Meeting the Legend Himself

by steve watts March 18, 2013

Bodysurfing Mark Cunningham at Surf Expo

As most of you know, last weekend (10th-12th) was the Surf Expo and below was one of my highlights to the show.  One of my personal idols, and a living legend in his own right, Mark Cunningham, dropped by the Slyde Handboards booth to check out our boards.  I was super stoked to meet the maestro and got to chat it up for a while.  Getting his input was, in a word, "SICK”.

To those who are not familiar with Mark Cunningham, here is a little bit about him.  If you’re into bodysurfing, you should definitely get to know a bit about him.

Bodysurfing legend Mark CunninghamIn 1974 as a senior in high school, Cunningham won the North Shore Bodysurfing and Paipo Contest at Pipeline.  That started a 15-year domination of bodysurfing events in Hawaii and around the world. Mark was a lifeguard for the City and County of Honolulu for over 29 years.  He was a lifeguard at Ehukai/Pipeline for 18 out of 29 years.  Cunningham was also in San Francisco to make an appearance at a showing of Keith Malloy’s bodysurfing documentary, Come Hell or High Water at the Save the Waves Film Festival on Friday night, and then to freeze his okole in the 54-degree water at the first San Francisco Bodysurfing Classic at Ocean Beach.

To read more about Mark Cunningham, read here.   Check out a great Surfline interview with the great Mark Cunningham here.

steve watts
steve watts

Growing up in South Africa, Steve spent his youth dreaming of far off places. After spending eight years extensively traveling to many of the great surf destinations of the world getting dengue fever, having a near death experience from a falling coconut in mexico, Surviving a 15 foot drop on a handboard on a Nias bomb, jumping from every rock he could find without adequate health insurance. and comprehensively debunking the myth there are no waves in Thailand, even if they are small. He decided it was time for a a degree. Steve Graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in London with a degree in product design. He missed his graduation to go surfing in Californian, found a kindred spirit with Venice and never left

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