Our Team


The Perfect Wave have an ever expanding, diverse, passionate and well-travelled team working in all our international offices.


We have experienced specialists who thrive on sharing their knowledge and will provide expert answers to all your queries on preferred destination countries, accommodation, cuisine, weather and wave quality, for all demographics and all forms of surf craft.



Chris Buykx

Chris Buykx

Regional Sales Manager
Chris' Bio

Chris joined the Perfect Wave in early 2016 after completing a 4WD expedition around Australia with his family. Chris has over 25 years experience in the travel industry as a general manager, tour operator and expedition guide.


Local beach: Freshwater.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Camping on the beach up the Coast.

Countries travelled: All over Africa, Sth Africa, Asia, Europe, UK, NZ, USA, Maldives, Indo, Middle East, PNG – all Australia.

Favourite travel destination:  Outback Australia – the North West.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Full days surfing P Pass, Pohnpei, Micronesia.

Next bucket list trip:  Surfing Simelue and Banyaks, North Sumatra.

Sylvia Gach

Sylvia Gach

Office Manager and Senior Surf Experience Specialist
Sylvia's Bio

Sylv joined the Perfect Wave in July 2012 after 11 years in the retail travel industry working as a consultant as well as a manager. SG has 16 years’ experience in travel, specialising in the luxury market, honeymooners, wedding anniversaries and big birthdays.


Local beach: Narrabeen.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Lord Howe Island or Port Macquarie.

Countries travelled:  Maldives, Fiji, New Zealand, Mauritius, mainland USA and Hawaii, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

Favourite travel destination:  Maldives

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  There are too many… heli flight in San Fran, hot Air Ballooning in Arizona, USA dinner on the private island in the Maldives…

Next bucket list trip:  Honeymoon at Six Senses in Seychelles.

Charlie Pierce

Charlie Pierce

Surf Experience Manager
Charlie's Bio

Charlie joined The Perfect Wave early in 2012 after 15 years of travelling in Australia and around the world and / or working as a travel agent in various guises. Charlie has surfed on 5 of the 7 continents and is constantly looking for his next mission so will likely be almost as excited about your trip as you are.


Local beach: Manly.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Byron.

Countries travelled:  Aus, NZ, Fiji. New Cal, Samoa, Hawaii, US, Canada, Sth America, South Africa, Western Europe, India, Indo, Thailand and Japan.

Favourite travel destination:  Surf – Ments.  Snow – Jackson Hole Wyoming.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Summiting a 6,000m mountain in Peru.

Next bucket list trip:  Heli/cat ski Alaska.

Bruno Parodi

Bruno Parodi

Senior Surf Experience Specialist
Bruno's Bio

Bruno joined The Perfect Wave in early 2014. Bruno has been travelling and surfing around the world for over 20 years now. He has surfed in most of the iconic locations in the world but still has a few more boxes to tick and his bucket list keeps getting longer.


Local beach: Manly.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  NSW South Coast.

Countries travelled:  Sth America, USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, French Polynesia, Fiji, Indonesia, China, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Singapore.

Favourite travel destination:  Indonesia.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Surfing and Safari.

Next bucket list trip:  P-Pass.

Lachy Mckay

Lachy Mckay

Surf Experience Specialist
Lachy's Bio

Lachy Joined the Perfect Wave early in 2015 after working and building his sales experience in surf retail. His passion for surfing and travelling is highly infectious making him our ‘go to guy’ to get you stoked for your next trip. Having covered many corners of the world looking for waves, you’re in safe very hands with Lachy.


Local beach: Narrabeen.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Camping on the Mid North Coast NSW. Wherever you can pitch a tent, have a campfire and walk to the beach.

Countries travelled:  Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Samoa, Thailand, Canada, USA, Hawaii, Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Spain and The Netherlands.

Favourite travel destination: Hands down Canada! Being so accustomed to the ocean it was incredible to be immersed in the mountains and none other than the Rocky’s.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon! What a new perspective.

Next bucket list trip:  Sri Lanka is almost at the top of the list but the Mentawai is next.

Rob Underwood

Rob Underwood

Chief Global Surf Guide
Robert's Bio
Rob “Undies” Underwood is everyone’s favourite surf guide. Rob is an extremely experienced and accomplished surfer. He joined The Perfect Wave team in 2012, heading up the Kandooma surf programme in the Maldives for 4 years before heading over to Bali late last year. Rob and his lovely partner Jolie now run the surf into yoga programme and surf guide team at S-Resorts, Hidden Valley, Bali. Before joining The Perfect Wave Rob was chief instructor under for Matty Grainger’s highly successful Manly Surf School.

Local beach: Narrabeen.
Favourite Weekend Getaway: Seal Rocks.
Countries travelled: Indonesia/Thailand/Japan/Usa/Canada/Mexico/Ireland/Holland/New Zealand/Fiji/Maldives/Sri Lanka/Singapore
Favourite travel destination: Mexico
Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Seaplane surf adventure with Donovan Frankenreiter and Jamie Gray Central Atolls, the Maldives.
Next bucket list trip: Costa Rica.

Emma Rochaix

Emma Rochaix

Surf Experience Specialist
Emma's Bio

Emma joined the Perfect Wave in March 2015. Emma has been in the travel industry for 20 years working as a consultant and specializing in family, surf/snow trips and specialist group travel. Emma works in the Cronulla office.


Local beach: Cronulla.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Jervis Bay.

Countries travelled: Indonesia, Fiji, USA, Singapore, France, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, UK, Germany, Thailand, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Favourite travel destination: USA and Canada.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Learn to surf at S Resort, Hidden Valley in Bali.

Next bucket list trip:  Maldives.

Ash Dyer

Ash Dyer

Snow Experience Specialist
Ashley's Bio

Ashley joined The Perfect Snow in 2016 after completing her studies in International Tourism Management, having experienced Japan powder, New Zealand and Canadian resorts. Ashley is based in our Headquarters in Brookvale.


Local beach: Dee Why.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Green Island down the South Coast or Hat Head up the North Coast of NSW.

Countries travelled: New Zealand, Canada, USA, Fiji, Samoa Bali, Japan, India, Central America: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, Panama.  Lived in Europe for 2 years and travelled around in a Van:

Favourite travel destination: Austria/Japan for the Snow.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Back country hike when in Austria chasing some fresh lines. Dressed as Geisha Girls for a day In Kyoto

Next bucket list trip:  South America Peru – Machu Picchu.

Kim Beers

Kim Beers

Elite Travel Concierge
Kim's Bio

Kim joined The Perfect Wave in January 2013 after previously working for a Fiji wholesaler, studying travel sales and making the most of her hours studying and getting plenty of travel time in. Kim currently works part time while looking after her beautiful baby.


Local beach: Freshwater.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Culburra by the beach or Orange for some country action

Countries travelled: Fiji, Samoa, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, England, Ireland, France

Favourite travel destination: Peru for sure

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Death Road bike rid in Bolivia

Next bucket list trip: A white Christmas & some snowboarding in Canada.

Sara Ahlen

Sara Ahlen

Elite Travel Concierge
Sara's Bio

Sara came to Australia from Sweden in 2011 and started at The Perfect Wave in 2013 after completing her diploma of travel and tourism and backpacking around Australia.


Local beach: Dee Why.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Newcastle.

Countries travelled: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, England, Spain, Turkey, Italy, Greece, Thailand, USA, Canada, Samoa, Bali, Australia

Favourite travel destination: Greece.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Anything that involves an adventure and exploring new things and places! It may be snowboarding or surfing for a whole day or trekking up a mountain or discovering a new beach!

Next bucket list trip:  Snowboarding in Whistler! Then NZ road trip followed by a South American adventure.

Simone Hill

Simone Hill

Events and Groups Co – ordinator
Simone's Bio

Simone has been with The Perfect Wave since 2014 after an extensive background in the travel industry working with tour operators, international airlines and hotel chains.  She is a qualified Project Manager who specialises in looking after events and retreats.


Local beach: Manly.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Surf trip away down the South Coast with an open fire at night keeps me pretty happy.

Countries travelled:  Visited every continent at least once.

Favourite travel destination:  Lord Howe Island is a pretty special spot but don’t tell everyone!

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Sailing around Vava’u and swimming with whales in Tonga and a safari through Kruger National Park in Africa would be up there at the top of the list.

Next bucket list trip: Antarctica.

Ben Horvath

Ben Horvath

Group Marketing Manager
Ben's Bio

Ben joined The Perfect Wave team as Global Marketing Manager in 2012 after previously being the foundation editor of Coastalwatch.com.au for five years and publisher of Underground Surf Magazine for the decade prior. Ben has worked in the surfing media much of his working life, both in print and online. BH also spent many years in the surf and street apparel industry with various major labels and also enjoyed success with his own. Ben has also been a high profile Sydney surf reporter for 30 years and now also runs our Cronulla office.


Local beach: Cronulla.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Sth Coast NSW, either the Royal National Park, The Coal Coast or south of Jervis Bay.

Countries travelled:  Hawaii, Indonesia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, USA, Mexico, Singapore,  New Caledonia.

Favourite travel destination:  The south coast of NSW. There’s  always swell if you know where to look, and so much variety and still minimal crowds if you know where to go.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Still love my day trips to Sanur when it is big in Bali. Been doing them since mid 80’s, always score.

Next bucket list trip:  Euro football, music, cultural heritage trip maybe. Go watch some EPL, La Liga, go to an old school punk festival and surf some French and Portugese beachies etc.

Peter Curilla

Peter Curilla

Digital Marketing and Web Content Manager
Peter C's Bio

Peter has been with The Perfect Wave since 2010, and has been looking after the website content and digital marketing. He’s an avid traveller, having lived between Europe, Bali, Sydney and Japan. When he’s not surfing his local break, you can find him with his laptop in a café or skiing quality powder in Japan or Europe.


Local beach: Dee Why in Sydney and Canggu in Bali.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: A ski trip to Hakuba, or a surf trip up the coast in Sydney or Bali.

Countries travelled: Lived in Australia, Bali, Japan, Ireland, Slovakia, Germany and the Netherlands. Travelled Indonesia, the Maldives, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Malaysia, China, Thailand, Cambodia, Dubai (UAE), Vietnam and 15 countries in Europe.

Favourite travel destination: Can’t decide between Bali, Japan and Australia. All 3 absolutely rock.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Surfing in the Maldives, skiing in Japan and scuba diving in Malaysia.

Next bucket list trip: Haven’t booked anything yet, but Hawaii, Sri Lanka and the Philippines are on top of the dream list.

Gina Lowe

Gina Lowe

Group Team Development / HR
Gina's Bio

Gina is one of the originals, our first consultant when she joined The Perfect Wave in 2008. Gina has been involved in everything as the business has grown and now this incredible experience is put to use as she supports the worldwide team.


Local beach: Warriewood.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Byron.

Countries travelled:  Aus, NZ, ,Maldives, Fiji, Indo, Thailand, Japan New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Canada, Italy, Turkey, UK, Croatia,.

Favourite travel destination:  Surf – Maldives.  Snow – Japan

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: 2  months living/working at Kandooma Resort, Maldives with my family.

Next bucket list trip:  Luxury surf charter (kid-free) in the Maldives!

Kristy Renike

Kristy Renike

Group Accounts Manager
Kristy's Bio

With over 20 years accounts experience, Kristy works at the heart of the business, ensuring suppliers, operators, consultants and travellers have all their payments looked after. A keen surfer, Kristy also gets plenty of experience of the destinations along with her group of Surfing Mums.


Local beach: Long Reef

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Camping down the South Coast

Countries travelled: Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, Brazil, New Zealand, Hawaii, UK, France, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Austria, South Africa, Indonesia

Favourite travel destination: Maldives

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Underwater meditation.

Next bucket list trip: Central America.

Marie Gray

Marie Gray

A Perfect Foundation Director and Sponsorship
Marie's Bio

Marie has been working at the Perfect Wave since 2011, originally as a sales experience specialist. Marie now works full time on our non-profit organisation – A Perfect Foundation. Marie sources funding and works in collaboration with other non-profit organisations on partnerships.  After years of travelling the world and discovering extremely poor communities, A Perfect Foundation was formed with a desire to giving back to impoverished, remote communities and making a sustainable difference.  Marie has extensive background experience as an Executive Assistant working with global brands like Guinness, Lend Lease and CTC Productions working on top rating shows like Burkes Backyard and Backyard Blitz.


Local beach: Long Reef

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Anywhere

Countries travelled:  Europe, Botswana, Canada, Egypt, Fiji, Gaza Strip, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand (birthplace),Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom (lived there), USA, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Favourite travel destination:  Maldives – absolutely paradise!!

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Bungy jumping 216m from world’s highest bungy bridge with 9 second free-fall!! Bloukrans Bridge South Africa! Also walking with the Lions in Mauritius and seeing the Komodo Dragons in Flores!!

Next bucket list trip:  Nihiwatu Resort, Sumba.

Rhonda Burton

Rhonda Burton

Chief Financial Officer and Co Founder
Rhonda's Bio

Rhonda and Jamie Gray were backpacking buddies who founded the company together in 2006.  Rhonda has extensive travel experience and previously worked at Flight Centre where she had been assistant manager of the largest Flight Centre store in the world; as well as most profitable and most productive Flight Centre accountant in the world.


Local beach: Dee Why now, but grew up on Sorrento Beach, WA.

Favourite Weekend Getaway:  Bali.

Countries travelled: Argentina, Austria,  Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada (2 times), Chile, Egypt, Fiji (5 times), France (2 times), Germany (2 times), Greece, Hawaii (3 times), Indonesia (10 times), Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan (2 times), Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Malaysia (2 times), Maldives (3 times), Mexico (2 times), Micronesia, Morocco, Netherlands (3 times), New Zealand (2 times), Peru, Portugal , Scotland, Singapore (2 times), South Africa (lived there), Spain (2 times), Switzerland, Tanzania, Tahiti (3 times), Thailand (4 times), Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (lived there), Uruguay, USA (3 times), Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Favourite travel destination:  Maldives for sure – the most beautiful place on earth.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  There’s so many more than 1!  Snowboarding Niseko powder, Cape town skydiving, live volcano climb in Chile, Patagonia mountain hiking, Inca Trail in Peru, ceremony & party with African tribe in Malawi, white water rafting the Grade 5 Zambezi River in Africa……

Next bucket list trip:  Sri Lanka, Cook Islands or Samoa next.

Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray

CEO and Founder
Jamie's Bio

Jamie founded The Perfect Travel Group in 2006 and has led the company to where it stands now, as the world’s largest surf experience company. Prior to founding The Perfect Wave, Jamie spent years creating and running hospitality venues around the world. JG also worked for The Hilton Hotel group in varied capacities and has extensive experience in the hospitality sector. His passion for travel has always been there since travelling around Australia for three years before he turned 21. He then spent the next 7 years living and travelling all over the world. There has always been two priority passions over the years, the Surf and Snow. Along with his dedication to family, surf and snow travel is quite literally his life.


Local beach: South Narrabeen

Favourite Weekend Getaway: South Coast NSW

Countries travelled:

Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, North America, Central America, Africa, South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

Favourite travel destination: Indonesia from Aceh to Papua.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Seaplane surfing, heli ski, climbing volcanos, shark diving and skydiving.

Next bucket list trip: Secret spot


Dave Mailman

Dave Mailman

EU Marketing Manager
Dave's Bio
Dave started surfing at age 9 in California. His surf travels started with family vacations to Hawaii and trips with friends down the Baja peninsula in Mexico. He carried on a family tradition of studying French in high school, and after two years abroad at the University of Bordeaux traveling and surfing the Atlantic coast of Europe, finally settled in Hossegor where he now lives with his wife and two children. A 5-year stint in the marketing department at Quiksilver Europe and over 10 years announcing events for the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) gave him the opportunity to surf from Italy to Indonesia and plenty of other destinations in between.

Local beach: I’ve been living in Hossegor since 1994, but I grew up in Corona Del Mar, California and learned to surf at a beach called Little Corona.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: I love going to Saint Emilion near Bordeaux with my wife. With great restaurants and fantastic wine, it’s like Disneyland for adults. Hiking in the Pyrenees Mountains with the kids is lots of fun, too.

Countries travelled: USA & Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, Barbados, Saint Kitts, Guadeloupe, Russia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, France, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy & Sardinia, Canary Islands, Azores, Morocco, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Maldives, Australia, Tahiti, Tuamotu, Reunion Island

Favourite travel destination: France & Mexico

Favourite day trip / activity on holidays: Snorkelling at Hanauma Bay on Oahu / Hiking the Napali Coast on Kauai

Next bucket list trip: New Zealand for the nature, Jeffreys Bay for the waves.



Europe Elite Travel Concierge
Irene's Bio
Irene has been working as an Europe Elite Travel Concierge since 2014. She loves to travel and appreciate the beauty of nature around the world. She loves going to the beach, because it gives her so much tranquility and happiness.
Local Beach: Mactan

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Bohol Beaches

Countries Travelled: China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, Macau, Bali Indonesia

Favourite travel destination: Bali – the beaches are beyond words to describe, full of exciting adventures and romance.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:

Beginner surf lesson with our awesome surf instructor in Hidden Valley Bali Indonesia (something I wouldn’t imagine in my whole life that I will get to experience). Snorkeling in Bohol Island.

Next bucket list trip: Maldives

Suzi Allen

Suzi Allen

TPW Europe Director
Suzi's Bio

Suzi fell in love with surfing at home in Wales at age 15. Since then she has travelled the world immersing herself in local cultures, learning to speak foreign languages, teaching English, and surfing her heart out along the way. Before graduating from university Suzi had already travelled and surfed her way through France, Spain, Portugal, Caribbean,  Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Brazil. Suz then ticked Australia and Bali off her surfing bucket list, followed by Panama, Ecuador, the Galapagos, Marquesas, Tuamotus and Tahiti while sailing across the South Pacific. Surf tourism seemed to be a logical career choice, so  Suzi jumped at the chance to launch The Perfect Wave in Europe with Barry Teeling in 2013 in Hossegor.


Local beach: I’ve been living in Hossegor since 2002, but I’m originally from a place called Mumbles in South Wales, UK.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: A weekend trip to Mundaka and San Sebastian for some tapas and a Sunday surf on the way home is always fun.

Countries travelled: France, Spain, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Tenerife, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, UK & Ireland, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Egypt, Kenya, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Bali, Lombok, Sumbawa, Sumatra, Australia, New Caledonia, Bahamas, Barbados, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Panama, Ecuador, Galapagos, the Marquesas, Tuamotus, Tahiti & Moorea

Favourite travel destination: Mentawai Islands

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Sailing to Teahupoʻo from Papeete – Magical place!

Next bucket list trip:  I’ve always wanted to go to surf those lefts at Rote, Timor.

Victoria Yeo

Victoria Yeo

UK Office Manager
Victoria's Bio

Victoria joined The Perfect Wave in 2015. Vic was one of the originals when the UK division started and is now the Office Manager of the Newquay office. Victoria has been a Travel Agent for twenty years and uses her experience to tailor make your dream surf trips!


Local beach: Fistral – Newquay

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Cornwall – So many beaches to explore – Over 300. So every weekend can be a different spot.

Countries travelled:  I’ve lived in Greece, Turkey, France, Portugal, Germany, Bali, Los Angeles, New York, Mid West USA, China, Ireland and Spain,

Favourite travel destination: I love snorkelling, being in the water and feeling like you are in your very own massive aquarium! In Bali I was lucky enough to try out surfing on Jimbaran Beach. A great experience.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  I love snorkelling and skydiving.

Next bucket list trip:  The Maldives.

Rachel Ponsford

Rachel Ponsford

Surf Experience Specialist
Rachel's Bio

Rachel is the newest member of The Perfect Wave Family. After being in the surf travel industry for the last few years and growing up in the surfing capital of the UK, Rachel is a very keen bodyboarder finding waves all over Europe. She is slowly rediscovering her love for surfing again.


Local beach: Fistral, Newquay

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Spain!

Countries travelled:  Australia,US,Portugal,Spain, France, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura,Indonesia,Greece, Italy,Oman.

Favourite travel destination:  Surf – Portugal / Fuerteventura

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays:  Swimming with Manta Rays – Bali

Next bucket list trip: Iceland!

Lars Bornhoft

Lars Bornhoft

Director of Operations
Lar's Bio

Lars is our chief organizer when it comes to setting up and setting the standards of excellence for our learn to surf and yoga programmes across the globe. A great surfer himself, Lars is a mad Bayern Munich fan – a winner, visionary and great customer service communicator.


Local beach: Cruz Roja Fuerteventura.

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Surfing, Surfing with the family.

Countries travelled: Indo, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Morocco, Egypt, whole Europe and more.

Favourite travel destination: Maldives for surfing

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: whole day on Rifles – Ments

Next bucket list trip: South Africa – Jeffreys Bay.

New Zealand:

Glen Bryant

Glen Bryant

General Manager
Glen's Bio

Glen is a humble, down to earth and experienced surfer who identified a gap in the NZ market for a local surf travel operator, so much so that he was willing to leave behind a successful career in the building industry to ensure Kiwi surfers can enjoy quality, localised customer service when planning their next surf trip. Glen set up The Perfect Wave NZ office in Devon Street East Fitzroy, New Plymouth early in 2016.


Local beach: Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth, NZ

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Living in Taranaki it is hard to leave behind all the good surf, but I do enjoy a good roady to the East coast of NZ, There is a nice vibe there and more sunshine!. Especially good when the cyclones hit the South Pacific!

Countries travelled: Canada, USA, Fiji, Bali, Australia, Papua New Guinea

Favourite travel destination: Bali is very cool, great climate, friendly people, and the waves are consistently amazing, excellent value as well!

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Too many to list. Favourite activity is a no brainer, Surfing of course. Day trips would be the surf highway 45

Next bucket list trip: Maldives and Sri-Lanka.

Lizzy Bannan

Lizzy Bannan

Surf Experience Specialist
Lizzy's Bio

Lizzy joined Glen in the New Plymouth office midway through 2016 as chief sales experience specialist as demand outgrew Glen’s initial one man show. Lizzy is loving life in the surf travel game and is looking forward to helping you build your dream surf trip and growing the business in NZ.


Local beach: Fitzroy Beach, New Plymouth, NZ

Favourite Weekend Getaway: Camping up north of the North Island in New Zealand right on the beach.

Countries travelled: USA, Thailand, Bali, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia.

Favourite travel destination: USA loved every moment there is so many things to see and do, everyone is very friendly.

Favourite Day Trip/Activity you’ve ever done on Holidays: Learning to Surf in Bali with TPW crew.

Next bucket list trip: Maldives, Pacific Islands