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McTavish X Lauren Webster

Sunday, September 13, 2015
Its been a busy winter here at McTavish and we've and we've had this amazing art colab board under wraps for too long! So finally here it is - Sydney based artist Lauren Webster has designed and hand-painted this beauty and you can read about it below. There is also a short film about the project shot and editted by Sam Brumby.


I’m an artist based in Sydney working predominantly in painting and drawing but also love to lend my hand to a range of other creative outlets and collaborations.

I was so excited to have the first of the beautiful McTavish longboards arrive at my doorstep so needless to say I didn't waste any time before attacking it with a lick of paint and splashing some of my art onto it.

My work takes a variety of forms but in recent years I have been heavily influenced by a dreamlike dessert landscape, imagery of retro Americana and an imagined folklore of the West. These themes naturally made their way into my artwork for the board. There is also a real throwback to traditional tattoo art seen in the flash card style imagery.

I painted the board in Bondi, then packed it up for a road trip to the McTavish HQ and factory in Byron Bay. The trip wasn’t a particularly quick one… I had managed to wrangle my good friend, talented filmmaker and all-round creative cat Sam Brumby to come along for the ride. We cruised up the coast making stops along the way for a surf or two and an overnight camp out, eventually making it to Byron Bay already covered in salt and sand.

I spent the most part of a week hanging out in Byron, ducking in and out of the factory watching eagerly as the board was glassed and finished. It was such a buzz to learn more about this side of things and to witness the craftsmanship that goes into each board.

After some fun paint splashing and coastal meandering and with the finishing touches from the talented craftsmen at the Byron factory the McTavish x Lauren Webster board was complete and ready to hit the water.

Thanks must go to Sam for looking on patiently as I painted the board and then braved the road trip with me to create his beautiful short film about the collaboration.

A huge thank you also to the McTavish gang for making me feel so welcome and allowing me the opportunity to share my art and work with them on the board. I had a blast and can’t wait to get my paint covered hands on the next one!



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The Two Robbies

Monday, April 22, 2013

We had a great visitor a few weeks back - Robin Kegel. He turned our factory upside down with his wild enthusiasm! We just love the guy!

Robbie is 'Gato Heroi' or Cat Worship!! Funky name from a Punky guy. He shapes radical re-do's of past eras, and rides them with 240 volts of life in him. He was the prime guy in the pigment/tint/wash/dip/splatter/ free lap/ revolution in glassing the past 5 years, out of his skunkworks in Newport California. Robbie stoked me no end that he was now living in France, in the attic in the incredible Barland factory near Guethery in France. Guethery is one of my favourite breaks in the whole world, and Kegel is now living there! It's an amphitheatre of old castles and classic buildings that stagger down the hills to the most elegant big peak on the planet.

Robbie marched around the factory with his credit card in his hand, yelling 'Grab it now, as I've got money right now! I may not shortly.' He ordered two boards, a 9 foot Plastic Machine like I took to Hawaii with Nat in late 67 - 'Just make it as rad as you like, I don't care how hard it is to ride. I just want to draw the longest biggest banked arc on the Guethery peak!'

The other is a reproduction of Nat's Magic Sam, his 1966 World Title winning board. 'I want full-on boat rails… just pull 'em up as much as you like!'

Robbie''s enthusiasm for the film 'Hot Generation' was also a real stoker 'You guys were true surf punks in those days. You just blew the established surf world apart! So Cool!' he dribbled. How can we not get super excited about making a couple of boards for Mr. Robbie Gato Heroi Kegel!!!



The two Robins - Photo Jack Belli

Leopard time

Friday, April 12, 2013

UFO name change

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

A few people have been calling in a panic this week asking 'what happened to the UFO??!!' - well its just had a name change so all is good. We had to re-name the board, and we decided on Vuelo - Spanish for flight. There has been no change to the board itself - only the name, so you can still find the board info here - and we'll have fresh stock online soon. In the meantime we're clearing out all the older UFO models - there are 6 left and they're currently on sale here.


Alex Knost

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

We had Alex Knost drop by last week. Dynamic visit. He rocked in with his favourite shorty of the moment… a 1971 San Juan shaped by my very good friend John Blanch. When Blanchy married a Coff's chick and moved closer to his other love… the snow… I took over his job in January 1972. This board was Blanchy's usual very tidy, very spot-on shape, with classy rocker and rails. Very balanced for the era, or for any era. Blanchy was a real natural.

The board he brought into Bill's glassing room caused a stir. Billy came over and checked it, identifying it as his glass job. Our glosser/fin installer Mal 'Buggo' Bugden piped up from the sidelines "I wet rubbed that board before glossing. I used to pop around after school and do all the wet rubs."

Bill pointed out the incredibly fine resin pin line. "That's a JT pin line for sure". JT, or John Thomas was the best resin pin liner in the land, and was a great friend until he passed away from cancer ten years ago. John also owned San Juan a couple of years after this sweet board was made.

Al surfed it at Noosa the way it deserved to be ridden… par excellence. It's so cool to see great timeless designs being appreciated again. Just a truly classy performer.


Bob and Joel

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Hanging out this week in Byron.

Customer Ink

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Customer Paul Rolls from Newcastle came up to Byron this week to have Bob hand shape him a new Tracker for a 40th present to himself. He bought a great old Bluebird up with him, one of his favourite boards, to show to Bob - its a ripper, from around 1976, but the kicker was when he revealed he'd had the board tattooed on his back! What a guy! Thanks to Paul for being a sport and letting us post the pics. 


Monday visitors

Monday, March 18, 2013

March always brings a huge host of talent to the Aussie East coast for the Noosa Festival of Surfing. This year the event also hosted the Vans Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational event and this bought out even more top-end log riders than usual. The surfing was amazing and a lot of the competitors are hanging out in Oz and road-tripping down to Sydney. We were luck to have the crew drop by the factory on their way south. 


L to R Ben Wallace, Jared Mell, Joel Tudor, Billy McLean, Matt Chojnacki, Nathan Strom, Bob, Troy Elmore, Sverre Strom and George Trimm 

Photo: Ben Harper

Milky Joe

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Roisin sent us a few photos this week of her breaking in her new UFO which she's christened 'Milky Joe'. Thanks to Rupert Goodall for the photos.


Collectors Involvement for sale

Monday, March 11, 2013

A few years back we made a run of collectors Involvement boards, to celebrate the launch of this new model. The board was an exact replica of Bobs original board from '66 and only 6 were made. All were sold out before production so we've not had one available since. Now number 6 of 6 has come back on the market, and is available now for $2100. It is immaculate and unridden. Please email us at sales@mctavish.com.au if you're keen on this board, it really is a collectors item.