Greg Townsend – CEO
Greg Townsend has been at the helm of Surfing New Zealand since 1995. Greg was the first paid employee of the Association and has built the association to where it is today. Originally getting into sports administration at a regional level as president of the South Coast Boardriders, Greg quickly moved to a national level. With extensive contacts throughout the country, Greg has secured amazing support from corporate New Zealand – an area that was previously untouched by the surfing community. Greg continues to build relationships with Surfing New Zealand’s key sponsors and drives the professional business approach of the association for the success of the sport. Greg is the founder of The Ultimate Waterman event.
Ben Kennings – Events and Communications
Ben Kennings has been with Surfing New Zealand since 2003 managing events and communications. Having surfed since the age of five and competed regularly up until this day, Ben has a huge love for the sport and continues to seek better opportunities for the surfing community and athletes. Ben was a voluntary member of the SNZ Board as the athletes representative from 2000 – 2003 before being employed full time. Ben attended Waikato University where he gained a degree in Science and also previously worked in the resource and environmental planning sector.
Lee Ryan – Sport Development Manager
Lee immigrated to New Zealand from the U.K. in 2006, where he worked for the British Surfing Association as an Instructor Trainer/Assessor. A former competitive surfer on both short and longboards, Lee competed as a full-time professional on the ASP (WSL) World Longboard Tour from 1995 to 2006 as well as having nine British National Titles to his name. Lee is a well-respected WSL and ISA judge and is a head judge for the WSL Longboard Tour. Lee delivers the International Surfing Association (ISA) Judging and Coaching Programs and manages the SNZ Approved Surf and SUP Schools. Lee is also the National Convener of Selectors for New Zealand representative teams. Lee manages the award-winning Wave Warriors Junior Surfing Programme.