5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
8 Reviews

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

EPOXY Options – See ‘Description’ tab below.

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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.


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.


5′ 2″ x 20″ x 2 1/4″  (26.2L)
5′ 4″ x 20 1/4″ x 2 5/16″  (27.5L)
5′ 6″ x 20 1/2″ x 2 3/8″  (29.6L)
5′ 8″ x 20 5/8″ x 2 1/2″  (32.1L)
5′ 10″ x 20 3/4″ x 2 5/8″  (35.0L)
6′ 0″ x 21″ x 2 3/4″  (38.1L)
6′ 2″ x 21 1/4″ x 2 7/8″  (41.1L)
6′ 4″ x 21 1/2″ x 3″  (44.8L)

Tail Shape


Fin Setup

Five Fin


5' 2" x 20" x 2 1/4" (26.2L), 5' 4" x 20 1/4" x 2 5/16" (27.5L), 5' 6" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/8" (29.6L), 5' 8" x 20 5/8" x 2 1/2" (32.1L), 5' 10" x 20 3/4" x 2 5/8" (35.0L), 6' 0" x 21" x 2 3/4" (38.1L), 6' 2" x 21 1/4" x 2 7/8" (41.1L), 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), Black Net ($22), White Net ($22), Blue Lines ($22), Red Lines ($22)

Technology Options

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

8 reviews for THE CHEATER

  1. Rated 5 out of 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. 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luke Hutchison

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

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    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.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    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?’

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Reef (10yo)

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

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    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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