WHO'S YOUR CREW?
Mark Mathews, Macario de souza and richie Vaculik are thinking Big.
Mark Mathews may be the most creative surfer in the world at this point in time and we're not even talking about his innovative approach to big waves. Mathews, pictured here at The Right, sees surfing as not merely a pleasurable pursuit but an entrepreneurial endeavour in which he is more than happy to play the Ring Master. By the time this magazine hits the shelves we will be several episodes into series two of The Crew, the observational reality series, which airs on Fuel TV and features Mark alongside Richie Vaculik and Macario De Souza.
Mathews well understands that at a time when high profile surfers are seeing their contracts cut up, it's important to justify the support you get from sponsors. "It's all about keeping the dream alive! I have to stay valuable to my sponsors so I earn enough to keep getting barrelled at places like The Right," explains Mark.
Series one of The Crew chartered how Mark, Richie and Macario pulled off a night surfing event at Ours, a wave most of us would rather leave alone in broad daylight. Meanwhile, series two details the machinations behind Mark's efforts to take it to the next level and organise a man-on-man contest at Ours. Paddling out and pulling in at Ours is one thing but convincing insurers, sponsors and world class surfers to back a new event at a dangerous location involves an entirely different kind of risk.
While it's inspiring to watch Mark's entrepreneurial initiatives unfold, he assures us that between the three Maroubra friends the action and insight in season two of The Crew is non-stop. "It was a massive year last year – so many crazy moments in season two."
Series two of The Crew (which is co-produced and directed by Macario) has all the entertainment elements you want in a high-adrenalin, doco series – shark encounters, ridiculously big waves, high-pressure fights for Richie and big crowd performances for Macario, but more importantly in a country often hamstrung by the tall poppy syndrome it's a great example of three mates propelling each other to greater heights. Everybody needs a good crew.