Bob McTavish was a fierce competitor at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.
Bob McTavish was a fierce competitor at the Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Treasured piece of Coast surfing history up for grabs

AN ICONIC 54-year-old surfboard that represented an era when the Sunshine Coast was at the centre of global design evolution is being raffled in a bid to raise $50,000 for the bushfire appeal.

Bob McTavish with the 9'5
Bob McTavish with the 9'5" Cord Surfboard he shaped at Caloundra in 1966, which is being raffled to raise money for the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue bushfire appeal.

Shaped by Bob McTavish, the surfboard has been beautifully restored to retain the honesty of its history.

Bob said he had shaped it in 1966 at the short-lived Cord Surfboard Factory in Caloundra owned by brothers Peter and David Lascelles.

He, along with Russell Hughes, Algie Grudd, John Mantle and Kevin Platt, had been working for Haydens at Alexandra Headland in 1964-65 and 1966 when Hayden Kenny changed direction by bringing Ken Adler back from the US.

"Cord gave us jobs," Bob said.

"It quickly disintegrated and I ended up shaping in the Mooloolaba Iceworks before going to Sydney with Keyo.

Bob McTavish was one of the hottest surfer/shapers of his generation and is still going strong. Photo courtesy of Going Vertical
Bob McTavish was one of the hottest surfer/shapers of his generation and is still going strong. Photo courtesy of Going Vertical

"There were only a few boards made - no more than 50 to 120 - so this board is pretty rare.

"It's the best expression of the hottest shapes by the hottest surfers of that time.

"Every one of those boards was special. They were less pretty than the Haydens (of the time) but they were exotic and had a real lot of love in them."

Bob McTavish at work in the shaping bay.
Bob McTavish at work in the shaping bay.

Bob said the board came back to him about 15 years ago, covered in blue paint.

"We sanded it back and there was this beautiful Cord," he said.

"We fixed the dings, restored it, added another layer of four-ounce glass and gloss-coated it.

"The honesty of the old dings shows through. The history of the board is there to see. It's no Easter egg, all show and empty on the inside."

McTavish Surfboards is selling 500 tickets at $100 each in a raffle of the surfboard, with all money raised going to support WIRES Wildlife Rescue to help the rescue and rehabilitation of native animals injured in the fires.

Visit McTavish.com.au and follow the links from the home page, but be quick - tickets are selling fast.


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