The type of surfboard you ride can make a huge difference to your surfing, both in terms of day to day enjoyment and also with respect to how quickly you progress. Therefore, it's crucial to get the right fit between you and your board.

These days there are many different surfboards to choose from. As a result, surfers who do not have an ongoing relationship with a competent shaper, may have difficulty deciding what type of surfboard would best suit them. In addition, different manufacturers, magazine articles and forums make different promises and claims about various types of boards. Some of these promises and claims are untrue or misleading, or at best are distortions of the truth. In these circumstances it's natural that surfers often feel confused or uncertain. For example recently, so called volume calculators have emerged on various websites. These calculators purport to accurately assess how much volume you need in your new board. However in truth, these devices are entirely lacking in empirical foundation and scientific validity and are simply another form of marketing. In reality, there is no substitute for a detailed consultation with an experienced shaper.

At Miller Surfboards, whether you are a raw beginner or a highly experienced surfer, your situation will be treated as unique. You will receive equal time and attention from Grant, who will personally work with you to design a board which meets your needs now.......and also those needs which will naturally emerge as your surfing progresses. From the moment you start talking with Grant, you will realize that you are not talking with an ordinary surfboard shaper. Rather, you are in direct contact with a professional who knows surfboards inside and out, who cares about his craft, and who is totally focussed on your situation.

Our level of personal service and attention to detail is in the superior category. Approximately 8-10 weeks after you receive your new board, Grant will contact you personally to see how the board is performing. After that, he remains available for you to consult with, or to advise you on any surfing related issue, should the need arise. The nature and quality of this relationship is very similar to that experienced by professional surfers with their respective shapers. What inevitably occurs through this process, is a progressive enhancement of your surfing experience. If you require the finest in surfboards, not the cheapest, then you have come to the right place.

Grant Miller has been designing and shaping surfboards, both here and internationally, for the past 34 years and has shaped in excess of 22,000 boards.

Check our testimonials. Welcome.

How do I order?

Surfboards can be ordered in person from Grant by prior arrangement, at Little Forest, or at Mona Vale on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Simply call him on - 0410 770 374  to arrange a time.
Alternatively, boards can be ordered over the telephone by calling - 0410 770 374 , or by making an enquiry through the website contact page.

Finished boards can be picked up in person at Little Forest, freighted with TNT or hand delivered (see FAQ for details).

We will happily trade in your used Miller board on a new custom surfboard.


We supply Ocean and Earth products at competitive prices and can provide leashes, grips, boardbags and 10mm multi travel bags on request. Simply ask Grant at time of ordering or call him for an obligation free quote.
Ocean and Earth are manufacturers of high quality surfing accessories. They are a 100% Australian owned and operated company based at Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales South Coast.



" Although dealing with a shaper might seem like you are purchasing a board, to a large extent you are really purchasing a service. Grant's level of service was exceptional - kept me up to date during a difficult time for him*, returned calls very quickly, delivered when promised and delivered a board that was exactly as promised. He was extremely easy to talk to and genuinely interested in what I wanted and how to make the best board for me, rather than what was easiest for him. Little things, like extra glassing round the fins and tail, are very well thought out and add to the quality of the final product. The custom spray was a bit of an extravagance but was done perfectly - not only does Grant provide a great service but he surrounds himself with quality assistants. This was my first custom board, but I see no reason to ever again buy off the rack, well at least while Grant is still around.    ~   Chris Age 43. "

* Note from Grant Miller. Chris ordered his board from my bedside at Milton Hospital in early November 2012, a few days after my admission with a very serious spinal injury.
WelcomeGrant/SumatraSUBXMarie Miller/1979
Grant Miller, Ujung Bocur July 16th 2012 -- Excerpt from diary : “woke early, surf big. Triple to 5 times overhead. Only a few guys out but not many taking off. Paddled the 7'6” off the corner and out with dry hair and straight into a real big one on the outside. Dropping down the face felt like ages with a huge roar behind me, full power off the bottom and up high flying free. Fade back and then out over the top screaming. 3 hour session, no falls, a career high point at 54”.

Thursday, 12 December 2019


FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

I’m really not sure where to start this diary entry. A week before the South Coast /Currawan fire took hold I finished my house. 15 months of effort was finally over including a large slab for the new shed and all drainage and driveways complete. I had arranged to have an end of project/housewarming party for my friends and everyone who had been involved. As the fire developed out towards Brooman, about 15km from me, I decided to cancel. That was a good decision. The fire continued to grow until a few days later it was visible in the distance from my backyard maybe 6km away. It was obviously advancing towards me and the coast and despite a lack of useful information from the RFS, I started preparing for the worst. That was also a good decision.

Two days before the fire arrived we received multiple RFS warnings. They were all false alarms. During these days I provided intel to the RFS from my vantage point on the mountain. When the fire jumped the Princes Highway At East Lynne and raced into the back of Kiola and Bawley Point I continued giving out information to them. I also called ABC local radio to report what I could see and where. On Tuesday the 3rd of December at 4pm, one hour before the fire front arrived on my property the RFS sent me an evacuation text!! I should say here that I never intended leaving the property and was fully committed, prepared and ready to defend. I’d been in touch with the RFS repeatedly to try and find out just where the fire was going to break over the ridge. They didn’t know despite having multiple aircraft operating in the area. This was not helpful. Half an hour before the fire hit I did another interview with the ABC where I acknowledged that I was on my own, but ready. I then called a mate, Peter Rice from Moruya who I shape for. Peter has been through fires before. With him I checked my fire plan. Among other things he told me not to panic when the fire came over the ridge, and not to bail out and try to escape by car if it got too extreme. Although I had heard this before from other sources, it had maximum impact coming just minutes before a major fire was upon me. Prior to calling him I’d received a number of calls from friends who were obviously panicking at my situation and I could feel myself starting to lose my nerve. I will always remember and appreciate Peters support. Just then, another friend, Rob Williamson my excavator operator turned up out of the blue on his trail bike. I told him the fire was imminent but he refused to leave and as usual did what he wanted to do.

We checked my water tanks and a few odds and ends and then the air started warming up noticeably, the smoke got even thicker and bang it burst over the ridge and onto my property. An immediate 20 foot wall of flame, trees alight and running down the side of the yard. Wind about 60—80km in full flight and here we go. Strangely perhaps I never felt any fear, just fascination at the power and the passion of the fire. It was beautiful to witness and yet so deadly. I’d built a sprinkler system on the roof with my plumber Robbie Sawyer and this helped me save the house. For 4 or 5 hours Rob and I fought the fire, this way and that as it went over and around the house that I loved so much. My home that I refused to abandon. I’m crying now as I write this a week later, yet at the time I was so in the moment as we danced with the fire together. You don’t fight fires, you respond to them. Rob’s wife called about 9pm and said that their home in Tabourie was under threat. Rob jumped on his bike, I gave him my shirt and hosed him down and he rode out along the burning ridge. Gutsy. Naturally enough we are now bonded in a way that only we fully understand. The house was under severe ember attack from about 7pm until around 3am. The fire also spotted down the East side of the house and roared back up towards me. This was when I thought repeatedly that I may lose it. But I didn’t. At 6am the next morning it was all over and it was obvious that I’d saved the house and come through without injury. ABC Illawarra Facebook/Wednesday 4th of December have pictures of the fire I sent them as it died down. There are still trees burning away slowly on the property now, 9 days later. We lost hundreds of trees on the ridge. My two neighbours left early and their houses still stand through good preparation and lots of luck. My other neighbour Rod lost his beautiful house entirely. Fortunately he left a few days before with his daughter.

On Wednesday morning, a few hours after the fire finished the ABC requested an interview which I happily did. I’d been on my feet for 25 hours but still had some adrenalin going. I told them that I would do the interview so long as I could make some political comments. They agreed. Alongside answering their questions and relating what had happened, I put the knife into Morrison and his whole front bench. I said how very shameful it is that we have a PM who lies to and misinforms the electorate about his position on climate change. A PM who flies in and hugs the victims of fires and drought and then goes to church on Sundays and sings and prays for them, but does nothing where it counts. A gutless, cunning hypocrite who believes in miracles. This is our PM. Pathetic. It was a live interview and so it was all on the record. I’m unsure whether Morrison was listening but I haven’t heard from him.

SHAPING SCHEDULE

The South Coast fires and highway closure have pushed everyone’s schedules from pillar to post. Our road up the mountain has also been badly damaged. My shed will go up sometime in the New Year and then my master carpenter Col and I will build the shaping room inside it. New solar panels need to go on the roof to power everything up and then I can begin to shape again. Realistically it will be early March before I can work. My list of people who want boards continues to grow, so if you wish, please email or call me to get on it. I want to thank all my clients who made contact with me during the fires to check on my welfare. I was very touched by your gestures. I think I have now responded to you all, if not please forgive me.

So how am I doing you might wonder? I’m feeling really good. I achieved my goal of saving the house. I definitely would have lost it had I evacuated. I’ve also learnt a lot in the process and will be even better prepared and more confident should we have another fire. The fire has created some divisions on the mountain between one of my neighbours and I. This is all to the good in my view. Adversity really crystalizes and brings into sharp focus who you can depend on, who your true friends are. Talk is cheap. Its behaviour that counts.

Grant Miller