Mark Healey

Haleiwa, Hawaii


What goes through your head when you first wake up in the morning?
What are the ocean conditions like close to where I am, then what the ocean conditions are forecasted to be around the world.
Where is your favourite place to surf and spearfish?
For surfing, it’s at a place that I can’t name in Hawaii. For Spearfishing, it’s French Polynesia.
How do you up your game year after year?
I put myself in uncomfortable situations. I think operating in that state is like a muscle that you can build.
If you could do anything better, what would it be?
I would be better organised.
What haven’t you accomplished that you aspire to do in your lifetime?
I’d like to get involved in deep sea exploration and shed light on to some big blank spots in our understanding of this planet.
What part of you, or what you do, reflects a spirit of restlessness?
My life is dictated by the weather patterns and animal migrations around the world. That creates endless things to chase for a restless person like myself. It’s always winter somewhere.
If there is any love-hate relationship with any aspect of what you do, can you describe what that is?
It’s just the act of travel. Not traveling itself, but the constant string of planes, layovers and jet lag. I think that wears on me more than the physical abuse I put myself through.
What are the 3 most essential things you need for what you do?
Good lungs, strong mind, and confidence.
If you could bring anybody in the world with you to do what you love (dead or alive), who would it be?
I would bring the President. Not because I’m a fan, but because I’d like to show him why we want to protect our wild places.