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Mark Cunningham’s North Shore reef finds turn into art



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Archaeological beachcombing with Cunningham reveals lost world

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 2 January, 2018 - Made in Hawaii, born in Massachusetts, Mark Cunningham has been in love with Hawaii’s ocean and surf for 59 years and is recognized as one of the best bodysurfers in modern history. While living and lifeguarding on the North Shore, this Ocean Ambassador was helping and assisting locals, visitors and international surfers both in and out of the water for nearly 20 years at the world famous Banzai Pipeline.

“When the conditions allow, I don mask, fins and snorkel and make the most out of exploring and scavenging reefs and impact zones for exercise and treasure," says Cunningham. "Archaeological beachcombing between Makapuu and Kahuku on Oahu’s Windward shoreline, provides pieces of life, stories and adventures. Remains of a wipeout, a forgotten wallet brought into the inviting waters, the shiny and new becoming corroded and encrusted in their underwater resting place are resurfaced and brought back to land to question what happened.”



Last year The Great Highway Gallery hosted Mark's work as part of the "Shorepound Lost and Found" exhibit that included the work of Jonathan Steinberg.


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