Getting Slippery with Bob McTavish

Bob McTavish was an arm-waving storyteller with a rubbery voice and a big laugh. He'd shave his head for kicks, or eat a bug if someone picked up next round, and he had the best record collection around, filled with Detroit soul, Chicago blues, and the latest from the British Invasion.

In Australia, George Greenough’s biggest admirer was a barrel-chested 22-year-old Queenslander named Bob McTavish. Introduced by a mutual friend, Greenough stayed with McTavish for a few weeks during his 1964 visit to Australia, and they’d surfed together almost daily at Noosa and Point Cartwright, among other gorgeous, uncrowded Sunshine Coast breaks. Still on his original balsa spoon, Greenough ...

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