McTavish Surfboards is a high quality surfboard manufacturer based in Byron Bay, Australia. The brand was founded by Bob McTavish in 1962, and boards bearing the McTavish name have been in production ever since. Bobs larakin lifestyle and contributions to surf design and culture have spanned over 5 decades, and form the basis of what McTavish is all about – design excellence, excitement, fun and adventure. Over the years we have seen the surf industry change and morph, competitors and brands come and go. Today we are proud to run an independent, low volume establishment dedicated to quality and craftmanship.
We have a staff of about 15 people working in our Byron Bay compound, which consists of our factory and offices, a showroom displaying over 200 new boards, as well as apparel & accessories. Our staff make up the most experienced team in Australian board-building, and many of them have been here for over 20 years. They are the guys that eat and sleep surfboards, they work to an extremely high quality standard, and their commitment is reflected in the reputation of the McTavish brand.
We also make a small range of T-shirts, caps and other surf accessories. We enjoy collaborations with friends such as Deus ex Machina, Sibella Court, Thomas Campbell and David Carson to create something really special where we get to combine and explore the limits with people equally dedicated to their field.
We love to have folks over for movie screenings, talks and various get-togethers were we roll out the movie projector, open up the factory to the public, play some tunes and have a chat, usually over good beer from our mates at Stone & Wood. - If you’ve never been to one of our factory events you’re missing out!
McTavish Surfboards has been a part of the Australian and International surfing landscape for over 50 years, and we intend to let our passion and love for riding waves and building boards keep us here for decades to come.