As you know from reading our most recent Annual Report, we welcomed as salty as they come, long-time SurfAid supporter and accomplished leader, Doug Lees, as SurfAid CEO in January 2019.
We’ve already shared Doug’s professional and academic qualifications on our blog, but there is more to each of us than our title and number of qualifications (though Doug is short on neither). So, until you get to know Doug personally at a SurfAid event or in the lineup at Lagundri Bay, enjoy reading about Doug Lees, #29 on Surfing World Magazine’s Most Intriguing People in Surfing list.
Forgive us for this indulgence, but the inclusion of SW’s legendary long-time custodian Doug Lees to our list of the 50 Most Intriguing Surfers is, in our opinion at least, a very worthy addition. Doug has lived an incredible life mixed with extraordinary contributions to his community, to commerce, to the Australian rock and roll landscape, and of course, to surfing.To shortlist just a few of his highlights, achievements and eccentricities, Doug has in no particular order: been a champion swimmer and Levis model, run for Mayor of Manly, been co-owener of legendary Manly surf institution Australian Surf HQ with former roommate and iron man legend Guy Leech, been pulled out of whitewash at Cloudbreak by Dave Wassel after copping a 20-foot closeout set on the head, played drums in iconic punk band Progression Cult, co-authored a book on childbirth from a male perspective, been owner/publisher of Surfing World for 25 years, and General Manager and head of sales for both SW and CoastalWatch for the past 10. There’s a lot more too, too much to go into here, but his latest appointment of CEO of SurfAid is yet another string in a bow so thick with strings it looks more like a ball of yarn. “The opportunity to give back in a meaningful way to people who live in regions of the world that have given so much to surfers and surfing is something I am truly honoured to be a part of,” said Dougie of his new opportunity.
With thanks to Surfing World Magazine, penned by Vaughan Blakey.
Doug looks forward to thanking each of you for the role you play in improving the health, wellbeing and self reliance of people living in isolated regions, connected to us through surfing, as well as leading SurfAid in our shared quest to make the world a better place.
SurfAid Names New Country Director
SurfAid Country Director Dinnia Joedadibrata sharing photos with SurfAid families.
You were recently appointed SurfAid’s Country Director. What experience do you have to help prepare you for this role?
Bay Area Artist to Design 2019 SurfAid Cup Event Series Art
It started with a sign. When Odi Schlossberg volunteered at the 2018 SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz, she had no idea that it would lead her to helping launch the 2019 SurfAid Cup Global Event Series. Odi was part of a crew of volunteers helping with event registration. A simple sign was needed to display the team standings and Odi’s artistic abilities took over. This simple task introduced SurfAid to her amazing talents as an artist and a partnership was borne.
The 2019 SurfAid Cup Event series begins this April in Santa Cruz, California. Registration is now open for all global events. Ready to surf and save a life? Priority registration will be given to previous participants and SurfAid Tribe members. Visit surfaid.org/events for more info.
To learn more about Odi and to get a sneak peek at some of the designs she is creating for the 2019 SurfAid Cup Event series, check out our interview below.
Thanks to Firewire Surfboards, West Path, and Sticky Bumps for supporting the 2019 SurfAid Cup Event series.
To learn more about supporting these events contact
In the US: Erin@SurfAid.org
In AU: Jessie@ SurfAid.org
Welcome to the SurfAid Tribe!
Thank you to our most recent new and renewing members of the SurfAid Tribe. Your membership not only saves and improves the lives of women and children, but also provides an additional level of certainty as we grow and invest in our communities.