URBNSURF Sydney and Surfing NSW Partner to Shape the Future of Surfing

Published on 14/03/2024

URBNSURF Sydney and Surfing New South Wales are thrilled to announce a dynamic new partnership aimed at supporting and enhancing the surfing in the NSW. URBNSURF Sydney, located within Sydney Olympic Park in Western Sydney, is poised to accelerate the way individuals learn to surf, promoting inclusivity, providing access to ocean-like waves to the Western Sydney community and expanding participation in this beloved sport.

A component of the partnership will be the support of Surfing NSW’s High-Performance program, under the leadership of former world-tour and top-10 professional, Nathan Webster. With added support from NSWIS, Surfing NSW will have access to a range of waves designed to accelerate athlete development, with a particular emphasis on aerial surfing.

“This partnership with URBNSURF Sydney is a momentous occasion for surfing in New South Wales,” said Lucas Townsend, CEO of Surfing NSW. “Together, we aim to not only enhance the experience for seasoned surfers but also introduce more individuals to the joy and health benefits of surfing. This is a game-changing amenity that enables anyone, of any skill, any background, and any hometown to try surfing for the first time in a controlled, safe and purely fun environment.”

“Surfing NSW is committed to sharing our wealth of knowledge and coaching techniques with the URBNSURF team, ensuring that surfers of all levels can enjoy the sport,” Lucas continued.

Recent research conducted by Griffith University highlights the immense economic impact of surfing, contributing approximately US$1 trillion annually to the global economy by enhancing the mental health of surfers. The partnership between Surfing NSW and URBNSURF will support both organisations commitment to building better communities through surfing.

URBNSURF’s CEO, Damon Tudor says, “we’re excited about URBNSURF Sydney’s opening and adding the already incredible positive impact surfing has on the state. URBNSURF Sydney isn’t just about surfing; it’s about fostering a sense of inclusivity and adventure forpeople of all backgrounds. We are excited about the great opportunities that this project will bring to the community.”

Surfing NSW’s commitment to surf safety is further demonstrated through ongoing programs like Surfers Rescue 24/7. With over 63% of NSW surfers having saved a life in the ocean, Surfing NSW’s surf safety initiatives continue to educate and empower the surfing community. Surfing NSW and URBNSURF Sydney look forward to rolling out the Surfers Rescue Program at the new facility and providing new skills to the Western Sydney community.

About Surfing NSW:

Surfing New South Wales is recognised by the State Government of NSW and the NSW surf industry as the governing and organising body for surfing in New South Wales. Surfing New South Wales provides support, benefits competitions and life-saving education programs for surfers of all ages, coaches, instructors, recreational surfers, and future champions.


URBNSURF is a proudly Australian company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The team are stoked to be building Australia’s first urban surf parks to help people of all ages and abilities to surf more, and to surf better. URBNSURF Melbourne is the company’s first venue, followed closely by URBNSURF Sydney at Sydney Olympic Park, set to open in 2024 with further projects planned around the country. The park was recognised as the Most Appealing Surf Park Destination, The Most Popular Surf Park for Beginners & Intermediates and The Most Appealing Surf Park Amenities, at the 2021 Surf Park Awards hosted in San Diego in October 2021.

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