World Surfaris was established in 1997. Founder 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 and to open World Surfaris.
Over the decades since 1997, World Surfaris steadily grew from its humble beginnings to have multiple offices in Australia, Bali, California & South Africa and to represent boats and resorts throughout the world. In the process, as often happens with successful small businesses, Shaun ultimately found himself juggling so many balls that it was becoming detrimental to his health. In early 2014, having done surf trips with World Surfaris (as well as with some of its competitors), John Finlay liked the World Surfaris business so much he bought half of it. A couple of years later, Shaun asked John to buy the other 50% – which he did.
John’s vision for the business has started to gain material traction. A new logo was unveiled in July 2017 & the website significantly re-vamped. Previously focused solely on outbound tourism, John recognized that Australia is an exceptionally attractive destination for much of the rest of the world & especially surfers. With the acquisition of a 15-acre property with motel/backpacker accommodation at the iconic Crescent Heads (NSW), World Surfaris is diversifying into inbound surf tourism.
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.