SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH the interview with Mark Shinn by WSW editor Jim Gaunt in which they discuss winging in waves, Mark’s journey towards the equipment he likes to ride now, including a harness, and the best wingsurfing spots in Tenerife and Poland; two locations he knows incredibly well.
Mark’s written almost 90 columns for our sister magazine, Kiteworld and he’s a two-time freestyle kiteboarding World Champion – winning both titles in the same year, 2002, a unique feat. He’s also a much revered twin-tip and kitefoil creator.
MORE BACKGROUND: Jim has known Mark for many years, he’s written almost 90 columns for our sister magazine, Kiteworld and he’s a two-time freestyle kiteboarding World Champion – winning both titles in the same year, 2002, a unique feat. He’s also a much revered twin-tip and kitefoil creator. In the above video interview Mark explains that he had initially been sceptical of wingfoiling, but had a eureka moment two years ago when he realised the potential of the sport in the surf. Mark has essentially spent 25 years living on the beach and was ideally situated to develop designs, but the time came to move when Shinn reached a scale that was making it more difficult to manage the logistics and business side of the company from Tenerife. In order to have the greater control over manufacturing that they wanted with the company expanding, Mark and his wife Malwina decided to relocate to her homeland, Poland. Since the move in 2016 they’ve opened their own factory and warehousing; the offset being that Mark has to drive quite a lot more than he did before for his water time. Look out for a separate video coming soon that’s more focused on the challenges of manufacturing in today’s current climate, but in this video Jim caught up with Mark via Zoom at his office the day before he and his team were heading off to Egypt, to shoot for the next product release cycle of kiteboarding and wingsurfing gear.
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Photos: Robert Hajduk / Shinn