Wavegliders Factory hosts Aussie known for his refined twin-fin shapes
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 January, 2018 - Gary McNeill is associated mainly with two things: extremely high performance left of centre surfboards; and his renowned team rider Dave Rastovich. McNeill from Australia, has been shaping at the Wavegliders factory in Ericeira lately to create some new boards for Magic Quiver.
Gary’s boards set themselves apart from everything else on the market in terms of design, artwork and performance. There is the signature use of uniquely cosmic and eye-catching artwork birthed out of the sacred geometrical musings of artist and cosmologist Jonathan Quinton. Then there is a deliberate focus on positive flex, creative bottom contours and often uncommon fin clusters: innovative twin, quad and two plus one configurations.
After working within the mainstream industry for decades, McNeill has taken a different fork in the path. He is a deep thinker and a spiritual man with an innate sense for creativity and inspiration. It is his propensity for thinking outside the box coupled with a long and healthy relationship with arguably surfing’s most well known experimentalist, Dave Rastovich, that results in surfboards that have a very real point of difference.
Gary’s boards set themselves apart from everything else on the market in terms of design, artwork and performance. Though both McNeill and Rastovich share a passion for the inventive and unordinary, they are also never willing to sacrifice performance. The result is a range of designs, best described as high performance hybrids, with the best of wide point forward fish designs blended with the best of modern rails and foils.
“Why do I shape?," says McNeill. "It’s the same reason as why I surf: to get excited. And I'll make and ride anything that's gets me there to that place of excitement.”