First of all, a confession. I’d never heard of this board, or the shaper, up until a mere few days before the board studio shoot. I was at the Pukas warehouse in Oiartzun, fingering Merricks, fondling Mayhems, caressing Christensons and getting lured by Lorentz’s, when this thing winked at me out of a cast of thousands of surfboards.
Actually, it was a rail wink. And once you’ve had one, you’ll never go back to the other kind, or so they say.
My eye fell upon the Diamond Sea’s rail in the rack, then followed a hand. An hour later, she was in the back of the van.
“I can’t say exactly what it feels like when the Na’vi plug their ponytails into the Banshee to ride them in Avatar, but like that, with Huey”
Now I’m not a complete asshole. I’ve heard of Bob McTavish, the legend, obviously. But I was blissfully unaware of his son Ben, and his own fine shaping oeuvre.
So when I picked up this board from the rack of many, imagine the serendipity as I beheld the delightfully pinched edges and whispered, “What’s your name? You’re so fricken in…”
Ben McTavish tells of how the precursor to this shape, The Caviar, came after watching Innermost Limits of Pure Fun late one night, several years back. A flat rockered double ender with 50/50 rails, The Caviar was revisited more recently when the displacement hull thing reignited, when Ben “flattened the rocker even more, and pinched the rail even tighter, added a slight single concave to flat vee.”
If you love the in-the-pocket sensation of riding shortboard-length egg-shaped singles, you’ll know what works and what doesn’t.
Flat rocker and pinched AF rails are very much an integral part of the former.
Why? I can’t say exactly what it feels like when the Na’vi plug their ponytails into the Banshee to ride them in Avatar, but like that, with Huey.
McTavish Diamond Sea
Dimensions: 6’0” x 20” x 2 1/4”
Shaper: Ben McTavish
Set up: Single
Materials: PU 6/4oz Volan with tint
Price: €940 (with tint and 9” hull fin included)
Picture, if you will, one of those long doubling up left banks in SW France, you know the ones, that ledge off the take-off bowl, then run wide, before fading back and sucking sick through the inside racetrack section. Yeah, them. Then picture you, jamming wild arcs back into the fold, like a ledge, and then crouching exotically into the time tunnel and riding the lightning. This is the surfboard Jah specifically intended you to do exactly that on.