After dropping out of high school, he began shaping surfboards at 17 in Sydney. He worked for the then major manufacturers of surfboards in Australia including Larkin Surfboards, Dillon Surfboards, and Keyo Surfboards.
Bob was a natural shaper and a competent surfer. However, he was constantly looking for better equipment ideas and how to use the power of waves. In the beginning of 1967, McTavish concentrated on an entirely new bottom design. The design consisted of a deep “V” shaped into the back third of the board, and a wide tail.
These shorter, lighter V-bottomed surfboards with the new Greenough-designed high aspect ratio fins began the short board revolution. Surfboards and the style of surfing changed forever with the evolutionary concepts and designs of Bob McTavish, George Greenough, and Nat Young.
KEY: O= Original, R= Repaired, RF= Refurbished. Condition of board rated: 1(worst)-10(best)
Length: 6′ 9″
Width: 19″ 5/8
Thickness: 2″ 5/8
This was my first Oz Purchase as a Board Collector. All original early 70’s Bob McTavish. Ebay Australia. The seller indicated it was a Greeno and George Greenough shaped for Sky for a short period. But when I received the board it was clear with the penciled initials on the stringer it was a McTavish. Really cool light green tint bottom with a beautiful surfboard inlay spray on the deck. Great subtle pintail outline. Bitchen yellow transparent fiberglass fin. Nice piece of history. It did get some damage from shipping, but otherwise stoked. (o) 8
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