An amazing short film about the late Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan. A true inspiration, a gentleman, a lover of the ocean, a legend, and a great friend. Dean Saffron, the filmmaker, put together this incredible video to share the joy of surfing though the eyes of Magoo. Surfing shaped Magoo’s life, and Magoo has certainly helped to shape mine.
He will be forever missed, but live on in the hearts of those who knew him.
Hunter River, NSW, Australia: From its beginnings high in the Barrington Tops, the Hunter River meanders 468km through historic townships of the Hunter Region and ends its course flowing through the heads at Newcastle.
First inhabited by indigenous Australians, and later discovered by European explorers in the late 1700’s, the Hunter River was originally called Coal River after fisherman found vast amounts of coal in the area. Today, the Port of Newcastle is the world’s largest exporter of coal.
Most of the Hunter River before Newcastle holds rural villages with farmland and cattle. It is a nice surprise and a lovely peaceful paddle. However the Port of Newcastle is awe-inspiring. The towering ships and industrial setting is really something to experience on a stand up paddle board.
Clarence River, NSW, Australia: The Clarence River is the second longest river in Australia and stretches over 400km from its source in the neighbouring state of Queensland. The river cascades along vast expanses of farmlands for the majority of its length before emptying into the ocean at the coastal town of Yamba.
The Clarence River was first inhabited by the indigenous Australians, and first discovered by escaped convicts of the European settlement. The river also houses Woodford Island, the largest inland island in the Southern Hemisphere.
A rural paddling destination that brings peace and tranquility a little bit closer.