surfers : bob mctavish
Home: Mackay, Queensland
Beach : Gold Coast, Queensland
Queensland Champion 1966?
Duke entrant 1967 (in place of Nat Young)
surfer, shaper, designer, writer, philosopher, windsurfer,
Joe Larkin Surfboards, Qld
Scott Dillon Surfboards, Brookvale 1962
Hohnesse Surfboards, Qld
Cord Surfboards, Qld
Keyo Surfboards, Brookvale 1965 -1967
Bob McTavish, Main Beach Byron Bay, 1966.
Still from Paul Witzig's Hot Generation.
Bob McTavish Plastic Machine - Kevin Platt ModelKeyo Surfboards
19 Sydenham Road, Brookvale, Phone: 93 1699
Volume 1 Number 1, December 1967, page 4.
Morey - Pope Surfboards (USA)1968
San Juan Surfboards, Byron Bay 1968
Bare NatureSurfboards, Byron Bay 1968.
Dale Surfboards, 73 Winbourne Road Brookvale 934965 1968.
Dale Surfboards, McTavish's Forms, circa 1968.
Volume 1 Number 10 page 36.
October 1968 ?
Malibu 9 ft 4 1/2"
Bob McTavish Tailor Made
Roundtail 7 ft 10''
Tracker 7 ft
Tri Fin 6 ft 8 ''
Pintail, 7 ft 1''
Flyer Pintail, 6 ft 10''
Mini Mal 7ft
Mini Mal 8 ft 2''
Scott Dillon Pintail:
|Bob McTavish Surfboards
Po Box 47, Byron Bay.
|Bob McTavish Surfboards
From left to right:
Bob McTavish : On a bit of what's going on.
Surfing World August/September 1967 pp 37.
Performance and design circa 1967 (early-mid).
Notes Brian (sic, Bob) Simmons, George Greenough, Midget Farrelly, Ted Spencer and Bobby Brown.
Bob McTavish and Keyo Vee Bottom, 1967.
Still from the film, The Plastic Fantastic Machine?
Vol. 1. No. 3 February 1968.
 Bob McTavish is one of the best of the Australian surfers that are currently leading the sport of surfboard riding into the new realm of total performance.
A combination of highly technical boards, and an uncanny insight into the moods of waves, combine to create McTavish the surfer.
In the first of this sequence of three photographs, McTavish carves a long driving turn down the face of the wave.
 After rising high into the curl, as the wave becomes more critical, McTavish drops with the breaking wave to set up the last section of the ride.
 McTavish puts his board into a fantastic turn at the base of the wave. The fin, partially clear of the water is clearly visible.
The whole side of the board is buried and it is on the rail, more than the fin that he makes the turn.
Another photograph from the sequence ,
published of the same edition of
Surf International on page 34
Bob McTavish : Indian Head.
Surf International Volume 1 Number 9, pages 42-45, November 1968.
Bob McTavish : My Surfboard.
Vol. 1. No. 9 November 1968 page 46.
Bob McTavish, Indian Head, 1968.
Chis Brock, George Greenough, Dog, Garry Keyes andBob McTavish.
Hose of Surf and Wilderness "factory," Palmer's Island, Yamba (Angourie), 1969.
Volume 12, Number 5, 1969.
McTavish Surfing Tools
House of Surf
Yamba NSW, 1969.
Image courtesy of Adrian, June 2018.
In response to an enquiry by Adrian in 2017, Bob McTavish wrote:
That sweet Country Soul …
I made it at Palmers Channel near Yamba in 1969.
I shaped, Gary Keyes glassed it, Chris Brock sanded.
I made the fin out of scrap.
Watch George Greenough's Innermost Limits you’ll see the old farm house factory, and us surfing those boards.
I have one too and value it highly.. Bob
Volume 12, Number 5, 1969.
Photograph : ?
Bob McTavish : "Well, California again. Didn't expect it, did enjoy it..."
SURF INTERNATIONAL Vol 1 No. 6 1970? pp 8 to11.
Mat riding Rincon with George Greenough, California.
Hawaii and Sunset Beach on a Ryan Dotson Design 7'10" x 19".
Bob Cooper (USA) Blue Machine model,
Bob McTavish Tracker model
Bob McTavish Power Dude and Big Mac models
|In 2010, McTavish comment pasted on
swaylocks by "Dave":
Quite a treat seeing an old Dude..
I designed it in 1969 at Saticoy, east of Ventura, along with the Big Mac, two very hot boards for the time.
Richard Deese was the shaper, and Morey did a many hundreds of them.
The template was gunny, because the Big Mac was so hot-doggy and short, they were designed to be a pair.
Note that there was some reported difficultly in retailing these boards with (very uncool) cartoons on them.
Left: Bob McTavish and Morey-Pope Big Mac and Power Dude, 1970.
Far left: Power Dude design with Morey-Pope & Co. decal, blank marked B.M., 1971.
PO Box 171 Huskisson, NSW 2540, 2009.
Hard cover, 431 pages, black and white photographs, Some of My Friends, Glossary, Index.
Bob McTavish's enthusiasm for surfing, and life generally, permeate Stoked!, covering his surfing career up to 1968, which leaves open the possibility of a further volume covering the next 40 years.
While the formative years in Queensland as a member of Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club are highly interesting, for the reader who has closely followed McTavish's numerous media contributions, many of the stories from the 1960s are extremely familiar.
Indeed, in some cases their re-telling here seems to lack some of the freshness evident in the original versions.
As expected, there are some minor errors in dates or spelling (Milner, not Millner, page 38) and a tendency to somewhat overstate the author's impact on the surfing industry.
This is evident in the account of the Vee bottom board during 1967 (Part 8) - Midget Farrelly had already established the "lightweight" stringerless as an industry standard by 1966 and he played a major role in the radical reduction in board lengths.
In 1973, McTavish wrote: "At the same time Midget's shop at Palm Beach was running stiff competition with us at Keyo's. As we'd cut 2" off, Midget would cut 4" off, then vice versa."
Significantly, he rejects the commonly held myth that his and Nat Young's plus nine foot V-bottom surfboards taken to Hawaii in December 1967 initiated the Short Board Revolution (pages 383 to 396).
Level 13201 Elizabeth street, Sydney, NSW 2000, 2013.
Soft cover, 533 pages, black and white and monochrome photographs, Appendix.
More Stoked! does not continue directly on from the earlier book, but reprises some of that work in sections one up to about five or six, and unfortunately, the tendency to overstate the author's impact on the surfing industry is again in evidence.
Also, many of the photographs are printed on a grey-blue paper which substantially diminishes their clarity.