All Hail Australia's First Freesurfer: Brendan Margieson

August 16, 2018

I was but a wee little grommet when I first saw Brendan Margieson's iconic silhouette.


I can't for the life of me remember which film it was, perhaps Wanderjahr, but when it comes to movies about Australia's first official freesurfer, "Margo", it's the same viewing experience each and every time. And I mean that as a good thing.


Slicker than a Lebanese grocers hair with style to spare and an approach to surfing that was powerful yet refined, Margo in full flight was and still is a sight to behold. He ruined pockets like an uncapped Biro and made me fully appreciate what a perfect bottom hand turn looked like for tall and rangy blokes like myself. Not to mention he's a fellow goofy footer. 


Margo shreds and watching old clips of him make me want to go out and throw my 70 kg frame at an innocent wave in the hope of replicating even 1/100th of his power. I'm too scared to try though, out of fear I'll break my legs or bust a hip. Not many and most likely nobody could match his graceful displays of no-holds-barred power surfing during the 90s.


If you weren't into surfing before the turn of the millennium though, you mightn't have heard of him. Don't take that as a sign he ain't significant. In any case, check out Matt Warshaw's intro below for more info about the legendary Margo.


"Smiling, rubber-limbed surfer from northern New South Wales, cited by Australia's Surfing Life magazine in 1998 as "the best free-surfer in the world." Margieson was born (1972) in Sydney, but raised in the bucolic wave-rich environs of Byron Bay, 60 miles south of the Queensland/New South Wales border".


Now, to make your heart truly flutter with excitement, I've rounded up a couple of clips of the grinning gorilla so you can get to know him better. Enjoy.







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