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Tribesports User of the Week: Mark G


Posted by Mark G under Surfing, Cycling, Snowboarding on 18 July 2014 at 11:00 AM

SurfingWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of?

Probably the 10km SUP Paddle over flat water. I did it in the ocean and paddling 10 km takes a lot of effort as I found out. Having said that, I have now done it a few times. It is amazing what you see in the water when paddling on a SUP particularly over reefs.

On one paddle I decided to go straight out to sea and ended up almost 7 kms out. That far out the water was black, deep and I must say I little bit scary as a few whales popped their heads up to check out who I was.


Your surfing photos are epic, how did you first get into the sport?

I have always lived on the northern beaches of Sydney and when I was 11 I bought my first surfboard which was a 8’10” mini-mal with 33 fin chops in the bottom for $12. I can still remember catching my first wave at North Narrabeen Beach and from that time on I was hooked. I now own some 12 surfboards and have withdrawal symptoms if I don’t have a paddle at least once a week. You have to be fit to surf which is one of the reasons why I have decided to get super fit again to help improve my surfing.


Where in the world would you most like to go on a surf trip?

In Indonesia. There are 30,000 islands in Indonesia with a small band 160 nautical miles off the Island of Sumatra know as the Bunyaks. The waves are awesome, water clean, relatively uncrowded  and an amazing area of beauty. The Bunyaks are at the other side of the fault line which was the source of the earthquake which caused the 2004 tsunami. There are islands which in the space of ten minutes were tilted 4 metres iwhich gives you an idea of how powerful mother nature can be. It is also an area that is highly secluded which is great for the surf but it is also patrolled by pirates. We had a run in with some pirates in 2009 which was a very interesting experience.

Your goal to get your weight under 80kg is going well - what would be your top tip to others trying to achieve similar goals?

No processed foodOne thing I have learnt as I grow older is that diet is a major driver of weight. Exercise obviously plays a role as well, but there is no doubt that diet is the major driver. I have cut out processed foods which in essence cuts out sugars – the rest takes care of itself. It does mean cutting out a lot of foods and fluids like no alcohol, tea, coffee etc etc but the benefits are amazing. I did a ten km beach run today and felt great while doing it which if I had done three months ago I would have been feeling the pain. I also eat a lot of super food  vegetables to complement and refuel myself after exercise.

In your bio, you say you enjoy recreational cycling, is that mostly on the trails or out on the road?

Where I live is very close to national parks which have awesome fire trails in them so mostly head into the bush. I use to ride to work everyday a couple of years ago which was a 70 km round trip. I have stopped doing that for the moment as I almost met the side of a van face first early one morning. Until the road riding in Sydney is a lot safer I will stick to a paddle in the surf – only sharks to contend with there.

Trail riding

You clearly keep active with your family, which sport do you do most together?

We like to surf and ski/snowboard. We travel to Canada every year and hit the powder and have a fantastic time.

Snowboarding in Canada

Part of my motivation for getting super fit again is as a result of going back country snowboarding last season. I was so unfit compared to some of my local Canadian friends that I vowed that I would come back this upcoming season super fit. So far so good.

Surfing with family

Which piece of Tribesports Performance Wear is on your wish list?

I love the new Fire Red Performance tech long sleeve top. Great colour. Closely followed by the long tights (for Yoga of course)

Which Tribesports users make your day?

Surfing Pepper P - what an amazing lady having run 700 km in ten days circumnavigating Slovenia for charity. A completely selfless act from a very compassionate person.

Amanda C - she has to be one of the most committed people on TS I have come across - she encourages so many people and always gets involved in conversations and is a great person to get pointers.

Eunice Y - always there to encourage and provide a great comments and support on what you have achieved plus what an athlete!!!!

Kristin B - so supportive and a great sense of humour – a beautiful person.


Daniel H - wow what focus. My hat goes off to him for his commitment and his competitive spirit. We may not agree on certain things but gee we have a great debate. 

I would love to catch up with a lot of people who are members of TS at the same time at a TS party or something – maybe an idea????? (of course no alcohol or processed food to be served lol).

What's your favorite quote?

It is one I posted in the Passion Tribe wall.

"There is no passion to be found for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” - Nelson Mandela - I think it says it all from an amazing human being.