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ASB MAGAZINE:Surfing NSW has announced its new staff and Board of Director’s structure.Surfing NSW has appointed a new General Manager and a second female director to its six-member board. Former World Championship Tour surfer John Shimooka has been appointed to the position of General Manager of Surfing NSW.

“I’m extremely honoured to take the reigns as the new GM of Surfing NSW,” said Shimooka. “Being a part of such an amazing group of talented individuals in an organisation that continues to create multiple pathways to the podium. I’m looking forward to being involved in all forms of surfing in events, programs, and brand partners space.”

Lyndel Gray, CEO of Caravan Camping Industry Association NSW is the latest addition to the Surfing NSW Board Of Directors. Lyndel has a wealth of experience in tourism and leisure industries and was formerly the CEO of Tourism NSW. Prior to that, she headed up Tourism Australia’s Americas operations for 14 years.Gray will join CEO of Women in Banking and Finance Jen Dalitz as the second female on the newly structured board that also includes Chairman John O’Neill, Harry Hodge, Paul Chandler and Mark Windon.

Surfing NSW Chairman John O’Neill said the organisation continues to strengthen its board and management at a unique time in surfing’s history.

“We are looking to engage recreational surfers, the general public and non-surf brands like never before as our sport prepares for its first ever Olympic Games in 2020 and extends its reach via wave pools,” O’Neill said.

Surfing NSW CEO Luke Madden echoed similar sentiments.

“Moving towards the Olympic Games in 2020, Surfing NSW has taken all necessary steps to build our organisation to not only continue to cater to our core audience but also people who are just discovering the surfing lifestyle,” said Madden.

Surfing NSW has also recently appointed former Qualifying Series surfer Brittani Nicholl as Office and Education Coordinator.

The current Surfing NSW Board of Directors includes;

Chairman:John O’Neill

Deputy Chairman:Harry Hodge

Executive Director:Mark Windon OAM

Board Members:Lyndel Gray, Professor Paul Chandler, Jen Dalitz

Ambassadors:Sally Fitzgibbons

Patrons:Mike Baird & David Gyngell

About Surfing NSW: 
Surfing NSW, established in 1963, is the largest and longest running of the recognised state bodies for the sport of surfing in Australia. In conjunction with nine regional associations, Surfing NSW is responsible for managing events, programs and education across the state from grassroots level events through to international professional events such as the Vissla NSW Pro Surf Series (WSL QS1000 series), Port Stephens NSW Toyota Pro (women’s QS6000 and men’s QS1000) and the Vissla Sydney Surf Pro (men’s and women’s WSL QS6000). See for more information