Kicking Over the Traces

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Surfer/Shaper Bob McTavish takes a fresh look at the evolution of the shortboard from 1969 to the present. He explains the evolution of rail design and the effect it has on carving. Also displayed in the article is a series of mid-length boards shaped by McTavish with a step by step explanation of their design and relativity to the future of the shortboard.