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magoo, never the rascal



Mick Marlin took this shot of three of the worst desperadoes ever to paddle out at Rocky Point, pinch all the waves off the Hawaiians, then drop in all over each other.

Bluey, Magoo, Scotty.

Mayes, McGuigan, Dillon.

Scott is still around the mid-north coast somewhere with the best stash of surfboards anybody has ever collected. The other two lads are gone. Magoo last night.

He’s in the middle here; balanced up, bringing it around, full of speed, and squirting a gob full of spray at Mayes who was so help me the noisiest surfer in the southern hemisphere. And as soon as Magoo’s stopped admiring himself in the mirror he taped up on the deck he’ll snake Dillon.

Stick a bunch of mates in good waves and this is what you get.

Rest in Peace Barry.

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From Swellnet, by Phil Jarrat

Australian surfing’s rich history: Barry McGuigan


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  1. Reblogged this on Bondi Stories.

    November 19, 2014
  2. Mike Bennett, "the Canadian Kook." #

    Just learned the sad news about Barry. We will all truly miss our mate. I was happy to have visited him and Debbie last February at his home. You wouldn’t have known he was sick by the way he acted, he was in good spirits. He took off for a while, to the doc I think. We heard him come home but didn’t see him for half an hour. He went to stand on his head!!! Some things never change. Miss ya buddy, you’re in my thoughts forever.

    November 20, 2014
  3. Peter, Scotty is now in a nursing home at Coffs. Debbie Magoo has the name

    January 28, 2015
  4. Terry Jenkings #

    PB – early this year I forwarded a Proposal to Council to allow a Bondi Surfing Museum to be set up in a fitting spot in the PAV. All Surf and Board Clubs are in support. This is not part of the Save The Pav movement.
    The idea has legs and is moving forward. Included in the Museum will be an historical coverage and histories of the surf clubs , bergs, board clubs and this will include the early Sth Bondi Boardriders .I want to ensure people like Bluey, Magoo, Dillon ,Dooley, Head , Conneelly etc etc get proper recognition and the Bondi Surfing history is recorded and exhibited. I’d also like to see the existing plaques at Sth Bondi restored and maintained plus a further plaque marking the location of the old Hep Pit and recording its place in Australian Surfing History.
    The above is moving forward.
    The PAV surfing / lifesaving display will from time to time have Exhibitions. One will be for literature/ books/ short stories etc written about Bondi Surfing/ Characters or by Authors who were/ are Bondi residents. This would include you PB.
    Are you interested ? Can I contact you to discuss.?
    Unless this Bondi Surfing history is preserved it will be lost and past heroes and champions of Bondi have earned the right to have their story told.
    Cheers Mate,

    October 1, 2016
  5. Thanks for the invite … email on the way.

    October 1, 2016
  6. Andrew (oldman) #

    I probably read this, year’s ago, came back trawling through some stories, enjoying the meditations of Bowes Tze.

    Were you at Barry’s funeral Pete? I was there, and the wake down at Sporties (we’re the neighbours). Would hate to think that I would have been in the presence of the ghost writer and not met you.

    Deb’s doing fine these days.

    Now, how many more stories before I succumb to the demands of the cubicle? Maybe a few more.

    July 24, 2018
  7. Happy to hear Deb is good, I spin a few yarns about the old boy up here when the company is right. I wished I had of been there on the day, Andrew, give us a hoi next time you sail through the Richmond bar, I have oysters.

    July 24, 2018

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