ABOUT SURF LAKES

Surf Lakes’ vision is to make the gift of surfing and the ocean experience accessible to all, and our motto is “Everybody Gets a Break”. With that in mind, Surf Lakes exists to bring value to the community and shareholders via the provision of world-class surfing waves and surfing related entertainment in safe, family-friendly facilities. Surf Lakes’ is proudly Australian owned, designed by a team of experts who are passionate about this exciting project. Our aim is to spread the thrill of surfing and while doing so develop healthy and happy communities.

OUR TEAM

AARON TREVIS

FOUNDER & CEO

Aaron Trevis is a Mining Engineer and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As the Founder Aaron is the driver behind the Surf Lakes™ project taking the technology concept from idea stage to start up and on to the global entity that is evolving today. Aaron has a diversem leadership and management background, covering underground coal mining, executive search and national leadership of a large not-for-profit organisation. As a keen surfer, he has a well-stated mission to take waves to the masses so that the thrill of surfing can be shared and enjoyed by anyone regardless of ability or location.

CHARLES FOSTER

CHAIRMAN

Dr Foster is a successful entrepreneur, investor and business manager with over 33yrs experience. He was part owner and general manager for AHA for 19 years, which in 2015 participated in the roll up and listing of National Veterinary Care Ltd. He is now on the board of a range of companies including Mission Aviation Fellowship Australia, Healthy Vibrant Communities and IQ Energy Canada. As a founding investor and significant shareholder in Surf Lakes Holdings, Charles is passionate about the our technology and its global potential. With his diverse background, experience and skills with private and public companies, he is a welcome addition to the board of Surf Lakes Holdings Ltd.

REUBEN BUCHANAN

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Reuben is one of the founding Directors of Surf Lakes Holdings Ltd. He has over 22 years’ experience in the finance, investment and media industries. He was the Founder of Wealth Creator Magazine in 2002, which he later sold. He also co-founded Wholesale Investor in 2008, founded Axstra Capital in 2010 and holds an Australian Financial Services License. Today Reuben specialises in corporate finance and capital raising, having raised over $120m in equity for his clients in the last 10 years. He has participated in two ASX listings, served on several Prospectus Due Diligence Committees and was previously a Director of small cap ASX listed tech company.

JOHN DIDDAMS

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

John joined the board in November 2019 and is a professional Non-executive Director with a proven track record of taking companies from pre-IPO through to IPO and exit.
John has over forty years’ experience as a CFO, CEO and director of both private and publicly listed companies. He has extensive knowledge and experience in the practical application of ASX Listing Rules, Australian corporations’ law, international accounting standards and corporate governance principles. Over the past 25 years John has managed the process to raise capital, perform due diligence and seek ASX listing for a number of diverse enterprises, including oil and gas interests, food distribution and retail, a fine wool processing plant, an innovative telephony product, a biotech company, an Internet advertising initiative, a dental device for snoring and sleep apnoea, an indoor skydiving company, an aircraft start-up, a breast care tech company, an adventure tourism company and a healthy fast food restaurant chain.
John holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of NSW, is Fellow of the Australian Society of CPAs and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
John is currently a Non-executive Director of Volpara Health Technologies Limited (ASX:VHT) and Aroa Biosurgery Limited and was until recently a Non-executive Director of Experience Co Limited (ASX: EXP), an adventure tourism business operating in Australia and NZ.

WAYNE DART

MEDIA DIRECTOR

Wayne has been involved in the surfing industry since the mid-1980s. First, a judge and administrator at local, state, national and international levels, Wayne progressed to commentating at international surfing events including hosting early stage event web casts. After a stint as Tracks Surfing Magazine Editor in 1997-2000 and Dep Ed of FHM Australia in 2002-2003, Wayne became Editorial Director of EMAP Action Sports which created print and digital media products for sports such as snowboarding, snow skiing, mountain biking, dirt biking, outdoor adventure and more.

DR CHRIS HAWLEY

ENGINEERING ADVISOR

Chris Hawley has worked as an engineer and project manager across a range of industries; R&D, technology development/start-up, heavy industrial, mining, ports and infrastructure. His background includes extensive experience in detailed electrical design, as well as auditing, project and contract management. Chris works regularly with large theme parks and brings current working knowledge of practices and standards relevant to the design and operations of Surf Lakes™. Chris is a Co-Founder of Surf Lakes Holdings Ltd and is also the Founder of Engenuity Solutions, a specialist engineering firm based on the Gold Coast.

KIT SIDWELL

LEAD MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Kit has worked as a mechanical design engineer and consultant in a wide range of industries and across broad project scope. His background includes a variety of applications such as hovercraft, aircraft, surfboard manufacturing, minerals processing equipment and consulting in a variety of industrial fields. Kit is the mechanical designer of the Surf Lakes™ machine.

ADAM O’ROURKE

ADVISOR

Adam is a Civil/Structural Engineer with experience working across heavy industrial, mining, hydrocarbons and infrastructure industries. Adam is an experienced leader, having managed engineering teams in the delivery of complex multi-disciplinary projects. With an extensive design background, utilising FEA and other advanced tools to deliver designs, he has designed structures in many locations around the world, and is well versed in how to deal with location specific challenges such as; earthquakes, typhoons, snow, and complex ground conditions. He has also undertaken numerous third-party design reviews and forensic engineering assessments. Adam is the founder of Constructive Solutions Structural, a structural engineering firm based in Brisbane.

JOVEN DEMONTEVERDE

CFO (INTERIM)

Joven has over 9 years experience as an accountant in both public practice and commercial industry. He has owned and operated several businesses over the past decade, two of which have been accounting firms, and has consulted to numerous businesses as their Financial Controller or CFO. Joven has also helped raise in excess of $30m for several companies, two of which he has helped take through to IPO. Having worked with countless SMEs over the years, Joven brings both breadth and depth of experience in the areas of cash flow management, forecasting, and financial modelling in supporting key business decisions.

KAROLINA GRUBEL

ADMIN & MARKETING MANAGER

Karolina joined Surf Lakes with the dual role of Investor Relations, and Marketing, Events, and Administrative Coordinator. A graduate of a Masters of Marketing and Management from the University of Finance and Administration in the Czech Republic, she brings both creativity and a client-centric approach to her work, coupled with a solid business, and finance acumen. Karolina has over 8 years of experience in the field of marketing, having managed all aspects of advertising and events from development to implementation.

TALON CLEMOW

FILM AND CONTENT MANAGER

Talon Clemow is an independent award winning Director/Documentary Maker, with 28 years of experience in
the Broadcast, Production and Post Production fields. Talon has worked for 13 years in the broadcast television
industry for the likes of the BBC, CNN, CNBC Europe and IMG Media’s Trans World International in roles with
some of the best journalists, outside broadcasts teams, camera crews, lighting technicians, sound engineers
and post production facilities in the world.
Talon has also spent 15 years working in the action sports arena, managing all areas of Billabong’s Media
Production Department and live webcast crew for the Billabong ASP World Tevents through to directing and
producing branded content for all the top brands like Quiksilver and Red Bull, television shows, fashion shoots
and marketing campaigns with high profile athletes and talent.

NEVILLE HYMAN

ADVISOR

Neville (“Nev”) Hyman is an internationally renowned entrepreneur, having established two of the best known and most successful surfboard brands in the world: Nev Future Shapes and recently Firewire Surfboards. To compliment the Nev surfboard range, he set up Nev Japan, an apparel, shoes and accessories company. He was also a pioneer in the development of CAD/CAM (AKU Shaper) computer surfboard design and manufacturing. Nev is an accomplished entrepreneur, a philanthrocapitalist, a competent director and advisor with links globally through his various ventures. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the NevEarth fund and NevHouse as well as a sincere passion for humanity and the environment.

BRAND AMBASSADORS

MARK “OCCY” OCCHILUPO

WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

Mark Occhilupo began surfing at age 9 at Cronulla. By his mid-teens Occhilupo or “Occy” had quickly progressed to become one of the sports most prolific athletes when in 1984 (aged 16) he snuck in past surfing’s old guard and into the world top 16.With his defined power attack, the goofy footer laid claim to some of the best backhand performances ever seen in locations such as Bells Beach and Jeffrey’s Bay, while also dominating in the more testing condition of Pipeline Hawaii, where he won the Pipe Masters in 1985. In 1988 Occy drifted away from competition surfing but returned almost 10 years later to professional surfing world stage and in 1999 he finally claimed his much-deserved world champion crown (at age 33) and he continued to test his mettle on the world surfing tour until competition retirement in 2006. Occy is renowned for influencing three generations of surfers both with his unbridled wave riding flair and his charismatic and extremely likable nature.

BARTON LYNCH

WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

Barton Lynch has had a 15-year surfing career that started on the beach at Manly. He spent 13 consecutive years in the top 16, earning a reputation as a brilliant tactical competitor as well as a forthright and articulate spokesman for the sport. His greatest competitive moment came in Hawaii in 1988, where he won both the Pipe Masters and the ASP World Tour title. Barton loves writing and has been published in many magazines including Inside Sport Magazine, Surfing World, Australian Snowboarder and others. He is now known as one of the world’s leading surf coaches and expert commentators.

BEN PLAYER

WORLD CHAMPION BODYBOARDER

Ben Player is Australia’s most successful bodyboarder and one of Australia’s leading athletes in the modern era, having taken out three world titles in his career so far. Ben has been a pivotal figure in the sport of bodyboarding, alongside fellow-Aussies such as two-time world champ Damian King, Ryan Hardy, Dave Winchester and international riders Guilherme Tamega and the almighty Mike Stewart (one of bodyboarding’s founders). In addition to his wave-riding prowess, Ben founded Movement magazine back in 2004, where he acted as General Manager, Editor-In-Chief, National Ad Sales Manager, and just about anything else that fell outside of the role of Graphic Design. Ben is excited to be helping Surf Lakes to become the leading wave pool for bodyboarding around the world.

LUCA DOBLE

JUNIOR LONGBOARD CHAMPION

At just 15 years old Luca is a rising star in the world of Longboarding. Growing up in the small, coastal town of QLD’s Agnes Water, Luca’s love of the ocean was from an early age. Idolizing her older brother, Luca began surfing with him at 5. By 6, she was competing in the laid-back local board riders club, Tide n Turn and showing promise on the shortboard. By the time she was 12, Luca discovered and fell in love with the longboard. Her natural style and effortless grace quickly evolved. Luca began competing in local and Sunshine Coast competitions and was proving herself to be a worthy competitor. In 2018 she won Most Improved at the Agnes Water Festival of Surfing and just kept going from there. As the holder of the 2019 Australian Title for Under 18 Long boarder the world is literally Luca’s oyster!

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MARK “OCCY” OCCHILUPO

WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

BARTON LYNCH

WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

BEN PLAYER

WORLD CHAMPION BODYBOARDER

LUCA DOBLE

JUNIOR LONGBOARD CHAMPION

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