McTavish F4 longboard

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McTavish F4 longboard

Postby hoboy » Mon Feb 01, 2010 7:30 pm

McTavish F4 :-
Anyone own one or ridden one ?
I was wondering how they would go ?
Would they work in slower waves (ie.Saunton etc) ???
Discuss .........
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Bigjohn » Mon Feb 01, 2010 10:27 pm

I have a fireball evolution - its awesome, love it to bits. Seems to handle just about anything I can handle and more.
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Jory » Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:35 pm

Well it will work anywhere but it's a very progressive shape so it's going to be much better in faster or bigger waves. Its really designed for surfing off the tail and not for nose riding. There are other shapes which will excel in saunton like waves but it really depends on how you want to surf.

The fireball or the stylist (ray gleave) are a little bit more all around (though still on the prog side of all round)
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Matt Rose » Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:14 pm

Once saw fella out on an orange Noosa 66..Nice looking board...Thoughts Jory?
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Jory » Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:34 am

That was me! No joking I have ridden one though. Really nice board, not an out and out noserider more a turn/stall and trim style traditional board. Sort of phil Edwards influenced. Nice board

if you search YouTube for state of play James teaser. The red board he is riding is a 66
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Matt Rose » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:38 pm

He oozed style...Ill check out the video.
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby jwlaminations » Sat Feb 13, 2010 7:28 pm

Jory wrote:That was me! No joking I have ridden one though. Really nice board, not an out and out noserider more a turn/stall and trim style traditional board.
Sort of phil Edwards influenced. Nice
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It's the same template as the 'Cord' longboards which were being built in Nusa around '66. Bob shaped there back in the day.
The Cords are still being built over here and in Australia.
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Huw*The*Sarge » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:46 pm

I have one and have been trying to sell it for the past year. Don't get me wrong, it is a beautifull board with amazing lines, in the right conditions it is fast and highly manouvreable but that rarely happens in the UK, this board likes thick, chunky and fast waves, if I lived in Hossegor I would ride nothing else !
Anyone looking for one give me a call on 07717212225
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby da ghost » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:13 pm

IMHO if you want a board to surf in UK waves you're probably best off going for a UK shaper & telling them exactly what you want, where/how you'll surf & what level you're at. I have had numerous boards from Aus & US as well as Uk shapes &, whilst all the imports have been of awesome quality, I have to say that the UK shaped ones have been the best to ride basically because they have been designed to excel in our waves. This doesn't help if you are after a board to ride abroad!

Some of my best boards have been shaped by great guys like Mark Neville (RIP), Tim Mason & Joolz at Gulfstream (yep, i like 'em long!) & i have an order in with Steve at Empire at the moment which i'm very excited about, having had lovely stuff from him before.

Just my tuppence worth.... :-)
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby gavtheoldskater » Fri Mar 01, 2013 4:51 pm

IMHO if you want a board to surf in UK waves you're probably best off going for a UK shaper


oh god, not that old tired and worn chesnut again.
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby da ghost » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:24 pm

I guess hoboy will be the one to judge how helpful your contribution is gav :roll:
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby mister-griffster » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:48 pm

just stumbled across this hoboy http://www.swaylocks.com/node/1029279

I'd say Croyde, yes - Saunton, no

As for the nationality / local debate - not something I buy into - I get boards shaped by people who specialise in their 'craft' - sure, there are 1 or 2 shapers around the globe who can turn their hands to most things - but go to a specialist. They have a passion for the boards they shape and a thorough understanding. My British boards have been as good as any from any corner of the world, but you need a discerning shaper to demand decent materials to begin with. After that, everything becomes subjective.
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby da ghost » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:10 pm

I think griff has explained it better than I managed to - it's about finding the best shaper for the right board. Depending on what you want they may be in uk, USA, oz, anywhere

Personally, I've always found it easier to talk to UK shapers & have a dialogue that works & results in a great board. It's just worked for me in terms of describing specific waves/beaches that you want to surf the board at with someone who also knows the wave, not to mention cost & hassle of importing if you do go away from the mainstream. The imports I've had have tended to be the types of board that I have loved when conditions have been perfect & been underwhelmed with for the rest of the time - maybe I've not chosen that well at times hence me suggesting to hoboy to talk to uk shaper to possibly avoid some of my mistakes....
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby coxie » Sat Mar 02, 2013 4:24 am

gavtheoldskater wrote:
IMHO if you want a board to surf in UK waves you're probably best off going for a UK shaper


oh god, not that old tired and worn chesnut again.


Not as old tired and worn as this thread. It's from 3 years ago :wink:
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby Cuttlefish » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:11 am

It's kinda ironic really.
Old thread dredged up about a progressive longboard that is now out of flavour as it's been made outdated by once outdated longboards.
Even weirder is that Mctavish was one of the harbringers of the whole shortboard revolution and now the bulk of his orders are for boards that pre-date the revolution he helped usher in. :roll:
Anyway back to F4's that no one wants anymore....or do they?
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Re: McTavish F4 longboard

Postby thechimp » Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:29 pm

Spot on! had an F4 in 2008! GSI, went brown, but on recent trip saw a couple of real, yeah hand made in Byron not GSI or Surftech,
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