One of the original Bondi surfers whose fire brigade shift work enabled him to spend a lifetime on the beach, Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan settled in retirement on the NSW Central Coast, and was a regular competitor and continual inspiration at longboard events up and down the coast.
The 25th Annual Noosa Festival of Surfing will see the welcome return of the Magoo Memorial Men’s 70 and Over division.
Filled with the aloha spirit, always smiling and always surfing, despite his ongoing battle with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in his latter years, ‘Magoo’ competed right up until his 84th and penultimate year.
Magoo’s passing late last year rattled the surfing community around the country, but initiated the decision to create the inaugural Magoo Memorial in March, presided over by his wife, Debbie, who donated a week’s stay at the Magoo Surf Lodge on Arrawarra Headland to the lucky winner of the event, Wayne Yates.
One of the fastest-growing divisions of the festival, the Magoo Memorial embodies the camaraderie and stoke for which Magoo – the world’s oldest competitive surfer – will always be remembered.
The Magoo Memorial Men’s 70 and Over division is open for applicants to enter online now – or perhaps get the grandkids to give you a hand!
Win a weeks stay at the Magoo Surf Lodge on Arrawarra Headland