The Waterman: Mark Healey

For big-wave surfer and North Shore native Mark Healey, life has always revolved around the water. To his family, friends, and the surfing community he is a true waterman.

As Mark explains, “To me, being a waterman is someone who can be dropped anywhere in the world and you go make a living, figure out how that water works.” Another interesting perception presented by Mark: it’s difficult to understand how so many surfers today have formed surface-level relationships ships with the ocean, lacking an interest or curiosity of what lies below.

For Mark, no single activity draws upon his vast knowledge of the ocean more than the ancient art of spearfishing, which requires a remarkable combination of physical conditioning and technical skill. This is his story:

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