Bob McTavish Bluebird Single Fin

Check out this Bob McTavish Bluebird single fin, for sale on Craigslist in Los Angeles. McTavish is one of the most influential shapers in Australian surf history, and the Bluebird logo is one of his signatures.

I’m having a hard time placing the exact year of the board, and a bunch of the details don’t seem to match up with what limited resources I can find online. Board Collector shared a picture of a McTavish Bluebird with a similar logo (if you zoom in you can see the “Bluebird by McTavish” text here). The board on Board Collector apparently went on eBay for a little over $3K.

This board is in great condition – suspiciously so. I would say judging from the outline that the shape is reminiscent of something in the 70s, and Stoked-n-Board has a very similar logo as dating from 1972 to 1983. However, in the Stoked-n-Board example (Figure 45 in this link), you’ll notice it says “Shaped and Designed by McTavish”, versus the “Bluebird by McTavish” on this Craigslist board.

The signature looks about right, but again, Stoked-n-Board doesn’t have any exact matches. (This board simply says “by McTavish”). I’m not an expert so take it all with a grain of salt, but it looks about right. If I had to guess, I would say this is a more modern reproduction (albeit a genuine McTavish handshape) of a classic design. A few years ago, McTavish shaped some reproductions of the famous Bluebird design at Deus Ex Machina’s shaping room in Bali. You can see pics of those boards here, though they are very different from what is being shown on this Craigslist link. If anyone has other info, feel free to chime in!

The board is going for $975 on Craigslist. You can see it here.

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