The mysterious and alluring island of Kaua‘i was the perfect place for Mark Healey to meet Miguel Rodriguez. Mark, a world-renowned waterman and big wave surfer, makes his home on O‘ahu. Miguel, who hails from Peru, chose to put down roots on an island in the same ocean as Mark, but in the much colder Pacific Northwest. As they explored the more secluded spots of Kaua‘i, they found that a life surrounded by water has deeply shaped them both.
Global Waterman / Founder of Healey Water Ops
Photographer / Surfer
Vancouver Island, Canada
Mark has become well known for tackling the biggest waves on the planet, protecting endangered hammerheads, and being able to hold his breath for six minutes while hunting his dinner with a spear gun. He’s a true waterman, and having grown up in a small island community, sustainability and sharing comes second nature to him. Mark is a master of the simple balance of life surrounded by water.
Though born and raised in South America, Miguel has built a new life on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. He grew up by the sea and always loved the mountains, so his new home is the perfect combination of both. He’s become a close student of the landscape and the local conditions—a requirement for scoring good surf there. On his first trip to Kaua‘i, he found the energy of the place exhilarating.
The climates of Mark and Miguel’s home islands couldn’t be more different, but
similarities abound in the way of life—a daily rhythm tied closely to the land and sea. Life on an island is a cycle of give and take, a simple harmony that leaves a place better than you found it for generations to come. Mark, long a serious student of sustainability and seeker of adventure, introduced Miguel to the treasures of Kaua‘i, from Nā Pali to Waimea.