President – Chris Fougere
Chris is current Surfing New Zealand Chairman. Chris is an Orthopaedic Surgeon, based in public practice at Auckland City Hospital with a private practice at Domain Orthopaedic Surgeons, Auckland. He has an interest in outreach surgery having worked in Post- Earthquake Haiti, Post- Tsunami Samoa and many other third world locations. He is an Alumni member of the AO Foundation for fracture surgery.
Vice President – Matthew Sale
Matt Sale is a senior executive with a passion for discovering and realizing the potential in people and organizations. From 2004 – 2017 Matt has held a wide variety of senior leadership roles with Public Trust and previously National Australia Bank, across New Zealand, Europe, and Australia, covering strategy, sales, distribution, customer experience, marketing, projects, product and pricing.
North Island Representative – Andrew Vette
Andy was co-opted onto the Board in 2018 and was voted into the position of North Island Club Representative at the 2018 AGM.
A lifelong surfer who was a former Gisborne junior champion, Andy was a driving force as president in establishing Gisborne Boardriders as a model club for others to follow.
He is also our board member responsible for establishing our new High-Performance Programme.
In his professional life, Andy is the Managing Director of a very successful Gisborne-based wine business and has chaired various commercial, industry and voluntary organisation boards.
His daughter Saffi and son Finn are regular competitors in SNZ-sanctioned events with Saffi currently the National Under 18 Champion.
South Island Representative – Russell Ritchie
Russell has over 25 years of sports administration predominantly as a volunteer. He has managed regional and national teams since 1989. He has administered regional and national surfing events both as a contest director and head judge.
Russell has driven his local boardrider club to become one of the most successful clubs in the country.
Russell has been a self-employed plumber 30 years being involved in all aspects of the construction industry, including the onsite/offsite coordination and management of jobs (housing & light commercial). Since 2011, he has been running a construction company involved in the large-scale repairs of earthquake-damaged houses in Christchurch.
Board Member – Pauline Pullman
Pauline has been a part of the Kiwi surfing community for over 50 years and during this time has participated and contributed at almost every level of the sport.
Along with being New Zealand’s first female surfer to compete on the Professional World Tour, she has won seven national shortboard and longboard titles, represented New Zealand several times, won a World Masters Title in 2004, and competed successfully around Australia in shortboarding and longboarding.
In more recent years, she has travelled with her daughter Wini around the globe with New Zealand Junior Teams, on the Australasian Pro Junior Circuit, the WQS, and the World Longboard Tour.
She participated at an organisational level with a small team of dedicated surfers when professional judging and coaching was first introduced to New Zealand in the late 1980s and has been the contest director at SNZ-sanctioned events, has head judged the National Championships, and continues to head down the road every Friday arvo to help push micro groms into waves for the local boardriders club.
Currently semi-retired and managing her Airbnb, besides surfing, Pauline’s past life includes attaining a NZ Diploma in Architectural Technology, working as a sales rep for Aleeda wetsuits, boat-building for Sir Peter Blake, skippering a 48ft offshore sailing catamaran and exploring surf spots throughout the Southwest Pacific by sailing boat.
Co-opted Board Member, Acting Chair – Trevor McKewen
Trevor was co-opted onto the Board in September 2018 and appointed to the position of Acting Chair last December.
As a former chief executive of the Warriors NRL franchise, General Manager of Commercial and Marketing for NZ Rugby and roles as the Head of Sport at New Zealand’s two biggest media companies in Stuff and NZME (NZ Herald, Radio Sport), he has significant commercial and media experience that can assist us.
Trevor comes from a family who discovered surfing when they moved from New Zealand to the Gold Coast in the mid-1970s.
He is Auckland-based, still actively surfs and tries to do an Indo boat or camp trip every year.
Co-opted Board Member – Mark Pevats
Better known to many as “Vinny”, Mark is the President of Ocean Beach Boardriders based near Whangarei.
His daughter has competed in SNZ-sanctioned events and as a wide traveller, Vinny has a significant understanding of events operations.
He is also a chartered accountant with his own very successful business which he ducks away from every year for a mid-winter trip to Pasta Point in the Maldives.
Vinny was co-opted at the beginning of 2019 to assist in addressing SNZ’s financial state and is making a significant contribution moving forward.