Team Surfrider Australia
National Campaign Director
Damien spent much of 2019 leading the Fight for the Bight movement directing Paddle Out events around Australia before working as National Day of Action event Director. Damien joins Surfrider Australia as a key figure for coastal protection having run as an indepentent in most recent Victorian state and federal elections.
Alex has spent 5 years as an environmental and social activist with a focus on the Climate Crisis, LGBTQIA+, Disability and First Nations rights. Alex also volunteered on the Fight for the Bight campaign and the 2019 National Day of Action helping organise paddle outs across the country.
National Campaign Manager
Drew has been immersed in the ocean from an early age. His experiences in nature motivate him to passionately protect his surrounding environment. His dedication to protecting our marine environment and community was evident in campaigns such as Save The Kimberley, Fight The Bight and more recently the Stop Pepp11 campaign. Drew has been involved in the Surf Therapy scene for many years, co-founding & working with Surfing The Spectrum an organization that introduces young children on the Autism Spectrum to the wonderful world of the ocean. He spends his time surfing the coastlines of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.
Daphne’s passion for surf and sea has led her to a long career within the surf industry working with brands such as Rip Curl, Dragon, Quiksilver and ROXY. Leading teams over 4 consecutive WSL Gold Coast events, she has extensive experience at events and consumer activations. Brand and audience is at the heart of every initiative and she’s now excited to win hearts to protect the coast.
National Chair Person
Sean Doherty has written about surfing for 25 years. Editor of Tracks magazine for 10 years, a senior writer at both Surfing World and Surfer magazines, author of best-selling surfing biographies and producer of several award winning surf/conservation movies. Sean lives between Bells Beach and Byron.
Creative Director / Board Member
Scott McClelland is a self confessed kook who has spent a career working with brands and athletes around the world. He now works with not-for-profits and helps brands to do more good for the world from Byron Bay.
Jeremy Richardson has a passion for media management and digital content creation. When it comes to protecting the ocean his passion for spreading a message knows no bounds. Jeremy captured numerous #fightforthebight paddle out events and directed media for the national day of action last year. Working behind the scenes is how Jeremy makes sure mother-nature is heard loudest.
Laura Wells is an Environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top curvy models. Holding degrees in both Biology and Law, qualifications in Environmental management systems and currently studying a Diploma of Paramedical Science; Laura’s passion for the environment, love for the ocean and interest in facilitating climate change action has led her to become a positive role model, advocate and ambassador for change.
Finance / Board Member
Joe Walsh supports the national team in the areas of finance and accountancy. From his home in the Gold Coast, he keeps the foundation compliant through good governance and transparency, liaising with our auditors and lodging documentation with authorities to keep our charity status and maintain our not-for-profit status.
Legal / Board Member
Josh Bull is a Lawyer specialising in Commercial Law. He has represented Australia in international surfing and continues to be active in the surf community on the North Coast of NSW, engaging with local board riders associations and competing in charity surf events, such as SURF AID.
Nick is Head of the Australian Ethical Foundation and has worked in the philanthropic sector for over 10 years. He holds an MBA (Social Impact) from UNSW, previously working at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and as an architect prior to that. Nick’s a keen surfer, environmentalist and photographer and is inspired by communities standing up for what they believe in.
Chris has a lifelong surfing journey that started at an early age as a competitor through to a sponsored free-surfer which ultimately turned toward environmental activism with the successful campaign to save Killalea State Park and National Surfing Reserve from inappropriate development. The success of this campaign in 2021 springboarded Chris into a successful election campaign to be Mayor of Shellharbour City against a major political party with an area stronghold. He is also Deputy Chair of National Surfing Reserves and is usually found hunting for surf on a daily basis on the Shellharbour coastline which has numerous world class waves.
Long term participant and contributor to surfing administration including North Narrabeen Boardriders Club, vice-president Australian Professional Surfers Association, president Surfing NSW, event director Coca-Cola Surf Classic, sponsor Pro-Junior Surfing Championships and multiple pro-surfers. Founder / managing director Hot Buttered International P/L (1971 – ). Globally recognised surfboard shaper, designer / innovator. Winner Australian Title and APSA International Ratings 1975. Foundation member of the World Professional Surfing Tour. Involved with ocean related activism for over 30 years beginning with the North Beaches Council’s Beach Management Committee, alongside mentor Tom Kirsop.