Margieson, Brenden

Smiling, rubber-limbed surfer from northern New South Wales, cited by Australia's Surfing Life magazine in 1998 as "the best free-surfer in the world." Margieson was born (1972) in Sydney, but raised in the bucolic wave-rich environs of Byron Bay, 60 miles south of the Queensland/New South Wales border.

Margieson developed a wave-riding style that was as smooth and fluid as it was explosive. He had a spectacular win in the 1996 Nias Indonesian Pro, but his career was built almost exclusively...