Susie Crick (Australia)

I’ve been an active volunteer of the Surfrider Foundation for the past 7 years and my mission is to raise the profile of our organisation. I’m originally from Manly Beach NSW and moved to the South Coast to raise a family. Formerly a competitive professional ice (figure) skater and elite level coach in Figure Skating and Gymnastics, these days my competitive edge is all about growing the Surfrider programs and bringing the Foundation to the forefront of marine conservation in the Southern Hemisphere.

There are many new programs that Surfrider has introduced to Australia. Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly program is all about stopping single-use plastics at the source and one that is gaining a lot of momentum with local food and beverage outlets. Many cafes, bars and restaurants have signed up, and we are presently adapting the model to take to businesses and corporations. Our GromFest program is about bringing youth back to our organisation through a series of tag team surf events for Under 16 year old children of all surfing abilities. In the coming year, I want to highlight the dangers that chemicals in Sunscreens are wreaking upon the marine ecosystems. This initiative forms part of our Ocean Protection program.

For the past 30 years, I’ve been working as an International Flight Attendant for Qantas Airways as well as being the Director / Owner of Planet Childcare in Coledale for the past 21 years. My studies were a Bachelor of Education in Art/Music and Diploma in Graphic Art / Design.

I ride a longboard and prefer small waves. I love snorkeling, swimming and holidaying in the Pacific. I dislike single-use plastics, and sunscreens that contain Oxybenzones and Octinoxate (also known as octyl methoxycinnamate) that are known to damage our marine habitats.