#10 Bob McTavish

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All lines drawn through the short board revolution go back to Bob Mctavish, an Australian born surfer/shaper who’s early “short board” influence came directly from his friendship with George Greenough, a ground breaking knee boarder and Santa Barbaran transplant to Byron Bay. Inspiration from George and feedback from test pilot, and Australia’s best surfer at the time Nat Young led to Bob and his surfboard designs being the spearhead of the “short board revolution”. Which was undoubtedly the biggest design shift in surfing history. When your work inspires surfboard lengths around the world to go from 10′ to 6′ in no more than a year…. you’ve made this list for sure. Bob also built the board dubbed “Magic Sam” witch was not only a “short board” but the first “Vee bottom” board and brought it to the North Shore of Hawaii in 1966 where the surfing world truly became aware when Nat Young won the world contest on it. Bob has been a board builder since, and still resides and shapes in the Byron Bay area of Australia.

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