The Welsh Surfing Federation lost one of its most talented surfers.
Mark Schofield left us after a very long and hard-fought illness.
He burst onto the contest scene in 1981, when as part of the Welsh Team competing in Scotland at Eurosurf, he won the Junior title. He followed that in 1982, becoming Welsh and British Open Champion in Jersey, and again in 1983 defending his British Open title in Scotland.
Mark was part of the Welsh Team for Eurosurf 83 in Jersey and British Team for the ISA World Championships in Australia ’82 and California ’84.
He was a huge part of the boom years of surfing in Britain, travelling and competing successfully all over Europe, always carrying the Welsh Flag.
Naturally talented at surfing, windsurfing, golf and every other activity he tried stood him out from the crowds.
His style was precise, powerful, super quick and always understated – looked so smooth and tidy he didn’t seem to be trying hard enough, but was usually the most radical performer in the water.
I was lucky to be competing alongside Mark in many Welsh and British Teams – he was the most positive, optimistic and supportive team member – a treasured legend who we shall all miss, but not forget.
Linda Sharp - WSF