Bob McTavish. To many he is a pioneer, an adventurer, a raconteur, and the design maverick. He stands alongside the likes of MR, Rabbit, and Tom Carroll as a treasure of Australian surfing culture. To me, Bob McTavish is all of this, and so much more. It is through him that I have discovered the key to a fruitful surf trip; a fail-safe method of ensuring fun is well and truly had. One need only ask themselves one question: “What would Bob do?”
No one oozed more mischief; no one was hungrier for those good-time vibes than that young larrikin in his early years. Perhaps the height of his career as a scallywag came in 1963, when the 19-year-old stowed away on a cruise ship bound for Hawaii. He and a friend surfed empty Sunset before being scooped up on the shore by US Immigration.