Mike Marks - Lead Partner, Editor
Mike grew up in SoCal and spent most of his summer days bodysurfing at Venice or Zuma and sailing on Santa Monica Bay. He began board surfing after getting married on Kauai and has been making up for lost time ever since, first in SoCal and now on Cape Cod. Mike and his wife arrived on Cape Cod in 1996 and have two fast-growing girls. In addition to remaking NESURF, Mike is a co-founder of MoreBeach.com, WorkTools, Endeavor Tool Company, Accentra, and Invention City. In the 1980's, he worked as a commercial photographer and photojournalist in New York City after graduating from UCLA with a degree in Economics.
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Olaf Valli - Web Development
Chris Munz - Founder, Web Management, Strategic Planning
John McGuirl - Forum Editor
John is 30 years old and living the dream. With his girlfriend Lucy, he spends half the year in Indonesia aboard the Indo Odyssey and the other half as a surf guide for the Pohnpei Surf Club. He is, in own words, “100% committed to surfing.” When he’s not traveling abroad, John lives in Newport and can be found at either WaterBros or his local surf spots. He’s proud to be 100% Rhode Islander and the editor of NESurf forums.
Shawn Vecchione - Advisor
Cape Cod native Shawn Vecchione learned how to shape surfboards alongside Dick Brewer, Bobby Allen and Billy Hamilton. His custom boards have been surfed by the late Andy Irons and his brother Bruce, Makua Rothman, Dustin Barca, Felipe Pomar, and Victor Rosario. Shawn moved back to Cape Cod from Kauai a few years ago and now has a shaping room/shop in Orleans where he makes and sells Vec Surfboards.