The Surfrider Australia Team
National Director, 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.
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...
National Chair Person
Sean Doherty has written about surfing for 25 years. He edited Tracks magazine for 10 years, and has been a senior writer at both Surfing World and Surfer magazines for over a decade. He’s written best-selling biographies on Michael Peterson and Maroubra’s Bra Boys along with several other titles. He’s worked as a broadcast commentator on the ASP World Tour and continues to work as a tour correspondent today. He’s produced several film projects including award-winning surf/conservation movie Never Town and currently works for activist brand Patagonia where he’s been involved in several coastal environmental campaigns. He lives between Bells Beach and Byron and cares strongly about the future of the Australian coast.
Laura Wells is an Environmentalist, presenter and one of Australia’s top plus size 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. Laura has worked within the marine plastic pollution space for 8 years with a number of environmental organisations to increase awareness and education on the issue and part-take in active research.
Laura believes in the importance of educating people not only on the issues, but focusing on solutions, to empower individuals to create change. Whether this be in their personal sphere around the relationship with their body and who they are, or the impact their actions have on the environment; fostering behavioural change can facilitate improvements in environmental and human health simultaneously.
Joe Walsh - coming soon