After serving as CEO of Surfing Australia for over 9 and half years, Andrew Stark has made the move over to WSL, where he'll act as General Manager for the Australia and Oceania regions. Living on the Gold Coast of Australia, Stark is a seasoned surfer and highly regarded in the sport's realm.
"WSL is fortunate to attract another exceptionally well-respected leader in world sport, as we continue to build out our leadership team," said Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO. "We are very lucky to have so many loyal Australian fans, a territory where Andrew will be critical for us as we further develop the surf markets in this country and the fast-evolving Oceania territory. Andrew brings unrivaled surf experience and pedigree from this region and will accelerate the opportunities that exist, we can't wait to see the positive influence he has on the region and WSL."
Stark will be focusing on Partnerships, Marketing and Public Relations, Event Operations as well as the development of the first WSL High Performance Training Center in the region, leveraging the Kelly Slater Technology.
"I am genuinely excited by this opportunity to join the WSL leadership team and grow the sport globally to new heights over the coming years," said Stark. "The next few years ahead represent what I believe to be the most exciting growth opportunity and period for global professional surfing in the history of the sport. To be able to work with the WSL and Kelly Slater Wave Co team during this exciting period for the sport is something I am extremely motivated and passionate about. I leave Surfing Australia after nine and half years with absolute satisfaction and pride in the true legacy we have built as a team and I look forward to working with Surfing Australia in my new role at WSL to grow the region further."