ABOUT SURF LAKES

Surf Lakes vision is to become the biggest brand in surfing… Sustainably via building surfing communities to create a healthier world.

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.

TROY WARFIELD

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Troy Warfield is a highly experienced, International business executive, having worked at Executive Committee level and senior leadership level in some of the most successful companies globally across Consumer Goods, Travel and Hospitality and Sports Media Entertainment. He has served on the Executive Committee of British Airways, as Executive Director of Brands and Customer Experience, leading more than 16,000 people, the Executive Committee of Avis Budget Zipcar International, as Chief Commercial and Licensee Officer. Prior to this he had over 20 years leadership experience in Consumer Goods as the Vice President of Kimberly Clark, Europe, and previously as Vice President and Managing Director, UK and Ireland, and prior to this with Unilever across both the UK and Australasia as Customer Development Director, and a number of senior roles across both Marketing and Sales.
Most recently Warfield served as the President of Topgolf, International, responsible for rapidly growing the Sports, Media Entertainment business globally, and has recently become a Non Exec Director for Surf Lakes, advising the Chair and CEO.
He holds an MBA from Macquarie University and an Under-graduate degree of Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW, and is a fellow of both the Marketing Society and Institute of Grocery Distributors (IGD) of Great Britain.
He has combined this with a passion for giving back to the community, with Board advisory roles, for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Camp Quality, and Chairing British Airways CSR Board, that raised over $40m for charities across the UK and Africa.
He lives in the UK, with his three children, coaches rugby, and enjoys the theatre/arts, keeping fit and travel.

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

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.

WAYNE DART

GLOBAL PARK OPERATIONS MANAGER & 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. In 2005 Wayne progressed to become Media Director at ASP International and in mid-2007 left to create his own global wellness company, Corporate Wellness Australia. Wayne linked with Surf Lakes in 2015 and now manages many facets related to media, sales and operations.

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.

CARA CAMPBELL

OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Cara joined Surf Lakes as our Office Manager with a strong background in Administration across several fields including, Sales, Business Management, Travel Consultancy and Resort properties as well as over 12 years of experience in event management.
Cara assists in the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures, manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, programs and practices within the firm.

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.

SIMON MORTENSEN

CFD ADVISOR

Simon an experienced Chartered Coastal Marine Engineer with the global non-profit organization DHI. He is one of the worlds leading experts in surf amenity improvements supported by highly sophisticated mathematical models and has been leading innovative award winning engineering projects for the last 13 years. He is one of the only professionals to ever have been awarded the Engineers Australia’s Top Innovative Engineers twice.  He was lead designer of the Palm Beach artificial reef and more recently assisted Surflakes with optimizing surf quality at Occys Peak.

MAX MOORE 

MATERIALS ADVISOR

Although a surveyor by training Max has spent the past 30 plus years “fixing” problems in various industries being both underground hard rock & coal mining focussing on failed concrete applications, infrastructure construction industry – identifying then creating repair processes for various concrete cancers, creating a national waterproofing franchise & consulting in waterproofing problems. Additionally, Max has been hired as a consultant by large international organisations to explore, develop & commercialize products e.g. Engineered Cementitious Composite for Illinoi Tool Works, multiple products & applications for Wacker Chemicals etc to name a few. Max is a keen sports & game fisherman.

BRYAN GILE 

DIRECTOR OF SALES, NORTH AMERICA

Bryan is a seasoned entrepreneur with 15 years’ experience focused in Sales and Event Organization. Coming from a background operating professional skydiving businesses, Bryan saw how the advent of indoor-skydiving windtunnels forever changed his sport. As an avid surfer, he paid close attention when this parallel concept began developing in the surf industry and knew the future of Surfing was set toward wavepool technologies. Originally desiring to enter the space as a licensee, Bryan conducted an independent research study in 2019 of the major surf park manufacturers across the globe. After seeing the Surf Lakes R&D facility, he knew that this was not only the industry’s premier technology provider, but that it was backed by a truly world class team. Given his knowledge of the industry, sales background, and proficiency in Spanish & Portuguese, Bryan became an ideal candidate to join the Surf Lakes family and expand Business Development across the Americas.

TOMAS CROWDER

DIRECTOR OF SALES, SOUTH AMERICA

Tomas is a true pioneer and innovator of the Latin American Surf Industry. 
In 1996, he founded Rad! Magazine, the first surf, action sports and youth culture magazine, opening offices in Argentina, Brazil and Miami. He then worked for Brazil’s Grupo Waves, the biggest Surf Expo, Event and Media Group in Brazil-LatAm. 
In 1999, he created the concept for the first ever Action Sports Theme Complex in Argentina called Punto Limite (Break Point) where he saw firsthand the need and potential of building thematic inland action sports venues. 
Tom was chosen by Red Bull to co-direct their Latin America office in Panama and worked to open in more than 13 countries all over Latin America, creating unique events and experiences. Through his NGO called “Boards for All”, Tom has been implementing many outreach programs while constructing several public skate plazas all over the continent.  
Following his passion for documenting the healing power of surfing and skating, he become a Professor of New Media, taught in several universities and then created Wu Wei Sports & Entertainment, a film and tv production company that produced the awardwinning doc “Surfing Favela” (aired by Nat Geo Int and premiered at Sundance Film Festival), “The Other Che”, with top skate icon Ryan Sheckler (Fox US), and Apple’s “Shot on Iphone” worldwide campaign in Cuba last year, among others.  

CHRISTOPHER BRINKLEY 

DIRECTOR OF SALES, EUROPE

Christopher (Kit)  served in the British Army in the UK, Far East (Malaysia) and Germany with The Royal Green Jackets. After service with 21 SAS in London he went on to manage his own company in the leisure and amusements industry with clients in Europe and the Middle East for 12 years.  He joined NewsCorp to launch Live’93 the largest consumer electronics show in the UK, then with Blenheim Exhibitions to manage the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham. Other major exhibitions include The Skills Show (The Prince’s Trust); Apple Mac Expo 2000 (launch of the iPod).
As CB Consultancy he was contracted by Franchise Development Services to sell international consultancy services together with franchise exhibitions in Europe.
Kit speaks French and German.
As a co-founder in 2007 of World Franchise Associates Ltd based in London he is the Director of Investor Relations and Events.  His advisory work covers the UK, Ireland, Europe including Russia; parts of Asia and India; the MENA Region, GCC States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  Key achievements include platinum partnerships with Winsight Media USA for three major Global Restaurant Leadership Conferences held in Dubai and Singapore.
Worked in 2018-19 with the Saudi Arabian consultancy Monsha’at SME General Authority to introduce franchising into the Kingdom, delivering a detailed Conference program with three major Saudi franchise expos.

CARLOS LAMOTHE

DIRECTOR OF SALES, SPAIN & PORTUGAL

Carlos is an Atlantic Spanish south coast entrepreneur. His broad career has included creating his own law firm – managing the legal certainty, value creationmarketing, financial aspects and moreCarlos is experienced in collaborating with public and private institutions, controlling all the legal and bureaucratic procedures therefore de-risking business transactions. With strong background in intermediatory services, Carlos is an expert in linking businesses with investors. Strategically located between the sea and the mountains Carlos has been strongly influenced by his action sports passions – surfing, windsurfing and snowboarding. 

JONATHAN CORRIE

DIRECTOR OF SALES, AFRICA

Jonathan is an experienced board member, strategic advisor and investor across a range of industries: green technology, retail, alcohol, AI, leisure, biotech and real estate. 
After carrying out his own due diligence of the surf park industry and observing the trajectory of other high growth, new technology companies, he became an early stage investor in Surf Lakes. 
He believes that within five years, Surf Lakes will be recognised as one of the coolest brands on the planet and is delighted to become part of the team.  
His wife lived and was educated in Zimbabwe and they have enjoyed travelling throughout Africa over the past 20 years. 

BEN GROTSKY

DIRECTOR OF SALES, ISRAEL

Ben is a passionate entrepreneur and problem solver. With a multi-disciplinary background in business development, focused on sales and user experience, and management of complex construction projects, Ben has found his passion in innovative problem-solving ventures. 
As an avid surfer, Ben is working toward his dream to bring Surf Lakes facility to Israel to develop its full sports and business potential. 
Ben is an MBA graduate from IDC, Israel, and holds a B.Sc in civil engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. 

TROY FRANKLIN

DIRECTOR OF SALES, MIDDLE EAST & ASIA

Troy has more than 30 years of experience in senior executive positions in international franchising and business development working directly with and consulting for both franchisors and master franchisees across the various sectors of the franchise industry including F&B, retail and services. Troy’s experience spans across more than 70 countries and multiple regions including extensive experience in the Asia Pacific Region and across the Indian Sub-Continent, Europe, the Middle East and parts of Africa. Since 2014 Troy has been a Partner and Director of World Franchise Associates (WFA). Since joining WFA Troy has been instrumental in helping WFA expand into the Asia Pacific Region and in guiding the company and launching new programs and initiatives. Troy has also played a key role in recruiting new clients and in supporting existing WFA clients with their international development initiatives worldwide. Troy has spoken at leading franchise expos and events internationally and his broad experience and exposure lends itself to his presentation topics which are founded on his real-world experience.

OLIVER CULLY

DIRECTOR OF SALES, ASIA

Oliver is Surf Lakes’ Sales Agent for Asia through his company Scallywag Entertainments Limited. Olly founded Scallywag Entertainments in early 2019 to support entertainment and leisure sector businesses and intellectual property owners with their expansion plans in the region. Oliver is an experienced leader in managing branded attraction expansions having led business development in Asia Pacific for Merlin Entertainments, the world’s second biggest theme parks and locationbased entertainment company, working with brands such as LEGOLAND Discovery Centres, Madame Tussauds, SEALIFE Aquariums and Bear Grylls Adventure. In addition to Surf Lakes, Scallywag supports other internationally recognised brands such as Top Gear and BBC Earth on behalf of BBC Studios, Kingswood Camping and Game Works. He is passionate about working in the sector and sees significant growth opportunities. Prior to his move into the entertainment and leisure sector, Olly spent more than 12 years in commercial real estate including working with CBRE where he worked with multinational corporations including Microsoft, Citibank, Disney and Intel with their real estate portfolios. Olly lives in Hong Kong, is married and has a six-year-old son. 

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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WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

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WORLD CHAMPION SURFER

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WORLD CHAMPION BODYBOARDER

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