Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)


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Super high performance board with all the bells & whistles. Designed for all those surfers at the top of their game.

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THE ELITE surfboard

THE ELITE is a super high performance board with all the bells & whistles.

The design is based on Gav’s knowledge & experience over the last 10+ years working with pro surfers, including Adriano De Souza & Sally Fitzgibbons.

THE ELITE has a continuous rocker, even foil & low boxy rails, which creates a well balanced super high performance board that loves pocket, lip and aerial surfing.

Thanks to the faith of Jadson Andre, THE ELITE made its debut appearance on the CT tour at Bells Beach 2015, and continues to show up in CT events around the world.


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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′ 8″ x 18 1/2″ x 2 1/8″  (23.5L)
5′ 9″ x 18 5/8″ x 2 3/16″  (24.6L)
5′ 10″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/4″  (25.3L)
5′ 11″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 5/16″  (26.6L)
6′ 0″ x 19″ x 2 3/8″  (27.9L)
6′ 1″ x 19 1/8″ x 2 7/16″  (29.2L)
6′ 2″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 1/2″  (30.6L)
6′ 3″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 9/16″  (32.0L)
6′ 4″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 5/8″  (33.5L)

Tail Shape

Rounded Square

Fin Setup


24 reviews for THE ELITE

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Best board I have had in years! Fast, responsive and no hiccups! Exactly what I was after. Thanks Gav

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    My elite went insane at south d bah next to the sand spit. Really happy with how the board felt. The surf was fun head high with some punch. The board felt really fast and drivey. The only thing about the elite that felt different was the stability. Its much quicker and more responsive than my boards, which maybe something I’ll want to adjust myself to. Would love to order more boards.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    My new 1-DA Shapes board I got before my latest trip to the Ments worked amazing. Only rode it as a quad set up the whole time and it went amazing. Rode it all day out this right and it was super fast and unreal in smooth conditions. Can’t wait to give it a run out the point when I get the courage to put a wetsuit on again. Thanks again Gav and also Corey Ziems for organising it.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    The 1-DA ELITE. Oh are you kidding me!!! That’s what I’m saying to myself every time I paddle back out. I’m doing turns I haven’ t done in years and some I’ve never done. So responsive, so much flow, so clean and the best release off the top. Had 1 month surfing the Elite and I think this could be the best board I’ve ever had. Could not be happier, thanks so much Gavin and Nikki for the most personalized service I’ve ever had ordering boards. Been so inspired that I’ve started competing again. Look out groms I’m back!!!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Speed to burn on the ELITE model guys. So forgiving through turns but still plenty of drive going in and out of turns. Solid underfoot, catching waves (too easy), likes to fly if you’re down with that. Total all round sick stick. Loving my 1DA ELITE. Yewwww

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks Gav from 1-DA Shapes for an awesome surfboard. Exactly what I was after and the glassed in fins give a feel of response I was looking for. Great speed out of turns and fast off the top. Anyone looking for a new board I highly recommend giving Gav and the team a call. Thanks again mate.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    The 5’9 was in its element today Gavin Upson rounded pin loves the super sucky barrels ‘stoked’!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    The board is so good!! I’ve never ridden anything like it before. I’m so stoked!! Thank you very much for making such a nice board for me!!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks for the great board Gav. I had a chance to get out this morning for the first few turns and didn’t realise how much my old board was holding me back, the 1-DA goes great. I can’t wait to get in some Snapper juice to really open it up. Thanks again.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    The boards were awesome. I couldn’t be happier.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Got a custom Elite to take to Latitude Zero in the Telo Islands. Rode it for 2 weeks solid 6-8hrs a day over there. Board went absolutely insane. Performed in all conditions. It’s my go to board. Stoked! Always looking for that board to take you to the next level, this is that board. Thanks Gav.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gavin, the Elite is everything I wanted, responsive in my turns, it’s a primo all-rounder shape! Well worth talking to a shaper who knows his dimensions. Cheers 1-DA crew. Stoked to be riding ya board

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    After riding the Cub for a couple months, I wasn’t sure how the Elite would feel. The Cub already felt like ‘an elite’ surfboard! My first surf on my custom Elite (which arrived on Xmas Day), my friend (a very good surfer himself) was filming and he commented my turns were looking noticeably bigger, and that it looked like I was not surfing the board to its capacity, while on my Cub I had been. This probably sums it up best: It feels like the only limitations when surfing my Elite is myself! It feels like I’m on a board any of the world’s best would appreciate. No disrespect to the Cub, I still go back to the Cub when the waves are soft/weak/fat, as the Cub seems to generate a bit more speed in flat sections. I actually won my national title on the Cub in long soft reform waves.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just got out from surfing The Elite at Snapper, the board was absolutely fantastic, exactly what I was hoping for! It got plenty of speed, it was responsive and held its line great. It was really good on top to bottom vertical re-entries. Every now and then you ride a board for the first time and it feels magic, that was one of those boards.
    There was one minor down fall and I stress it was minor, it was a little slow to paddle in general however, there was no problem getting into waves. As soon as the hit the back of the board it instantly picked up speed and away it went.
    In terms of other boards I’ve ridden I’d say it went similar to the DHD DX1’s I’ve owned maybe slightly better…

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    I started off with buying a board (THE ELITE) off the 1-DA rack and I have had so many great rides from making out of fast tubes to whacking sloppy washes. So then I bought another board which was a 5’8 fish (DUB T) and at this moment I can finally enjoy crappy small conditions. Two great boards and from two great people. Thank you Nikki and Gavin.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ya, I’m really loving the board feels so good. For me it’s really quick off the top and gives a lot of drive into and out of turns! I prefer riding it on the points but flies in all kinds of running waves from 2 to 6 feet. Really good for airs! Perfect all rounder.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my two boards, they are so fast and responsive. When I got to my feet, it was like going on a magic carpet ride, gave me confidence to take on any wave that came my way. THE ELITE 6’ 5” went off, loved tube riding and power turns in the pocket.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    My latest ELITE is great, works for me!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Been working with Gavin my past few boards, and my latest 1-da Elite is my best ever board yet. Gavin customized it perfectly to my ugly but interesting style and abnormally shaped body and oddly large head. I’m stoked with it. Hooked on having good boards now and am slowly building up a dream 1-da quiver.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love the Elite. My brother loves his too. My mates like riding my board. It’s the fastest and most responsive board I’ve ridden. I can beat sections I wouldn’t usually beat and make every turn. I’ll be taking this board to Bali this July. I wouldn’t ride anything else!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    My go-to high performance board, the thing flies. Responsive when i put the foot down, sturdy when i take off and light when i want to take to the air. This board gives me the confidence that i need to take me to the next chapter of my surfing. Every day gets better. Thanks Gav x

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love my Elite. I’ve been riding it in all sort of conditions and the little board goes bananas.
    It paddles well, very responsive and loves a pocket.
    Thanks Gavs and Nikki and I can’t wait to get another one with a few tweeks.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    My 5’3″ custom ELITE board goes really well, super fast and responsive, been getting some sick waves lately, from up north at Gnaraloo and around Perth, it goes sick. Can’t fault it so far and I’ve ridden it in a variety of waves thus far from 4 foot plus reef breaks down to a 1 foot beach break grovel. I like the low boxy rail and continuous gradual rocker with its kind of “low key” tail rocker giving it a loose but driving feeling off the bottom with a responsiveness off the top.
    I ride the Elite with small future fins model JJF which I think is a great combo.
    I would be happy to recommend this board to anyone chasing a new board.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hey there Nikki and Gavin,
    I had to stay out of the water for extra long because i cut the cast off with a pair of hedge trimmers and the wrist was not fully healed. nevertheless i took the board out with a broken wrist because I am impatient ha ha. right from when i hoped on it it felt so smooth moving through the water.
    It wasn’t until yesterday that I really got to test out what the board was capable of.
    I can happily say that until yesterday I HAVE NEVER HAD SUCH A GOOD SURF! THIS BOARD RIPS!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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