In 10 years, Mark has taken himself from a penniless want-to-be surfer to an international brand name, part-time philosopher, storyteller, big wave surfer and keynote speaker.
Observing the oversaturated market of traditional competition-based surfing, Mark looked for other avenues to differentiate. Spying an opportunity in the specialized field of big wave surfing, he turned his focus to building the skills and experiences he would require to succeed in this less competitive market. His story is one of commitment, leadership, hard work, innovation, struggle and maximizing available talent.
Mark is featured in a number of AIP Group ocean themed adventure simulations including Sea of Change & Leading Change: the Next Wave.
His keynote, Fighting Fear: Thriving in a Turbulent World is an inspirational story built around 3 main components:
+ Out the Back: the Courage to Commit
+ Wipe Out: Surviving the Impact Zone
+ The Next Wave: Preparing for the Next Opportunity
Mark calls the Gold Coast, Australia, home and is the recipient of the 2010 Oakley, “Biggest Slab,” the Oakley Big Wave Award, 2010/2011 and has graced the pages of magazines worldwide.