Barbarians Rising

Barry Bennett

Barry Bennett

Born in 1931, Barry started surfing on a plywood hollow board in 1946, and began building his own soon after. He built up a lucrative after-hours surfboard business while working as an electrician, then went full-time in 1956, just as the Malibu surfboards exploded on the scene.

After experimenting with “blowing” foam blanks from local materials, Barry was the first to form a relationship with an American supplier and create high quality blanks for all the Australian surfboard builders.