The Godfather of Australian Surfing Bob McTavish

7 Oct 2009 0 Share

1965 Queensland State titles at Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. L/R Bob McTavish (open mens winner) Hacka Allen, Phyliss O’Donnell(womens winner), Chrissy Charlton, Peter Drouyn (winner juniors) Paul Neilsen, Peter Lascelles

1965 Queensland State titles at Rainbow Bay, Coolangatta, Gold Coast. L/R Bob McTavish (open mens winner) Hacka Allen, Phyliss O’Donnell(womens winner), Chrissy Charlton, Peter Drouyn (winner juniors) Paul Neilsen, Peter Lascelles

Currumbin, Gold Coast, Queensland 7th October, 2009

Legendary surfer/shaper Bob McTavish will launch his much anticipated book during the Kirra SurfStock Festival in November. The man who created the shortboard revolution, redesigned the V-bottom and was the innovator of the Fantastic Plastic Machine, Bob McTavish will appear at Kirra Surf retail store on Friday 6th of November at 4pm for a book launching and public signing. McTavish will then follow onto the Kirra Surf Club as a special guest for the Friday night Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser and talk about his highly illustrious surfing career covered in the book.
McTavish started as a copywriter in Ipswich at 16 and went on to be one of Australia’s’ most influential surfing characters, winning the Qld State open men’s title at Rainbow Bay in 1965, he finished runner-up to Nat Young in the Australian Titles held at Coolangatta in 1966 and then retired from competition to focus on the art of modern surfboard shaping and progressive surfing ideas. Together with Nat Young and American George Greenough they helped create the shortboard revolution in Noosa. Nat Young went on to win the 1966 World Title on a Bob McTavish shaped board called “Sam”. Nat’s win on Bob’s board changed the face of surfing forever heralding in a new era of aggressive powerful maneuvers which replaced the old ‘walk the plank and nose-riding’ era of the 60’s. As James Brown is recognized as the Father of American Soul Music, McTavish is regarded as a Soul figure of Australian surfing and one of the greatest surfing innovators in the World. His contribution to modern surfing is legendary and Bob is excited to help launch Kirra SurfStock with his book which talks about surfing in Kirra back in 1959.
Below is an extract taken from the book, Bob McTavish – Stoked!

“I first surfed Kirra in 1959, when old Pa Bendall drove me down from Caloundra for the day. It was a genuine 8 feet, with crystal-clear walls that peeled forever down the point. It was my first ever encounter with good surfers: Horrie Bud, Mal Sutherland, and John Cunningham. I was shocked, intrigued, and totally inspired by how well they surfed those perfect waves. So no wonder Kirra was our early sixties headquarters when we’d lob on the Gold Coast to grab some sheltered Cyclone swell, or just some warm water adventures when winter bit into Sydney. I’d usually sleep in the back of a Ute in the Kirra carpark, and survive on a shilling a day. Bread‘n’bananas. One day when I was pathetically broke, I got my hair cut (by the Kirra barber) into Mohawk for a few shillings. Survival technique #346.Kirra had sweet fast peeling waves in front of the rock point, before the groin was built. Ding city without leg ropes. When the swell got bigger, around six feet, a tasty left-hand peak broke in front of the creek mouth. So different from today. All drowned with sand. Us humans have sure got a lot to learn about the natural cycles, the comings and goings of that wonderful element, the sand that supplies the swells a place to unload their energy in that delightful barrelling way us surfers love so much.”
Bob will be available to sign a limited number of hard copies of his book at the Kirra Surf retail surf store at 4pm on Friday 6th of November. Following on that Friday night, McTavish will be a special guest at the Kirra Surf Club Fundraiser for the Surfrider Foundation and will talk more about his life and world travel experiences covered in the book titled “Bob McTavish” Stoked! with a foreword written by well known Australian writer Tim Winton. Tickets at the Kirra Surf club fundraiser starting at 6pm will be limited to 200 and cost $25.00 for a single or $40.00 for a double including two complimentary drinks and finger food. Thanks to the Kirra Surf Club who have offered their premises exclusively for what promises to be a super night of entertainment with Mark Anthony and his tribute to legendary Beach Hypnotist Ronricco, the Dan Hannaford and Dave Murray Band, a memorabilia auction and acknowledgement of the Australian Founding members of Surfrider Foundation and special Surfrider Foundation awards for 2009.
To book call Sheldon at the Kirra Surf Club on 55 995086. Please note all times are Qld.

The Kirra SurfStock Festival to be held from Currumbin to Kirra on November 5 – 8th 2009 is a huge Lifestyle Festival spanning over 3 days and 4 nights hosting surfing events, free outdoor live music, surf movies, a public beach walk and ocean paddle race, Miss SurfStock Quest, charity fundraisers and a diverse variety of festivities which have been approved by Gold City Council and confirmed by the many sponsors including major presenter Connecting Southern Gold Coast in association with Kirra Surf, the Kirra business group, Gold Coast City Council and many community donors.
The Kirra SurfStock Festival is aimed at celebrating our unique coastal way of life and to celebrate the success of the Kirra campaign and continue to focus on better ways of coastal management for all Gold Coast beaches and the iconic sand bottom Point breaks once referred to by Gold Coast surfing legend Peter Drouyn as the 6 sisters eg Burleigh Point, Currumbin Alley, Kirra Point, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks. The Kirra SurfStock Festival follows in the successful wake of the Australia Day 09 Paddle Out and the Bring Back Kirra Campaign which has been the catalyst to create a local festival and has the potential of being an annual event.
On Australia Day 09 over 3000 people turned out at Kirra for the Paddle Out, Joel Parkinson won the Quiksilver Pro at Big Groyne in early March and asked everyone to get behind the community’s campaign. Shortly afterwards the Queensland State election was called and both sides of politics offered $1.5 million to return the once famous Point break and as a result of the community’s concern over coastal management of the beach, surf and reef amenity’s and the impact on the local economy.
The Inaugural Kirra SurfStock Festival has a little bit of everything for the public, a coastal club sandwich for our community to celebrate the lifestyle culture and focus on our foreshore future. Kirra SurfStock is a fun filled grass roots gathering bringing the community together, raising awareness and money for charity and ironically placed 40 years after the famous 3 day and night Woodstock Festival. The Kirra SurfStock inc. is an organized association of volunteers working as a non profit group to continue the momentum of protecting our beach, surf and reef amenities. The Festival will host certain fund raisers and the beneficiaries of Kirra SurfStock are the Surfrider Foundation, Kirra Surfriders Club (boardriders), Kirra Surf Club, KPI (Kirra Point Incorporated) and Currumbin animal hospital. The ultimate aim is to bring the community together in a friendly positive way, have some fun and put smiles back on our faces while continuing to create awareness by looking after our delicate coastline.
For full details check www.kirrasurfstock.com.au

THE PROGRAM AS FOLLOWS:
Thursday, 5th November

Kicking off the SurfStock fun from November 5th at 7pm will be the Opening Party at the Coolangatta Sands with Coopers. Watch epic surf movies from Tim Bonython’s Jim Beam Australian Surf Movie Festival, Live music from Nick Saxton and Burleigh boys from the Tokyo Beef Band and International DJ Spin Easy.

Friday, 6th November:
Number one rating Gold Coast radio Station 90.9 SEAFM will host an OB (Outside Broadcast) with their hugely popular Morning Crew, Paul, Moyra and Baggs from 6am – 9am at Kirra on Friday morning at Kirra
The Godfather of Australian surfing and creator of the short board revolution Bob McTavish will launch his book during Kirra SurfStock for a book signing at the Kirra Surf store at 4pm on Friday afternoon and then Bob will head up to the Kirra Surf Club as a special guest at the Friday night Surfrider Foundation Fundraiser and talk more about his book.
The Friday night affair starting at 6pm promises to be a massive fundraiser at the Kirra Surf Club with Hypnotist Mark Anthony and his tribute to Ronricco plus the Dan Hannaford/Dave Murray Band performing as a charity benefit for the Surfrider Foundation including a memorabilia auction. Founding members of the Australian Surfrider will be acknowledged on the “Night of Legends”. Tickets will be limited to 200 for an exclusive night in the upstairs of the Kirra Surf Club Bar and Restaurant with complimentary drinks, finger food and free entertainment costing $25.00 a ticket. For bookings call Kirra Surf Club (Sheldon) on 55 995086. All proceeds go to Surfrider Foundation co-incidentally hosting their Annual National Conference at Southern Cross University.

Saturday, 7th November:
Saturday 7th November will be the JR surfboards Kirra Junior teams, a 1 day club competition hosted by the Kirra Boardriders club with 6 men junior squads (must not turn 21 in 2009) with club teams from Noosa to Ballina.
Bond University will host beach volley ball on the beach.
At 5.30pm on Saturday afternoon, Sandra L Rodgers will launch her book “Waves of Torment” at the Bilinga Surf Club.
At 6pm catch former 80’s surf pro now professional musician Matthew Pitts at Café Le Monde, Kirra Surf where he will launch his new CD “Ride.”
Also on Saturday night Tim Bonython’s Jim Beam ASMF (surf movies) will screen his epic surf vision outdoors from 8pm at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Families will be invited to bring their chairs and blankets and watch the surfing vision under the stars. While just across the road in the Currumbin Wildlife precinct will be the Grand Opening of the Surf World Surf Museum billed as the “Grand night at the Museum”
The after Party follows onto the Coolangatta Sands with Coopers

Sunday, 8th November:
This is a big day out for Kirra SurfStock Festival. Kicking off from 7am with the Denis Callinan Beach walk and Greenline SUP 7k race from Currumbin to Kirra beach. The ocean racers and beach walkers are asked to meet on the southside of Elephant Rock Vikings Surf Club, Currumbin. There will be ample parking opposite the Wildlife Sanctuary and shuttle buses will be provided plus trucks to return walkers and the paddlers back to Currumbin.
North Kirra will be the venue of Beachcare dune session planting new trees and plants for regeneration.
The new nature strip from Kirra Surf Club north to Kirra Park beach will host a diverse array of surf art and yummy food stalls as part of the Kirra SurfStock beach markets including a kids club with rides and amusements.
Bond University will host beach volley ball with Sunday finals on the beach.

Miss SurfStock quest with 10 models will parade wearing casual beachwear to swim wear from 11am and from midday the Live music takes off with Max Judo, Cupids Bullets, The Genes, Birdy and Quiet Excitement, Dan Hannaford and Dave Murray, Minus Equilibrium, Isaac Paddon, Tokyo Beef, GAS, and Westerly Windina!
The Post Party will be back at the Coolangatta Sands with Coopers and we’ll all need another year to recover for next year’s event!
This years Kirra SurfStock would not have been possible without the huge support from local Business, Council and many more. A big special thank you to major sponsor Connecting Southern Gold Coast for presenting the Festival in association with Kirra Surf and backed up by the following the Denis Callinan Gold Coast Traffic Offenders Program trust (GCTOP), Cr Robbins, Coolangatta Sands, Coopers, John Rankin, Fresh, Dayside plumbing, Kirramisu, Dune, Kirra Surf Café, Treasured Int., Caldwell Banker, Realway R/E, DJStringer, SEAFM, Southern Cross Ten, Tweed Border/Gold Coast Mail, Coastalwatch, SurfingWorld, GCSURF, Island Style Promotions, Mount Warning Spring Water, Bliss Hair Stylist, Extreme Signs, Greenline, KissnCousins, J.Hall Lawyers, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Tim Bonython Volatile Films, Kulu, Gold Coast City Council, Border Park, Leisure.Com, SurfWorld Surf Museum, Surfrider Foundation, Kirra Surfriders Club, Kirra Point Inc., Kirra Surf Club, Solarx, Bond University Beach Volleyball, Climate Wave, Driftwood Timber Surf Company, Mark Anthony Hypnotist, Ecofund, Dan@OceanArtwork.com , thatcomputerguy.net.au, Absee Media, 5 and a half, JR Surfboards, KFC, XS energy drink and the many volunteers including Southern Cross University Students. Aloha and Mahalo
Event Organiser/Media Contact: Andrew McKinnon (mob: 0412754974) All times are QLD based.

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