BILL MCLEAN (LAMINATOR)
An industry veteran, Bill started with Bill Cilia in Sydney, before moving to San Juan Surfboards in Byron in 1971, when he also started glassing Bob McTavish boards. When McTavish moved from Lennox Head to Byron in the 1990s, Bill joined the team full time. Says long time friend Bob: “Bill will go to any extent to do a perfect glass job. Even 46 years ago, he was fastidious. It had to be right.“ Now, informed surfers will know the privilege of having a legend like Bill glass their board.
MAL BUGDEN (GLOSS COATER)
Another Byron local, Mal started in the industry in 1971 at San Juan Surfboards, working after school and weekends when he would also wet-rub McTavish boards before they were gloss-coated. Another respected all-rounder, he worked for many brands, including Michael Cundith, before re-joining the McTavish team over two decades ago.
KERYX ATKINS (POLISHER)
Keryx grew up in Newcastle, learning to surf at Merewether Point and Catherine Hill Bay. After a few years spent in Melbourne working in Industrial Design he settled in Lennox Head as a Polisher for McTavish.
ALONZO PUNKER (ARTIST)
The son of a famous Israeli artist, Alonzo got his start in the surfboard industry working as a spray artist for Town & Country in Hawaii in the late 1970s, where some of his best known works were seen on Martin Potter’s colourful quivers. He later worked for the brand in Australia before moving across to McTavish. A surfboard all-rounder, Alonzo can turn his hand to any aspect of production, and is an accomplished glasser and sander. With the era of painted boards slowly fading, he has now switched his focus to resin art.
REED SMITH (QC / DISPATCH)
With a hawk eye for detail and love of 60’s style- from surfing to cars, Reed is the ‘new blood' embodiment of the transitional era Bob was so heavily a part of.