Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant

Just a quick word to say I hadn't been on the Subby for a while. Didn't take it to Indo as I hadn't ridden it enough to feel confident? about it.

BUT - had a quick surf this arvo at Bronte in head high and couldn't believe how it handled the reef. Absolute perfection - which is quite a statement. Such smoothness and responsiveness and ease.

Thank you again. And I will probably be calling very soon to have an identical copy shaped as a reserve !!

Hope you are keeping well.

James/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 53/77kg/5'11" Board: 6'5" X 22 1/8" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.

Note from Grant: A few months back I called James to see how he was liking his new board. He was super stoked and said among other things that he had recently caught "the best left ever" for him while on the SUBX. He asked what I thought about taking the board along with some others on an upcoming boat trip in Indo. I said that it would be ideal for the smaller days in particular and that he might be surprised how it would go even in bigger waves. This is particularly true on boat trips where you can often paddle into the break without drama, as opposed to beach break in bigger conditions. As you can see, he didn't take it. This was James's first board ever from me and confidence in a new board can take some time to develop for anyone.
A few days ago he called me and ordered an identical SUBX copy "in case something happens to you or you stop shaping". He is aware that I lead a very full life both in and out of the ocean, and perhaps he was thinking of my last Himalayan trip in particular. On that trip, I became very ill while alone, high up in a remote valley but was able to evacuate myself and return home. I have no intention of retiring from shaping. I think he is just so stoked with the SUBX that naturally he wants to have a back up. It's a great feeling for me to know that my boards are so much appreciated. A lot of thought and love goes into them.


Testimonial Date: 18/08/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

Got your voicemail, thanks again for taking the time and being so considerate :)

Apologies for the delay in getting back - I'd taken the board out for a couple of really good sessions quite soon after I got it, then I wanted a couple more before getting back to you, but we had a huge flat spell for over a month. Just took it back to the coast last weekend.

The board goes great, I haven't quite surfed a board like that before, and I feel like it has a lot of dimensions I'm yet to explore. The best sessions I had was at a couple of remote points we have here, a peeling right and a steeper left.

Surfed the left first which ended up around head and a half to double overhead. I had the side fins in plus 7.5 centre fin, the board felt good, easy to paddle in, bottom turn felt solid. Board itself felt very loose but I think I also have a tendency to be standing too far forward sometimes which might contribute to that.

One thing I noticed was at the top of any top turns I was making, I felt a lot of "float", not sure how else to describe it. Felt like I couldn't bury the board in the wave as much as I was used to on thinner boards, but I guess that's to do with the volume?

The right we surf a lot is a fatter point, had the side fins in there. For cutties it felt great, plenty of speed through the turns, had lots of fun on this wave with the board.

I've only surfed it as a single a couple times, and only in quite crappy waves. I definitely haven't got the hang of it as a single... something I really want to try more, but as soon as the waves get solid or decent I find myself reaching for the side fins too.

Anyways, feels like I still need a few more sessions in good waves for a really decent assessment. Super keen to hear feedback from others or see videos of guys surfing the board, as I'm a pretty average surfer and sometimes seeing someone better with the board opens your eyes to what is possible.

Thanks heaps again Grant... love ya work.

Tane/New Zealand
Surfer:40/78kg/6'1" Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.


Testimonial Date: 13/06/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant. Hope your well. I’ve had a few more surfs on the SUBX. Never in all my 35 plus years of surfing have I ridden anything like this. Unique. Pure joy. Amazing board. I reckon as I get some match fitness back, I’m going to want one with smaller specs.

Thanks heaps for a great board.

Terry/Sydney

Surfer:50/5’7”/93kg Board: 7’0” X 22 ½” x 3 ¼” 2 plus 1 version

Note from Grant: Terry has been surfing since he was a kid. He now lives a bit inland and so cannot surf as frequently. He had been on longboards the last few years and so wanted this board to paddle him really well but also offer some performance. I remember when he was ordering the board he was concerned that it might not have enough volume compared to what he had been riding. I assured him that it would. Now he’s thinking he could have gone a bit smaller. A great outcome.



Testimonial Date: 04/03/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant, I swapped some fins around, surfed some more, had to slow down and get used to the board a bit more and completely happy with the SUBX. Using the quads helped me trust the board. And checked the website again, it's a Long board alternative, not a shortboard.

Back to the single and side bites with further spread. Surfing to it's design, it's close to the perfect dims. I had a killer surf yesterday. Very happy.

Shane/Port Maquarie NSW
Surfer: 50/76kg/5'7" Board: 6'4" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" Set up as a 2 plus 1 as well as with extra Quad plugs for maximum versatility.
Note fromGrant: I have shaped a number of boards for Shane over many years. He is an experienced and decent surfer. About 2 months ago I rang Shane to check how his board was going (I do this with all my clients as a matter of course). He had not surfed the board very much due to work and poor surf conditions but was not particularly happy at that point. He thought it had too much volume and that perhaps he should have ordered a 6'0" version. It just didn't feel right he said.

I felt really disappointed because I put all I have into all the boards I shape, and remembered how pleased I had been with the way the board turned out. A lot of care and emotion are involved for me. However I also really appreciated Shane's honesty and courage in providing honest feedback. When I call clients to check on their boards, it's because I care, not because I want to hear only good feedback or praise. So, we talked about the board and his experiences for some time, and while we did this I was looking carefully at the board's file in front of me, trying to find something to help me understand his experience. On paper, technically it all looked good and I could even remember how the board had felt under my arm and thinking how sweet it was. In the end I made some suggestions relating to fins and encouraged him to surf it some more in varied conditions and then get back to me when he felt ready. I told him that if at that time he was still unhappy, then I would build him another board at no cost to him including freight. That we would work it out.

Yesterday while I was driving to Sydney to deliver boards with broken Bluetooth, Shane called me. I told him I couldn't talk right then but would call him back. However before I could, he sent me the text reproduced above. A little while later I rang him. He was totally stoked in the board having ridden it quite a bit more and played around with his fins. He said he had caught a left and surfed it the best he had ever surfed. Among other things, he had taken out some aftermarket fiberglass fins and replaced them with the stock FCS fins I provided him with originally. Perhaps he was also more relaxed knowing that I would work with him no matter what, I'm not sure.

In the end, people come to me because they trust me, either from their own previous experience or from someone else's recommendation. I take surfboard building very seriously and really appreciate the trust given to me.



Testimonial Date: 01/03/2017 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey mate, sorry missed your call........just working driving ferries on the harbor. My board is fantastic bud, I'm very happy. Paddling is good but where I'm most surprised is the speed.....I've always seemed to pop up and bog down, but not on this baby, it takes off!

I've certainly had to change a bit style wise and flow more with this board but I am loving life brother.
Thanks Grant.....I will be in touch when I need my next board.

Troy/Sydney
Surfer:52/6'0"/104kg Board: 7'0" X 23 1/4" X 3 1/4" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Troy is only able to surf about once per fortnight, plus holidays on the NSW South Coast. To ensure that he had sufficient paddle power and didn't spend half his valuable sessions getting his paddling up to speed, I put in some extra volume to assist. Another very satisfied SUBX client.


Testimonial Date: 08/02/2017 - Board Type : SUBX

Hi Grant,

Hope all is well with you and business. Thanks for the recent call. Apologies for not replying - been flat out.

Sub x - It's great. As before, your creation has lived up to your promise - performs and rides exactly as per description. It's certainly been a life saver in the recent less than average conditions I've been presented with. Paddles really well, I've been (pleasantly) surprised with the ease in which I've caught gutless full waves. Initially I found the ride stiff and the board tough to maneuver, and I attributed it to my inexperience. However I moved the centre fin forward about 3/4 inch and it came into it's own. Between the sub and the v skate I am equipped for almost any condition - that was the goal.

Thank you for both boards and all the pleasure they bring, its greatly appreciated; I feel fortunate to experience the results of your wisdom and craftsmanship. The next step for me is to improve, significantly, and then consider the next board.

Again, I hope you are well, content, and enjoying the waves too.

Matt/NSW
Surfer: 48/91kg/6'0" Board: 6'10" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant: Matt's discussion about the fin adjustment illustrates so well the fact that as surfers we are all different, and so may need to adjust our fins to suit. The SUBX in 2 plus 1 format provides a tremendous range in fin adjustment, both at the 10" finbox and also with the Surfinz side plugs we use. Fine tuning is where it's at once you get used to your new board.
Matt's feedback also clearly shows the benefits of having a quiver to optimally deal with the range of waves you typically surf. His V-SKATE which I built perhaps 18 months ago is great for surf above say shoulder height, but when it's small out comes the Subbie.


Testimonial Date: 24/11/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, your email somehow got buried in my inbox, sorry I just saw it now. The subX is an absolute joy, I had some fantastic rides on it! After riding longboards for years, my first impression of the SubX was it felt very light quick and maneuverable. I took it to California few weeks ago, it worked very well in different conditions, I let my friend used it and he thought it's very similar to a fish board. Anyway I really liked it and learning something new every time I use it, the only thing I wished I got is stronger glassing, as you know NY beach is super crowded on summer days, and I got dinged couple times on the rail, but nothing major thankfully.

Anyways thanks for shaping a great board! I'm hoping to taking it to Costa Rica next year!

Best,

Steve/New York, USA.
Surfer:38/5'8"/68kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" x 2 3/4" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: Steve is an intermediate surfer who had previously only ridden longboards. The board was made for waves in NY, California and Costa Rica, showing once again how versatile the SUBX is.
Glassing: Steve's board was glassed quite lightly and this is one reason the board performs so well. Glassing and performance are always trade offs with any surfboard, but the SUBX is primarily designed for smaller surf where lightness is a distinct advantage.


Testimonial Date: 10/06/2016 - Board Type : SUBX


Hi Grant.

Thanks for contacting me about the SUBX I got from you late last year. Sorry I couldn’t provide much feedback as I had been out of the water for 3 months, but I’m back surfing again now and loving the SUBX. After struggling on hybrid type boards for a while, I thought I needed to change my boards and surfing as I aged. I was right about needing something different to ride and the SUBX is perfect, but my surfing has gone up a level.

Paddle power is awesome, my wave count is way up, I’m getting in earlier, but what has really surprised me is what I’m doing on a wave. It’s got drive when on the front foot, it’s loose on the back foot, fast with multiple sweet spots, and if the wave goes fat, just step forward for more speed. I really think you have found something special with this design. Not only am I getting more waves, I am getting longer rides, often all the way to the shore. Its makes rubbish surf fun and small high tide waves I used to struggle on are now a blast.

I’ve had a few “what just happened” moments when I’ve pulled off something I would have struggled to do 30 years ago when I surfed every day. And all of this is on a board that doesn’t look like it could perform like it does. Another bonus is the extra thickness is great for a push down and submerge the board, no paddle late take off. It took a little while for me to get the Quad with stabiliser setup right but the Surfinz system made it easy to tune. The quality, finish and spray are first class. Thank you for asking the right questions, assessing my ability and fitness perfectly and for making the whole process a positive experience.

Fozz/Northern Beaches, Sydney.
Surfer:57/5'9"/78-80kg Board: 6'5" x 22 1/8" x 2 3/4" Dedicated quad version with centre tail plug so it can be used as either a Quad or Thruster.


Testimonial Date: 16/05/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant
Just wanted to give you some feedback on the 7.0 SubX you shaped for me.
Firstly thank you for the care and passion you put into your boards .
There is a lot going on with the detail in these and the finish is superb.
At 50 i need volume for paddling but want all that foam to disappear after takeoff.
That is where this board truly surprises. I was expecting a lazy mini mal like ride but the subx was driving itself down the face on take off, with phenomenal acceleration through bottom turns and then going rail to rail like a short board. Even on more critical take offs the bottom rail combo maintain a fast, light neutral feel. There's no stall off the top and remains well mannered when bouncing off the whitewater. We all like to think we got that special board but reading the testimonials of others suggests its this design.
Grant Miller you sorcerer, there is some serious magic going on here.
Andrew/Tasmania
Surfer:50/90kg/5'11" Board:7'0" X 23 1/8" x 3 3/16" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: This board was ordered as a gift for Andrew by one of his friends. His friend already has a SUBX which Andrew had ridden, and so using my design records it was not difficult to build him a very similar board. Andrew's comments really describe the SUBX beautifully.


Testimonial Date: 10/03/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant! That was the most fun I've had on a surfboard for 7 years!!! I'ts everything I've ever wanted in a surfboard! I was getting in early, trimming off the take off!!! (I've never done that) and it was powering through flat spots without having to bounce! So stoked mate! Thanks so much! Yew

Brad/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer: 33/100kg/6'3" Board: 6'10" X 22 3/4" X 3 1/4" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Brad already has a 6'8" Waterskate and 6'8" V-SKATE. He wanted this as a fun board with easy paddling and good glide to go with the others and picked it up today. 3 hours later he sent me the message above after his first surf. Great success.


Testimonial Date: 10/03/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant

I picked up a board from you last august, 68 with a good serving of foam… Green with a tint spray and purple pinstripe. Grabbed the purple fin out of your draw..
Anyway I ruptured my achilles, tore a few other ligamnets, had an operation and haven’t surfed much until the last 3 weeks.

While my initial thoughts on the board when you rang for feed back were a pretty decent allrounder….having only surfed it a handful of times. I think I referenced it like a car I had, a subaru forester turbo…..good at all things but not outstanding…I now wish to apologise…and I have to update my view and say that it is the right board at the right time. It is exceptional at providing feel good feeling on almost every wave I now catch. As I I have read in some of the testamonials, it has renewed my inner surf vibe and lust.
Now that Ive caught a greater number of waves, I rate this board as, the one that seems to be the right board for me in almost all conditions that I surf.
Usually I take one board to the beach and half the time wished I brought a different one down the beach. Not now.
It is a great board with the ability to let fly down the line. I have to ride/stay a bit higher in the wave than I am/was used to, but the rewards are speed and a greater feeling of lightness, and then be able to drive it back round of the shoulder and feel the bite and gouge of a traditional single fin, but with the confidence of a thruster to maintain bite while up on the rail.
We discussed a few things about what I was looking for and to sum it up, I got what I asked for…..A board that works for me.

And that is why Im looking at a second SUB X, so when I go away or one of my boys comes down to the beach , I can ensure Ive still got a sub x to ride.

Tony/Manly, NSW
Surfer: 50/80kg/5'9" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version
Note from Grant Miller: Tony is a surfer with 40 years experience. He wanted the SUBX as a fun board to go between his 6'0" JS and 9'0" Malibu.


Testimonial Date: 16/02/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, Warren Shaw here. Sorry for being so late in getting back to you. I just wanted to let you know that I sent a follow up email today as over the xmas break I had the opportunity to try the SUBX out in Margaret River. I scored some beautiful, clean, fast n' hollow over head high waves at Left-handers and North Point.

I had an absolute blast and can only imagine how much more I could do on the board when I get the opportunity to be on it a bit more. So in the more powerful and bigger stuff it still went a treat, I had done steep late drops and got into some barrels. On a couple of head and a half to double over waves, it was apparent that I was reaching the limits of the board as it had just too much float/tail width and was more difficult to get the rail to bite. I also found on these bigger hollow ones that a couple of times the board spun out on a hard bottom turn, possibly due to the center fin coming out of contact with the water. It's a 7.25" so I actually think that with such width in the tail I might use an 8.25" fin to give a bit more bite and confidence in the bigger stuff.

So mate I'll leave it with you, thanks again. You might give me a bell after you have read the email.

Warren/WA.
Surfer:42/5'8"/72kg Board: 6'2" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version (7.25"fin).

Note from Grant Miller: Warren sent me some good pictures in an email shot in WA. He is a very fit surfer who now lives far away from the coast and cannot surf nearly as often as before. If he were surfing more regularly, then we definitely could have built him a smaller SUBX, but given his situation I put more volume into the board both through length and overall dimensions. It's always very gratifying for me when clients go out of their way to report their experiences without me ever asking. Certainly I always follow up each person by phone a couple of months after they get their new board to check in with them. But I never solicit testimonials. If they feel like sending them however, we put them up.


Testimonial Date: 27/01/2016 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant, I've now surfed my sub x in good waves and shitty summer beachies and the board is friggin amazing!
Thanks again.
Gary Wood/Victoria.
Surfer:46/79kg/6'0" Board:6'7"X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: There is more volume in Gary's board than strictly necessary. However he has a medical condition which means that he has lost around 40% of his paddle power. Also, he is wearing a full wetsuit most of the year. We are all different, and there are many variables which a shaper should evaluate and consider before deciding on what the correct dimensions are for each persons board.


Testimonial Date: 18/12/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
G'day Grant,
Great to hear from you, just proof of your professionalism and after sales service.
Thought I'd send a quick note on how the Sub X is treating me. The first time out was proof of what this craft was designed for. Being a not so young bloke with "Gumby" tendencies this board is very forgiving, everything stated on your website with regards to the Sub X and it's design is true.
I am not getting the ocean time I would like but when I do it's fun times all round. It may not have elevated my surfing ability to that of Mick Fanning, but it doesn't matter I'm just having a good time.
I look forward to a few fin adjustment experiments you suggested on the phone.
Anyway, thanks again and hopefully "Shark Alley" provides some decent surf days over the coming months.

Regards

Rick/Victoria
Surfer:48/6'0"/86kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 2 7/8" 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: At the time of ordering, Rick described himself to me as an average surfer but very keen. He and his mate drive 2 hours to get to a decent part of the coast where they usually surf. He has a slow pop up and so was looking for some stability as well as versatility in this board. With these things in mind we designed this board with a bit more volume than strictly necessary for his weight.


Testimonial Date: 08/12/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant,

I'm far too excited to wait for your call to give feedback about the board. I've now surfed it twice and I'm absolutely loving it.

I should also say it was really good to see you the other day as well!

I got the new Sub X out in what I'm guessing was 2-3 foot surf and managed to surf a bank with only a few other people on it, which for a sunny Sydney summer weekend is a miracle, but there it is. The first few waves I was taking off too much under the lip, which I gather doesn't suit this board, so started positioning myself a bit further out. With that one change, everything changed. As you know better than anyone, the board is fast. It carries speed for more distance than say a V-Skate. But what really surprised me is its maneuverability. One cut back before I knew it I was rebounding off the foam at its apex. I definitely didn't expect that sort of responsiveness.

For me it has a similar feeling to the Powerglide, in that it also carries a lot of speed for a long distance, but the Sub-X is more maneuverable. That's what I feel so far anyway.

The other bonus is it fits neatly in the back of the car and no roof racks required!

I'm very very happy with this purchase and needless to say the construction quality and feel is as always perfect.

Regards
Brett/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Surfer:50/90kg/5'9" Board: 6'4" X 22 1/4" X 2 5/8+ 2 plus 1 version with 7 1/4" center fin.
Note from Grant miller: I have shaped a number of different boards for Brett in the past. He wanted this board primarily as a "good small wave summer board". So far it looks like a perfect fit.


Testimonial Date: 08/09/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant
just wanted to give you some initial feedback on my new 6 4 SubX…

My initial surf was in junky 2-3 ft waves, the banks were terrible but it didn’t really matter as this thing made all the difference.

I caught quite a few waves considering the conditions. It paddles really comfortably with no splash off the nose area .

I was impressed with the speed I could generate on small waves and it seems really stable. It snapped and turned pretty quickly off the tail on my backhand so Im going to really work on that and see how far I can push it. I did some old fashioned climbing and dropping it was really smooth till I got too excited!

Ill be surfing this puppy for a bit this week, so I’ll give you a bit more feedback after that, but so far its a ripper Rita!

As you said, I could have gone 6 2 but with my shoulder issues, the 6 4 is just fine and give me a bit of paddling advantage.

Have a great trip, catch you when you get back for a surf
cheers
Bob/Bungan, NSW
61, 72kgs, shoulder issues and crap paddler, normally ride a 6 6 thruster Board:6'4" X 22" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version.


Testimonial Date: 06/07/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Gidday Grant.

I had a classic session at the golfy this morning. So much fun on the subby. My message to anyone who is doing more paddling than surfing is to ring grant and get a SubX and start smiling. A bloke asked me in the water this morning after I'd caught wave after wave in a big crowd: "what is that thing"!!!

Glen Hassett/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer:46/72kg/5'6" Board:6'2" X 21 3/4" X 2 5/8" 2 plus 1 version with 7.25" centre fin.


Testimonial Date: 29/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Just a short note to say having a lot of fun on the 6'8' subx. Have ridden nothing else since picked it up. Ridden at Currumbin, Cronulla and down the coast. Best part is plenty of waves and being a big guy can sit out the back and pick them off that bit earlier.

Paul Taylor/Cronulla NSW
surfer:48/6'1"/92kg Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 3" / 2 plus 1 version.
Note from Grant Miller: Paul also has a 6'8" V-SKATE and a number of other boards. He wanted the SUBX as an all round fun board that paddled really well to be able to compete in the crowded conditions of Cronulla. He also wanted the board to be loose enough so that it could be ridden like a regular Thruster. Another great SUBX success.


Testimonial Date: 22/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

It's been about 6 months since I got my SUBX, so I guess it's time for some feedback.

I wanted a board that fills the gap in my quiver between my short (and fat) boards and my mals. I went for a 6'8" SUBX, which is longer than you recommended, even though you fined out the rails a bit. But I wanted a board that would allow an easier transition between my longboards to the short ones. I got more than I bargained for.

I found the SUBX did the job of my mal just fine on smaller, summer days at my local beachie, paddling in and getting going quickly and easily. Even as a single fin, it comes off the lip easily and loves a big cuttie. On the bigger days, the early entry and down-the-line speed makes more sense than riding my shortboards, or wrangling a big mal around. I hardly rode anything else.

I recently took the SUBX on a trip to the Telo Islands, where the waves are generally much mellower than the Mentawais. (Coupla pics attached.) Unfortunately, I'd been really crook for quite a while before I left (against doc's orders), so I can't give a complete review on the board's performance. I was as weak as kitten in the water. Lots of guys ride mals over there, and the guys on shortboards go alright as well. Very friendly waves, with only the occasional "What the f___?!" moments.

I rode the SUBX with side fins in, unlike at home where it's a single. It did everything I needed given my weakened condition, paddling in easily and trimming elegantly like a mal across the sections - with the occasional big-spray cuttie thrown in just to feel alive again.

My current thinking is I'd like a smaller version as well - as you first recommended. Probably a 6'4". Paddling it in easily wouldn't be an issue, and it should be just as loose but smoother than my current shortboards. It's on the wishlist.

Thanks for yet another great board, Grant.

Adrian/Perth, WA.
Surfer:62/73kg/5'8" Board:6'8" X 22 1/2" X 3 1/32" 2 + 1 version.


Testimonial Date: 13/04/2015 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant

Thought I would let you know how the SUB X is going. I rode it 4 or 5 times when I first got it and was learning as I went. The paddle was sensational, I caught waves that others would not bother going for. Late entries are not a problem.

I took it to Mollymook and had head high right handers and it really opened up. Fast fluid, changing angles is easy. I have been out of the water for a month and first time in today. Had some glass in my heel and had it removed and some stitches.

Paddled out this morning and caught 7 waves in about 25 mins and it was busy. Just like I had not had a break. Now that's a pretty stoked feeling to have.

Normally I draw an arc through my bottom turns, today I stalled slightly then shoved the board around, it responded and drove up not quite vertical but took me by surprise.

I love it, cant wait to get back out there. Genius design. Could not be happier.

Thanks for making the SUB X Grant, its a gem.
Regards

Laurie Miller/Maroubra, Sydney.
Surfer: 54/5'10"/83kg Board: 7'0" X 22 3/4" x 3 1/8" 2 plus 1 fin setup.
Note from Grant Miller: Laurie had been riding 9'0" Mals when he ordered this board. He not only wanted an excellent paddle but also wanted to be able to do tight turns as well as smooth arcs. I made some minor modifications to his board to allow all of this to happen.
When we say that the SUBX paddles like a much longer board you can be assured that it does. Our claims for all the models we build are always based on accepted design theory and many hours of testing in the water.


Testimonial Date: 31/12/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant, I've now had the SUBX for over 6 months & all I can say is this is just a great board. Yesterday was out for 3 hrs in 2'-3" not bad shape Sydney beachie surf, quad setup. Very stable on takeoff, so much so that it sets the "old" confidence level sky high & I regress back x number of years & start pulling roundhouse cutties, reos reasonably quick snap turns on this board. It's quick off the mark & can get around sections, or as I've found out in single fin mode take the high line for speed/cruise or glide. I must have had a good time as the old body is sore today but "loving it". THe SUBX has changed the way I now surf & that is a BIG impact. I don't see myself having to go to longboard style I,in my mind (ha ha), can still surf more aggressively/modern OR if I prefer I can cruise.

Now the only problem I have is the fact that none of my other boards are gettin a run, particularly my beautiful 8ft powerglide, so I'll probably be talking to you soon about another......

Steve Minors/Sydney, North.
Surfer: 62/6'2"/100kg board: 7'0" X 23 1/4" X 3 1/4" Set up with a 10" finbox and 4 Surfinz plugs. The board can be ridden either as a Single fin/Thruster/2 plus 1, or as a Quad.


Testimonial Date: 20/11/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Grant,

I’ve racked up plenty of surfs on the Subx so figured I owed you some feedback.

I love the board. I wanted something different and it definitely feels unique.

On my first surf the paddle power was immediately evident. That was even with the expectation that the board would paddle well and it didn’t disappoint. What came as a surprise was the speed. To me due to its outline I didn’t expect that so much, but the board can really fly. To put it in context my first surf on the Subx was headhigh/just overhead conditions off a reef break where the peak was shifting and pitching suddenly at times. Not ideal conditions for a first surf for me – but hey it was empty.

Subsequent surfs have proven the board is also solid in the manoeuvrability department. One surf in particular stands out. After a day of commitments I rushed down in the evening to the beach to be greeted by empty, shoulder high, but onshore conditions. “Bugger”. Still there was some energy there and beggars can’t be choosers, so I pulled out the Subx. Jeez I had a good time, culminating in a back hand turn off the bottom to the top of the wave and pulling the board back around in a beautiful forehand turn. That moment just felt really good, like hitting a perfectly pitched note. A sequence maybe not remarkable to many, but when you factor in the onshore chaos and my skill levels I was ecstatic.

Yeah sure with the thickness it’s not for absolutely all conditions for myself (e.g. beach break with punch and not much in the way of gutters, due to the depth I can achieve on repeated duck diving)– but like with all boards you gotta use your common sense!

Anyway it’s a great board. The deck is still looking really good despite the bludgeoning from my 100 kg’s, 6’4” frame.

The spray is a beautiful thing – please thank Martyn again. Its hypnotic so I have to be wary of staring at it for too long or the opportunity for a surf will pass by.

All the best

Joel
Northern Beaches/Sydney
39 years, 6’4”, 100 kg, Board Subx 6’10" X 22 3/4" X 2 7/8" / 2 plus 1 fin setup.


Testimonial Date: 07/08/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,
Just a quick update on the board.

Had a couple of days on it now.

First day, two surfs @ 2-3ft, felt good, didn't paddle as well as my 9ft long board (wasn't expecting it too), but as close as you would get on a 7fter. Felt a bit strange at first and I put that down to the single fin setup, but after a few got the feel, the single seems to slow everything down a fraction, the smoother you are the better it felt, no vertical reentries going down!! So all up pretty happy after day 1.

Overnight groundswell hits and its 6ft plus. No real power for size, big fat takeoff, into some big fat walls. Put the trailing fins in for first surf, nice set wave first up, that thing is magic on the wave, being able to pick it up that fraction earlier just gives a broken down body like mine that bit extra time to rip it. Got about 10 waves, each time it just felt better. Go and have bfast and back to a single fin setup. Loved the single set up in those waves. I think the subx makes you a better surfer than what you actually are. And paddling around the breaks its like having a motor. Thinking I need two, like a 6'8 for the bigger stuff.

So after two days of surfing am totally impressed with the board, has done so much more than expected. Looking forward to more waves this week. It is everything you say it is plus more. It makes me want to surf more, and its a "just one more wave" board.

Did put a couple of decent depressions in the deck though which was a bummer.

Enjoy your time in Sumatra, hope you get some amazing waves,

Cheers
Matt/South Coast NSW
Surfer: 40/103kg/6'5" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" with 2 plus 1 fin setup.


Testimonial Date: 14/07/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,

How's things? I am sure you are flat out before taking off on your trip!

I am emailing for two reasons.
The first is to say I have been surfing on my subX non stop now for the last 9 weeks including a block of surfing daily for 3 weeks and a run from Byron to Crescent back to Tomakin and a lot of places in between. I have really found it to improve my surfing exponentially. I jumped on my F-Skate on Saturday morning (I felt bad having not ridden it in a long time) in some chest to a touch overhead clean waves and it went unreal - I was surfing the best I have ever been! Hitting the lip, throwing some spray (I know, who would of thought) and really just surfing well for my level. I wanted to say I truly believe this is because of the way the SubX has made me refine my surfing!

Nathan McGrath/South Coast NSW.
Surfer: 29/110kg/6'0" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" Single fin version.


Testimonial Date: 04/06/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Guys, the board I usually ride is a 7'5" x 23 x 3" powerglide of Grants & my Subx is 7'0" x 23 1/8"x 3 1/8", but the way Grant has shaped this & distributed the foam I've found, much to my delight/stoke, that the Subx floats me 62yo (100kg) just as well. I sit in the water on the Powerglide just around my belly button, on the Subx the waterline is lower down around my hips. The paddle is amazing, it just seems to float over the water picks up waves really really well, takeoff is very stable (for those of us of the slow pop up brigade) & turns very easily. I've had it out in 2'-3 & it picked up everything I paddled for, I've had it set up as a 2+1,and I've got the quad option, & I gotta say I'm extremely happy with this board, cannot wait to get it out in something bigger. Get a SUBX now, & that's coming from a bloke who has been surfing for 50yrs!.

Steve Minors/Northern Sydney.


Testimonial Date: 18/05/2014 - Board Type : SUBX

" I have found this to paddle as good as my old 9 foot performance mal. Not as good as my old school 906 log though - but still unbelievably well."
Nathan McGrath/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer: 29/6'0"/110kg Board referred to above: SUBX 7'0" X 23" x 3 1/4" Single fin version.

Note from Grant Miller: The above quote was taken with Nathan's permission from a thread on the Seabreeze website. The thread was in a post called MillerSUBX under Longboarding, and dated 15/5/14.

Because so many fraudulent claims are made these days about various surfboard designs and features, surfers have naturally become very sceptical. I thought it may be useful to post this quote to independently support our claims about the SUBX's paddle power. How many 7'0" boards have you had that paddle as well as a 9'0" footer?
Nathan met with me today at Little Forest to order another board (a smaller version of his 8'0" V-SKATE) and so I asked him if we could reprint his post, to which he kindly agreed. Thank you Nathan.


Testimonial Date: 17/05/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Morning Miller,
I rode my 6'1" F-SKATE quad at box and for me the perfect board for the conditions, a little skatey on the sets, but handled really well.
I went out at Newport yesterday ,down the south end , pretty solid waves, thought I'd try the sub X out there, a couple of guys who we're watching as I walked past made a few comments about wrong board for the conditions, but I just kept walking, anyway the board went really well, I was sitting out with the guys on the guns and taking the sets, I even managed to take off further inside and get around the section that people were sitting on because they couldn't get around it.My last wave was the set of the morning and I rode it all the way to the beach. When I walked up the path there were around fifteen guys watching the surf, they all were surprised what I was riding and started asking a lot of questions about the board and asked if they could hold and check out the board.

Michael/Bilgola, NSW

Surfer: 44/6'0"/82kg Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" x 2 3/4" Single fin version.
Note from Grant Miller: Michael's interesting testimonial demonstrates the amazing versatility of the SUBX. Even though the board was designed for very small surf, it can be ridden in many different situations depending on surfer skill level. I called Michael after he sent this email and he said that the SUBX was the only board he was currently riding. For the record, he also has an F-SKATE, V-SKATE, Semi-Gun and an 8'3" full Gun for the German Bank at Long Reef. All Millers.


Testimonial Date: 11/04/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant, I thought I would send through a review of the Sub-X.

I have been reluctant to provide a review until I was able to spend some considerable time on the board, this was mostly due to how different I found it surfed to anything I have surfed before.

My first paddle on the board was late one midweek afternoon on a small left about knee to waist high without any power behind it. I was able to paddle the board with ease - I found the nose shape particular comfortable with the deck side hard edge, I was also able to catch everything I paddled for. Once away on the wave I found that I was trying to be too aggressive with the way I surfed the board and ended up bogging down and not harnessing the speed that I felt was there - over time I realised that this board needed a refined smoothness incorporated to the way I attempted to surf, no more heavy hacking away and pumping for speed. Once I incorporated this change along with some intentional style changes like higher lines and longer arcs etc I found the board to begin to come to life.

The board provides tremendous speed and I have found I almost prefer to surf it in larger waves. I have had it out in well overhead surf and thought the board excelled. The speed it generated allowed me to flow through large arcing turns whilst allowing early entry through the volume you have kept throughout.

Overall the board took me a little while to adjust to however it is an extremely good single fin board that has smoothed out my style and taught me to become a better overall surfer and most of all RIDICULOUSLY FUN!

My apologies for the novel of an email.

Thanks,
Nathan McGrath/South Coast, NSW.
Surfer: 29/110kg/6'0" Board: 7'0" X 23" X 3 1/4" Single fin version.



Testimonial Date: 06/04/2014 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,

Took the new board out today, and I think I'm in love!
Conditions were less than perfect - heavy, wind affected swell (3 to 5'?) with lumpy waves that tended to rolling close outs in sometimes random directions.
As I was there anyway, decided to go in just to get a feel for the board - figured a paddling / duck dive practice session never hurt anyone.
To my surprise, the board just took off on the first wave I tried - 1/2 green, 1/2 white. Hadn't even planned to try to stand up - just getting the feel of the board - but it just felt so natural / easy I realised ( when the wave was just about dead) that I could easily have tried to stand up, so from then on I did!
Took a bit to sort out out my pop up balance and foot / weight distribution ( mostly due to lack of skill and the feeling that it should be harder than this to go from an 8' foamie to a 6'8" hardboard!), but after a bit I caught a wave, popped up reasonably well and was heading for the beach fairly comfortably, so thought I'd try a bit of weight distribution / turning. Expected to fall off in the whitewash, but next thing I knew I was gliding along parallel to the beach, and only had to stop when I was heading into the patrolled area.
Couldn't believe it!
It was about the best ride I'd ever had, and this was on a wave that didn't even have a proper face / shoulder, or even a lot of green in it!
Felt as smooth as Kelly slater in a barrel, even though it was just an, err.. 'Very late starter' on a rather dodgy wave!
Stoked! Grin still hasn't left my face!
Really looking forward to where we can go from here....!
Thanks for an absolutely brilliant board that feels totally right and easy, and seems to work for where I'm at in my surfing, while really giving me the confidence and inspiring me to try taking my surfing further.....
I know I have a long way to go, but in my case it really is the journey rather than the destination that I am finding so addictive and rewarding - and just plain fun!
Thanks again for providing this great board to help guide me along the way!

Deborah/Phillip Island, Vic.
Surfer:51/70kg/5'6" Board: 6'8" X 22 1/4" X 2 7/8" Single fin version.
Note from Grant Miller: I shaped Deborah a 6'8" Waterskate many years ago which she loved and still has, but working and being a mum kind of got in the way as it often does. And so she had fallen back to riding an 8'0" foamie and had lost some confidence. I thought the SUBX would provide her with the stability which is so important, and also allow her to regain her confidence and begin to progress once more. Happy days.


Testimonial Date: 04/11/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hey Grant,
Got the SUBX out this morning down at Marboubra for first its first go, and had a lot of fun trying to work the thing out.

conditions were exactly what I had i mind for the board - kinda fat, plenty of longboards around but some nice little peelers with the NE swell breaking down the beach. the paddling advantage was immediately obvious just from the speed of getting out. also happy to discovr than i could duck dive the board fairly well. the guys on short boards looked like they were really struggling to catch anything too, so I was feeling pretty good about board selection.

Managed to nose dive the first wave (foolishly attempted last second takeoff) which was an amusing start, and then learnt over the next few waves that thrusters and single fins are different beasts. BAsically my take on the differnece is that you need to take a smoother approach with the single fin than trying to skate them along the wave.
about 45 minutes into the session though 1 or 2 things started to click and i picked off a couple of better waves for the conditions. One in particular really got me excited about the prospects for this board. Basically the board just seemed to keep accelerating, but really smoothly so. no squirts of speed like the vskate just this building gliding sensation. the board just kept making sections and the next thing I was practically stepping off onto the beach. At that point I think I got my first idea of what the board might be all about.

A really interesting start. No question the board made a marginal surf a lot more fun. Really looking forward to getting it out again soon and having another go.
Cheers
Adrian/Eastern Suburbs, Sydney.
Board: 6'6" X 22 1/4" X 2 3/4" Surfer: 42/83kg/5'11"


Testimonial Date: 26/10/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant,
I've had my SUBX for 3 weeks and surfed it 5 times. I am delighted with the ease of paddling and how late I can get into waves. It feels very stable on take off and REALLY flies down the line. I've had a couple of people comment on how "cool old school" it looks and how well it seems to surf. I have found I am getting into some sections even my Waterskate would not catch up to, and getting there with enough speed to throw an extra turn or two. When I keep my back foot further back it turns quite tightly, and if I move my feet forward it glides along the face in big sweeping arcs. I have ridden in 1 foot slop, 3 foot clean and various in between surf, as well as some rolling 4 footers at the Bommie. It goes well in all conditions. I had ummmed and ahhhed about a Powerglide to go with my shortboards, but am glad I tried the SUBX, it rips !!!
I think my next board will be another SUBX, maybe in a different configuration.
As usual it was a pleasure doing business with you,its great to see there are still craftsmen with pride in their craft shaping boards, and the finish is outstanding. (pass on to your glasser)
Thanks a lot
Ian/Northern Beaches,Sydney.
Boards: 6'6" Waterskate, 6'7" VSkate,
6'6" (2 7/8, 22 1/4) SUBX
Age 55
Weight 85kg


Testimonial Date: 18/09/2013 - Board Type : SUBX
Hi Grant.

Was really cool catching up with you the other day in Milton. Great to finally meet you in person after all these years. You live in a very beautiful part of the world mate. Very much looking forward to heading down that way again soon and scoring some waves with you.

So far I couldn't be happier with the SUBX. It has phenomenal paddling power. It felt very similar in fact to paddling on my 9'3". But that's pretty much where the similarities with my longboard end.

I didn't get any waves on the trip home and had my first surf out the front of my place in 2 ft junk. Whilst I was impressed with the paddle and also with the fact that it wasn't too hard to duck dive, I didn't really get to experience how it surfed. Sure, I caught a lot more waves than I would normally and I definitely got that magic carpet feel that all your boards seem to have, but I didn't get the opportunity to put it on rail with speed which was what I was most looking forward to as I had never owned or even surfed a single fin before. My opportunity came a few days later when we got a nice prolonged pulse of 3-4 ft ESE swell.. I surfed a local right hand point break, it wasn't barrelling but just long glassy walls at a touch overhead. The board went insanely well. After scratching around wider I ended up paddling deeper and deeper as I was getting into them so early and generating so much down the line speed that I was making waves that I wouldn't have on any other board that I own. Surfing more off the front foot made it go even faster. Long drawn out bottom and top turns, rail to rail, a really pure and awesome feeling. I was beaming when I got out of the water, the poor bastard that I was surfing with had had more than enough of my excited blithering about the SUBX by the time I dropped him off at this place. Since that surf, I have had a couple more days on it, none in waves that were better than that day at the point however. Over time I have been pushing harder on turns, trusting the rail and fin more - and have found the board surprisingly very responsive to back foot vertical surfing as well. In short, I think you are definitely on to something here mate. An awesome groveller for average surf and sublime in quality head to just over head high waves. Loving it Grant, very glad you talked me into one!

Talk soon

Paul Davis/Sunshine Coast

Surfer: 37/5'9"/80kg Board: 6'6" X 21 1/2" X 2 3/4" Single Fin SUBX