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5.00 out of 5 based on 40 customer ratings
40 Reviews

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Designed for all those little cubs out there pushing the boundaries to shape the future of surfing.

5′ 2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/8″  (21.9L)
5′ 3″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 3/16″  (22.6L)
5′ 4″ x 19″ x 2 3/16″  (23.3L)
5′ 5″ x 19 1/8″ x 2 1/4″  (24.6L)
5′ 6″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 1/4″  (24.9L)
5′ 7″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 5/16″  (26.1L)
5′ 8″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 5/16″  (27.0L)
5′ 9″ x 19 5/8″ x 2 3/8″  (28.3L)
5′ 10″ x 19 3/4″ x 2 3/8″  (28.9L)
Rounded Square
None (Select for 1-DA Exc. Epoxy orders)
White Net
Black Lines
Red Lines
Blue Lines
PU ($750)
Standard Epoxy ($1,099)
1-DA Exclusive Epoxy ($1,199)
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THE CUB is a performance board designed specifically for you, the frothing grom. It hides foam in all the right places so you can push your surfing ability to the limit with confidence.

Gav’s thinking behind the design of this board is K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid. And this gem of a design has been proven, time and time again, that it significantly improves the frothing grom’s surfing.

The design of THE CUB is based on Gav’s knowledge & experience shaping boards for Junior World Champions over the last 10 years, including Joel Parkinson & Sally Fitzgibbons.

Designed for all those little cubs out there pushing the boundaries to shape the future of surfing!


5′ 2″ x 18 3/4″ x 2 1/8″  (21.9L)
5′ 3″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 3/16″  (22.6L)
5′ 4″ x 19″ x 2 3/16″  (23.3L)
5′ 5″ x 19 1/8″ x 2 1/4″  (24.6L)
5′ 6″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 1/4″  (24.9L)
5′ 7″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 5/16″  (26.1L)
5′ 8″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 5/16″  (27.0L)
5′ 9″ x 19 5/8″ x 2 3/8″  (28.3L)
5′ 10″ x 19 3/4″ x 2 3/8″  (28.9L)

Tail Shape

Rounded Square, Round or Swallow

Fin Setup



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 18 3/4″ x 2 1/8″  (21.9L), 5′ 3″ x 18 7/8″ x 2 3/16″  (22.6L), 5′ 4″ x 19″ x 2 3/16″  (23.3L), 5′ 5″ x 19 1/8″ x 2 1/4″  (24.6L), 5′ 6″ x 19 1/4″ x 2 1/4″  (24.9L), 5′ 7″ x 19 3/8″ x 2 5/16″  (26.1L), 5′ 8″ x 19 1/2″ x 2 5/16″  (27.0L), 5′ 9″ x 19 5/8″ x 2 3/8″  (28.3L), 5′ 10″ x 19 3/4″ x 2 3/8″  (28.9L)


Rounded Square, Round, Swallow

Fin Plugs

FCSII, Futures

Tail Patch (Images Below)

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


PU ($750), Standard Epoxy ($1,099), 1-DA Exclusive Epoxy ($1,199)

40 reviews for THE CUB

  1. Rhiannon

    Thanks so much Gav and the team at 1-DA. Gav made my son’s first custom board and we couldn’t be happier. Gav understood exactly what we were after and his knowledge with grom boards is next level. The communication was outstanding and we would highly recommend. Thanks legends.

  2. Kyle Hubber

    Thanks for everything 1DA!! From the initial consult with Gav through to the pickup day, everything was seamless. Nikki’s communication throughout the process was top quality. Jai’s surfing has gone to another level having the Cub under his feet and the spray job was awesome. The look on his face when we picked it up was priceless. Do yourself a favour and contact Gav and Nikki for your next board, you won’t regret it.

  3. Evie Roth

    I love my Cub! First competition of the year with Snapper Board Riders and my Cub performed!!! Thank you Gav and Nikki 🤙🏻🤙🏻🤙🏻

  4. Mandy

    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.

  5. Georgia

    Love my new board. 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.

  6. 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. Sam Wilkinson

    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.

  8. Kim

    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.

  9. Michael Green, Dad to 7 y.o. Kai

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Pipi Bunker

    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.

  13. Brett, Jay’s Dad

    Jay has been loving the board (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.

  14. Brynn Fairhurst

    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.

  15. Drew

    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!

  16. Lochie

    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!!!

  17. Zeb Fairhurst, South West Rocks

    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!

  18. Ethan Eshuys

    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.

  19. Scotty

    It’s just easy to surf. [Talking about his CUB.]

  20. Charlie & Owen’s Mum

    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.

  21. 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!

  22. Lexi

    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!

  23. Lachlan Edwards

    The board (THE CUB) is going so good. I love it! Thanks heaps!

  24. Tyson

    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.

  25. Jarrah Potts (9 y.o.)

    1-DA custom CUB has been so much fun. It really taking me to the next level. I can’t wait to order my next board. 1-DA for life. Thanks Gav.

  26. Bailey

    The CUB is perfect. It is helping me to perform well in my competitions.

  27. Aliza’s Dad

    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.

  28. Milla’s Dad

    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.

  29. Oscar

    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.

  30. Ava

    The board (THE CUB) is going so good. I love it to bits.

  31. Jarrad Collier

    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.

  32. Riley

    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.

  33. Liliana

    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.

  34. Ben (on behalf of Holly)

    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.

  35. J-Rod

    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.

    Basically it just feels like a super high performance all-rounder, and I have got another CUB being made along with 2 x Elite models. Can’t wait!

  36. Luke Pearce

    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.

  37. Matt

    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.

  38. Cheeky Monkey

    Thank you for the awesome board Gavin. (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.

  39. Zhana Hutchieson, 1-DA Grom

    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.

    CUB surfboards hold well in gnarly waves and are very easy to control. The CUB design is my favourite design of surfboard.

    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.

  40. Josh Boyle

    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!

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