Mark Cunningham Shows Remains of the Waves

Dec 18, 2015

Former Pipeline lifeguard, champion bodysurfer, Mark Cunningham points to an encrusted fin. He can perfectly picture the waves this fin got lost in.
Credit Noe Tanigawa
Collage works by Mark Cunningham interact well with the contemporary styling in In4mation on Nu'uanu Avenue in Chinatown.
Credit Noe Tanigawa

  Mark Cunningham is a waterman; he was the expert in the lifeguard tower at ‘‘Ehukai, Pipeline, for twenty years, earning the friendship and respect of the world’s top surfers.  Cunningham won his first North Shore Bodysurfing Championship in high school, then won over a dozen more titles in a thirty year ocean safety career that spanned countless rescues.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports he’s spent the last decade in the ocean, along the shore, and in his workroom.

Mark Cunningham has collected under water and along beaches for over 50t years, and in the last ten, has had time to figure out what to do with the fins, diving knives, hotel room keys, watches, three prongs, leashes, etc that have floated into his life.  The driftwood supports are pleasing to look at in themselves. 

“Art Aquatic” by Mark Cunningham remains on view at In4mation Shop and Gallery on Nu‘uanu Street in Chinatown through January 31st.  Find links and images at

In4mation:  Information

Find out more about In4mation and Mark Cunningham’s show there.

Flux Hawai‘i magazine features Mark Cunningham on the cover of their current issue.  Check this video interview.

Here, an article from  extolling Cunningham’s bodysurfing abilities, including a video of Mark Cunningham & Kelly Slater bodysurfing Sumatra