WATER + MAN: Mark Cunningham At Tower 26



“In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As surfing emerges from the noxious mire of the perpetual progression and growth that has been sermonized from the surf media pulpit for as long as I can remember, there has been a need for many to return to the roots of the art form they adore. Devotees of a purer sect of the wave-sliding tribe have been looking high and low, backwards and beyond, to find the path to the most soulful surfing experience.

There now exists a variety of surfcraft in most line ups these days, from the most high-performance progressive tools, to relics from a simpler time long since past. Anything goes, whether you like it or not. Surfing has come full circle, seemingly bending back into itself, to only reemerge all that it was, is, and can be. The past, present, and future are now!

For those who seek the pure, the free, the uncontaminated, what could be better than merely jumping in the ocean and riding waves on one’s own body?

Enjoy this film featuring lifeguard, bodysurfer, and legendary waterman Mark Cunningham amongst the waves.

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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