Watch: Margo // The Lost Tapes

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Stu Nettle (stunet)
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Says Margo of this short pre-digital clip:

“It was a boat trip six months before the Banda Aceh earthquake in 2004 and I was lucky enough to surf the waves in the area before they changed or disappeared, Azure being one of them which is featured in the footage."

"Years passed and video cameras went from tape to digital. This was one of the best surf trips for waves and company that I'd ever done, exploring with Dylan Longbottom and Rasta. Eighteen years later I managed to dig through piles of tapes kept away from moisture and mold and found these."

Filmed by Bali Strickland.

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simba Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 2:15pm

so good

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thermalben Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 2:22pm

Such an incredible style.

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sean killen Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 2:23pm

Sensational.. love the t shirt n boardies look.. ripper

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john.callahan Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 3:23pm

Anyone know of any academic studies of how much the sea floor rose in that area after the Boxing Day 2004 and March 2005 earthquakes?

Anecdotal evidence says as much as two meters, as several waves were significantly altered - along with lineups in the Andaman and Nicobar islands to the north.

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john.callahan Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 4:31pm

Thanks, Hamish!

"The Boxing Day 2004 earthquake was generated by rupture of the Sunda subduction megathrust over a distance of >1,500 kilometres and a width of <150 kilometres"

This was a massive event - a 9.0 on the scale

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john.callahan Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 4:39pm

More complicated than simple sea floor rise - "Land predominantly sank around the Nicobar Islands, both sank and rose around the Andaman Islands, and predominantly rose around Simeulue Island. The satellite-based map showed that the earthquake rupture stretched nearly 1,600 kilometers along the fault—100 kilometers farther north than previous estimates suggested"

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Island Bay Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 3:39pm

A bit of Parko, a good dash of Andy, and so much more.

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bluediamond Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 3:52pm

Arghhhhh Swellnet. It's like Christmas coming home and seeing this. Thanks!! Style, power and precision like no other.
Still right at the top of the tree in my opinion as best surfers of all time. Never needed a world tour to prove it either!

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canetoad Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 3:52pm

Ripping Brendo.

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andy-mac Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 4:55pm

Beautiful surfing.... So much style and power. One of my favourites up there with Curren, Parko and AI...
Glad his surfing being recognised again with Pulse etc. Seeing him surf live back in 90's was next level and he was always cool in water.
Was lucky enough to surf both ASU and Bawa pre quake, such epic memories ..
Thanks for clip!

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indo-dreaming Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 4:56pm

Dog island

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burzum Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 5:07pm

Amazing surfing. Terrible filming. Those close in shots are weird. Gives you no context on the whole wave.

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Clivus Multrum Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 6:11pm

Great viewing

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sean killen Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 6:55pm

He Absolutely rips on the bigger board too .. image him on a board today .. great clip and tune.. watched it 3 times now

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Jockhobbs Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022 at 11:37am

Go to his Insta. I reckon his style is better now due to much better board types.

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udo Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 7:21pm
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rooftop Saturday, 23 Apr 2022 at 12:45am

Wow, I remember that image from about 25 years ago. It was on my mate's bedroom wall and is etched in my brain forever. What a great shot.

From memory it was from an issue of ASL under a heading something like, "magic, madness, Nias, and Margo".

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bluediamond Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 7:46pm

Iconic image Udo. Just incredible.

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san Guine Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 7:59pm

Ripping, how's that power!

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udo Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 8:33pm

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Bnkref Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 9:03pm

Wow. That was sick.

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Walk around G Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 10:17pm

He tore Winki apart in Wanderjahr. Best surfing I've ever seen at Winki, looks like he's playing with it and at size too.

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Walk around G Thursday, 21 Apr 2022 at 10:30pm

Watch this movie, soo sick, especially the Winki section

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david de Figueiredo Sunday, 8 May 2022 at 9:12am

Was just thinking same! Couldn't think of the movie title. You just revealed! Talk about rail surfing at Winki!! Anywhere, and humble too!

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SoCal Steve Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 12:19am

Awesome documentary!

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Optimist Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 4:49am

Margo on those Maurice Cole surfboards was a special union that’s for sure.

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Dazza27 Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 5:41pm

Agree Optimist so good. Such great effortless power surfing!!

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Island Bay Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 5:20am
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bluediamond Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 8:01pm

Unbelievable.
Thanks for sharing that I.B
It's almost laughable how he can throw an 8'2" around like a 6'2".
What a board, what a surfer.

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jetson.rover Monday, 25 Apr 2022 at 1:53pm

JJF is probably the only guy nowadays that could surf like Margo in his prime in those waves on a 6'2.
Margo was a bigger bulkier guy than JJF,so an 8,2 would probably be too much foam to throw around like that for him,but i reckon on say a 7'2 to 7'6,he'd reach a new level never yet seen at a place like Sunset at that size.
But the pros these days are allergic to big boards unless they're paddling XXL waves it seems.

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fitzfoo61 Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 10:01am

I was glassing Margo's boards when he started surfing MC's boards....They were great boards but he took them next level in performance....Taj ripped the bags as well when he joined the team also......Two of the best on the planet....

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stanfrance Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 10:25am

Margo was and is the best - so sick

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innatube Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 2:51pm

Totally. Power surfing at it's finest and such a down to earth guy .

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PCS PeterPan Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 10:41am

Had the pleasure of surfing with Margo in FIJI around 2000 . His backhand upside down snaps are burnt into my memory . Unbelievable power surfing from an incredible time in surfing history IMO.

Thanks for the memories lads !

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GreenJam Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 2:12pm

great viewing. As was one March morning back in 98, Sunshine Beach. I went down for the pre-dawn check, and it was pumping, probably as big and as good as it gets there. No-one else around as usual at that time/spot, and I was enjoying just watching it knowing I wouldnt be taking it on. Then a set and here's some bloke already out there absolutely ripping it apart like I'd never seen that done at Sunshine. The style was unmistakable - Margo! PSC Peter..., your description of 'backhand upside down snaps' is perfect, and that performance is also burnt into my memory. I used to rave about it to anyone who'd listen

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spookypt Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 2:41pm

Most likely Timmy Mitchell...lives at Marcus, surfed Sunshine since year dot and surfs and looks like Margo

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Optimist Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 3:51pm

Tim looks like Margo?…he’d get a laugh out of that…ha….rips too though….nice bloke as well.

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vbaaccess Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 4:10pm

Taylor Knox the other surfer that compares with Margo power, style and flow.

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jetson.rover Monday, 25 Apr 2022 at 1:58pm

Power yes.
Style and flow nah not quite.
IMO.
Better competition surfer though hands down :).

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david de Figueiredo Sunday, 8 May 2022 at 9:16am

Agree! And I still think, IMO, Margo has power!!

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Shaun Hanson Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 5:26pm

Fuk just a perfect match ..MC BOARDS love to be surfed powerfully at speed on rail in overhead waves ...Occy ripped on them to but Margo just magic ..

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Komodo Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 8:14pm

Great footage!
Had to watch it three times!
Pumped for the early.

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gordie Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 9:57pm

That was bloody brilliant to watch. Loved Russell Coights introduction too.

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tango Friday, 22 Apr 2022 at 10:50pm

The thing that really took me back, despite having surfed Padang with him, was the good old thumbs-up in the boat. No over-cooked shakas bullshit. 10 points.

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wax-on-danielson Saturday, 23 Apr 2022 at 2:56pm

Kind of shows how pro surfing has changed from focusing on surfing the wave to focusing on doing technical tricks

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hackonayak Sunday, 24 Apr 2022 at 10:58am

What... no racing down the line missing all the "Hittable" lips to do a Toledo style bullshit spinny thing....How refreshing!!

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jetson.rover Monday, 25 Apr 2022 at 2:08pm

To be fair to Toledo,if there's decent wall and face in front of him,he lays down some of the best turns on tour if that's what's called for.
It's Medina and Ferreira i reckon that forgo a good turn or carve to trim and pump for a big boost further down the line that's just about guaranteed every wave they catch at many events.
If Toledo had a heavy hollow reef break game,he'd be by some margin the best Brazzo surfer,and would probably be the one with 3 world titles,not Gabby,by now..

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PoorGoofy Tuesday, 26 Apr 2022 at 8:53am

Would be awesome to resee some more such VHS delights from a similar era. I reckon some Luke Egan is certainly worth some revisiting even maybe some Pat O'Connell, Kalani Robb etc.

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Bluedreams Tuesday, 26 Apr 2022 at 9:09am

As good as it gets

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jedi old mate Tuesday, 26 Apr 2022 at 3:00pm

Margo, Maurice Cole and Midnight Oil! The holy trinity!
What a treat this video was.
Is that Russel Coight doing the introduction?

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OHV500 Tuesday, 26 Apr 2022 at 4:14pm

Surfed Asu (before the lift) at about the same size, on my 6'9" MC Reverse V, just absolutely perfect. Now to surf a little like Margo - just 10% of his power and I'd be happy :)

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Jockhobbs Wednesday, 27 Apr 2022 at 11:32am

Fav surfer