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Healey, Mark


Unflinching big-wave surfer, champion spear fisherman, and part time Hollywood stuntman from the North Shore of Oahu; a perennial invitee to the Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau contest at Waimea Bay, and winner of the 2010 Todos Santos Big Wave Event.

Healey was born (1981) in Wahiawa, learned to surf at age three, and by 17 had turned pro and began a swift ascent to the peak of the rigid North Shore hellman pecking order. The affable, freckle-faced Healey, once called the "Hawaiian nutcase" by ESPN (and "the Charles Bronson of surfing" by SURFER), flirted with world tour competition, but was destined to forge a career as a heavywater charger and all-around waterman. A fixture in big-wave lineups around the world, Healey won the 2009 Billabong XXL Monster Tube Award by racing through a massive jade-green barrel at a slab wave in Oregon known as the Yeti; he also took top honors for Worst Wipeout at the 2008 Surfer Poll Awards, a distinction the seemingly indestructible Healey is nominated for almost every year.

In the mid '00s, when paddle-in big-wave surfing returned to the fore, Healey was among those leading the charge. His diving exploits, if anything, were even gnarlier. In 2008 Healey won the World Cup of Spearfishing in La Paz, Mexico, and three years later he shocked the oceangoing world by appearing in a Surfer photo spread holding on to the dorsal fin of an enormous great white shark. "I don't know," he admitted when asked why he did it. "These things just seem totally normal to me."

Healey has appeared in a small number of surf videos including Islands in the Stream (2004), Peel: The Peru Project (2006), The Arena: North Shore (2009), and Surprise Excitement Party (2011). Healey also did stunt work for the Jay Moriarty biopic Chasing Mavericks (2012).