5's. The 7' Powerglide has replaced my 9' mal which has sat on the rack since I picked this up in February. Really happy with the way this board performs, all the advantages of a mal but so much more fun to ride. It's quite suprising how much speed it can generate down the line yet still be quite easy to turn. All in all a happy customer!

Testimonial Date: 30/04/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Waterskate and synchronicity!

Typical 49 year old weekend warrior,natural foot, with 36 years of surfing under my belt. 6'1, 84kgs. Live on Sydney's northern beaches. Got the 9'1 Mal for the very small days, a 7' RetroEgg and a 6'6 fat fish. I get out whenever I can. You know how it is.

Don't want to ride a Mal all the time. The 7' egg is fun but I still want to carve and it won't go where my head wants it to go, just cruises. The 6'6" *21* 3" fat fish was going to solve everything, paddling power plus allow me to carve at the local beach. Well it didn't. Perfect down the line on 3+ feet with nice long banks, and great in hollow surf accelerating nicely rail to rail. Just the sort of surf we get on the Northern Beaches of Sydney most days ;-) The rest of the time it just didnt work, too stiff and unforgiving and it stayed in the garage. I was starting to lose interest.

I used to ride Grant's HotDot boards in the early 80's and boy did those thrusters carve up the Curl Curl beach breaks.

In March my business partner and I decided to have a Board Meeting in Papua New Guinea at Nusa Island Retreat. We took the Boards but forgot about the meeting. 14 surfers max, and heaps of breaks to choose from. Its a softer cross between Bali and Fiji with typical coral breaks churning out 3-5ft consistent waves. Just what we needed.

I was using my fish and egg and wishing I had a board which combined the best of both. Kelly and Dave were surfing VSkates and Waterskates really really well up there. I started thinking.

On my return I had a few dings to get repaired and saw Grant at the shop with a Waterskate. We got to talking. Afterwards I decided it was time to give the Waterskate ago.

Next Steps.

I traded in the FIsh on a stock 6'10 Waterskate at Aloha in Manly. Great shop by the way, Tim really knows his stuff.
At first I thought it mght be a little too chunky , 21 1/2 and 2 7/8 and wondered if I should have taken the 6'8" which was about an inch less in width.
Anyway my anxiety was unfounded. I took the Waterskate out at 4ft Bungan point lefts at sunrise this morning. What a revelation! This is a great board and really does what Grant says it can do in his design notes.
It paddled easily ( I had two hours plus in the water), and performed so well. I was able to carve and the round tail was so much better than the chop and change of the fish. It was so much fun to slip into late takeoffs, and the board just hung in there. It took me where my head wanted it to go. There are a few sweet spots like Grant says and I found myself driving off the tail, and also being able to throw it around from the front. It worked with me and after just one surf I was into it again.
For those of you out there like me who just want to have fun, its time you tried the Waterskate!

Thanks Grant

Testimonial Date: 19/04/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

Just a short note to let you know the 6'7'' v skate you recently crafted for me was put to the test in Samoa and came through with flying colours. I had some great barrels on it in Samoa and together with the 6'10" you made me a while ago the V skate has taken my surfing to another level. The extra paddling power also means i am catching a lot more waves. Thanks for your help, advice and great boards.

Kind regards


Testimonial Date: 25/03/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Dear Grant

My new 6’10 Waterskate arrived with no damage and I managed to surf it a few days later in 2-3ft waves . The board performed exactly the way that you had described to me on the phone – it was easy to paddle and catch waves but surprisingly loose and positive through turns. I also had much more glide through flat sections than my regular shortboard and found the board easy to bounce out of the white water on cutbacks.Duckdiving was a little harder but ok and the flatter rocker looked like I might nosedive but this wasn’t a problem. Thankyou Grant for such professional service and making me a fantastic board to keep surfing in my 50’s.


Rob Plunkett

Testimonial Date: 20/03/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
G'day Grant.
Mate, just a quick note to let you know I am LOVIN' the Waterskate.
I was out at Redhead with Mal on Sunday, surf was shit, we were wacked but having a great great time....both on our Miller Waterskates !

I'm looking at trip to the Maldives or maybe back to Bali in June/July. Definitely taking the Wskate but wondering about what my other board should be. Vskate looks the go....maybe up to 6 ft 10in ?

You might recall, I'm on a 6'4 Wskate, weighing just on 80kg, still going for speed and long lines.....

What do you reckon ?


Testimonial Date: 15/03/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Just wanted to give you some feedback on the 6'4" V-Skate that you made for me back in November 05. I thought that I'd wait until I ridden it in a few different conditions before I wrote this.

First up I firmly believe that it is the definitely the best board for me as a 40yo surfer to be riding. The main features that stand out for me are the ease of paddling, the speed down the line and the overall looseness of the board. Some of my friends had gone down the route of added length in their quest for a more user-friendly board but I reckon that my board and the way that it has revitalised my surfing has opened their eyes.

The ease of paddling equates to more waves and I get into them much earlier. This is a blessing in the smaller conditions that prevail here on the Sunshine Coast.

The speed down the line and the drive mean I'm travelling further on waves than normal and also making it around sections that the trusty Dahlberg thruster just couldn't quite hack.

As we discussed on the phone I have played around with the fin setup and have settled on G7000s on the sides and either a G3000 or G1000 as the tail fin depending on the size of the surf. I have found that these smaller tail fins really suit my surfing. The big difference that I have noticed is that I can now get the board on a rail a bit more easily when driving off the bottom. It was still a lot fun with the G7000 as the tail fin, I have just found that fine-tuning my fin choice has increased the pleasure of riding the board even more.

It took me about 3 or 4 surfs to get the hang of surfing it properly but I've now got it wired and am absolutely loving it. I've surfed it in solid overhead waves (although not overly steep) and it handled beautifully. Conversely I've had more fun in waist-high waves than I thought possible with a shortboard.

In short it is a cracker, it makes every surf, regardless of conditions, more enjoyable and I couldn't be happier with it.

As you know I gave Paul C. a couple of turns on it and he was on the phone to you ordering one within a couple of days!

I hope everything it going well and look forward to ordering another board from you in the future.


Testimonial Date: 27/02/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE

I had my first surf on the VSkate yesterday in perfect glassy 5 foot waves at a reef between The Bluff and Gnaraloo. The board surfs exactly like a short board! - fast, responsive and loose. It feels so much lighter to surf than my old hybrid. I had a ball. Easy as to paddle and handled steep take offs really well. Really good bouyancy under the chest area when paddling. Surfs in the pocket and holds turns really well (awesome rails). Where were these boards seven years ago when I had to start riding a hybrid? There was really not much about then for blokes who were 6'4&quot; and 105 kg - two choices either a mal or a hybrid. After talking with you and surfing the end product I reckon you've got an excellent understanding of exactly what dimensions are actually required to produce a short board suitable for taller and heavier surfers. A tall, heavy build is definitely not the ideal body size for surfing due to the higher centre of gravity and sheer body mass but the VSkate's volume/shape really compensates well for this. Surfing the VSkate reminds me of how I used to surf in the early 90's when I rode an 80's shape thruster and only weighed 80 kg.....I can't ask for more than that. Thanks for shaping me such a perfect board Grant. I'm stoked with it and can't wait to get it in the water again. Oh yeah, that hybrid I had been so attached to for the last seven years has been sold.


North West WA, where the desert meets the coast.

Testimonial Date: 19/02/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hello Grant, I havegotten 2 boards from you over the last 3 years, a waterskate and a Vskate, and both boards worked great. Three weeks ago I was informed that the airline I was flying to Costa Rica would not carry my boards. (Nonrefundable ticket!) I contacted you, and you were able to shape me a custom board, have it glassed, and send it to my hotel in Costa Rica in about 2 weeks. In contrast, it is unheard of to get delivery of a custom here in the states in less then 5 weeks, regardless of how close you reside to their factory. You said you could do it, and you did. In contast, you shaped and delivered a board halfway around the world in 2 weeks. I really enjoy dealing with you, and how you back what you say. I hope your customer base in Oz appreciates your service. Not to mention the fact you shape a great board! Thanks again Grant. John
(North Carolina/USA)

Testimonial Date: 15/02/2006 - Board Type : V-SKATE

My board arrived today in perfect condition. I've just spent the last hour and a half admiring it. It is beautiful. It's surprisingly light considering the volume. When I picked up the box I thought oh oh this feels way too light. But after seeing how much volume is in the board I am totally relaxed. It's strong and I'm really happy with the glass job. I've been dreaming about a board like this for years. Thanks heaps! 10 days to go and counting.


Testimonial Date: 09/02/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate

I just thought I would send a quick email to let you know that I couldn't be happier with the Waterskate that you shaped for me at the end of last year.

Having not surfed for a while, the board was exactly what I needed to get back into it.

Having had the opportunity to surf in a variety of conditions over summer, I have found that the board has performed exactly as I was told it would. I found that the board makes crap summer surf more tolerable, whilst at the same time performing well on the good days. I have found myself getting many more waves than usual, and I was definitely surprised by the drive that that the board has. I am enjoying myself a lot more in all types of surf and feel myself regaining confidence and improving.

I also appreciated your personal approach to shaping and the effort you made to make ensure that the board made for me was right for me.

Overall, money very well spent.

Thanks again,

Liam Healey

Testimonial Date: 31/01/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

I own a Waterskate that I bought early 2003. It is an awesome board, which is part of the reason I have taken so long to decide to get a new board! I have been a convert almost since my first surf on the Waterskate, and tell everyone who'll listen how good it is, at least one has listened that I know of (Jeremy Kirby).

My current board is 6'6" by 20&1/2' by 2&5/8' with a round tail. I bought it after a long period of not surfing, caused in part by my previous board which was under-volumed and too short. My surfing has improved heaps since then, so I am thinking I would like to move to a V-skate of about 6'4".

Could you please give me a call at your leisure to discuss the dimensions and get the process under way?



Testimonial Date: 17/01/2006 - Board Type : Waterskate
Dear Grant:

A little late but thought it worth writing a 'thanks for the board email' none the less.

You made me the above board back in June 05. I had returned to the UK with work after surfing the Melbourne area of Victoria for the best part of 6 years on a skinny 6'5" thruster made for the Oz set-up round Bells area. Needless to say I was struggling on this in the UK conditions (mainly north west cornwall, Devon and Wales) and had to resort to my more cumbersome old 7'2" retro board which was fun but not too easy to throw around.

I've surfed the waterskate around the UK and in France later last year. It's been perfect for what I was looking for, paddles almost as easily as the 7'2", and is great for surfing off both front and back feet - essential for UK surfing as the waves don't have the same push over here. Great all round board which has rapidly become by main surf board. My only regret is that I didn't have one of these when I was in Oz!

I'm planning to return to Oz at the end of 2006 and the only change I will make will be to drop down a size to a 6'4" (I'm ~75-80kg) as that will be fine for me over there. Licking my lips already.



Testimonial Date: 17/01/2006 - Board Type : Powerglide
Some feedback on the boards.

Have ridden the Powerglide a few times in tiny to small surf.Alot of fun,catches heaps of waves,alot of fun,loose,alot of fun,fast,and alot of fun.

Wow,the skate.Absolutely beautiful board.Ridden it alot in small to medium surf, with a few meaty days thrown in.I wont muck around and heap superlatives on it,just a truly great board.The best I've had.

Other info/requests:

* My 11yo has started on the original skate and will be having a couple of lessons soon.If she gets into it I can see an order in the future.
* I would like to get some tshirts (mine are now getting a bit old and overused).Do you still do them and anything else? How much? Let me know via return email and I'll send you size,money etc.
* Well said on your website.

Thanks mate.
All the best for Xmas and the New Year!
Yours sincerely,

Testimonial Date: 14/12/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate

I am very pleased with the 6'3" waterskate you shaped for me...I feel like you really listened to what I was saying in our conversation and that you have a great talent to translate those ideas into the board.

I particularly enjoy the speed and the drive of the board. It feels like I have extra speed and momentum to play with without sacraficing manueverability. The board responds beautifully on its rails and it feels like it wants to just lock in to smooth round turns the instant you lay it over. Frontside cutbacks just feel so good. At the same time, it's easy to get the board vertical, or do quick re-entries, etc. Overall I love this board becuase it is makes it easy to surf smooth and fast, which is exactly what I was after.

Thanks for taking the time to understand what I was after, the board is pure joy.

Enjoy your holidays,


Testimonial Date: 12/12/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

I had to drop you a note about my recent buy of the Waterskate from you.

(It’s Doug here – Tall Pommie Lad, you made me the 6’10 Waterskate with Purple Logo).

What can I say apart from – “Mate I have had the some of the best Surfs I have ever experienced on this baby!”

Being a big lad my previous shortboard just couldn’t get going. You were so right about the lack of volume with that board. With this added volume I can take off on pretty much any wave now and fly along the face – fast as!

I went out last week and there was literally no waves. The odd one would come through and Mals were pinching them all. I paddled out and stole a few off the long boarders and paddled in to them with ease and the speed once up! – the board really flies! – small waves but very good fun with the Waterskate!

Grant I am so pleased mate – the stoke hits me when I open the Garage and see the board – Imagine what it’s like after a session!

Summer is going to be a good one – because of this board.

Thanks so much mate!

I will probably be in touch mid next year for some advice on a board for the winter.

Until then have yourself a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year!

All the very best mate



Doug Laird

Testimonial Date: 06/12/2005 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,thanks very much for a fantastic surfboard ,i never thought it would happen but ................."after 5 years of riding my mal,i no longer want to go out on it when my new board does everything better !!!!!!!!!!!!!
I has shockingly bad surf conditions during my 3 weeks in Oz and scored only 3 days of slightly less onshore waves and had only one day of offshores at boulders where the powerglide performed admirably allowing me to take much later drops than i thought was possible and being quicker down the line and easier to handle than my mal.............I`m converted and i will probably want a water skate now,bugger there goes my trip to tonga !
still the waves are good in piha still and raglan still rocks ,
Thanks again grant its a great board and I`m trying to convert my mal mates and those shortboarders that are handicapped by their inability to paddle toothpicks that are too short/thin etc.
Cheers Huw jenkins

Testimonial Date: 05/12/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

I keep mis-sending on your website contact so will give this address a go ! Compliments of the season to you & yours. Just a quick note to let you know that I am STOKED with the new Waterskate. You were right - it does not need to be longer than 6'9" ..I have all the flotation & paddling of the old board and its an absolute rocket to ride compared to the old mini mal. I have had a few surfs on it now in surf up to about 3-4 ft. Turns have been a learning curve .. I am working hard to hang on to this board ! I no longer need to throw my whole body weight at a turn , just flick it around. Seasonal wind here at present is pretty consistent onshore & sloppy surf to match. I am dying to get a bit of clean face to demolish, but am still getting heaps of waves even in crap surf. I am enjoying the return to surfing like I did when I was younger. Riding the Waterskate certainly has motivated me into a new phase of my surfing life - no looking back at a mini-mal ever! Great board, great personalised service. Thanks again for everything Grant. Have attached some pics of board on delivery day.

All the best, Peter Veidners.


Testimonial Date: 04/12/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,finally been able to get a few half decent waves on my V-Skate . It's a great design , fun in all but the worst slop and just keeps getting better as wave size and quality improve .I've only bothered to ride one other board since and that's retro tripping on a '74 single fin 6'2" . A mate rode the V-Skate yesterday and fell in love with it's speed and carve - ability for such a stable and easy - paddling board . Jay has been surfing boards from 7'-9' and has been looking for a suitable board to step down to for a long time . Now , having checked out your website he's keen to order a"clone"of mine . He likes the dimensions ( 6'4" x 20 3/8" x 2 9/16" ) and the glass weight is right , but will ring you on Monday 5th Dec. to discuss these and a suitable colour . Hope you can help set him up ! Thanks again Grant, talk to you in the new year.

Testimonial Date: 02/12/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Just wanted to thank you for the 6’10” Waterskate I got from you in June. My surfing has improved out of sight and my mates can’t believe it. It took me a little while to get used to it, mainly due to the extra speed and looseness as it’s a lot different from my previous board, but everything is perfect now. Thanks for producing a great board for me that makes surfing even more enjoyable.



P.S. Do you have any 2nd hand boards available for sale at the moment?? I have a brother who weighs 90kgs and wants to learn how to surf. He’s 28 years old and about 6ft tall.

Testimonial Date: 26/11/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Howdy Grant sorry its taken so long to get back to you regarding my 6'8"
waterskate. Firstly it arrived in excellent cond. and my first surf (the same afternoon) was fantastic. There was no need to get used to this board it went well from the first wave. I have to congratulate you on crafting such a nice board it performs exactly as you described it would. We definately made the right decision to go with the 6'8" over the 6'10". The best part of the waterskake is that i have improved more in the last couple of month than i have in the last couple of years.
Once again thanks for creating such a nice board you are a true craftsman.

regards andrew

Testimonial Date: 20/11/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
I,ve been very happily riding my Waterskate ( 6'10"x 21'1/2"x 2'15/16" for the past three years. Definitely the best surfboard I have ever ridden. However it's suffered a few dings on the way.I have owned several others from mini mals to short boards. My surfing has really improved and I really appreciate the easier paddling however I am not getting any younger.
I want to buy a new board and would be very happy to have the exact same specification or consider the 'V - skate'.
What do you suggest.
Peter Ellis

Testimonial Date: 15/11/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
G'Day Grant,
Sorry I haven't corresponded since picking up my board. The board is great (6'10" V-Skate)- definetly what I needed in terms of paddling ease. The ceremonial unsheathing on my bucks weekend drew some comments (three of my mates also had new boards for the trip). It took me a while to get used to, but once I found its 'sweet spot' I was throwing it around just as easy as my thinner/narrower 6'8".
I felt I needed my skills to catch up before I was worthy of assessing the board's performance. The lack of decent sized glassy conditions in the last few months hasn't helped either!
I am now surfing at least four times a week (and finding excuses to go more) and the board has me enjoying even the small stuff that previously I would not have even bothered with. My surfing has improved dramatically - catching heaps more than my mates, (they are becoming dirtier with their hassle tactics..to no avail) and easily carving harder and driving down the line faster, than I ever had before.
Thankyou for designing a board that gives me so much drive out of the turns and allows me to catch so many waves! I am born again....I'm thinking of toying around with a twin fin kit next to see what its like.
I will definetly be seeing you in another 12 months for my next board (I'll bring the rope..). Thankyou also for your friendly and prompt service. Tara and I are still talking about the visit - its nice to deal with genuine people that actually provide a complete service from start to finish.
Cheers mate

Testimonial Date: 14/11/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

My board arrived today in mint condition. - Something about a new board hey .. you just stare at it like a beautiful woman.. I did not want to come back to work after lunch! Thanks for the shirt too .. fits fine. Cant wait to get into the water.There may even be a &quot;mental health day&quot; coming up for me this week.. There have been a few waves about but blowing hard onshore this time of year. Will let you know how all is going after the first few surfs. Take care. Thanks for your professional service and contact with me throughout.

All best from Broome, Peter.

Testimonial Date: 29/10/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
G'day Grant,

Its been a little while since we picked up our boards, thought we'd let u know how they fared. Despite some roof rack incidents the boards have been fantastic. Both very pleased with them, however we almost prefer each others boards, but only having been out a few times we still haven't gotten used to them 100%. The big girl is a dream to ride - the Mal that is, and Sarai loves the ease of the waterskate. Definately considering a fin change for the skate to loosen things up a bit, all the same I was very surprised with its performance and speed. Mine was the board Sarai got up on first, so i think that's why she favours it and her board felt a bit 'morning of the earth' to me, loads of fun rides a little like a shortboard with mellow in a blink, sluggish it isn't. Have had a lot of good comments about them. Thanks a tonne, these boards have made getting back into surf all the more fun for us.

Dean and Sarai

Testimonial Date: 25/10/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Sorry for the huge delay in getting back to you. I could not be any happier with the 6'3 waterskate you shaped for me. My surfing has improved out of sight due to catching so many waves each time I go out. I seem to have heaps more energy when paddling back out, because i know i'll land another great wave straight away, instead of my previous lulls (my mates had nicknamed me "teabag"). Thanks again for the awesome board. You'll be hearing from me in the future when i've improved enough to go the vskate.


Testimonial Date: 21/10/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate

Testimonial Date: 19/10/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Sorry I missed your call the other day but I was actually in the Mentawai Islands with the V-Skate. I think my wife Nikki may have left you a message to that extent.

Unfortunately the board now has a few small dings and scratches but I am happy to report it had a great work-out. I couldn't be more pleased with the board. I am able to do things on waves that I've never done before. Since I've had it my surfing has drastically improved.

In the Mentawais I had it in everything from thick double-overhead to small and punchy waves. And it always handled like a dream. Unfortunately (as you know) the conditions havent been great in Sydney for the past few months so the trip was the first opportunity I got to really test the board.

In short, I'm wrapped. I'll definately be giving you a call when its time to update the quiver.



Testimonial Date: 11/10/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant

I just wanted to let you know that the board you shaped for me at the beginning of this year absolutely rips. It’s the best all round board I’ve ever had – and it’s so much easier to paddle and get into waves early! It took me a little while to understand the ‘sweet’ spots but once I got them there was no turning back. Last weekend I was out at The Farm and I was thinking I should let you know because it has made my surfing so much more competitive and heaps more fun. I am hooked.

Thanks again.


Testimonial Date: 10/10/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Sorry it has taken so long to drop you a line but with being crook, wedding and all it just slipped my mind.

Mate I just want to thank you for the time and effort you put in with me to getting my perfect board. I had the 6.4" V skate and I am so stoked with it. It is just perfect, paddles like a dream with the extra float but still surfs very much like my other boards with less float. I will attach a photo when I have more time.

Thanks again and we will catch a wave together soon.


p.s. Chris is still stoked with his water skate too.

Testimonial Date: 17/09/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate

Great looking board! Wow. The sunset orange color is more beautiful than it appears on your website. This thing catches waves by itself, I even caught one backwards the other day without trying. Thank you for making my surfing so enjoyable. And thank you for custom shaping a board for my abilities.

Patrick in Jensen Beach, Florida

Testimonial Date: 13/09/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE

I have been back from my two week trip to Indo’s Mentawai islands and it was sensational. I thought I would drop you a note to let you know that both the 6’6” V Skate and the 7’)” gun were sensational and did the job perfectly. Thanks again.


Testimonial Date: 31/08/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,thought I would take the time to let you know how well the 6`10 Waveskate you made is going.I have just returned from the Maldives and the board went fantastic in every surf from 3`to 8`+.it was extremely responsive and magic to surf in such long,fast perfect waves-thanks again,Jeff.

Testimonial Date: 15/06/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,

Just letting you know , I'm extremely happy with the 6'3 VSkate. I surfed up the north coast on the long weekend and caught some of the best lefthand waves since I started surfing.

I found the board to be similar to the Waterskate in that its steady and paddles really well.

However, I did notice quiet a difference in the surfing. Its great with fast and angled takeoffs , and once up its fast , lite and accelerates.
It turns sharper allowing me to achieve some turns , I did'nt think I would ever be able to do.

Thanks Grant , I look forward to ordereing another V'Skate in the new year.

All the best,

Testimonial Date: 10/06/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Grant ;
Just a short note to give you some feedback about the 6ft3 ins waterskate you shaped for me about five weeks ago.I am extremely pleased with the board, I am catching far more waves.The boards itself took a little time to adjust to,mainly due to the difference in volume,but I love the board it's fast, turns really well and paddles into a wave beautifully.I had my first surf on it when we had that big swell about a month ago.I waited untill the waves gort down to about 4 to six feet. The board just flew. Thanks to your design and craftsmanship I am enjoying surfing more now than ever.It's great to get back in touch with the pure joy that is surfing. I would like to have a chat to you some time in the future about a board for slightly bigger waves in the over 4ft category.
Again many thanks Grant.
All the best;

Testimonial Date: 08/06/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Dear Grant,
The 7'10" V-SKATE that you made for me to take to the Mentawais worked like a charm. Being a"mature" surfer and usually surfing a 9' plus Mal, I found the V-SKATE easy to paddle and with the speed I needed for the bigger and faster reef breaks.I took several boards with me but found that the V-SKATE was the only one I used even though the swell size and conditions varied from 4' to 10' plus.
I will find it hard to go back to a Mal now and will probably be talking to you shortly about other options for small Sydney surf.
Thanks again for the board that really contributed a lot to a great trip.
Best Regards,
David Algar

Testimonial Date: 07/06/2005 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hi Grant,
The Powerglide delivers the goods. The other day at Alexandra Headland's corner was packed with mal riders snaring "all" the waves. No one was getting waves to themselves. Mostly they would catch waves from out the back and not make an inside section. I dropped in on a few mal riders and the powerglide would just accelerate away from them down the line.
I'd look back expecting them to be behind me but every time they had not made the section. I have to remember to step back on the tail when throwing it up on a rail or I have a habit of catching the rails and the board bogging on me in the turn. I've found I sometimes do the same thing on the v-skate on smaller waves. Bigger waves no problem as the speed draws it through the turn.
The PG is exactly what I was after as a mal alternative.
Between the 2 boards I've got all situations for around here covered.
Hope your getting some good autumn swell.
Talk to you again soon,

Testimonial Date: 23/05/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hey Grant, How are you mate? Today the Outer Banks of NC was going off. 3 to 4 feet overhead with offshore wind all day. This winter I have been riding the Vskate, and about a month ago got a retro quad fish. Today, I decided to ride the Waterskate, which I have not ridden since last summer. Man, I fell in love again! Really fast and loose, and just a great board! I am going to Costa Rica in 2 weeks with a 2 board quiver, both of them Millers. Thanks again for a great product. John Graham PS In dealers in the States yet?

Testimonial Date: 03/04/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hello Grant, I wanted to wait and write you after I had a couple of trips under my belt. When I first ordered the Vskate I envisioned it as an allaround travelboard. In my trips to Costa Rica, Oahu and Kauai, I have ridden it from waist high to double overhead conditions. First, you were right about the boards paddling ability. It paddles about like a 7'8". I still marvel at your ability to keep the volume in a board that has a modern shortboard curve look. Everybody says, How does he keep the curve in it? I could have easily gone about 4" shorter, but the paddle ability sure was an advantage at Hanalei Bay. Second, the board goes well in all types of surf, but seems to prefer from chest high to about 10' faces. Anything smaller, and I would prefer the skate. Anything larger with Hawaiian power, I think more rocker is needed. However, in the range of which I spoke, I believe it to be the best shortboard I have yet to ride. If you ride it from the tail, it is like there is a gas peddle between the fins, great acceleration. However, you can also adjust your stance forward and still have the ability to turn the board. I also really like the rocker. In big powerful waves, too flat rocker means no control. The Vskate paddles great, yet has sufficient rocker to handle bigger, hollower more powerful surf. I am really sold on it and would recommend it to anyone. It is a great choice for an allaround travel board, and eliminates the need for at least one board in a travel quiver. I will definitely be ordering again from you in the future. John

Testimonial Date: 31/03/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Dear Grant

My new 6’10 Waterskate arrived with no damage and I managed to surf it a few days later in 2-3ft waves . The board performed exactly the way that you had described to me on the phone – it was easy to paddle and catch waves but surprisingly loose and positive through turns. I also had much more glide through flat sections than my regular shortboard and found the board easy to bounce out of the white water on cutbacks.Duckdiving was a little harder but ok and the flatter rocker looked like I might nosedive but this wasn’t a problem. Thankyou Grant for such professional service and making me a fantastic board to keep surfing in my 50’s.


Rob Plunkett

Testimonial Date: 21/03/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant,
Every time I ride the V-skate lately at a local point I'm going faster and faster. On 3-6 foot waves it's a hoot simply blasting down the line, with the speed it's easy to thrown in big power turns along the way.
I'm keen to see what sort of performance I can extract from the powerglide to open a few Mal riders eyes. I see so many guys who could still be riding shorter boards but have succumbed to riding nine foot logs to catch waves. Last Sunday morning there were 50+ guys out at "The corner" hassling for one peak and over 1/2 were on mals. The fun factor is hard to find and I'm not joining them to beat them.

Testimonial Date: 17/03/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
I wanted to let you know that I could not be more impressed with the waterskate you made me - It performs better than all my expectations. After surfing the last 2 years on a 9' mal, I thought my days of riding a short board were well and truly passed. However, after 3 weeks with the new 6'10"; waterskate, I feel like I've turned the clock back 20 years. It amazes me how you have designed a board that it so stable and yet so easy to throw around. It is a great board to paddle and the speed down the line is unbelievable. I've surfed it in conditions ranging from knee high junk to overhead glassy walls and it has felt fantastic each time. Once again, thanks very much and I look forward to ordering another board from you in the near future.


Testimonial Date: 11/03/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
G'day Grant,

I just wanted to touch base again after 6 weeks of riding the new watersate.
Coming from a 7"2 minimal, a board that I really enjoyed riding, to a 6"8 Waterskate I was expecting a board that may be initially relatively tricky to get a hold of. Mate, it couldn't be further from the truth. From the 1st surf I had, which admitadly was in 2-3 foot Dee Why slush, the board immediately felt comfortable. Since then, having riden the board at every opportunity, including most mornings before work, I've been fortunate enough to get some decent swell and the board has performed like a gem. The most noticable feature which became instantly evident was the drive and the ability to make it into and around sections which in the past would not have been possible. The board is so stable on take off but so responsive once up and riding. I can honestly say that my surfing has improved 100% in the 6 weeks I've had the board. It encourages me to attempt things that were out of the question on a minimal. I've been surfing with a mate who is considerably lighter and fitter than myself and still find myself out the back before him due to the way in which the waterskate paddles. As for getting into waves, it's at least 3 or 4 paddles less than my mates on regular shortboards which makes life very easy. An awesome board on all counts which has performed above and beyond all of my expectations. Also, the Southern Cross graphic came out perfectly......

Thanks Grant for your effort in taking the time to narrow down exactly what I was after and delivering an absolute gem, 10 out of 10,


Chris Vine
6"8 Custom Waterskate.

Testimonial Date: 28/01/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant,

Mate just some feedback you were looking for on my new Waterskate.
Really pleased with it Grant, it surfs and paddles as you said, which is great.
Have just spent 5 weeks down the coast and swell has been patchy but enjoyed paddling into plenty of waves from 2ft to 5ft easy as, which was a blast. Wave ratio on average 4/5 waves per 2/3 for every other surfer in the water.

At times I've found that 'sweet spot' and it's fantastic, though I'm still adjusting my style from a 6'3" shortboard which at times is a little confusing.
I mainly surfed rights down the coast and being goofy this was a good test for my new board which surfed really well backhand.
Still had plenty of looseness to do snaps, floaters and cutties but with plenty of speed which made them even that more easier.

Overall I'm stoked and probably will get a V skate from you in the next 6 months, just for suckier, bigger waves.

Cheers for the advice when picking up the board.


Wayne Donovan

Testimonial Date: 18/01/2005 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hi Grant

I hope you had a fairly sane Christmas and new year…..

I’ve had a few surfs on the V-Skate now – felt a bit weird the first couple of times, having that extra buoyancy at the ends of the board and the width, but took no time to get used to it. I must say though that the first few times I came off the top of waves the damn thing accelerated so fast it left me behind!

Yesterday I took the board out in good surf for the first time – near perfect Broken Head 3ft – clean and hollow. The board ripped – I had one of my best surfs ever.

All I can say is that the board is great and everything you said it would be.

I’ve found it very easy to paddle onto waves. Steep take-offs – loves it – never had a problem. It gets plenty of drive off the bottom and has plenty of manoeuvrability. Down the line it goes like a rocket.

All in all Grant I think you’ve designed a great board – it’s very easy to surf, yet has more than enough performance for an amateur like myself.

So there you go mate - thanks a lot. I’ll be in touch when I’ve worn this one out!


Dave (Byron Bay)

P.S. 6’6” seems like a perfect compromise for me between ease of paddling and manoeuvrability.

Testimonial Date: 04/01/2005 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant

Thanks for a great board. It has been everything you said it would be and more. On my previous board I accepted (not any more) missing two out of three waves. My weight 90kg just meant I was struggling.

Now; even when I think I am not going to make it the board just picks up and glides onto the wave. The acceleration is great; with no hassle it slices through the flat spots; it is just magic. It has given me the opportunity to try new things; basically because I am catching heaps more waves. Who knows maybe one day I will manage a 360!!!!!

The colour scheme has been a talking point as well. My wife loves it.

Anyway have a good 2005 and thanks again.


Russell (ACT)

Testimonial Date: 23/12/2004 - Board Type : V-SKATE
Hey Grant, Thanks for the note.I just want to tell you how impressed I am with your service. Everything you have told me has been absolutely true, and you have followed up on everything exactly as you said you would. This is in stark contrast with the last 3 boards I have purchased stateside. Delays between 2 to 6 months over for each one. I am sure you must be extremely busy, and if you had to put someones order at the bottom of the pile, the guy from North Carolina would be the easiest. You havent done that, and I very much appreciate that. And you shape agreat surfboard to boot! I hope you and yours have a great Christmas. John
(North Carolina/USA)

Testimonial Date: 01/12/2004 - Board Type : Custom

Its a gem.....should have thanked you earlier. Have only surfed it once in 6 - 8 foot grinding Cokes in the Maldives and it was the fastest I have ever gone on a surfboard (felt like it anyway).

When I got it I was amazed at how close it was to what I wanted - so the long phone calls were certainly worth it, thanks very much. Still unsure about the colour - its pretty loud - but every one who sees it likes it. Not too worried about that though, I am stoked with the shape and dimensions.

Used G7000 side fins and G5 back fin. What do you think? Seemed OK at the time, but would be interested to hear what you would put in it.

Waiting for the next big swell.....

Best Rgds

Darren (Cabarita/NSW)

Testimonial Date: 19/11/2004 - Board Type : Powerglide
Hello Grant,

I've just come back from a short surf trip in Australia. I rented one of your 7'0" Powerglide and I must admit that I had never seen such a dramatic shape at that length. I was a bit skeptical at first because I had seen a lot of these new "Retro" hybrids with portions of classic swallow tails (ala Skip Frye) combined with too much rocker and the "Egg" shape. These boards tend to be very prevalent in Southern California, sometimes called "Speed Swallows" and are often made without much thought. Anyway, my curiosity was peaked so I took it out and was completely impressed by the board. After the first day at Bondi I knew that the shape was thought-out and designed very well. It was waist to head high during those 3 days and the board was perfect. I really think you hit it right on the head! The shape is perfect. I was waist-to-head high in Bondi and the board maneuvered perfectly. I weigh 200 lbs. and I was able to hang 5 without problem.

Well here I am back in Southern California and I can't get your board out of my head. Luckily I found your web site where you describe your thought process behind the boards shape. I like the attention to the design. It is rare these days, especially when you can by boards at CostCo here in California. There is something so wrong about that. My wife collected some birthday money for me and I'd like to request a Powerglide (7'0"?) to be shaped and shipped out to me. Needless to say I'm stoked. Here's a bit of information about me:
o Age: 31 years old
o Height: 6'0"
o Weight: 200 lbs.
o Surfing info: Goofy-footed, surfing for 17 years

I doubt you'll need this information, but here's a bit about my existing boards should you be interested:

o 8'10" Single-fin late 80s high performance longboard
custom shaped at ET Surf
o 8'0" Skip Frye (newer) swallowtail
o 7'10" 1976 Rick Surfboards pintail gun shaped by
Becker (in great shape)
o 6'6" round tail thruster shaped by Glen Kennedy
o 9'0" Ace (South Coast) 5 fin longboard

I've surfed all over Southern California and Mexico, but in San Diego and Northern Baja Mexico more frequently, concentrating between Sunset Cliffs to Del Mar. As I'm sure you know, there are a variety of wave types here, and I believe the Powerglide is the best all-around board to work in these varied conditions. I get in the water 2-3 times per week depending on swell and conditions.
I am looking forward to talking to you and getting one of your boards sent over the big pond. Please contact me so that we can discuss the details:

Clayton Reid Kraft (San Diego/USA)

Testimonial Date: 12/11/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
Grant, as with all your other testomonials re:Waterskate, I would like to add my congragulations on producing a board that runs true to what you and others state on your website. It's the first board I've ever had which I feel really comfortable with and is fantastic fun. The guy at Aloha where I picked it up said that these boards were wave magnets and he was right. First time out - easy to paddle, first wave- slight paddle and straight onto the wave (no thrashing about or straining to get onto the wave). Can't wait to take it up the Coast away from Sydney crowds to hopefully catch barrells with a bit of grunt behind them.

Anyway will definately spread the word and will eventually get my daughters and son onto them.

Best regards

Geoff (Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 09/11/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
Dear Grant
I would like to say I am most happy with my board which I purchased from you a few months ago. I am still a beginner but am now consistenly standing up and progressing well. My best wave was at Bell's Beach where I managed to surf all the way in. I find the board catches loads of waves, is really fast and exciting to ride and it is perfectly suited to my size. Looking forward to progressing my turns...
A lot of friends have made favourable comments about the size and shape of the board and it really is a great board for me. Thanks again...
Best regards

Mike Brunton

Feel free to use my recommendation...

Testimonial Date: 03/11/2004 - Board Type : Powerglide
Morning Grant,
Well I know you asked me not to surf the board for two weeks as it still very green, But I couldn't wait, and surfed it at the point the next day at 3ft and mushy, big difference, I felt it paddled well and was easy to pick up waves, considering the drop in size from 10ft mal to a 7ft powerglide. Only got one wave where it showed some of its potential, but yesterday in the morning I surfed the beach, had it to myself for a good hour at 4 foot glassy and going off. The board paddled into waves really easy and the speed is unreal. Once I get used to it this board has the feel of being the best that I've ever surfed. I am very happy this board does everything you said it would. The only problem I have is I cannot get my kids off it, so Grant please make me another at the same spec's, only with a colour change. What a great board performance plus to keep me happy, and user friendly for the family. I will be in contact next week.
Get Wet
Colin Marks
Crescent Head

Testimonial Date: 02/11/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
hello grant,

i finally got a good surf this sunday on clean waves so i could try out the new board. it was about 4 foot at a place called spooks (near the entrance to port philip bay).

i love the board. it is very fast, it is very controllable and you made it exactly like i asked 'a bit like a skateboard'. the best description on how it surfs would be 'round'. i switched to rohans board after 2 hours and noticed the difference. his board is heaps harder to turn.
(rohan liked the new board as well. 'a little rocket' were his words)

just thought i'd let you know. thank you very much for that board !

tom (VIC)

Testimonial Date: 18/10/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
hey grant
sorry for not getting back to you sooner
been really busy with moving and work
i did get a lot of surfing in this year Costa Rica, n.j., outerbanks and Florida
i did not take the board to Costa Rica
just got to say that the waterskate is the best board i ever surfed
i could not ask for more
it floats me really well and paddles great
the board is very stable and surfs sooo smooth in most conditions
the board is fast and very responsive
sometimes i think the board is surfing it self and I am just there for the ride
the waterskate has really help me improve my level of surfing
thanks again
looking for a good all around travel board around 7' 2
a high performance board that can surf like the waterskate or cruise like a longboard
the board must paddle well the shoulders are gettin old
on the east coast we have mostly beach breaks with a lot inconsistant waves
i travel the coast from jersey to florida alot (own a little condo in florida)
I need a board that can handle most wave conditions 2 to 6 feet
i like the sound of your new powerglide a shortboard longboard fusion
let me know what you think
46 years old
5'11 and 200 pounds in good shape
thanks again
carlo (New Jersey/USA)

Testimonial Date: 05/10/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate

Thought I would take the time to send you an update on the 6’7” Waterskate you shaped for me early in the year. I know you left a message trying to get me a while back. The board is going really well and has been instrumental in getting me back into surfing after 3 or so years without doing much surfing. The skate gives me great confidence to get into the waves early and allows me to compete in Sydney’s sometimes over crowded breaks it performs well in a variety of surf sizes and the manoeuvrability of the board is great.

Thanks again. I will defiantly be coming back for another one at some stage so don’t leave town without telling me.

Quentin Olde (Sydney)

Testimonial Date: 23/07/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hi Grant, John Graham from the Outer Banks of North Carolina here. I bought a 6'8" skate from you when I came to Oz last July. I found your website, and it is very cool. I love the 2 new models. My skate has seen a lot of miles. I rode it through hurricane season here last year and it worked great. I love the speed the board generates, and its ability to get an old guy in early. My surfing partner had a son going to school in West Oz last year. He also loved the skate and wanted to take it with him. A month long trip to that area from here is a lot of miles, so I reluctantly sold it to him. Winter was coming on, and I usually ride longer boards in the cold. The skate returned, battle scarred, but still servicable. We went to Costa Rica together and the skate went along and performed well there as well. This summewr I really wanted it back, and was even taking it to a shaper friend to try to duplicate it. Finally, this weekend we finally got some waves. My friend had gained more then a few pounds, and I am in good shape. We switched boards and yesterday I bought it back! New wax, the works! Grant, the board still works so well. I will be getting another one, or try a vskate sometime in the future. The shipping price is tough. Do you have any stateside dealers? Thanks again for a great board. John Graham (USA)

Testimonial Date: 21/07/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
Hey Grant,
I waited to email you until I'd gotten the last board you shaped me out in some real surf, I mean we had some decent shoulder high windswell that had not much punch to it, had a few slop sesssions, and it works great in crap waves. Finally got something this morning with some push, shoulder to head high, some over head sets, but with a bit of power. Anyway, the board worked really nice, hangs in the pocket, flips around easily and I made it around a pretty long section that dumped in front of me got back to the face to work it some more so it really carries some speed well and drives out of turns.
Like this one even better than the one before, the design tweaks you did definitely make me happy with it.

Thanks again,
Steff (New York/USA)

Testimonial Date: 17/07/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
Grant -

How you going? Hope all is well is Oz and that the waves and the "winter" is treating you well.

I just wanted to drop you a line to let you know how incredible the board has been. Of course, with my luck, the same day that the board was ready to use was also the beginning of a 6 day flat spell here on the East Coast.
After some frustrating days and many checks of the surf, a solid head-high swell with offshore winds came up the other night. I of course took the board out and LOVED it. To say that it was all that I hoped for would be an understatement.

The board rode exactly as I hoped it would handling the steep drops brilliantly and turning on a dime. Honestly, I got out of the water and was more stoked on my session than I've been in a long time. I felt that my surfing was bumped up a couple notches just from getting on the board.

I was able to take it out for the last couple of days in various conditions and it has handled phenomenally every single time - from small waves to the larger stuff. I'm just stoked to keep riding it and to get it out on some of these waves around the world that I'll be surfing.

I wanted to thank you for the work that you did and all the help that you provided in shaping the board and deciding what was going to be best for what I was looking for. The final board was better than I had ever hoped for. I've already recommended you to a handful of people (some of which you may hear from) and will most certainly visit you again when I'm ready for another board. The whole experience from design to delivery has been great.

I won't be in Sydney for a good while now, but when I do reach Australia maybe I'll drop by your shop and say hello in person.


Irving (New York/USA)

Testimonial Date: 15/07/2004 - Board Type : Waterskate
hi grant, had a couple of surfs on the board. must admit i am struggling a little bit as stick is totally different than my old iceblock stick. had some good waves today and really got to throw it around im totally stoked with how it goes. i think i caught twice as many waves as i normally do. cant believe how stable it is when doing reos and floaters in whitewater good straight line speed also for around sections . an awesome stick . cheers dave
PS heres a couple of pics of the surf today 3to4 feet and pumping