We Have History
World Surfaris was established in 1997. Shaun Levings had extensive travel agency experience, having left school after year 10 to work full time in a Central Coast (NSW) general travel agency. Several years later, Shaun moved to Sydney to become the General Manager of a surf tourism company. After meeting and subsequently marrying Jacqui, the Levings decided to settle on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.
Like many entrepreneurs, Shaun had a vision that would allow him to combine two of his greatest passions – surfing and travel - and pursue them as an income-producing initiative. He knew that there were many magnificent overseas surfing destinations that Australian surfers would enjoy. World Surfaris was initially founded as a division of another travel agency, until the Levings were granted their own travel agency licence (the travel agency licensing system was abolished by the government as at 1 July 2014).
From a humble base of representing just 1 boat in the Maldives and operating from a home office, World Surfaris has grown to occupy 2 offices (Head Office in Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast and an office within KirraSurf, Gold Coast), employ the equivalent of 12 fulltime staff including 2 working Directors and represent boats and resorts throughout the world. The diverse range of unique surf adventures now caters to all standards of surfers and their budgets.
Since inception, several factors have driven the company’s success. Firstly, Shaun’s dedication and drive to realise his vision of a full service surf specialist travel agency that made overseas surf travel easy for all levels of surfers. Secondly, his strong partnership with his wife Jacqui has been instrumental in ensuring a firm, on-going foundation for World Surfaris. Without Jacqui’s guiding influence and multi-talents, Shaun would not have been able to leave the office to make the contacts, visit the destinations, eyeball the operators and build the business. Thirdly, Shaun’s passion, integrity and leadership capabilities have allowed him to attract and retain an expert and dedicated team.
The combination of these factors has enabled World Surfaris to lead the industry and establish an enviable reputation for innovation, reliability, integrity and outstanding service. To this day, we still hand-pick our unique surf adventures and are only prepared to represent operators and destinations that offer the qualities that we require for our clients.