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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

LEWIS GLYNN

HEAD PROJECT OF DELIVERY

As Head of Project Delivery, Lewis will lead a team of project managers in charge of managing the construction and site-specific design requirements for each Surf Lake.
Lewis joins us from one of Australia’s largest project management consultancy firms, APP Corporation where he ran a Business Unit. There, Lewis and his team managed the design and construction of a diverse range of projects valued from $5M to over $1Bn including aquatic centres, Sydney Harbour marinas, aquatic sports treatment facilities, new sports stadia, luxury hotels and residential towers. Lewis has also co-founded a construction company in Sydney which he has since sold.
In the UK, Lewis started his career as a site manager with a construction firm in Wales (United Living Group) and was head-hunted to take on a role as design & technical manager for a $1bn+ residential development in central London for the St James Group.
In Australia, Lewis’ passion for surfing and background as RNLI senior lifeguard led him to pursue aquatic projects and is now recognised as an aquatic construction specialist.

ED SZYMANSKI

HEAD OF ENGINEERING & PRODUCTION

Ed is a highly experienced engineer and senior manager with extensive experience within the heavy industry sector. He has a breadth of knowledge in engineering, commencing his career as a mechanical engineer, quickly progressed into project engineering positions before moving into management roles on diverse greenfield and brownfield projects both locally and internationally. He promotes cross functional teamwork, continuous improvement and fosters diversity and inclusion to increase collaboration. He uses his corporate experience and technical knowledge to ensure project scheduling, quality and cost targets are met. This is underpinned by solid capabilities in setting strategic direction for the engineering function and building long-term relationships with customers and internal stakeholders.

KIT SIDWELL

LEAD MECHANICAL /R&D ENGINEER

Kit’s involvement with Surf Lakes began in 2015, when he designed the first automated scale prototype. After designing, constructing, and testing two further prototypes, he then developed the operating principles and mechanical architecture of the full-scale machine in Yeppoon. Kit is named on the patent for developing Surf Lakes’ technology. As Lead Mechanical Engineer, Kit works closely with all parties involved in machine-related design, construction, and commissioning, as well as performing his own specialist design tasks. He also heads up R&D where he continues pushing Surf Lakes technology to be more efficient, effective, and economic. Originally from New Zealand, Kit has worked as a mechanical design engineer, product developer and consultant across a range of industries and project scopes. His background includes a variety of applications such as hovercraft, aircraft, surfboard manufacturing, minerals processing equipment, and consulting in a variety of industrial fields. As a compulsive surfer and designer, Kit is right at home in a company that encourages him to fully indulge both of his passions.

SIMON GRAY

BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM) MANAGER – ENGINEER

Having just come from Sydney’s largest Mechanical Engineering Contractor as Senior Coordinator, Simon led the BIM coordination between Architectural, Structural & all Building Services over two Major Hospital projects (Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment $632 Million & Wagga Wagga Hospital Redevelopment $431 Million) as well as implementing BIM Standards within his company to keep pace with the ever changing BIM environment. Before that he spent 3 years over in Europe working within the Building services industry using BIM protocol. He was Lead coordinator & BIM Manager for the mechanical requirements on the New Perth Stadium ($1.6 Billion) for 2 years. Other projects include Pharmaceutical Labs, Aquatic Centres, Oil & Gas Refineries, Office & Residential Towers as well as colleges & schools! He is a passionate proponent for all things BIM (Building Information Technology) as a sustainable, ecological & more professional way forward within the construction industry. Simon’s passion for surfing started at a young age in the beautiful waters of sou-west of Western Australia and he have been fortunate enough through my travels to have surfed some of the best waves around the world.

TIM CAPPER

LEAD EL&C ENGINEER

Tim Capper is an electrical engineer and passionate surfer with over 15 years of experience in heavy industry such as water and wastewater, mining, chemical plants, oil and gas, materials handling, bitumen, and asphalt plants. Tim has been involved in serval greenfield and brownfield projects throughout Australia and internationally. With an emphasis on LV systems, Tim is technically strong in electrical design and is proficient in control system design having completed programming and commissioning in several projects. Tim is an experienced project manager with a technical background to support projects from the conceptional design stage through to completion.

NIKLAS ROBINSON

DIRECTOR OF SALES, OCEANIA & GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF BRAND COMMUNICATIONS 

Nik brings a wealth of experience, working on a plethora of high profile projects around the globe. After a term of playing professional golf on the European Golf Tour, he established and grew an Intel IT distribution organisation. The operation grew into a multi-million dollar business, expanding into Northern Europe and the Middle East. While in the Middle East, working with the Abu Dhabi Government, he was involved with bringing in major events into the region such as Formula 1, Volvo Ocean Race, Red Bull Air race and the HSBC Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.
With his extensive commercial and brand communications experience, Nik developed a reputable brand agency as a General Manager, and grew operations throughout the region. From the Middle East, he spearheaded the largest Golf Resort development project in the world at the time, in Vietnam. Managing 4 resorts and development plans for a further 25 championship resorts, this became a $500m operation over a 4-year period. More recently, he managed the commercial and communications aspects of the $300m Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Venues. This also involved working with the Queensland Government Task Force for the presentation pitch for the 2032 Olympic Games.

CAROLYN GRIFFITH

LEGAL COUNSEL

Carolyn obtained her law degree here on the Gold Coast before securing employment in top tier Australian and English law firms where she trained for 4 years. After deciding that she wanted to be more involved in the commercial side of business she moved inhouse where she has practiced for 10+ years. During this time she has worked in a diverse range of industries including professional services, engineering, climate change, IT and property ensuring breadth and depth across multiple legal issues. She has held legal counsel, company secretarial and compliance manager roles within these organisations often operating in multiple capacities.

JACKI PATTERSON

SITE CO-ORDINATOR

Jacki comes to the team as the Site Co-ordinator and all round good guy that keeps the wheels in Yeppoon moving. With her very commonsense approach to life and work, Jacki is often the voice of reason in a fast moving project with many moving parts. Jacki Patterson fell into the vortex that is ‘Surf Lakes’, when we arrived in Yeppoon around 4 years ago. Initially as a shareholder, but being a local, was heavily involved in the preparation of demonstration days, and has been the ‘gatekeeper’ for Surf Lakes in Yeppoon since the beginning.Jacki is a mum of 6 children with amazing organisational skills and a knack for getting things done. In a previous life before children she has been an event coordinator, wedding planner and photographer, has done catering for small to very large events for many many years, and has been a Early childhood educator for the past number of years.

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.

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.

BRAD HUTCHINS

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Brad is a keen surfer and marketer with a dynamic resume in the communications field. From working with Rip Curl’s Gold Coast team to managing Surfing Australia’s SurfGroms program, to senior writer at Surfing Life magazine, Brad has built a great network within the surf industry. Brad has written freelance articles for several other publications including Tracks, White Horses, The Intertia, and Boss Hunting. His first book, ‘Game, Set, Cash’ was published in 2014. After transitioning from an education background and completing his Master of Communications at Bond University (where he wrote a dissertation on wave pools), Brad worked with several creative agencies to hone his PR, event management, and marketing skillset. Brad’s role is pivotal in sharing Surf Lakes’ world-class content and unique innovations with the world.

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.

CHRISTOPHER BRINKLEY 

DIRECTOR OF SALES, EUROPE

Christopher (Kit) spent 12 years in the leisure industry with clients in Europe and the Middle East. He joined NewsCorp to launch Live’93 the UK’s largest consumer electronics show, then to manage the National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham with Blenheim Group. Other major exhibitions include The Skills Show (The Prince’s Trust); Apple Mac Expo 2000 (launch of the iPod). He was contracted by Franchise Development Services to sell international franchise consultancy services in Europe (he speaks French and German). Now as co-founder in 2007 of World Franchise Associates Ltd based in London, he is Director of Investor Relations. His 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 with Winsight Media USA to promote three annual Global Restaurant Leadership Conferences (GRLC) held in Dubai and Singapore. Worked with the Saudi consultancy Monsha’at / SME General Authority in 2018-19 to introduce franchising into the Kingdom, delivering a detailed Conference program backed by three Saudi franchise expos. Actively promoting Surf Lakes is the best challenge in the world.

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.  

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. 

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 17 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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