Team

Nigel McBride

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Nigel is the Founder and Managing Director of Wave Chaser Pty Ltd, a venture that combines his lifestyle pursuits with a unique background in business development and management. Nigel commenced a civilian career in sales in the late 90's after serving 10 years in the Australian Defence Force. His military background provided a level of discipline, leadership & capability that helped him achieve measurable corporate success. Nigel recently stepped down as Co-Founder and General Manager of Right2Drive Accident Replacement Vehicles, a business that has become an awarded market leader in Australia and New Zealand. 

"My corporate and military life generally kept me away from the watersports I'd grown up with. Thankfully, this journey helped to provide the means and motivation to develop Wave Chaser watercraft!" Nigel McBride

Brad Hampson

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Big wave rider, kite surfer and local legend. Brad was born and raised around the waters of Cronulla and has been riding waves since he learned how to swim.

Kite surfing's two time and current Australian Masters title holder, Brad's combination of surfing and kiting experience and his passion for surf foiling led to a mutual decision to be part of our development team. Brad's technical understanding of kiting, surfing and foiling enables us to fine-tune our designs for a range of disciplines and conditions.

Brad is an integral part of our team and is very attuned to board dynamics. His input and feedback is invaluable to our product development.

Currently, Wave Chaser is developing in collaboration with Brad a signature range of performance kite surfboards.

Mick Branch

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Four-time Olympic Alpine Ski Coach and current Ski & Snowboard Australia’s Alpine Director, Mick Branch is a Cronulla local and an avid surfer and paddle boarder. When Mick is not on the slopes he is at home in the water!

Mick, like the rest of us, was in awe when foiling started to take hold in Hawaii. The ability to fly on average waves away from normal line ups, even in open waters, is a game changer. Mick tends to find himself at the forefront of performance sport and he sees foiling to be an exciting new sport that is enabling surfers opportunities to explore open ocean wave riding and surf foiling away from crowds in conditions not suitable for traditional surfing.

Mick has the same goal as us at Wave Chaser, he wants to understand everything there is to know about surf and downwind foiling and aims to master his skills through the testing and development of performance watercraft.

Cronulla is endowed with a perfect range of locations for foiling, and Mick is leading the charge in testing foil craft in the area. With over 20 years of Olympic level coaching, Mick brings a wealth of experience and technical knowledge from the highest level of sport to Wave Chaser.

Steve Beyer

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Steve is a naturally talented surfer, born and bred at Fingal Head on the Tweed/Coolangatta coast, "The Real Surfers Paradise," as it was/is commonly referred to.

A Snapper Rocks Surfriders Club Member from the age of 12, Steve earned a reputation among his peers for his competitiveness and powerful surfing style. Recently Steve returned to Fingal after 9 years living in Bali and Vietnam where he honed his reef surfing and SUP skills. 

Today, Steve is just as comfortable on a SUP as he is on a short board and is mad keen to help Wave Chaser develop our SUP range.