Barbarians Rising

Greg McDonagh

Greg McDonagh

Greg, born in 1936, began building surfboards under the family home above Harbord Beach in the 1950s. He pioneered balsa wood kits and was also one of the first to experiment with polyurethane foam. He established McDonagh Surfboards with brother Dennis in 1960, and the pair went on to found the Surf, Dive & Ski retail chain.