Mark shaped his first board in 1991 under the guidance of Raglan local Sean Carass of Dry Surfboards. It was there and then that Mark got hooked on the feeling of shaping and then riding his own board on the Raglan points, a board that he still has in his quiver today. Mark then shaped his second board under Matt Holl of Ocean Rhythm Surfboards where he learned the practice of foiling fins, sanding and polishing boards and repairing dings.
In the winter of 1992 Mark decided to go to the Gold Coast in Australia for a holiday and made the decision to stay. He became a production sander for the next 8 years working for Brothers Neilsen, Nev, Phantom and Local Motion and during this time started shaping boards for himself and friends under his own label Intoxication. It was during Mark’s time at Local Motion working alongside shaping guru’s Gunther Rohn, Brian Ingham, Tony Cerff and Phil Myers that he refined his shaping skills.
In 2000 Mark moved back to his hometown of Raglan and was immediately offered a job with Craig Hughes at the Raglan Surf Company. Craig not only taught Mark a lot about the craft of surfboard shaping and spraying, but also the intricacies of running a surfboard factory. Mark still sanded and finished Craig’s surfboard’s right up until the day he passed away in July 2013 (R.I.P. Hughesy). After 10 years of shaping under the Town & Country label Mark decided it was time to launch his own label and so began Camenzind Surfboards in 2010. Mark believes that quality workmanship and an eye for detail speak for themselves in the water. This is the reason why he handcrafts all of his own boards from start to finish, ensuring complete quality control during each stage of the process.