The Surfrider Australia Team
National Chairman of the Board
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National Director, Rise Above Plastics Campaign Director and South Coast Branch President
I'm originally from Manly Beach NSW, but moved to the South Coast to raise a family. Formerly a competitive professional ice (figure) skater and Elite coach in Figure Skating, and Gymnastics.
I have my Bachelor of Education in Art/Music and Diploma in Graphic Art / Design.
I have been working for the past 28 years as an International Flight Attendant for Qantas Airways as well as being the Director / Owner of Planet Childcare in Coledale for the past 19 years. (Planet was built for my children, so that they could attend a quality preschool with an education in the environment and social, sustainable responsibility).
I ride a longboard very badly, and prefer small waves. I love snorkelling and swimming (in the ocean) and love holidaying in the Pacific. I have an unfortunate characteristic of picking up rubbish, preferably off beaches. I dislike plastic.
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National Director, Surf Coast Branch President and Surfrider Life Member
I have been an active member of Surfrider Foundation since 1993 at the local, state and national level. During the last twenty odd years I have worked together with a fantastic group of surfers and beach lovers to organise rallies, beach clean ups, revegetation days, band nights, film nights, Indigenous workshops and a wide range of other activities. I have been Surfrider's representative on the Bells Beach Advisory Committee, produced a number of educational kits and videos, written what seems like a hundred submissions and spoken to everyone from students and councillors through to politicians about what matters.
I live in Torquay with my amazing family and a nine year old daughter who has been picking up beach litter since she could start to walk. She loves the beach and hates cigarette butts. Hopefully her generation can lead positive changes into the future
National Director and 1988 World Champion Surfer
Natural ability, a sharp intellect and an irrepressible social conscience combine to make Barton one of the most formidable figures in surfing of the last three decades. Barton emerged from the beach-breaks of Manly with a flexible style and a fiercely competitive drive, which helped him achieve an impressive junior career with victories in the Pro Junior, the Triple J Junior and the Australian Professional Surfing Association (APSA) ratings.
He refined his competitive act into a near flawless, fluid routine of vertical manoeuvres that brought him immediate success on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) world tour. He spent 13 consecutive years in the elite top 16 rated surfers, earning a reputation as a tactical competitor as well as a forthright and articulate spokesman for the sport.
His greatest competitive moment could not have been more perfectly scripted, as he surfed the perfect tubes of Hawaii’s famed Pipeline, to take out the 1988 Billabong Pro and the World Title. He retired from competition in March 1998, after 15 years on the ASP tour and a total of 17 WCT victories.
Barton has been involved with Surfrider for over 20 years.
“I believe that as a surfer, I have a moral duty to give back to the ocean and the waves that have given so much to me and my family. Unless each of us take responsibility to protect the places we love, the sad fact is that they might not always be around for us and especially our kids to enjoy. Getting involved with Surfrider Foundation has allowed me to do my bit.” – Barton Lynch
Joe grew up in the United States of America but has quickly adapted to the wonderful Australian way life, which for him has revolved around the gorgeous ocean and beaches of Cronulla, NSW. His great love of mother nature was forged as a youth during the countless hours he spent with his father hunting and fishing the many magnificent lakes, rivers, streams, fields, and forests that their home state of Michigan has to offer. The importance of environmental conservation and protection was instilled upon him during those experiences, and it has stayed with him ever since.
He is a successful lawyer and business owner who is committed to putting his professional skills to work for Australia’s oceans and beaches through his involvement with the Surfrider Foundation Australia board, and as the President of the Cronulla Surfrider Foundation Branch. In his spare time Joe can be found working to improve his very modest surfing skills; and he is active member of the Southside Malibu Club.
Sarah Yani Vann-Sander
Sarah is a passionate marine scientist and ocean & conservation advocate and educator, with a BSc(Hons) and M.Env.Sci. She co-founded the Perth Chapter of Surfrider in 2012 and has been on the National Board since 2013. Sarah has primarily worked in nonprofit management for the last 9+ years, and also runs her own social enterprise, The Sandswell Movement, that runs 'surf for social good' programs and events. Sarah is also a published scientist in the field of marine & coastal management and citizen science. Her personal passions include surfing, diving, sailing, yoga, nutrition and wellness advocacy.
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