5.00 out of 5 based on 12 customer ratings
12 Reviews

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The volume of a hybrid but made more versatile. Designed with all surfers’ enjoyment in mind.

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THE CHEATER is a versatile hybrid designed for all surfers.

The design is based on Gav’s knowledge & experience over the last 20 years shaping and designing boards.

THE CHEATER has a full flat deck with a drop down rail, and incorporates a single to deep double concave for ease of rail to rail transition. This model has all the floatation desired in a hybrid, with the added benefit of a narrower nose outline to really whip it around.

The model name came about when thinking about how you feel when you ride this board … you honestly can’t believe you can catch so many waves, it feels like you’re cheating.


5′ 2″ x 20″ x 2 1/4″  (26.2L)
5′ 3″ x 20 1/8″ x 2 5/16″  (26.98L)
5′ 4″ x 20 1/4″ x 2 5/16″  (27.5L)
5′ 5″ x 20 3/8″ x 2 3/8″  (29.23L)
5′ 6″ x 20 1/2″ x 2 3/8″  (29.6L)
5′ 7″ x 20 9/16″ x 2 7/16″  (31.18L)
5′ 8″ x 20 5/8″ x 2 1/2″  (32.1L)
5′ 9″ x 20 11/16″ x 2 9/16″  (34.46L)
5′ 10″ x 20 3/4″ x 2 5/8″  (35.0L)
5′ 11″ x 20 7/8″ x 2 11/16″  (36.92L)
6′ 0″ x 21″ x 2 3/4″  (38.1L)
6′ 1″ x 21 1/8″ x 2 13/16″  (39.68L)
6′ 2″ x 21 1/4″ x 2 7/8″  (41.1L)
6′ 3″ x 21 3/8″ x 2 15/16″  (43.08L)
6′ 4″ x 21 1/2″ x 3″  (44.8L)

Tail Shape


Fin Setup

Five Fin


See EPOXY page for full details and images.


EPS foam with wooden stringer and epoxy glassing.


Our 1-DA EXCLUSIVE EPOXY technology is the 1st composite stringer tech surfboard to WIN a WSL event! Read about it HERE.

EPS foam with special stringer, epoxy glassing, bottom stringer strip and tail patch. We use a special light 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.


Need some guidance about the right board for you? Take advantage of a FREE Private Consultation with our World-Class Shaper GAVIN UPSON when ordering your new 1-DA Shapes surfboard.

Appointments can be attended:

  • in person at our Tweed Heads premises; or
  • by Facebook Video Chat; or
  • by Telephone.

FREE Private Consultation – Book Here!

Additional information


5' 2" x 20" x 2 1/4"  (26.2L), 5' 3" x 20 1/8" x 2 5/16"  (26.98L), 5' 4" x 20 1/4" x 2 5/16"  (27.5L), 5' 5" x 20 3/8" x 2 3/8"  (29.23L), 5' 6" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/8"  (29.6L), 5' 7" x 20 9/16" x 2 7/16"  (31.18L), 5' 8" x 20 5/8" x 2 1/2"  (32.1L), 5' 9" x 20 11/16" x 2 9/16"  (34.46L), 5' 10" x 20 3/4" x 2 5/8"  (35.0L), 5' 11" x 20 7/8" x 2 11/16"  (36.92L), 6' 0" x 21" x 2 3/4"  (38.1L), 6' 1" x 21 1/8" x 2 13/16"  (39.68L), 6' 2" x 21 1/4" x 2 7/8"  (41.1L), 6' 3" x 21 3/8" x 2 15/16"  (43.08L), 6' 4" x 21 1/2" x 3"  (44.8L)

Fin Plug Options

FCSII, Futures

Tail Patch Options (Images Below)

None (Select for 1-DA Exc. Epoxy orders), White Net ($22), Black Lines ($22), Red Lines ($22), Blue Lines ($22)

Technology Options

PU ($825), Standard Epoxy ($990), 1-DA Exclusive Epoxy ($1,075)

12 reviews for THE CHEATER

  1. Derek Moffat

    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!

  2. Brent

    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.

  3. Tod Horton

    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!

  4. James Goode

    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.

  5. Adam Rees

    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. 

  6. Quinn Knuckey

    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.

  7. Ben

    Hi Gav. 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.

  8. Luke Hutchison

    Thank you so much. Epic. Pure love for the board (CHEATER). Goes so good. Love your work. Thank you.

  9. Chip

    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.

  10. Arron

    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?’

  11. Reef (10yo)

    My new 5′ 5″ CHEATER is great. It doesn’t nose-dive like my other board.

  12. Sea-Jay (7yo)

    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.

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