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Paddle-out honors life of Barry 'Magoo' McGuigan



Rest In Peace

Magoo earned the 'World's Oldest Competitive Surfer' title

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 30 November, 2014 - On Saturday around 100 surfers joined a traditional paddle out at Cabbage Tree Harbour led by Terry McDermott where they performed a splash and three cheers before a crew from Soldier Beach Surf Club paddled out further and placed a wreath on the ocean.

Born in 1929 at Paddington Royal Hospital, Magoo’s early life was spent surfing, spear fishing and body surfing at Bondi and North Bondi.

Magoo travelled the world in the early 1950s surfing breaks that had never been heard of and first went to Hawaii in 1963, surfing the legendry Pipeline alone.

“So the legend was born, the world was a stage and the ocean was his playground,” friend John Sullivan said. “He never won an award and some may people may not have heard of him, but he was a legend... He lived for the joy of riding waves.”

It was his wife Debbie who convinced him to get back into competitive surfing after he retired from the fire brigade and it was also Debbie who along with the Central Coast Malibu Boardriders organised the first Magoo Surf Charity Classic in 1999 to celebrate Mr McGuigan’s 70th birthday.

The competition has been held every year since at Soldiers Beach helping to raise more than $300,000 for cancer services.

Mr McGuigan had been fighting non-Hodgkins lymphoma for the past few years.


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