Introducing our latest model to the McTavish range - the Poached. An egg-ish board with an asymmetric fin setup built to bring that twin-fin glide to your backhand and introduce some “radical grace” to your quiver.
“I wanted to strip back the elements of an Asym design and find out what each section of the board does to its performance, starting with the fins. Like many surfers I have been an almost 'twin-fin only' guy for the last 10 or more years. With that comes the amazing front side capabilities of a twin, but also the occasional nursing nature when backside. With Poached, we went with a modern quad set up on the ever powerful heel side, which has proved to be a favourite among a lot of surfers in the performance world, and kept the toe side as a twin, more of a MR style fin not a full keel (which is another story).
To complement the fin set up, I wanted a simple piece of foam that was neutral, had its own energy, and didn’t over-power the fin set up. Basically a control board for the fins (heel / toe) to shine or not. A total experiment. So when I came in from my first surf on it I was blown away by how smooth and how fast and drag free it felt, and the more you gave it, the more it liked it. Effortless high glides but full-on round-house cutbacks. I needed to give it to other surfers to try - maybe it was just my head, but the feedback just kept coming back positive - and all spoke to the feeling of flow and attack. Radical grace.
So here we are, a beautiful piece of foam with a bespoke fin set up for either Natural or Goofy surfers. And yes it goes as good front side as it does back side. I am so surprised that a full on experiment ended up as a board we would sell. But after riding it, it's a no brainer.”