John Mark Tokong
Better know as Marama is the kid from the neighborhood that everyone watched grow up. We've known him for years and have seen him grow from a curious little boy into the surf-freak he is today. He's the hope for the island and a fine example of all the beauty and kindness the local people have to offer. Our decision to sponsor Marama was based not only on his amazing surf skills but more importantly on his honest, hard-working, and upbeat personality.
Recently, Marama has co-founded a line of surf-inspired clothing and accessories with Kermit's Surf Resort owner Gianni Gifroni called Gwapitos. Besides sponsoring Marama with cash and products, a portion of any Gwapitos sales go to Marama's travel account to help him compete in WSL qualifying series competitions all across the Asia-Pacific region. When he's not free-surfing in Cloud 9, you'll find Marama teaching surf to the guests of Kermit's Resort or just hanging out in their restaurant or bar chatting with the guests.