Bob McTavish: The Tracker

by The Editors on June 16, 2013 · 4 comments

After the Plastic Machine and his sessions at Honolua with Nat Young, Bob McTavish visits Santa Barbara, California and surfs Rincon. The result of his testing and refinement was The Tracker.


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Edfactor June 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

The tracker was a piece of shit and sort of halted Bob Mctavish’s shaping popularity. The tracker was a joint production with Morey and Pope that was rushed out to meet the demands of the popularity of the “V-bottom” craze. In a way, I assume it killed the V-bottom or the downrailer really took off. (I’m only 30, so obviously I wasn’t there ) How I know this? E.T. Surf’s longtime shaper, Pat Ryan, shaped all the Mctavish Surfboards in the 90s and early 2000s before Walden and overseas factories took production. I was on Pat’s Mctavish team and remember asking him, “please make me a v-bottom?” He wouldn’t. He then pointed out a signature on the “Just Longboard’s” wall, “Bob Mctavish.” Above the signature said, “Burn all Trackers.”

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Edfactor June 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

But. I’m sure the new Tracker is “Tracker” inspired with modern improvements.

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Larry Kelp September 14, 2013 at 11:37 am

Tracker was not a piece of shit. Tracker was my first shortboard (8’2″)back in the late 1960′s. Loved that board. Looking for another one. It was a great board.

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valerie January 9, 2014 at 7:27 am

I have a Morey pope Mctavish tracker 8′ 6” in really good shape, that my son left with me to sell along with his collection of surfboards.

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