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Gary McNeill Concepts

Manufactured in Australia
Gary McNeill
Name: Gary McNeill
Team Riders: Dave Rastovich

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Gary McNeill Concepts is a brand that is synonymous with high-performance, left of centre surfboards and backed up with the renowned free-surfing, team rider, Dave Rastovich. Gary has been working on Dave Rasta's surfboards over the years, helping him refine his innovative design concepts for performance and usability. Head shaper Gary McNeill began shaping at 16 years of age and has plenty of experience as both a shaper and surfer in his own right. With over 40 years surfing, Gary has the added bonus of trusting his own experience and knowledge of the way a board feels under his own feet when crafting a new board. The ability to think outside the box combined with a long-standing relationship with Rasta, one of the most well-known experimental surfers, ensures that all Gary McNeill Surfboards have a very real point of difference.

The pursuit by Gary McNeill Concepts to find the newest inventive and experimental designs never involves sacrificing the highest level of performance. McNeill Surfboards are well-built, finely crafted with plenty of strength to ensure they stand the test of time. This combined with some pretty unique artwork from artist Jonathan Quinton ensure you will have a board that stands out from the crowd while continuing to perform at extremely high levels. The resulting high-performance hybrid designs have the best of wider point, forward fish-like designs blended with modern rails and foils. This can be seen in the modern performance fish style Entity and Captain Kirk models. With plenty of positive flex, creative bottom contours and often uncommon fin clustering produces a number of innovative templates in twins, quads and box plus two configurations.

With qualities like: speed, energy, control, lift, liveliness and plain old good fun, you can see why Garyn McNeill is currently producing some of the finest surfboards in his career with plenty of people paying attention. A wide range of designs that appeal to a wide range of surfers of all skill levels ensures there is a Gary McNeill Concepts Surfboard for everyone including the popular twin fin design Rasta Torus Twin and the semi-fishy CV2.

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Jason Hussey March 8, 2016 at 11:15 am

Hi Garry, i am interested in ordering a CV2, could you advise on some dimensions for me. i currently ride a Lis style keel fin fish that is 5,8" x 20.5 x 2 .5" refined and super fun in good waves. this board is 8yr old i am now 42 and not surfing as often as i would like, fitness is concern so some extra paddle power would be nice. i am about 160 cm and @ 70 kg.located in Vico so my regular waves are Winki and bells etc.


Boardcave Australia March 8, 2016 at 11:07 pm

Hi Jason, I would recommend the 6'0 x 20 3/4 x 2 5/8 – 35.32 litres. This board at 35 litres will have plenty of volume for you to allow easy paddling and increase your wave count.


Chloe Shorrock July 5, 2016 at 7:24 am

Hi gary my grandpa John Mcneill has a custom design mini malibu surf board 9 foot 2 long was custom made by paul mitchelle 20 yrs ago he is trying to find what it's worth. Please help he also would like to get in contact with you to enquire about more information


Boardcave Australia July 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm

Hi Chloe, good to hear from you! Unfortunately, we can't give an accurate indication of what it's worth without having a look of the condition it's in. If you would like further info on any Gary Mcneill models or have any questions at all, please email service@boardcave.com and the guys will get back to you asap.


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Comments & Reviews

David - / 37Yrs / 183 cm / 82kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Captain Kirk 6' 0" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/4" 34.38
Gary McNeil does all customs so when the board arrived it wasn't exactly what I imagined, but I knew to trust the master as I have another board from him, so I just started using it without a second thought. I have the thruster version and have been blown away at how amazing it is in the average beachbreak conditions I got it for. It is really fast and turns with precision in critical situations. At certain points in the ride it feels like the board kicks into a higher gear and I have been flying over sections that I'd usually end the wave on. One thing to note is the board doesn't seem to like tiny fat waves - I really have to nurse it through turns and be measured with my pumping to eek out a ride - still an enjoyable experience though. I have not reached the limit of how big it can handle I've had it out in waves well overhead and was totally in control. A couple of times I have been able to just turn the board onto a wave while I'm paddling back out and take off without even a paddle just push the nose down the wave and away you go. This board really filled the hole I had in my quiver and exceeded my expectations in the beachbreaks I ride it in.
2015-10-13 11:14:27
Stephen - / 48Yrs / 178 cm / 80kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Entity 6' 0" x 19 3/4" x 2 5/8" x 31.9L
I ride this in a quad setup. It's fast, stable, drives down the line really well, but still turns tight. Bit of extra foam under the chest and a more forward wide point allow for early entry into waves. It's a great fun board, that is perfect as a daily board, but will also work in more solid waves up to around double overhead.
2015-04-23 15:28:49
Drew - / 42Yrs / 174 cm / 92kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Entity 6' 2" x 20 1/4" x 2 7/8" 36.45
My first surf on the Entity was Double OH+ on an outside bank beach break, this board caught waves easily, handled the drops, and carried speed off the bottom, both forehand and back hand like no other board I have had. It has then proceeded to do this in 2-3ft slop and clean 4ft waves, it is so good in fact that I wonder why I also purchase a Rasta Torus Twin, which I also think is amazing, but in almost any surf as lovely as I find that board this one has a combination of fishy feeling looseness and speed in a straight line and on rail control like I have never felt. This is probably the best board I have ever ridden, makes me feel like I know what I am doing on almost every wave!!!
2016-01-25 12:41:42
Daniel - / 42Yrs / 178 cm / 70kg / Intermediate - Intermediate Entity 6' 6" x 20 1/2" x 2 3/4" N/A
Nice and stable paddling in... Good float and buoyancy. My aim was to find a board to bridge between a mal and a shortboard. These dimensions hit the mark for sure. I'm very happy with the outcome!
2016-04-21 14:11:06
Joel - / 45Yrs / 176 cm / 71kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Entity 5' 10" x 19 1/2" x 2 9/16" x 30L
I am very satisfied with this board! The board is very fast and paddles and turns really well. I wasn't sure about ordering over the internet but really wanted a Gary McNeill board. It is exactly what I thought it would be and more. I love this board.
2016-06-06 11:59:16
Adam - / 28Yrs / 185 cm / 80kg / Intermediate - Intermediate Entity 6' 4" x 21 1/2" x 2 7/8" x 39.83L
Beautifully shaped board! Super stable and a paddling machine. I got it as a five fin for the versatility but have been riding it mostly as a quad which gives it awesome drive.
2016-11-04 15:21:50
John - / 36Yrs / 170 cm / 65kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Entity 5' 6" x 19 1/4" x 2 1/4" N/A
Super fun board. Despite it's small size, it is a really drivey solid feeling board. Doesn't get up speed that quickly on flatter waves, it seems to need a hollower or bigger wave to get that tail lift happening for it to feel loose, once you have a bit of speed though, its really fast and responsive and holds a solid rail through turns. Paddles really well for a small board.
2016-12-08 14:05:59
Andrew - / 29Yrs / 187 cm / 95kg / Intermediate - Intermediate Entity 6' 4" x 21 3/16" x 2 7/8" x 41.5L
This board is great! I've bought it as an all-rounder and have not been disappointed. Paddle power is better than expected and has increased my wave count for sure. The outline is a bit different in that it's narrow enough through the nose and has some tail lift to take steeper drops but rounder through the body giving some forgiveness and drive in smaller days. On top of all that the artwork is amazing and SPC construction seems really sturdy. Thanks Gary!
2017-01-19 14:34:13
Dayne - / 31Yrs / 178 cm / 82kg / Intermediate - Intermediate CV2 6' 2" x 21 1/4" x 2 3/4" x 38.9L
My CV2 is nothing short of amazing. The board paddles extremely well allowing you to get into the wave early however the board also takes a late and steep drop very well. The board has incredible speed and is easy to get on rail and perform tight turns. The CV2 really has me surfing better than I thought I could. An amazing board! Thanks Gary
2015-09-10 10:01:58
Tony - / 54Yrs / 186 cm / 92kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced CV2 6' 6" x 22 0" x 3 0" x 46.1L
I have only surfed my new board on 3ft waves, paddled really well, catches waves the best I have ever had, really easy, turned beautifully. I cant wait to try it out on some bigger waves.
2016-01-07 09:37:32
Vito - / 19Yrs / 152 cm / 76kg / Intermediate - Intermediate CV2 5' 10" x 20 1/4" x 2 1/2" x 31.39L
No complaints what so ever about the board.
2016-12-08 13:44:11
Rabin - / 33Yrs / 173 cm / 72kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 5' 7" x 20 1/4" x 2 3/8" 28.46
Incredible board! Now surfed in different type of waves and it works well on fat to hollow waves. I tried 4 different fins on the RTT and mainly surf it with the Akila Aipa as it drives like mad and gives it a nice loose feeling. For bigger steeper days when take offs are going to be challenging, I surf it with the Rasta twins as it is still fast but provides added hold on the drop! The wide surface area of the board gives it a very forgiving and comfort feeling while riding the waves. Natural speed flows into long nice carves or loose fins out depending on the fins you use. I surfed the RTT on small to 4ft reef breaks and fat to hollow. I found it most fun on fat onshore days.
2015-09-10 09:40:07
Drew - / 42Yrs / 174 cm / 92kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 5' 10" x 20 1/2" x 3 0" 37.34
For a little fish this board is amazing, it handles the juice, it also feels short, I think I could have easily gone a 6'0 as flying down the line would not be impacted by an extra couple of inches. Gary's boards are very refined so don't hesitate to get some extra thickness, he will hide it and performance will not be impacted. Will be tring this board some twin fin fins also, hold is amazing with the Rasta keels.
2016-01-25 12:42:57
Randal - / 30Yrs / 183 cm / 63kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 5' 5" x 20 1/4" x 2 3/8"
The RTT goes really sick. It floats a lot better than it seems based on the streamlined dimensions. Personally I was worried it wouldn't ride enough like a fish, but so far it has felt really solid, effortless speed, clean arching manoeuvrability. I'm using the (Futures) Sea Shepard keels and they are super good, great momentum with great control on small to medium sized waves. I was surprised how responsive it was, very controlled and simple to surf, it feels lively and cooperative.
2016-12-08 13:59:27
Mark - / 38Yrs / 178 cm / 72kg / Intermediate - Intermediate Rasta Torus Twin 5' 10" x 20 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 31,76L
Great board, really happy - dudes look at it in the car park all the time. Good measurements for me and my wife wants one.
2017-03-22 12:29:56
Harry - / 20Yrs / 180 cm / 65kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 5' 4" x 19 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 25.39L
The twin fin goes really well in 2 foot plus and okay in 1-2. Likes a clean face to put down clean rail to rail turns, also has really good drive off the bottom and controlled release when wanted.
2017-11-09 13:31:08
Bruce - / 38Yrs / 182 cm / 80kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 5' 8" x 20 1/4" x 2 7/16" x 30.35L
Love it, could possibly go a little more volume, but otherwise i love it.
2017-11-30 16:30:10
Jeff - / 48Yrs / 165 cm / 70kg / Intermediate - Intermediate Rasta Torus Twin 5' 8" x 20 1/4" x 2 7/16" x 30.35L
Wasn't too sure about the board at first as I haven’t had much experience on a twin fin but persevered with it and quickly learned to enjoy it. Now it’s pretty much the most ridden board in my quiver.
2017-11-30 16:42:59
Damon - / 47Yrs / 174 cm / 78kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Rasta Torus Twin 6' 0" x 20 3/4" x 2 5/8" x 34.92L
The RTT is a speed machine! You know you’ve got a great board when everything just feels right. As soon as I picked it up, I knew the board was going to be good. Same in the water, as soon as I paddled on it, the board was balanced and just seemed to glide. Super easy to paddle into waves and really fun to surf...I couldn’t be more happy with my Gary McNeill RTT
2017-12-22 10:59:23
Adam - / 38Yrs / 186 cm / 75 kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Six Bliss 6' 0" x 19 1/4" x 2 7/16" x 28.04L
Super fast with plenty of paddle power under the chest. Performs best in clean conditions.
2015-04-24 12:09:53
Caleb - / 31Yrs / 182 cm / 90kg / Intermediate / Advanced - Intermediate / Advanced Six Bliss 6' 2" x 19 3/4" x 2 11/16" x 32L
Nice cruiser compared to comp style shortboards. Will still get vert in the pocket and handle solid waves. Likes bigger waves with a nice wall that just need to be torn apart.
2017-03-02 12:13:23
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