The Forecast Team
Ben Macartney - Chief Forecaster - Ben joined the Coastalwatch team in 2005 and has grown to become the lead of the forecasting team. On a daily basis at Coastalwatch Ben forecasts for the east coast regions of Australia including QLD, NSW and down through Victoria, and also tracks major swells for INdonesia and the South Pacific region that take in some of Australia's most favourite surfing destinations like Indonesia.
Katie Jackson - Swell Forecaster / Meteorologist - Katie joined the Coastalwatch team as Swell Forecaster and Meteorologist after moving to Australia from the States. She resides in Queensland where she is currently undertaking a PhD at Griffith University on the topic of Wave Analysis in the nearshore region. Prior to her Australian adventures Katie has worked for the US Navy and for the biggest surf forecasting site in the US, Surfline - both as a swell forecaster and meteorologist. Katie forecasts for Western Australia and South Australia.
The Surf Reporting Team
Johnny Charlton - Sunshine & Gold Coast - JC spreads his time between the Gold & Sunshine Coasts. He’s been surfing this area for many a year and is totally in tune with all the different breaks and how the varying swell and wind patterns affect this wave plentiful region.
Earl Jones - Byron Bay, Lennox-Ballina - Earl is a mystical character who roams the beaches of the Far North Coast of NSW between Byron Bay and Ballina. He looks out along this stretch of coast from his headland retreat and is always out there amongst when it is at it’s best and has this area totally wired.
Lee Winkler - Coffs Harbour - Lee started surfing in his home town of Coffs Harbour when he was a schoolboy. He “took it to the limit” and was a touring pro on the WQS and WCT circuits for many years before returning home to Coffs, where he runs his Surf School and raises a family.
Peter Hudson - Pt. Macquarie - Peter and his sons Grant & Wayne have been surfing the waves around Pt. Macquarie all their lives. Peter is a multiple Australian Title holder in both short and longboards and Grant and Wayne have both competed on the WQS international tour. When they’re not out surfing, they’ll be coaching at their Pt. Macquarie Surf School.
Ben Horvath - Sydney City and Southern Beaches - As an experienced Sydney surfer with intimate knowledge of all the Big Smoke’s beaches. He dabbled in contests, recording some decent results at State, National, APSA and ACC level. He was the editor of Underground Surf and has written for many other mags.
Jason Gribble aka "Captain" - Sydney Northern Beaches - Raised in North Curl Curl, now calls South Narrabeen home. Marine broker by profession with a background in meteorology. Captain enjoys the solitude of offshore bombies, sailing the east coast in search of tasty slabs, wetting a line for dinner and beach combing.
Phil Byrne - Woolongong and South Coast - Phil s a surfer and master shaper who lives on the beach in the Wollongong area. He’s been surfing the ‘Gong area and the South Coast all his life and knows these beaches like the back of his hand.
Mal Gregson - East Coast Victoria - Mal lives on Phillip Island and has been surfing there since has was a grommet. He’s been involved in the local boardriders club, Surfing Victoria and Surfing Australia since the early ‘70’s and knows every reef, point and beach break on the eastern coast of Vic. inside out.
Carlo Lowden – Surf Coast - Carlo is a second generation Surf Coast surfer. He runs a surfing based marketing business in Jan Juc which allows him plenty of time in the water and he worships Huey the Weather God, who brings him surf & snow, the 2 big passions in his life.
Peter Mariner – South Australia - Peterlives and surfs on the mid coast of South Oz and flees down to South Coast and to the Yorke Peninsula to hunt more consistent sized waves when time allows. He runs his own web site surfsouthoz.com and has an intimate knowledge of all the various local SA conditions.
Dan Wyer & Mark Cooper – Western Australia - Dan Wyer lives in the South West of WA. He’s passionate about the waves in this region and is constantly searching and researching the rest of the WA coastline from the NW, to the Perth metro beaches, to some secret spots way down south and has his finger on the pulse of all the action that’s happening in WA. Mark stands in when Dan's out surfing.
Management, associates and technical staff
Kim Sundell - Executive Chairman, Sundell Group
David Wooldridge - Director, Sundell Group
Peter Muldoon - Operations Manager, Sundell Group
Russell Holt - Head of Digital Media
Anish Roy - Technical Lead
Doug Lees - National Sales Manager
Phil Osborn - Advertising Account Manager
Warren Randell - Advertising Account Manager
Douglas Rolim - Ad Traffic Manager
Justine Elderfield - Customer Service Manager and Marketing Co-Ordinator
Professor Andrew Short - Coastal Scientist
Darrell Strauss - Oceanographer
Jeff Callaghan - Meteorologist
Chris Lane - General Manager, CoastalCOMS
Nigel Sim - Software Engineer, CoastalCOMS
Robert Cleave - Camera Technician, CoastalCOMS
Troy Pitman - Camera Technician, CoastalCOMS
Vaughan Blakey - Editor, Surfing World
Matthew Graham - Creative Director, Surfing World
Alex Beveridge - Designer, Surfing World
John "Reggae" Ellis - Senior Contributing Editor, Surfing World
Sean Doherty - Senior Contributing Editor, Surfing World