Superdupa happy with my first custom PU CUB; 5’ 7” x 18 1/2” x 2 1/8, 23.37L. I’ve had it for 3 months now. I can paddle into waves early, it’s fast, easy to turn and duck dive. 1-DA Shapes were able sort out a custom Inlayz that looks super sick. Gav nailed it with shaping a board for my height, weight and ability. My surfing is progressing so much quicker now. Thank you so much Gav and Nikki at 1-DA Shapes.
Love my new board (THE CUB). It’s great. This is my first custom board. I did my first snap and it’s easy to turn. It’s easier for me to learn on and get better. Thanks Gavin.
I recently took my ELITE 5′ 10″ to Bali and couldn’t fault the board in anyway! Super drivey off the bottom but released well off the top which is a hard combo to get in a board.
I am super heavy on my boards and generally snap my boards through my back foot, Gav used heavy duty carbon on my tail and this worked a charm!
Cant wait for my next ELITE!
I heard about Gavin on the “Surf Mastery” Podcast and then I did a bit of research of my own and there was a lot of positive feedback around his shaping. I was looking to get a couple of new boards so I got in touch with him via email. We arranged a time to chat on the phone so he could get a feel for where my surfing was at and what would be the best fit. My kids love the surf, especially the small summer days, so I wanted a board that would perform in small, knee to waist high, conditions. Gav tuned in on what I needed and he suggested a custom CHEATER. I am stoked with the result. Super easy to pick up small waves, rides through mushy sections, plenty of pop and speed from the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY construction and at 5’7″ it’s perfect for small waves manoeuvres. This board has quickly become a favourite as it means I can have still fun in trying conditions without resorting to a longboard. The customer service from Gav and Nikki was next level, they are great to deal with and they went the extra mile on every aspect. Thanks 1-DA team!
I couldn’t speak more highly of the boards I’ve gotten from 1-DA; not to mention the excellent experience of dealing with Nikki and of course Gav himself.
My first order was a BIG J, as I was looking for a slightly more performance shape, but one that was still forgiving for a tall weekend warrior. It’s a joy, being both super responsive yet easy to get up and going on. After our chat, Gav tweaked the design, widened up the nose, so it better suited me.
Next cab off the rank was a CHEATER. This little thing is so fast and fun when there’s less push in the surf. I was trying to order a longer version of the board, but Gav guided me towards something shorter, instead pumping up the volume. I’m very glad he did, because the result is a fast, nimble, and ‘squirty’ board that makes smaller days a blast.
Thanks so much to Nikki and Gav for amazing customer service. We had purchased a performance board for our son and he has frothed over it every day so I thought about time to get a new board myself ..I am a very sporadic surfer so THE CHEATER helps me get on more waves and stay out longer ..Thanks guys, we’ll get the whole family on a 1-DA soon!
Having recently received my first 1-DA (MULTI), I was keen to see how it would go here and abroad. Well it hasn’t disappointed. The flex is obvious and you can literally feel it loading up on a wave as you push off the bottom (like an accelerator in a V8) then pivot… boom! It releases really nice off the top… spicy… almost a little too spicy on some sections which can make your average surfing look somewhat radical. Rail to rail transition is super smooth on point breaks and the board just feels really lively. I would recommend the MULTI to anyone who wants a good all-rounder that has some squirt (in the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY technology). I would probably also get this model in a Standard construction as well, a little heavier for those windy Taranaki days and even go a couple inches longer… I rode this board in the Naki and on a recent Mentawais trip and it felt great under foot straight away. Great work Gav 😉 That board shape is dialled in just right.
I recently ordered two MASS DESTRUCTIONs for my 14 year old son. He has been riding MASS DESTRUCTION for the last three years and this is his fourth 1-DA board. Luke can generate speed easily on a MASS DESTRUCTION even when the waves are weak.
The team at 1-DA were awesome to deal with. Nikki went above and beyond and drove the boards to Brisbane airport for their journey to NZ. She could not be more helpful.
Dean, Luke’s Dad
MASS DESTRUCTION boards are super fast, easy to turn and sick.
Just grabbed a 5′ 8″ HYPO from Gav and it is freakin’ sick! We made a few subtle changes to the volume distribution to suit my surfing and even added the option for a single fin box to it for those cruisy point runners. The board is super fast, forgiving on the takeoff for a Hybrid, good in the pocket and great to lay into full turns. I am stoked on the board and the chats with Gav on refining it for me. My Buzzinga can now have a day off!.
It’s sick, it goes so fast and I can catch heaps of waves on it. [Talking about his MASS DESTRUCTION.]
I love this board!!
I’m 6’ 3” and 95kg and am relatively new to surfing.
The 6’ 4” CHEATER feels great under my feet and helps me get heaps more waves!! It is super fun to ride.
The whole process was super easy from initial contact with Nikki to my talks with Gav, all the way through to delivery to me in Sydney was first class.
My 8 year old son is now riding a 4’ 8” MASS DESTRUCTION which he loves too!! It is really easy for him to turn but still has enough foam in all the right places for him to paddle onto his own waves.
My first big surprise was the hidden volume in my 7′ 6” GUN model. My 5′ 10”s for example are around 25L (I’m only 62kg). My 7′ 6” is 35L! And to be fair, it looks like quite a refined weapon, and my friends comment the same kind of thing also. Having 35L on a bigger wave board is amazing for me. It allows the board to get enough momentum when paddling to catch some solid waves. I’ve surfed it at solid Sunset Beach in Hawaii, and also some really solid days at a big wave spot at home in Taranaki. Performance-wise it’s certainly easy enough to turn for a 7′ 6”, carries good speed, ploughs through bumpy stuff nicely, and it has withstood some heavy beatings and big sets on the head. Very happy with it, and look forward to getting a couple more 1-DA GUNS in the future to add to the quiver. Gavin made my last Hawaii quiver, and I’m confident on his equipment at home and abroad.
1-DA Team Rider J-ROD
I decided to leave my 5’ 9” Shuriken in Brazil as it performed even better on flatter bottom waves and also not having to take a board when I head over there on holidays. After talking to Gav, I decided to order a MULTI model as a substitute, for that little extra performance on small waves around the Gold Coast and NNSW area. After a couple of surfs trying different fins, I found the right set up and I’m extremely happy with this board. I like how it fits in the pocket and goes vertical quick and easy, and at the same time the outline and overall design gives you that little extra speed when riding weaker waves. It’s not a hybrid, definitely a very forgiving high performance board for anything from dumping 1ft to overhead high waves.
I wanted to have a super high performance board in my quiver and I wanted it to be light so I ordered an ELITE model in 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY construction. It took me a few surfs to really get it and then it was on. It’s smooth and fast down the line and I like the way it wants to keep turning when on rail. In the right conditions (good waves, not too big, not too small) my ELITE 5’ 10” is the most exciting board ever, the super light epoxy construction and sharp high performance shape got me addicted to this board. Outstanding on quality peaky beachies like Straddie and Dbah. Thanks Gav for another board that really works!
Hey, my name is Jace Robinson, I am 12 and I surf for Palm Beach Boardriders.
I was surfing a 4’ 9” performance board with a volume of 15.8 Litres and I loved the board. I also have another board of 5’ 0” and 18 Litres and it felt really big and I hated surfing it.
A few months ago, I surfed one of my mate’s boards and it was shaped by 1-DA. The board was sick to ride so I said to my dad I wanted one next time.
So a month later, Dad arranged for me to meet with Gavin from 1-DA. Gav was very supportive and listened to what I wanted, but there was one size he had in mind that he thought would be amazing for how my surfing was. The size that he had in mind was a MASS DESTRUCTION 4’ 11”, with a volume of 17.02 Litres, which is bigger than I wanted and it was in between sizes of both my boards.
I am so glad he told me to get this size, as it is the best board I’ve ever ridden. It’s so epic to turn and it has improved my surfing so much.
Thank you Gavin and 1-DA for my board, and I will definitely be back for more.
Gav’s advice with respect to board size and shape has definitely improved my surfing.
Recently I got a 6′ 0″ MASS DESTRUCTION in the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY and I can honestly say I have never ridden a better board in my life!! I would definitely recommend this board for any other surfer who is considering buying one as it is by far the fastest, lightest and most satisfying board I have ever ridden! I would highly recommend consulting with Gavin before ordering yourself a 1-DA as I can not describe how helpful he has been in helping me find the perfect boards to suit my style of surfing. Thank you so much Gavin and Nikki 😄
Tully Portus Keen
I quit the idea of having a 1 board quiver a while ago after being disappointed with so many empty promises from several shapers. There was always something wrong like no paddle power, bogging rails on flatter sections, not enough speed, weird off the bottom, boards that felt dead under the feet, too much rocker, not enough rocker, the list goes on.
For that reason, when ordering my J-FORCE (my first board from Gav), I wanted to start building a new quiver and was extremely specific. I wanted a board with paddle power without feeling boaty. A standard high performance shape able to handle walled up powerful waves like Deserts and Ulus race tracks, Burleigh … places where my previous boards where under-performing. In other words, I wanted a sort of mini step-up to make the most of 3 – 5 ft powerful waves.
Gav suggested the J-FORCE and right from the 1st surf the board blew my mind. This 5′ 10” paddles around better than my previous step-up (6′ 3”) for starters! It is super fast off the bat, feels loose without being too crazy, but when put on rail it holds amazingly well with great control and precision, and it always seems to release when needed, making my turns more radical than expected. I took it to the Maldives and it went well on chest high waves and outstanding on bigger powerful surf up to 6ft+. All I have to do is to change fins from a vert template on smaller surf to a raked template for above head high.
So that is my story, even if it was my most specific order ever, the J-FORCE ended up being that ultimate all-rounder I’ve been looking for in the past that I thought didn’t exist.
I can finally say if I could take only 1 board on a surf trip anywhere with decent surf, this would definitely be the one.
My son has had Gav shape his last 3 boards and loves the feel and performance so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about!
After soaking up an hour of Gav and Nikki’s time talking about all things surfing and what I was after in a board, I walked away eager to try out the new weapon once completed.
I went with the DUB T twin fin. I was a bit suss on the lack of length (5′ 11”) as I’m 6 foot and a few kgs heavier than 30 years ago but Gav assured me it will be the goods.
100% The Goods! My first time out on the board and I was sold! It’s super easy to paddle , easy to pick off waves with more time to set up the bottom turns and so quick down the line. And for the size, it’s extremely stable yet loose when you want it to be.
All in all the most fun in any conditions for me, which is why I’m hooked.
Thanks Team 1-DA for the custom and the time you guys spend with Sam and myself!
One happy guy.
1-DA Grom, Scotty Arderne
We enjoy working with Gav and Nikki, talking about designing the right board. Gav takes the time to understand our level to get the right board under our feet. We have been riding the MASS DESTRUCTION model boards, which are great high performance boards to push your surfing to the next level.
Aliza and Lochlan
My Dad and I were looking on websites for a new custom board manufacturer and found the 1-DA website. After reading Gav’s web page, we were impressed with all of the information and his knowledge. I ordered my first custom board (THE CUB) 5′ 6″ model and the ordering process was very easy and simple. I am extremely happy with the board’s performance. My surfing has improved and now I have a lot more speed throughout my turns. They also did a great spray job on my custom art work. This board is sick and now my brother wants to order one.
THE CHEATER Custom 5’ 11″ x 20 3/4” x 2 5/8” Diamond Tail, FCSII 5 fin setup, 35.69L
Only a few weeks after meeting with Gav and ordering my first board, I ordered my second. I was so happy with how everything went that I was confident he would deliver the goods.
After buying a performance J-FORCE, I decided to go with THE CHEATER model after Gav’s advice that it should be the go-to board in my quiver for smaller conditions at home. We set it up to be ridden as a quad or thruster and it works great both ways. This board is so fast and responsive, and like the name says it definitely gets you onto ways quicker and easier than most in the smaller mushy stuff, however it can also handle fast barrelling beach breaks like Dbah with ease. Even when the surf gets bigger, this little board can handle itself. The board also paddles like a dream.
Definitely a board that should be in your quiver as the go-to small wave board that can handle itself in medium size stuff.
J-FORCE Custom 6’ 2″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 9/16” Round tail, FCSII 5 fin setup, 31L
I came to Gavin after riding well-known brand standard stock off the shelf boards at surf shops. I was looking for that little bit extra and more defined board that suited me better for overseas in high performance waves but something that could also handle normal days at home. Gav’s knowledge of what I required just from a face to face chat and looking at the boards I was currently riding was great and it didn’t take long for us to agree on what we would go with.
From the moment I contacted Gav and Nikki, the process was a breeze. They are so friendly and easy to get along with and I enjoyed the personal easy going approach to choosing what type of board we would go with.
The board took no time at all to be made and I was shocked to get the call so quickly that my board was ready. The first time I picked up the board it felt amazing, and it felt even better on its first surf and all surfs ever since.
I am loving this board and my surfing has gone to new levels with it under my feet. My turns are crisper and the speed I could get in fast barrelling reef breaks in Indo was exactly what I was looking for.
Cant wait to get my next one.
Thanks to Gav and the 1-DA team!
So impressed with how Gav, from watching footage of my surfing, could really tune into what was needed to take my surfing to the next level. Totally stoked with the result. Best board (J-FORCE) I have ever owned.
Just had my first surf on my BIG J and loved it. Awesome paddle power, better than my 40L boards. It’s plenty fast enough and a lot more forgiving on drops, and floats sections nice too. I had to change my surfing and surf more performance rather than surfing high volume flat rocker style (stopped being lazy). Shot Nikki and Gav. Look forward to meeting you in person. Thank you for hooking me up another board. You guys are awesome.
I was fortunate enough to compete in the PIPELINE PRO JUNIOR earlier this year in pumping 6-10 foot waves.
Gav shaped me a SEMI GUN where, on the smaller 6-7 foot days at Pipe, I was able to take the drop and lock into the barrel with ease.
The SEMI GUN got me into the wave early with confidence and held its line so good. It is definitely a board that will be in my quiver next year I surf Pipe.
1-DA Grom, Josh Boyle
Since I got the MASS DESTRUCTION, my turns and speed down the line have really improved. Awesome board which I just love surfing with. Thanks Gav and Nikki. I will bring dad when I order my next board. 👍😂
1-DA Grom, Matty Boyle
Dad and I went to Gav again (1-DA) for my 3rd custom as Gav spends the time with me to sus out what will suit my ability.
The MASS DESTRUCTION is easy to manoeuvre and I am constantly completing more critical turns. I also find it fast which helps my get down the line!!
Thanks for the great board Gav and Nikki.
The MASS DESTRUCTION is such a sick board. It has improved my surfing a lot. My MASS DESTRUCTION can get heaps of speed on any wave, helping me to do better turns. I feel way more confident when I surf. Thanks Gav for shaping such a sick board.
I’ve had many boards around the 6’6 range over the years, as it’s a real go-to board for G-Land where I’ve spent a lot of time, and numerous other solid Indo spots. Not to mention Hawaii on a medium sized day. I’ve never clicked perfectly with them. Usually they have some positives as well as drawbacks … i.e. go great in the barrel but struggle to do performance turns. It wasn’t until I got my first SEMI GUN off 1-DA that it finally happened. Gav made me a 6′ 6” and the thing is like an extension of my shortboards. The flow of the board, paddle power, barrel riding, manoeuvrability and general feel under my feet is amazing. The SEMI GUN will not fail to disappoint!
1-DA Team Rider J-ROD
I wanted something fun but still high performance to surf 2 – 3ft waves everywhere. The SHURIKEN paddles around well and catches waves like a summer groveler but has a more standard rocker, nose and somewhat pulled in tail. It moves and holds more like a high performance board but you don’t have to pump too much to get speed. I went an extra litre in volume and it’s perfect. Still haven’t managed to bog rail on it J. Smooth down the line and precise tight turns on the pocket. Strong construction. If this board breaks or gets stolen today, I would re-order the exact same thing tomorrow.
The new board design (MASS DESTRUCTION) is amazing, goes well through the critical sections and it helps me to be on rail more, as well as pushing me to use the rail properly. It’s extremely responsive & pushing me to the next level.
The MISTRESS … what can I say! This longboard has all the bells and whistles that you expect from a high quality crafted performance board. I have surfed the MISTRESS in surf ranging from knee to head high and it does it all with ease. Again, you have given me another fine addition to my quiver! Thanks Gavin.
Thanks 1-DA for my 2nd CUB.
So stoked with the board! I have more confidence in my turns and it’s so easy to pick off waves!
My trip to Sumatra was sick and the fresh board was unreal in all conditions!
Can’t wait to step up to the MASS DESTRUCTION. Yeeeeewww.
What can I say, if ya wanna go surfin, grab ya CHEATER 1-DA Surfboard. It goez off. It got me back into the surf. Thanx Gav. Fully stoked with my 6′ 2″.
Best board I have ridden (DUB T in the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY tech) … and I have had a few. The 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY is awesome. Using Al Merrick FCS 2 twin fins with stabiliser. Board is loose but in control … riding a 5′ 9” with 5′ 10” dims. Sign of a good board is when it glides in early … which this does. Great board.
Just bought a new MISTRESS. Such a high performance longboard. Absolutely flies when you give it a pump and turns really well with the rounded tail. Holds in really well when nose-riding. If you’re after a board like this, I advise call Gav as he knows how to make a board to bring that froth to your surfing. Yeww!
Hi Gav, Aliza had a great surf tonight on her new board (THE CUB). 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.
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. I can’t wait to get another one with a few tweeks.
I purchased a custom BIG J 6′ 6″ x 19 5/8″ x 2 1/2″ 33.4L from 1-DA four or five months ago. I went from a 6′ 7″ more of a rounded pin to a bit squarer. I wanted something that was a little looser and would hold into the pocket. And something with a heavier glass job to last, as there’s a lot of rocks where I mostly surf. The waves I mostly surf are around head high but have had a day up to 5ft or so. Enjoying the board. Holds in well. I’ve had a couple I’ve taken off on that I didn’t think I’d make the section on but did and have managed to pull into a few pockets for a quick cover up. I’m finding it easier to bring it all the way round when cutting back or coming off the top, able to whip it back around out of the pocket where before I was coming out of the turn with more a faded bottom turn or off the bottom of the wash. Mainly been surfing lefts but had a few fast rights and the board kept up and have managed to vert on a couple (but ate it on one!). I can also get a lot of speed when driving off the bottom of a wave. All and all, very happy and would not hesitate to recommend a board from 1-DA!
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.
My go-to high performance board (THE ELITE), the thing flies. Responsive when I put the foot down, sturdy when I take it 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
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 every day, 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!
The boys are loving the boards (THE CUB models). They have said that they are awesome, that they are smooth and fast and easy to turn. They are enjoying them a lot.
Charlie & Owen’s Mum
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!
It’s just easy to surf. [Talking about his CUB.]
Joel is absolutely thrilled with his new 1-DA board (THE CUB). His surfing has improved and is surfing with greater confidence too. Thanks to 1 DA for doing such a great job of his board.
My MASS DESTRUCTION feels amazing under my feet. The MASS DESTRUCTION is my favourite board because it’s faster and more responsive. It has improved my surfing heaps. I feel so much more confident with my surfing since I’ve been on this board and have had better results in competitions. Thanks Gav and Nikki for another great board.
I tried the board (SEMI GUN) today for the first time. Loved it!! It is exactly what I was looking for. Paddles really well and sticks to the face of the wave. It felt great. Gav did a great job!
I have surfed the board (MISTRESS) about 6 times now, in shit surf, good Snapper and good conditions at the Alley. Love the board. It has really good release through the tail. Still feeling it out, but very impressed. Thank you for being so in tune with your passion.
My CUB board not only looks unreal, it goes even better. Gav sat down with me and helped work out what I needed. It’s 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!
The board (THE CUB) is going so good. I love it! Thanks heaps!
I’ve been working with Gavin on 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.
I am absolutely loving the board (THE CUB). 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.
The board (J-FORCE) works fantastic. Extremely fast off the bottom. It seems to slingshot to the lip. Something I never experienced. It took a while to get use to actually. Very loose off the top as well, yet still easy to control. Extremely fast as well. Really handles well in overhead surf. Loving it!
Thanks Gav & Nikki, Kai is absolutely loving his new board … 1-DA 5’0 CUB!! We appreciate that Gav gave us a lot of his time, getting to know where Kai’s level of surfing was at, to ensure that we ended up with exactly the right dimensions. Kai ended up with a board which will allow him to progress & develop his surfing & we will no doubt be back again, once he has outgrown this beauty! Thanks again
Michael Green, Dad to 7 y.o. Kai
Hey there Nikki and Gavin,
I took the board (THE ELITE) out with a broken wrist because I am impatient, ha ha. Right from when I hopped 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!
I LOVE THIS BOARD SO MUCH IT TWISTS AND TURNS EVERY WAY I WANT IT TO AND IT FEELS SO SEAMLESS CARVING THROUGH.
ALL I CAN SAY IS THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CREATING SUCH A PIECE OF ART.
I AM BEYOND STOKED!!!!
THANKS SO MUCH!!!!
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
I haven’t set foot on any of my other boards since I got the HYPO. The board is ridiculously good, surfed the point overhead today on it and it felt incredible. Very very impressed and feeling challenged as it’s made me rewire my style. Thank you. I am on cloud 9 right now. Super energized from my surf this arvo.
As people say to me “I cannot believe some of the manoeuvres you are doing at the age of 12”. All I can say is the board (MASS DESTRUCTION) feels that amazing and helps me push my surfing next level. Good times ahead.
1-DA Grom, Matt Boyle
Since being on the new model MASS DESTRUCTION (in the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY tech), I have achieved some great results with my competition surfing. The board has helped me get more vertical in turns, and create some great lines with an amazing rail outline. It also allows me to make sections that any normal board doesn’t. This board gives me confidence in any type of surf.
1-DA Grom, Josh Boyle
Loving my custom J-FORCE! I’ve had it for a few months now and my surfing is finally progressing to that next level. I expected the board to be fast but I didn’t expect it to also be so stable. I have so much more control than I’ve ever had before while keeping heaps of speed! Gavin was also really easy to communicate with and I could tell he really cared about making a board that was perfect for me. Thanks Gav.
The 1-DA CLASSIC, what a great addition to my longboard quiver! It nose rides for ever and handles like a dream, with those smooth lines and the custom pintail, it’s loose and snappy! A CLASSIC point break longboard.
I love my two boards (THE ELITE and the SEMI GUN). 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. The SEMI GUN 6’ 10” was legendary. Needed to have bigger waves, maybe 10-15 foot. Thanks Gavin, sick boards man. Wahoo.
Brent “Hench” Hutchieson
I recently upgraded my board, from the cub to the grom MASS DESTRUCTION. I immediately felt a significant improvement in my surfing. I found it was easier to manoeuvre in smaller conditions and even better handling in bigger conditions. My turns feel sharper and it is great on the rail. The board is extremely reactive and has boosted my confidence in the surf.
THE CUB is perfect. It is helping me to perform well in my competitions.
I’m really loving the board (THE ELITE). 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 it flies in all kinds of running waves from 2 to 6 feet. Really good for airs! Perfect all-rounder!
Davey Van Zyl, South African QS Surfer
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 want to paddle out on any time and every time.
Dale Staples, South African QS Surfer
My MASS DESTRUCTION is really light and fast under my feet and gives me good drive off the bottom of the wave. It feels faster than my other boards.
Once again, Gav has made me a killer of a board!!! “THE CLASSIC” is everything you want it to be for a logger. With the nose concave, through to the 50/50 rails, it basically wants you to go for maximum tip time, because once you’re up there you will basically live up there!!! Your next board should definitely be “THE CLASSIC“.
I was on THE CUB and it was a really good board. If you feel that your surfing is ready to go to the next level then jump onto the MASS DESTRUCTION. It is more of a high-performance board and I love it. Thanks Gav.
When I discussed with Gav what I wanted in my new board, I told him I wanted a board that felt familiar but would let me get more out of my performance … and that’s exactly how my new SHURIKEN in the 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY tech feels. It suits my style and I can already feel the board letting me push harder than my previous boards. After being out of the water for almost a year, I’m hanging to surf this board as much as I can. Thanks guys.
I love my 1-DA board (THE CUB). I’ve won a few Boardrider’s comps and I went in the Barney Miller Classic with it. It is very fast and it turns good. My favourite trick is a grab rail cut back. Everyone comments on the light blue colour. I love my board and I can’t wait to get another one to add to my collection!
Zeb Fairhurst, South West Rocks
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.
The board (THE CUB) is going so good. I love it to bits.
Last weekend was the day for Milla when everything came together for her. She surfed THE CUB 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.
I’ve been riding the 5′ 8” DUB T & loving it! This twin fin is going so very good. I am hoping to use it in the upcoming Masters next week.
Jamie “Chip” Andrews, owner of BeachStreet Surf Shop
Got the 5’ 4″ BUZZINGA. Surfs well from tiny to overhead. Fastest board for smaller surf. Getting more waves than ever. Will be getting more boards from 1-DA. Thanks 🙂
It’s been a few weeks and still to this day, I haven’t had a bad surf on my SHURIKEN. It’s the most amazing board I’ve ever had the pleasure of riding. I haven’t had a magic board like this in all my years of surfing and that’s the truth. Thanks so much once again! You’re making it incredibly hard to get behind the lens these days.
My 1-DA board (THE CUB) is so sick! 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.
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 1-DA Shapes surfboard and would highly recommend 1-DA to anyone.
Natasha Gouldsbury, 12yo grommet, Levin, New Zealand
The 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY has ramped up my performance for sure. Being a big fan of THE ELITE model, I found it hard to get off this even when the waves were soft and small. And if I did change models, I would get more speed however I couldn’t surf in the pocket as well. Going EPOXY on my ELITEs has opened up a whole new world. The flex pattern in them gives them a whole new feel and vibrancy that I can’t explain. Basically I can surf my EPOXY ELITE with more speed than ever in full grovel surf and I can surf it in pumping surf and it goes equally as well! My surfing has got faster, more flow and I’m loading up my bottom turns and rail turns more which equals more speed coming out of them into the next turn. I’ve got some of my friends on Gavin’s EPOXY boards too and they are super stoked on the extra performance!
1-DA Team Rider J-ROD
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.
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.
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 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.
Jay has been loving the board (THE CUB ) 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. It has definitely helped his surfing improve and has definitely given him more confidence with his surfing.
Brett, Jay’s Dad
From start to finish, dealing with Nikki and the team from 1-DA 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!
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!!!
The board (THE CUB) 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.
I just got out from surfing THE ELITE at Snapper. The board was absolutely fantastic. Exactly what I was hoping for! It had plenty of speed, 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. This is 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 it 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…
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 it seems to generate a bit more speed in flat sections. I actually won my national title on THE CUB in long soft reform waves.
Both boards (THE MULTI and THE 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.
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 your board!
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 customise 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.
Thanks Gavin. I am totally happy with my MULTI. I put my faith in 1- DA Shapes to make me a board based on very little information, just my preferred volume, the waves I usually surf and the boards I am currently ridding. After chatting to Gav, I felt really confident that he understood what I wanted. Having not specified any dimensions, I couldn’t wait to see what he had shaped for me. Gav, you’ve hit the nail on the head with this one. Cheers and thanks for a great board.
Hi Gav. Maaaaaate, my SHURIKEN is unbelievable dude. It’s really responsive on my backhand and super fast! Buddy, I just want to ride right handers now, lol. Wicked Gav. Thanks brada! Mean boards Gav. What can I say buddy, super stoked! Yeeeeooow. P.S. What’s next …hehe
I got a custom ELITE to take to Latitude Zero in the Telo Islands. I rode it for 2 weeks for solid 6-8hrs a day over there. The board went absolutely insane. It performed in all conditions. It’s my go to board. Stoked! If you’re always looking for that board to take you to the next level, this is that board. Thanks Gav.
I absolutely love my new board (BIG J). It’s amazing!!!
I was riding one of these (THE CUB) temporarily until my custom 1-DA boards arrived. This is actually Zhana’s new board (THE CUB) 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! I 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.
I scored a 5′ 8″ BUZZINGA a few months ago and loved it from day one. Super fun board for smaller mushy waves but holds its own in bigger surf and loves mid-size low tide point breaks on a quad set up. The volume is spot on and I am catching more waves with less paddle than ever before, which has made it my go-to board lately. Gav and Nikki are super awesome and will help you with any questions, tech advice or extra gear you might need. Thanks guys.
THE CHEATER is the funnest board I’ve ever owned, especially with the couple of extra litres in the 5’ 10”. Thanks again. I’m sure I’ll see you soon.
Hi Gav. This review is on behalf of Holly. She loves the new board (THE CUB). This being her second CUB in a matter of months from a 5’ 7” to a 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.
Ben (on behalf of Holly)
I love my CUB 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, and the Open Women’s and Under 18 Women’s divisions in New Caledonia where I represented Aotearoa, New Zealand. I also have had lots of other finals and placings on my CUB boards.
The boards are super easy to turn, excellent for snaps, cut backs, re-entry’s and floaters. They are easy to stall into a barrel and you can generate incredible speed too.
It is extremely light weight compared to most other boards. It floats above whilst paddling, making it much easier to catch waves and paddle out.
My boards have awesome graphics and a stunning appearance that are often complimented.
I am looking forward to continued competition success on my CUB boards and just having an awesome time enjoying surfing on these great boards in any conditions.
Thanks for the great board (THE ELITE) 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 ELITE goes great. I can’t wait to get in some Snapper juice to really open it up. Thanks again.
The board (THE ELITE) 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!!
Honestly, it’s the best mal (MISTRESS) I have ever ridden!!!
Aaron Banks, Coopers Surf
The board (THE CUB) is going great. It’s really loose, easy to turn and paddle, and does exactly what you want it to do. It’s definitely the best board I’ve ridden and my next board will definitely be a 1-DA. Thanks so much! Yewww.
I am absolutely loving THE MULTI. It gets me motivated to surf when the waves are terrible. It’s so good having the 5 fin option and I have preferred the quad option when it’s really small. Gav is so good at listening to feedback and translating it into his boards.
Jack Perry, MODOM
Hi Gav. The board (J-FORCE) goes unreal, wouldn’t change a thing. Cheers.
Hey Gav. So sick. Loving THE MULTI. It goes really great in big surf and in little surf. It goes super fast, doesn’t spin out, and I have lots of control over it. Overall, sooooo sick. Thanks Gav.
The 5’ 9” ELITE was in its element today Gav. Rounded pin loves the super sucky barrels. Stoked!
I love my SHURIKEN. Heaps of speed, great on rail. Epic board!
Thank you so much. Epic. Pure love for the board (custom CHEATER 5′ 6″). Goes so good. Love your work. Thank you.
Thanks Gav for an awesome surfboard (THE ELITE). It is exactly what I was after and the glassed in fins give a feel of response I was looking for. It has 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.
Hi Gav. I just wanted to let you know mate that the J-FORCE you made me is the best stick I have ever ridden. It is super fast down the line and is also so solid under my feet through my turns. It has totally improved my short board surfing. Next will have to be a performance mal so I can keep up with my short board surfing – I think I need a Mistress!!!!
Love your work buddy.
Thanks Gavin. I’m stoked with the shape and the high quality finish. For the sake of kneeism and kneelos everywhere, I’ve just surfed my new 1-DA KNEEBOARD at Stent tonight in some pretty decent waves. It would have to be one of the most responsive boards I’ve ever ridden. Speed, power and flow. Cheers Gavin.
THE CUB is easy to turn so I am able to do big cutbacks and snaps. It helps me catch waves easier because it’s so easy to paddle. It’s so much faster than any other board I have had. I’m so happy to have a 1-DA. Gav is such a good shaper and THE CUB has helped me heaps with my surfing.
Finally got my BIG J wet. Lucky me … the ship was docked in Palau and it was 7-8 foot at West Passage on my day off … life is great. Thanks for an amazing board. It worked great on my first day out, even though I never surfed a reef break before.
Kevin O Keeffe
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 1-DA ELITE. Yewwww.
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. I’ve had a month surfing THE ELITE and I think this could be the best board I’ve ever had. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much Gavin and Nikki for the most personalized service I’ve ever had ordering boards. I’ve been so inspired that I’ve started competing again. Look out groms, I’m back!!!
THE MULTI totally lives up to the name. Definitely a multi-purpose board! Got a 6’ 0″ a couple of days ago and finally rode it today. The surf was really small, about 1-1.5+ ft at the most. I was thinking that I should probably use my other small wave specialist in my quiver but I really wanted to take her out for a spin being a new board and all. So stoked and surprised. I caught quite a few waves with this magic stick! I look forward to the surf picking up. After today, I can only picture how she’ll handle the more powerful waves. The board has definitely got a really nice balance between agility and stability. One word: perfect. Thanks Gavo!
I was in Newcastle for the Australian Surfing University Games these last few days. I reached the quarter finals. I surfed the J-FORCE in every heat and it felt really good. This board is so fast and light so you can make crazy turns with it! I really enjoy surfing this board!
I took my J-FORCE out today. It worked like a charm! It’s so light under my feet which made it really easy to throw around. I got thrown into a nice little barrel out at Palmy. I did a late drop and closed my eyes thinking I was going to bail but dropped through the roof opened my eyes and was flying down inside the wave. It held really well. My mate was frothing at the build of the board, he loved it. And while I had the board sitting on the grass, a bloke walking past stopped by the board and had a good admire. Couldn’t be more happier mate!
My new 5′ 5″ CHEATER is great. It doesn’t nose-dive like my other board.
Reef (10 years old)
Love my new 5′ 0″ CHEATER. It is so much fun Gavin. I go surfing every day now. I even started doing turns during my first session. I really love surfing now.
Sea-Jay (7 years old)
THE CLASSIC is brilliant!! It’s helping me take my long boarding to a new level. It’s solid and smooth. I’m enjoying it in all sorts of conditions. Great blend of old and new and really loving it.
Rob – SA early morning warrior
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!
I took that 5’ 11” J-FORCE out at Burleigh today. The thing goes unreal. Two thumbs up!
The J-FORCE is really responsive and fast, carves good. It goes mental.
I took my CHEATER 5′ 6″ for the first surf today. Man that board is FAST! It really feels like you’re cheating – other surfers kept looking at me like ‘Are you catching another wave?’
Hey Gav. Thanks for the boards mate. I rode THE MULTI a few times already down south and you nailed it!
THE ELITE is the best board I have had in years! It is fast, responsive and no hiccups! It was exactly what I was after. Thanks Gav.
I just got my new J-FORCE 1-DA board and love it! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a board feel so good under my feet from the first wave. It looks like there may be magic in this one! Thanks so much Gav.
Howsit Gavin! Amped to have your boards under my feet again! I just picked up my boards and they feel amazing! Thanks so much! I surfed THE MULTI and it feels really good!! And the waves were pretty shitty! Going to save the J-FORCE for when it gets better! Update – the J-FORCE is going really good!!
Heat win at Kirra Teams Challenge today in perfect pumping Snapper. Stoked on the new J-FORCE craft I picked up just 2 days ago. It’s sick. It’s so fast, feels electrifying. I combo’d the heat score. It’s been a while since that happened. Need to get myself another 1-DA board in my quiver!
I had my first surf on my CHEATER 5’ 6” this morning. It got me frothing on the little reform wave of Boilers. The board went really well, loose and forgiving with loads of float. A super fun board. I look forward to surfing it again.
I rode THE MULTI in a bowly head high left in Fiji and it went insane!!! I was blown away by how fast it went and it felt unreal on rail through carves as a quad. Super super stoked!!
My ELITE went insane at south Dbah next to the sand spit. I’m 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. It’s much quicker and more responsive than my boards, which maybe something I’ll want to adjust myself to. I’d love to order more boards.
Thank you for the awesome board Gavin. (THE CUB 4′ 7″) 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.
I just rode my new 5′ 10” J-FORCE for the first time. As soon as the first ride began, I knew the board had a lot to offer. After 3 waves, I decided it is the best board I have ever owned. I look forward to surfing it again. Thanks heaps Gavin Upson for the time and energy spent to refine the design. Unreal!
My new ELITE I got before my latest trip to the Ments worked amazing. I only rode it as a quad set up the whole time and it went amazing. I rode it all day out this right and it was super fast and unreal in smooth conditions. I look forward to giving it a run out on the point when I get the courage to put a wetsuit on again. Thanks again Gav and also Corey Ziems for organising it.