WHO'S YOUR CREW?

Mark Mathews, Macario de souza and richie Va­c­u­lik are think­ing Big.

Tracks - - Buzz - By luke kennedy

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.

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