The Surfrider Australia Team
National Chairperson, Rise Above Plastics Campaign Director and South Coast Branch President
I've been an active member of Surfrider for the past 6 years and my mission is to raise the profile of our organisation. I'm originally from Manly Beach NSW and moved to the South Coast to raise a family. Formerly a competitive professional ice (figure) skater and elite level coach in Figure Skating and Gymnastics, these days my competitive edge is all about growing the Surfrider programs and bringing us to the forefront of marine conservation in the Southern Hemisphere.
For the past 30 years, I've been working as an International Flight Attendant for Qantas Airways as well as being the Director / Owner of Planet Childcare in Coledale for the past 21 years. My studies were a Bachelor of Education in Art/Music and Diploma in Graphic Art / Design.
I ride a longboard and prefer small waves. I love snorkelling, swimming and holidaying in the Pacific. I dislike single-use plastics.
I love the ocean, the waves and beaches. Australia has an enormous coastline with so many amazing, unique and diverse ecosystems. To me its more than just a place of recreation, fitness and enjoyment. Its our home, it's life, it's everything. The next 25 years are critical for its conservation. If we want the next generation to have what we all grew up with and collectively took for granted then we all have to do something about it - now.
Something draws me to the ocean... I grew up in Southwest Queensland in Roma and learned to surf at Broken Head on annual family holidays. It was a lifetime goal of mine to live by the ocean, which I finally realized in 1997 when I moved to Sydney. I was able to commute to Curl Curl and surf weekly. However, it did take another 10 years to convince my family to move to the Northern Beaches. My local beach is now Longreef (past 10 years), and I'm proud to say it's where my kids are learning to surf and to do their part for the ocean. My kids often help out with Surfrider beach cleans and take the message to school with them. I find it so fulfilling to hear or read their assignments on the same issues that we are fighting at Surfrider. It may sound a little cliche but even if we lose the battle today, the fight will continue through their education and awareness.
When I was a kid we would twist in the sand, burying our feet as the waves washed back and forth trying to find pippies. Now my kids pick up bottles, bags and cigarette butts. So much has changed in just one generation and so much needs to change for the next one.
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, Creative Director
Originally from Melbourne, I grew up spending most weekends in the non-tropical waters of Port Phillip Bay. I then spent 20 years living in Singapore, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Shanghai helping brands sell stuff but now work with them to find purpose and do good. I am currently based in Byron Bay trying to earn good karma points by making the world a better place for my 2 kids to grow up in.
National Director, Sunshine Coast Branch President
I've been a fan and supporter of the Surfrider Foundation since about '96 when I heard a few of my favourite bands on a compilation cd benefiting Surfrider, have been an active member since 2008 and President of the Sunny Coast branch since 2013. I'm a very active coastal conservationist, having spearheaded and assisted with a heap of projects, events and campaigns at a local and state level that are creating changes and influence. Am passionate about educating through action to create positive change and also enjoy challenging and encouraging crew in my 'other lives', within the building and music industries. I'm proud to be a part of this organisation and stoked to now be helping out on a national level. I love the beach, the ocean and surfing, and feel it's our duty to protect it all in every way. Cya out the back...
Cassandra has over ten years' experience in insurance and corporate risk and is one of Australia's leading practitioners in terms of social media and ethical risk management. She is a regular on Australia's speaker circuit, providing comment and chairing panels relating to her areas of practice, particularly on women in sport. She has developed a strong reputation in the area of sports law, being sought for comment and articles internationally.
She is well versed in areas of duty of care, sponsorship and contract issues in sport, and has a particular interest in corporate governance issues, image rights and how to manage social media issues from a risk management and ethical perspective. Cassandra named as the 2016 Emerging Leader in the Legal Sector at the Women's Agenda Awards and was named in Queensland's Top 20 under 40 for 2017.
Cassandra is the Immediate Past President of the Women Lawyers Association of Queensland and is the Founder of The Prominenti Society, a speaker platform featuring only leading female speakers worldwide.