I have and have had since I was 10 (learned to surf on it) a 6'6" mike tabeling airbrushed single fin its in rough condition but love it, take it out now and again but usually its on my wall, if anyone can tell me something about it it would be appreciated as i have had a hard time finding out much and haven't come across one like it. Pic will be posted tomorrow
Definitely an early 80s model, out of his shop in Merritt Island, FL, near Cocoa. May or may not have been shaped by him personally... check for a signature. He had about a half dozen other guys shaping in and out.
No gruvi its fake duct tape, covers a weak spot in the glass beside the stringer where an idiot decided to plant his board many years ago. I replaced the fin box 10 years ago after i let a friend borrow it and it came back missing the fin and with a couple dings, lesson learned. Have wanted to retire it, but its a great board seen many a hurricane swell and i just have to ride it now and again.
Probably the 2nd most famous surfer from Fla in the 1970's. If youre wondering, Jeff Crawford is 1. They were amazing if you ever saw either in the water. Crawford was as good as anyone at time. I saw them both at Sebastion on good days. MT made boards, had his own brand & shop called MTB for a while. Really nice shop in downtown Cocoa Beach. Had the best surfing wall mural I have ever seen (gone now). I ran across him selling boards at Ron-Jons a few years ago. I recognized him & we had a good converstaion about the old days. Ron Jons has a little musuem with East Coast, Fla history if you are ever down there. Good bit about MT there.