World Surfaris was established in 1997, representing just 1 boat in The Maldives. The agency steadily grew from its humble beginnings to have multiple offices in Australia, Maldives, Bali, California, Europe and South Africa and to represent boats and resorts throughout the world.
We have survived crises and calamities that have claimed many others. None more recent or more perniciously lethal than covid. And in doing so, we have remained true to our core values.
World Surfaris leads the surf travel industry with an enviable reputation for innovation, reliability, integrity and outstanding service. To this day, we still hand-pick our surf adventures and are only prepared to represent operators and destinations that offer the qualities that we require for our clients. Now more than ever, our diverse range of surf adventures caters to all standards of surfers and their budgets – wherever they may dream of surfing.
The logistics in arranging every aspect of overseas surf travel can be quite complex. We hear many horror stories of DIY Surf Travellers. Our expert Surf Travel Consultants handle all the complexities of your booking with care, so you can relax. Without an experienced Travel Agent, you're on your own.
The majority of surfers over 18 years are time poor and often suffering from local surf anxiety. Your time is precious and DIY Surf Trips often result in lost surf time and rip offs. You can trust your World Surfaris expert travel consultant to organise a trip in which your experienced hosts do the hard yards and you enjoy the rewards.
Part of the excitement of overseas travel is the sense of great possibilities and that almost anything could happen. Which is truly wonderful when the happenings are all good. Unfortunately, sometimes they aren't. Using a reliable, reputable surf travel agent means you are not alone. You are effectively travelling with an experienced friend you can call upon at any time and who will help.
World Surfaris operate a dedicated client TRUST ACCOUNT. If you book and pay for a trip directly with a foreign overseas operator, you are risking your money reaching its destination. Is that risk worth it?
Our spirit of pioneering and innovation provides significant motivation and underpins our hand-picked surf adventures. We strive to support sustainable surf tourism and equitable outcomes for the local communities, the families and the expats who have earnt their place as the natural custodians of these very special places.
We believe in quality over quantity and our surf adventure range is hand-picked. At World Surfaris, we only represent Surf Resort or Surf Charter operators who have proven to be experts with vast experience and a good track record. World Surfaris staff regularly visit the destinations we offer in order to ensure our high standards are being met by tour operators. So you get the best trip possible for the best possible price. We stand by the surf adventures we represent and can assure you that the surf trip you choose represents the best quality for your money.
World Surfaris has been a trusted Australian Brand and a licensed Travel Agency since 1997. Despite compulsory licensing being discontinued by the Australian Government in 2014, World Surfaris continues to operate along the best practice business and accounting guidelines established under Government licensing requirements. In addition, World Surfaris has adopted the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) voluntary code of conduct and is an ATAS accredited agent - # A11488.
Drawn from all walks of life and riding a variety of surf craft, we are a great team of travel experts.
Saffer Steve was so keen to work for World Surfaris that he put himself through travel agent training, got himself travel agency work experience, kept in contact with us about his progress and wouldn’t accept our initial offer of employment cos he felt he wasn’t quite ready! Yup, we are talking keen. With an extensive practical working knowledge of surf breaks in Africa, Indo, Central America & Samoa, we are still looking for ways to tone down Steve’s loud enthusiasm for anything that is surfing related – making him do the garbage run for the entire office didn’t have any impact whatsoever.
An import from “across the ditch”, Aaron’s youthful, carefree face masks the decades of corporate travel experience that he has amassed. Aaron’s maturity, sense of humour and his cool, calm, collected manner is the perfect fit for the Kirra office. We suspect he had to develop these qualities as part of his defensive armour against the slings and arrows that people tend to throw at kneeboarders (a bias that is completely unjustified, we hasten to add). Despite the fact that he sometimes seems to talk in Kiwi, we still love Aaron (well, sort of - he is a kneeboarder after all).
Melissa (“Mel”) loves to be in, on, under or at worst, simply near the ocean. She will even take being surrounded by pictures of it if the real thing is temporarily unavailable. She has either travelled or
worked in travel, all her adult life. (We understand that growing up in Adelaide can induce that sort of love affair with travel - only kidding Adelaidites, we are just jealous of the fabulous food and wine culture you enjoy). Apart from South Australia, Mel has surfed in Mexico, Costa Rica, Indonesia (Java, Sumbawa, Rote, Nusa Lembongan), Thailand, Christmas Island and Cocos Island. She says she wishes she was braver in the water, so she could tackle some of the larger, harder waves available. But we reckon anyone who has surfed the wilds of South Australia and lived to tell the tale, is brave enough for us.
We are confident that, having graduated her traineeship, Sophia has embarked on a business savvy path that we believe will take her to great heights. She loves the beach, a few waves on her Mal, and is a festival fiend, so that’s a pretty good basis on which to work with us. Sophia has already travelled to a couple of overseas surf destinations and is looking forward to more in the future.
It seems like only yesterday that we welcomed Brooke back to work after maternity leave - again!. Two kids is a splendid effort, Brooke - congratulations. Lovely to have you back. Brooke has such extensive knowledge of all our surf adventure packages, as well as our management systems, that we only allow her limited time away. Resumption of her modelling career is still not an option given her travel industry talents.
An accountant by training, JP counts the money, checks the money, double-checks the money, accounts for the money & then pays out the money. Yup, he’s a control freak. JP provides major support to our Travel Consultants to make sure they have maximum time available to talk to you about your surf adventure. JP had big shoes to fill when he started and he has thrived on the challenge ever since. In his early days, we kept his ego in check by asking for all calculations to be re-done to the fourth decimal place. A keen surfer & diver, JP can occasionally be cajoled into taking some of us in his boat to Old Woman Island – but only if the left is working.
Having undertaken a significant number of surf trips with several agencies and operators over the years, John liked the World Surfaris product so much that he bought half of the company in early 2014. A few years later, he moved to 100% ownership. Clearly the “elder statesman” of the team (as any World Surfaris group photo will show), John may occasionally appear to experience mild bouts of dementia in his office life, but still froths like a grommet on surf trips when he gets to revel in uncrowded waves. Arguably one of the weirdest-looking kids in the surf with his tuxedo rashie and ever-present helmet (regardless of conditions), John has been around so long he actually knows things without googling them.
Starting off as a garage travel agency with a simple mission “Get surfers to the waves that they've always dreamt of.”
20 something years later, it’s really no different. The landscape has changed, computers are faster, coffee is better and there are a lot more people floating around the office, but really we just get surfers to the waves of their dreams without any hassles.
If you’re into broadening your horizons, love travel, love surfing and are happy to convey that passion on a daily basis - you're bound to fit right in.
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