5.00 out of 5 based on 26 customer ratings
26 Reviews

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26 reviews for CUSTOM

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom Lamshed

    Gav made a weapon of a board that has progressed my surfing. Will definitely be adding another 1-DA shape to my quiver soon. Customer service and communication from Nikki was first class. Don’t buy a mass produced board off the rack when you can have one custom made for you by a company that cares!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jace Robinson

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    I am generally not a big talker, however I can’t help but talk up my Big J 6’ 5” and Classic 9’ 4” surfboards. So much fun. If only there was more time in the week to ride them.
    Gav’s advice with respect to board size and shape has definitely improved my surfing.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tully Portus Keen

    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 😄

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tony Wilkinson

    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.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cloe (Rox)

    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.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Rees

    Custom THE CHEATER 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.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Adam Rees

    Custom J-FORCE 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.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam Wilkinson

    After having Gav shape my last two Cubs, I now ride my new performance MASS DESTRUCTION which Gav shaped for me.
    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.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    1-DA Team Rider J-ROD

    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!

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Garry Farrell

    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.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Natasha Gouldsbury, 12yo grommet, Levin, New Zealand

    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.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jay Robbo

    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.

  16. 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 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.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5


    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!

  18. 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!!!

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jude Stevens

    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.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charli (11yo)

    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!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    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!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dawson Tamati

    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.

  23. 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 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.

  24. 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 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.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luke Hutchison

    Thank you so much. Epic. Pure love for the board (custom CHEATER 5′ 6″). Goes so good. Love your work. Thank you.

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