For ages i've been thinking of getting Bob to shape me a big 10 footer to ride at Wategos when the swell is fat and slow. I went through the existing range, but still wanted something different - classic but not heavy, and not too flat, but still chunky enough to glide through flat sections. I remembered some of the Hawaiian 'beach-boy' style 10 footers I used to see guys riding back in the early 90's at Wategos when I was a grom, and thought something like that would be ideal. So I called up long-time Byron local Max Pendergast and went around to grab his old 10'0" T&C from 1992 (Big Yella he called it!). At 10'0" x 23 1/2" x 3 1/2" it certainly was big, but it was exactly what I was looking for - light enough to throw around off the tail, tons of nose rocker, and a big Vee running nose to tail. It was classic early 90's design, before double concaves, 3-stage rockers and multiple fins made their way into longboards - very simple, but perfect for the waves I was planning to ride. I bought it out and gave it to Bob, and he whipped one up in a couple of hours - sticking with the early 90's theme I even had the guys spray it fluro pink - horrible. Anyway, I've had 3 surfs on it and its tons of fun - paddles well, and is super easy to turn off the tail with that big flat panel Vee, and a deep 11" fin. I think we'll be making a few of these for Wategos, but no more fluro pink I promise. Thanks to Max and Yvonne for lending me Big Yella!
For a long time now we've been wanting to get some Spoons on the go, but they're labour-intensive, and very specialised boards to build - but now we've finally got around to it, and are making 5 spoons over the next few weeks. Bob has hand-shaped the bottoms on each one, and our epoxy laminator Bryan Bates has been helping him out with the glass-work - all 8 layers on the bottom so far. There are 4 coloured ones and one full original in volan. Now that the bottoms are glassed the boards need to sit and cure for a week before Bob hooks in and scoops those decks out - Its a long process but is really worth it when you see the finished product. Here's a few pics from day 1 - I'll add a video once its all cut together.
Friend of McTavish Rob Dunn is clearing out some of his collection of classic surfboards. There are some beauties amongst them and the shots below show just a sample of whats on offer. All are in top condition and prices range from $1500 to $3000. If I had a bit of lazy cash lying around i'd be grabbing that Bluebird to hang in the office!! If you're interested in these or other collectors boards contact Rob direct at email@example.com .
1969 Ben Aipa
1970's Ben Aipa
Early 70's Rip Curl Wayne Lynch
We've had a fantastic week of waves here in Byron this week, and Ben and Yoko from inbyronbaytoday.com have been out snapping the action. This shot of McTavish team rider Roisin Carolan on her custom UFO is a ripper - she's committed, throwing buckets, AND smiling about it!! If you're not already signed up to receive the daily drop of great shots from inbyronbaytoday.com click here and do yourself a favour.