RIP Maca

It is with a heavy heart many of the Gold Coast surfing community heard the news of the sudden passing of 2 times Australian Longboarding Champion, Mark “Maca” McNamara. Mark was tutoring a fellow surfer at Kirra Point on a Sunday, and after getting a great wave, ran back to paddle out again, when he suffered a massive heart attack as he made his way back out into the line up.

Mark was a great longboard surfer, amazing noserider, and an excellent surf coach, and most of all a top bloke. There are many people of all ages who credit Mark with teaching them how to surf, and passing on the surfing “bug”.  He had an infectious smile and wanted everyone to join in on the fun. He would often try to get me on a longboard and join him in the state titles, even though I never have ridden one. I said no, but that did not stop him trying again: “You don’t know what you’re missing brother!” His love for life and surfing was so strong, he was like the eternal grommet, and wanted everyone to be in on the fun. He lived in the water, and spread his joy and love to all he knew him. One consolation is that he died doing what he loved the most. Smooth clean Kirra on a Sunday afternoon, spreading the stoke of surfing to a fellow friend. Ride on in heaven brother……

 

 

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