Sports Advocacy Group


Surfing Australia is the most recent addition to the Sports Advocacy Group's programme. The first dinner took place at the end of October 2012 and was a great success.


Past Guests

Layne Beachley, Sally Fitzgibbons, Wayne Bartholomew AM, Tom Carroll, Chris Symington (General Manager), Norm Innis (Chairman) and Andrew Stark (CEO).


Surfing Australia

Surfing Australia is a not for profit incorporated National Sporting Organisation that was formed in 1963 to establish, guide and promote the development of surfing in Australia.

Surfing Australia is the representative body on the International Surfing Association (ISA) of which there are 56 member countries and is recognised by the Australian Sports Commission, the Australian Olympic Committee and is a member of the Water Safety Council of Australia.

Surfing underpins an important part of the Australian coastal fabric. It forms part of a lifestyle in which millions participate with a mystique in which millions more have a documented interest.

The beginnings

Surfing Australia was established to guide and promote the development of the sport in Australia. The organisation was formed in a time when surfing was not a popular past-time and in an era when there was no such thing as a surfing industry or funding to support it.

The growth

What followed was a far more strategic approach towards the development of the sport. The framework and structure created has allowed surfing to grow both as a sport and as a lifestyle pursuit into the new millennium.

Our Vision

To become a mainstream commercially sustainable sport, and to promote surfing as an iconic Australian lifestyle.

Our Mission

We will grow Surfing’s position and profile through successful working relationships with stakeholders; innovative thinking; the performance of Australian athletes; and a dynamic management team delivering world’s best surfing programs.

Our Core Values

We will:

a. Be open, ethical and accountable in all that we do

b. Proactively operate as a leader in the Australian and global Surfing community

c. Be aware of, respect and be responsive to stakeholder needs

d. Enjoy and have pride in our work

e. Actively embrace change

via Surfing Australia