It's time to introduce you to Sri Lanka's favorite Australian transplant and our final ambassador before we gear up for launch. He's textbook for 'Old Salty' and a role model for any young surfer looking forward to a lifetime spent on the waves. So, last but not least, let's meet Marky Mark.
Marky Mark first arrived in Sri Lanka in 1976 when primo surf breaks sat adjacent to fishing boats rather than cafes or villas. He's been surfing Lankan breaks since he was 21 years old and has become a welcomed face around the coasts. Four decades later, his claim to these waves is stronger than most surfers on the island today.
Watching Marky Mark surf can be a lot to take in. He's patient and calculated in the surf yet rips with the force of someone half his age. Seriously, this bloke outlasts everyone in the water and rides so forcefully you'll be doing double takes as you catch your breath ashore. With custom, high-performance boards shaped by Mitchell Rae of Outer Island Surfboards or Gary Mcneil of Gary McNeil Concepts, Mark's hardware is just as unique as his surf style.
When the westerlies roll in and Arugam Bay resurges, you can catch Marky Mark driving his black pick up along the red dirt roads of Sri Lanka's east coast or tucked away surrounded by friends at Hideaway Blue Cafe. Buy him a drink, will ya?
Read about our other HABU ambassadors here: