23'' to 19'', 1968
Bob McTavish : 23" to 19'', 1968.
Bob McTavish : McT.
Volume 1 Number 10 pages 8-9.
Like most of
McTavish's articles for Surf International, this
is merely titled "McT", the allocated titled is based on
the significant change in board widths between the end of 1967
and the end of 1968.
The accompanying photograph on page 8 shows Bob McTavish holding
his hand-written copy of the article (against
a pane of glass?).
It is possible
that the "Sunset Delight" ridden by Russell Hughes was
the board he took to the World contest in November 1968 held
in Puerto Rico.
We moved over to the peak.
Wayne had a
9'3" square tail that was sort of Tracker shaped.
We were barely
to where we figured the peak was when huge lumps appeared on
the outside reef.
We paddled out
to sea, fast, 'cause it looked big.
It was a solid
12 feet, a good size for Sunset, very clean.
I took the
first wave of the set, and it turned out to be the only one.
A hard paddle,
and I had it, or it had me.
The speed at
the top just going with the swell was incredible.
I didn't know.
Then I started
to run over the lip and move down!
The wave felt
like an incredible moving mountain.
A huge thick
slope moving twice as fast as Australia.
As I eased it
into a turn, I was a little shocked as it was came round
smoothly and without much fight, and that was a 23'' board.
there was no punch from the turn.
turned, and that's it.
One more wave
So after a few
more days of Sunset I was pushing that board into ridiculous
the skeg out, like in The Duke.
I was busting
to spend my very few dollars on a blank to make myself an 8'6"
x 20" vee, but no blanks on Oahu.
One on Maui,
but when I get there I was "Bayed out" and so forgot my Sunset
year is it.
I'm not going,
I don't think, but Russell is.
riding my Sunset Delight.
8'6" x 19" x
I'll be along
on every ride.
And what'll he
Have fun, I
hope, and feel free on his skee.
pintails have flow, but that means you're tied to the wave's
And the square
tail enable you to break the track, if you wish.
The vee will
keep the board stabilized when falling weightless, and will
also ease up tail pressure in turns and cutbacks.
Dead flat last
3 feet of the bottom.
19" wide to
sink into the face.
plane, but who needs to look far for power at Sunset??
Vol. 1. No. 10
Geoff Cater (2010-2019) :
Bob McTavish : 23'' to 19'', 1968.