MacAulay, Dave


Even-tempered Australian pro surfer from Cowaramup Bay, Western Australia; world-ranked #3 in 1989 and 1993; best remembered as an evangelical Christian, and a deadly efficient small-wave rider. MacAulay was born (1963) and raised in Perth, began surfing at age nine, and was one of the country's best amateurs in the early and mid-'80s, winning the state championships in 1982 and 1983, and finishing runner-up in the National Titles in 1983 and 1985.

MacAulay's rise up the pro ranks was sure and steady: between 1986 and 1989, he went from 23rd to eighth (for two years), then to third. Few in the surf world were paying attention, however, as the slender goofyfooter went about his business quietly, almost anonymously. His wave-riding technique was fast, precise, and mistake-free, but predictable; he also shied away from Hawaii's reputation-making big surf.

What little interest the surf press took in MacAulay generally stemmed from his devout born-again Christianity. Surfer reported in 1986 that just a few hours after his first world tour win, in Brazil, he went door-to-door through the streets of Rio, proselytizing; cheeky Australia's Surfing Life magazine offered MacAulay $100 in 1994 to walk into a Honolulu strip bar while visiting Hawaii that winter; he refused.

MacAulay dropped to 12th in the ratings in 1991, then came back to finish seventh in 1992 and third in 1993. He retired the following year at age 31, with seven total world tour victories, including an extraordinary three-in-a-row streak in 1986 that saw him win events in Brazil, Japan, and Australia.

A surfboard shaper since high school, MacAulay returned to the craft full-time in 1995, making boards under his own label in the Margaret River area, near his home. HeĀ appeared in a small number of surf movies and videos during his pro career, including All Down the Line (1989) and Raw Power (1991).

As of 2013, MacAulay was still regularly competing in regional Western Australia surf competitions.