Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 31 customer ratings
(31 customer reviews)


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Designed for all those little cubs out there pushing the boundaries to shape the future of surfing.

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THE CUB - Surf Board

THE CUB is a performance board designed specifically for you, the frothing grom. It hides foam in all the right places so you can push your surfing ability to the ultimate limit with confidence.

Gav’s thinking behind the design of this board is K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid. And this gem of a design has been proven, time and time again, that it significantly improves the frothing grom’s surfing.

The design of THE CUB is based on Gav’s knowledge & experience shaping boards for Junior World Champions over the last 10+ years, including Joel Parkinson & Sally Fitzgibbons.

Designed for all those little cubs out there pushing the boundaries to shape the future of surfing!


See EPOXY page for full details and images.


Epoxy foam with wooden stringer and epoxy glassing.



Epoxy foam with special stringer, epoxy glassing, bottom stringer strip and tail patch. We use a special light aerospace sandwich composite stringer designed specifically for structures subjected to slamming and shock loads. The stringer’s composite material includes characteristics such as low water absorption, superior damage tolerance and excellent fatigue properties enhancing the surfboard’s flex.



5′ 2″ x 17 3/4″ x 2″  (18.9L)
5′ 3″ x 17 7/8″ x 2 1/16″  (19.9L)
5′ 4″ x 18″ x 2 1/16″  (20.6L)
5′ 5″ x 18 1/8″ x 2 1/16″  (21.0L)
5′ 6″ x 18 1/4″ x 2 1/8″  (22.1L)
5′ 7″ x 18 3/8″ x 2 1/8″  (22.6L)
5′ 8″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/8″  (23.2L)
5′ 9″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/16″  (24.4L)
5′ 10″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 3/16″  (24.8L)

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31 reviews for THE CUB

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for the awesome board Gavin. I had my first surf on it today. It’s great. It’s sooooooo fast. I did a lay back cut back. It’s amazing.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    The Cub has really helped me improve my surfing, it’s fast, easy to do turns, I feel like I have so much control of the board , it does what I want it to do, it is responsive. Love it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    My Cub is easy to turn so I am able to do big cutbacks and snaps. Helps me catch waves easier because its so easy to paddle. So much faster than any other board I have had. I am so happy to have a 1da. Gav is such a good shaper and the Cub has helped me heaps with my surfing.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The board is going great, it’s really loose, easy to turn and paddle and does exactly what you want to do. It’s definitely the best board I’ve ridden and my next board will definetly be a 1-DA. Thanks so much! Yewww.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my Cub Designed Surfboards and have been riding both of them competitively and for sheer pleasure since October 2014.

    They are great in all conditions, small onshore waves, point breaks, big surf days and everything in between.

    They are great competitive boards. Just recently I won an International Competition, The Melanesian Indigenous Cup, Open Women’s and Under 18 Women’s divisions in New Caledonia. Where I represented Aotearoa, New Zealand. I also have heaps of other finals and placings on my Cub Design Boards.

    These boards are super easy to turn, excellent for snaps, cut backs, re-entry’s and floaters. Easy to stall into a barrel and you can generate incredible speed on one.

    It is extremely light weight compared to most other boards, floats above whilst paddling making it much easier to catch waves and paddle out.

    Cub Designed Surfboards hold well in gnarly waves and are very easy control. Cub Design is my favourite design of surfboard.

    My boards have awesome graphics and a stunning appearance that are often complimented.

    I am looking forward to continued competition success on my Cub Design Boards and just having an awesome time enjoying surfing on these great boards in any conditions.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Gav, This review is on behalf of Holly. She loves the new board. This being her second CUB in a matter of months from a 5″7 to the 5″2 , I’m blown away with what it has done for her surfing. The coach and the boards of course have been spot on. Cheers mate.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Riding one of these temporarily till my customs arrive. This is actually Zhana’s new board Gav made for her, but I had to ‘claim’ ownership off her because I liked it so much when I tried it at the Demo Day in Taranaki! Have been surfing this and only this in small, medium and larger waves. It’s only a 5’8 but it holds in well in everything. I’ve often found it hard to get a board that feels good laying into forehand bottom turns, but this one achieves that nicely.

    Basically just feels like a super high performance all-rounder, and have got another Cub being made along with 2 x Elite models… can’t wait!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    All I can say is “I love it!” I got a CUB for my 10th birthday and love this board. Gav spent time designing it with me and Nikki helped customised the inlayz – it looks unreal and goes even better. Dad said it would take me a while to get used to it, but I loved it from my first surf! Dad thinks Gav is a magician as he can hide foam in all the right places for us kids yet have a board that is super responsive. Thanks guys.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Both boards (The Multi and Cub) are awesome however my 5′ 10 1/2 Cub is my go to board, it is so easy to manoeuver, I feel like it is a great all rounder board and my surfing keeps improving every time I get on it. I love every minute on it. So grateful, thanks Gavin

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    The board has been going great for me. It was a little bit ‘boaty’ for me at first but once I got used to changing my stance it was sweet. The glass job has been pretty strong so far and isn’t too heavy which is good being a 4x6x4.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    The board is going so good, I love it to bits.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love the CUB, it’s the fastest board I’ve ever owned. I just got back from surfing Sumbawa and the CUB held its line and speed in 2 foot sketchy Lakey, to 6 foot groomed Periscopes and 7 foot chunky Nunga’s. The CUB is what I wanna paddle out on anytime and every time.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sorry it has taken so long to give you an update on Milla’s new Cub, but we just can’t jag the right waves for Milla to get a true appreciation of her new board. Last weekend was the day for Milla when everything came together for her. She surfed at Greenmount on Saturday and we saw some amazing improvement and it was as if everything just clicked. Then on Sunday she competed in a club round at the Alley Boardriders Club Day. She won her two heats and then came second in the U10 Final.

    The best thing was that Milla came out of the water pumped and ready for more action on her new CUB.

    So thank you very much and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again as Milla continues to develop her love of surfing.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    The CUB is perfect, it is helping me to perform good in my competitions.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    1-DA custom Cub has been so much fun, really taking me to the next level, can’t wait to order my next board, 1-DA for life, thanks Gav.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    I am absolutely loving the board. By far the best board I’ve ridden! It is great in all conditions and is super fun. I definitely recommend 1-DA to anyone thinking of buying a board. I love the board and will save up to buy another one.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    The board (THE CUB) is going so good! I love it thanks heaps!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    My CUB board not only looks unreal, it goes even better. Gav sat down with me and helped work out what I needed. Its so easy to duck dive but still catches plenty of waves. It has helped me do well at Board-riders this year. I love it and am off to Fiji soon with the family to test it out on reef breaks. Wish me luck!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks Gav for my first custom 1-DA CUB, it was the best Christmas present ever! I liked how you wanted to know how I surfed and where I wanted to take my surfing and designed a board to help me do that.

    I am really stoked how smooth it feels on a wave and generates speed easy which is helping with my snaps. It paddles onto waves a lot faster and easier too helping me catch more waves improving my surfing a lot.

    I really enjoy surfing the green machine, I’ve surfed it everyday sometimes twice a day since I got it. I look forward to many more 1-DA boards as I progress, you’re stuck with me now Gav!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    The boys are loving the boards. They have said that they are awesome. That they are smooth and fast and easy to turn. They are enjoying them a lot.

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hi Gav, Aliza had a great surf tonight on her new board. She really connected with it. It looks really nice under her feet. She said it is the best board she has ever had. She came in and gave it a big kiss and said her surfing felt so good.

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    It’s just easy to surf.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Love it!! I have been having so much fun on the Cub. The board is super fast and it feels like I can generate more power in my turns with the board. It turns really well which is great.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    My custom Cub is going amazing. On small waves I can generate speed and on the bigger sets I drive down the line easy. The design is awesome. I LOVE IT !!!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    From start to finish dealing with Nikki and the team from 1DA has been a great experience. They were professional and thorough when it came to creating the perfect custom board for my son. He absolutely loves his CUB 5’ 4” and I would highly recommend anyone wanting a custom made board to go see these guys. Thanks heaps again for making Phoenix one happy kid!

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jay has been loving the board you guys made him. When I asked him how the board was his reply was “Oh the board goes so good”. Very technical ha ha. The 1-DA Cub had definitely helped his surfing improve and has definitely given him more confidence with his surfing.

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my new 1-DA Cub 5’0 surfboard. It feels perfect for me and since i have been riding my CUB my
    coach has seen an improvement in my snaps and cutbacks which is exactly what i wanted to do.
    Thanks Gav and Nikki for making my transition to a 5’0 a smooth one.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is the second lot of custom CUB boards that Gav and Nikki have hooked me up with and the first time I’ve tried the 1-DA Exclusive Epoxy. I’m loving how light they are and the speed generated down the line. They can help bring out the best in your ability and look sick too. I’ll be back for more once I’ve out grown these sticks. Thanks heaps.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hiya Gavin and Nikki

    Thanks heaps for my round tail CUB, it goes sooo good… it’s really easy to paddle and I’m catching so many more waves and able the get on the wave super early. I’m loving the speed through my turns and the speed out of my turns, it’s crazy.

    It feels nice and stable under my feet and really responsive with heaps of control, I can put it where I want to. I’ve been riding it in 1ft onshore beach breaks though to 5ft offshore points, so much fun…

    The glassing is really strong and with my custom spray looks epic too.

    Gavin and Nikki are really easy to talk to and are so helpful, I’m super stoked to be riding a 1DA shape and would highly recommend 1DA to anyone.

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my 1-DA board. I’ve won a few boardriders comps and I went in the Barney Miller Classic with it. It is very fast and it does good turns . My favourite trick is a grab rail cut back. Its colour is light blue and everyone comments on it, I love my board and I can’t wait to get another one to add to my collection!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    My 1-DA board is so siick! I love every wave on it. After every wave I’m heaps pumped to get back out the back, I love my 1-DA board and love surfing on it even more. Thanks Gav and Nikki.

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