Mark Sainsbury

Wollongong, NSW, 1986

Kelly Slater does some nice turns. He’s all over the place, he’s like Jason Buttenshaw.

Mark Sainsbury, 21, was the newly-crowned amateur world champion when he did this interview with Nick Carroll. A slightly longer version ran in the March 1987 issue of Surfing.

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What do you reckon the amateur world title is worth nowadays?

I’m not quite sure. People might think it’s worth something materially, in terms sponsorships and things, but as yet I haven’t lined up anything new. On that side of it I can’t say it’s worth all that much. But to myself, it’s worth a lot! Confidenc...