Surfing is an iconic Australian sport and pastime, offering an attractive lifestyle, with millions of active participants. But surfing is challenging!
Typically you needed an ocean, and the elements to align (swell, tide, winds, daylight) to score good, let alone perfect waves. And if you want to learn, or are chasing surf, you have to commit time to driving to a coast, checking multiple spots, and be willing to battle crowds at popular breaks. There’s also the risk of marine hazards, including rips, the cold, and hungry monsters of the deep. So what’s the solution?
URBNSURF parks, providing perfect, ocean-like waves in an authentic, safe and controlled environment, catering to all ages and abilities.
URBNSURF Melbourne is now open at 309 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine, and URBNSURF Sydney at Sydney Olympic Park is coming next in 2022.
Our goal is to develop world-class urban surfing locations around Australia, to help everyone to #surfmore.
Who we are
Born in 2012, URBNSURF is a proudly Australian private company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney.
Comprised of passionate surfers and outdoor enthusiasts, the URBNSURF crew are dedicated to designing, developing and operating world-class urban surf parks around Australia.
We’re united in delivering authentic, memorable surfing experiences to help people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to #surfmore.
Team work makes the dream work!
We’re united by our love of surfing, support for each other and ensuring our members and guests are stoked. Fairness, honesty and commitment are the foundations of our shared success.
Learn more about our crew below.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Damon joined URBNSURF in 2019 and was appointed Group CEO in March 2020. An experienced CEO and General Manager, Damon has spent over 20 years in a range of consumer-focused industries across goods and services, including holding key executive roles with African & Eastern Middle East (as part of AB Inbev), Nakheel Middle East and NRMA in Australia.
In his spare time, you can find Damon spending time with his family, coaching his son’s cricket team and chasing long rides on Sydney’s Northern Beaches (and at URBNSURF Melbourne).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Keith was appointed CFO of URBNSURF Group in May 2019, and is responsible for financial management and reporting, budgeting, capital management, governance and compliance. Keith has over 20 years’ international finance experience across investment banking and infrastructure asset management, including as CFO of ASX-listed MAp Airports (now Sydney Airport).
In his spare time, you can find Keith playing and coaching football (the round ball version). He is also Treasurer of Balmain & District Football Club, Australia’s largest community soccer club.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Gerard joined URBNSURF Group as Chief Development Officer in December 2019, and is responsible for the Group’s new ventures, construction and development. Gerard has almost 20 years’ experience in the property industry across leisure, retail, commercial, public works and residential, including for major construction companies in the UK and for Lendlease in Australia.
Having successfully delivered some of the largest and most complex developments in Australia, Gerard is well-equipped to lead URBNSURF’s future projects through the development phase.
In his spare time, you can find Gerard surfing in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs and planning his next international snowboarding trip to Europe, the United States or Japan.
BRAND + MARKETING MANAGER
Rupert joined URBNSURF Group as Brand + Marketing Manager in September 2017, and is responsible for the group’s brand, marketing, technology, communications, product and partnerships initiatives. Rupert has over 10 years’ experience as a brand builder, sports marketer, commercial manager and lawyer, including advising startups, ASX-listed companies, and in founding his own businesses.
As a lifelong surfer, Rupert is passionate about creating a timeless brand for URBNSURF, the delivery of incredible, memorable and authentic surfing experiences at the company’s venues, and establishing URBNSURF as the world’s leading developer and operator of surf parks.
In his spare time, you can find Rupert hunting righthand barrels, playing music, mixing margaritas and designing surfboards.
GENERAL MANAGER, MELBOURNE
Shaun joined URBNSURF Group as Group Operations Manager in June 2018. Overseeing URBNSURF Melbourne’s park operations as General Manager, Shaun has over 17 years’ experience in management positions at leading sports, entertainment and attractions venues in the Middle East and Australia, including for Village Roadshow, Meraas Holdings and Jumeirah International.
In his spare time, you can find Shaun bodyboarding in the URBNSURF Melbourne lagoon and searching for rare South African food ingredients for his next barbeque.
CX MANAGER, MELBOURNE
Emily joined URBNSURF Melbourne as CX Manager in October 2019. Emily has over 15 years’ experience in sport, ticketing and community engagement, including within AFL football and NBL basketball. Highlights of her career include the delivery of Carlton’s first AFLW game and organising a second AFL Grand Final in 2010.
In her spare time, you can find Emily surfing with URBNSURF Melbourne’s members, enjoying great food, and collecting exceptional red wines.
SALES MANAGER, MELBOURNE
James joined URBNSURF Melbourne as Sales Manager in August 2019. James has over 20 years’ experience in sales and growing business partnerships across media, fashion, travel and technology, including at Bellroy (where he led the brand’s sales expansion into the USA (East Coast), Europe and the Middle East), Flight Centre and News Corp Australia.
In his spare time, you can find James co-hosting Lipped, The Surfers Podcast (which he founded), commentating surfing events for Surfing Victoria including the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, chasing waves around Victoria and spending time with his family.
OPERATIONS MANAGER, MELBOURNE
Ash joined URBNSURF Melbourne as Operations Manager in December 2018. Ash is a Professional Lifeguard with the Australian Lifeguard Service and has over 5 years’ operational experience at various aquatics and leisure venues, including Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, State Netball & Hockey Centre, and Lakeside Athletics Centre.
In his spare time, you can find Ash surfing, jet skiing, traveling and completing his post-graduate university studies.
HR MANAGER, MELBOURNE
Sarah joined URBNSURF Melbourne as HR Manager in August 2019. Sarah has over 10 years’ experience in leisure, attractions and apparel businesses, including helping Torquay-based Ghanda Clothing launch an additional 7 stores, and as Global Training Manager for Bounce where she supported team growth in Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Thailand, UAE, Sweden, Italy and Spain.
In her spare time, you can find Sarah surfing, enjoying the outdoors, and raising awareness about the impacts of climate change on our natural environment.
FACILITIES MANAGER, MELBOURNE
Jerome joined URBNSURF Melbourne as Facilities Manager in June 2020. Jerome has over 18 years’ experience working in leisure, attractions and industrial environments, including for an ASX-listed packaging company and at large Australian theme and water parks. Jerome has also applied his technical skills in conducting assessments of water park developments in the USA and China.
In his spare time you can find Jerome riding motorcycles, practicing self-defence, watching live music and restoring vintage cars.
To create natural, honest and inclusive surfing environments where memorable experiences are created, and where our guests and staff have fun, get stoked, keep fit and feel part of a community that shares their passion and respect for surfing, the ocean, others and our planet.
To build and operate world-class surf parks in Australia that deliver high quality waves and authentic surfing experiences for new and existing surfers of all ages, experience and ability.
We welcome guests of all types and get them beyond stoked!
We take personal responsibility for our own, and our guests’ well-being.
We respect, help and support each other in achieving a common goal.
We think big and celebrate new ideas, change and adaptability.
What we say, we do, and do it well.