The real deal: Central Coast Malibu Boardriders Rochelle Fletcher, Karen Tracey, Lea Elton and Liz Carter at Soldiers Beach ahead of the annual Magoo Charity Classic. Pic Sue Graham

Thursday, 27 April 2017

When Liz Carter started surfing as a 14-year-old in the 1970s she used to catch two trains from Padstow to Cronulla where she would spend the whole day catching waves before the three-hour return trip.

Back then she was usually the only girl in the water.

These days the Central Coast grandmother said not only was it common to see other female surfers but at times, particularly midweek, women actually dominated the line-up.

Welcome to the rise and rise of the female surfer — the mummy-boarders.

“It’s amazing because when I first started surfing there would be probably two or three girls and now the line-up is awesome,” she said.

“There’s girls on the beach doing tag teams, all little mothers’ groups and it’s just awesome to see the girls out in the water. It doesn’t matter what level they’re at, we all cheer each other on and the camaraderie is so good.”

A member of the Central Coast Malibu Boardriders Club, Ms Carter said this camaraderie would be on display like none other when a record number of women are expected to enter the 19th annual Magoo Charity Classic.

Having raised more than $500,000 for Central Coast Health — most recently donating¬ funds for an endoscopic¬ ultrasound to assist with cancer diagnosis — the surfing competition has become as synonymous with longboarders digging deep to help the community as it has with its namesake in legendary surf pioneer Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan.

“It’s an amazing legacy of Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan that brings a group of longboarders together every May to celebrate his life and help the community with money raised,” contest director¬ David Hayes said.

“Whenever I mention the Magoo classic to people, they all know what it’s about — raising money to help people in need. It really has become a surfing institution on the calendar and when we approach our past business supporters each year, they never hesitate to continue supporting the event with their generosity.” Mr Hayes said there were 10 divisions from juniors to over-60s.

“I think we will see a big increase in women competitors this year,” he said.

Registrations for the May 6-7 event are still available HERE

Author: Richard Noone
Source: Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate

More from the Advocate HERE

Magoo (centre) and mates taking a bite between paddles on the Central Coast in the mid 60s.


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