BRENDEN “MARGO” MARGIESON BY RYAN “RHINO” CALLINAN
It’s hard to pick just one guy who had the biggest influence. Luke Egan was an early inspiration and so was Shaun Cansdell – I love the way they both surf but I’m going to go with a natural footer: Brendan Margieson. Margo was the best, such a powerful rail surfer. I had a few of the early movies he did with Jack McCoy and then his profile movie, Wanderjahr, is one of my absolute favourites. I remember he talks in that movie about how he was caught between the eras of power surfing and airs. Obviously his rail surfing was as good as it gets but he just seemed to mould everything together really well and he had that natural flow on a wave. I did a couple of trips with him when I was quite young and his whole attitude was about having fun. He was one of the first paid free surfers and so he didn’t have to worry about surfing a certain way to win heats. He’s a big guy but he was really versatile, he could still get air and but his power hacks were amazing. He’d use all his speed just to set up one massive turn which was really exciting to watch. His backside hooks were wild too – he’d take to an eight-foot wave like it was a shorey. It was just a really raw approach and it seemed he was always surfing exactly how he wanted. I definitely tried to incorporate some of his lines and his style and his rawness. I’d say I’ve picked up different things from different surfers over the years and tried to combine them. Margo’s raw power is what I like most about him. The first trip I did with Margo was to West Oz. Passion
Pop had just come out and he had a great section in that and I was kinda in awe of him. I was so pumped to be going on a trip with him. And I remember I duck-dived a wave near him and my nose went right through his board. He was trying to be really nice about but you could tell he was super bummed. I was like “oh, no, what have I done”. So rattled. I ended up going on quite a few trips with Margo after that and what he passed on to me was the idea of just having fun and not stressing about results.