Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

World Surf League hires former Disney executive to lead wave technology business

World Surf League hires former Disney executive to lead wave technology business
September 13, 2018

The World Surf League (WSL) has appointed former Disney executive Nick Franklin as President of its Kelly Slater Wave Company (KSWC) operation.

Franklin’s role will be driving the growth and development of the business globally, pursuing strategic and operational integration with the WSL and leading the continued innovation and evolution of the product, including the wave, the venues and the customer experience.

WSL Holdings, parent company of the WSL, agreed a deal to acquire a majority stake in the wave technology company formed by legend of the sport Kelly Slater, in May 2016. At the time, the WSL and KSWC envisioned the build-out of a global network of WSL-branded high-performance training centres utilising this wave technology.

Used this past weekend for WSL Tour event the Kelly Slater Pro at the KSWC developed Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, USA, the technology creates what is claimed to be the best man-made wave in history - a 600 metre, high-performance, bi-directional wave featuring barrel, manoeuvre and air sections.

Announcing Franklin’s recent appointment, WSL Chief Executive Sophie Goldschmidt, stated “it's a time of unprecedented opportunity for the company with so many exciting aspects to develop, so Nick's incredible experience, stellar reputation and proven track record will make him vital to the successful future of KSWC and the WSL.

“Surf Ranch is transformational to surfing and for all those that have experienced its unique stoke, and Nick will push the boundaries of exceptional customer experience even further.”

Franklin (pictured) joins the WSL following a long career at the Walt Disney Company. During his 18 years with Disney, Franklin worked in corporate strategy and in the theme park and resort business unit where he led teams across a wide range of functions including global strategy, business development, real estate development, and brand and operations.

Following his time at Disney, Franklin served as Executive Vice-President of strategic Operations for KB Home.

Commenting on his new role, Franklin stated “having a chance to see the capabilities of this superb team, I can see all of the enormous potential and am looking forward to building on the amazing foundation of work that's been done so far by both the KSWC team and partners at the WSL.

“With the wave technology, Surf Ranch in Lemoore and the connection to the WSL, we have an incredible platform to engage with passionate surfers and also connect with those new to sport to expand the business.”

Related Articles

7th September 2018 - World Surf League stages first Tour event using artificial wave technology

6th September 2018 - World Surf League makes commitment to prize money equality

8th August 2018 - New artificial surfing attractions to open in Japan

3rd August 2018 - Surf Lakes development looks to begin operations on Queensland’s Capricorn Coast

20th April 2018 - Kelly Slater advises of shark fears as Margaret River Pro surfing row deepens

21st February 2018 - URBNSURF announces investment backing for Australia’s first surf park

29th November 2017 - 2018 World Surf League calendar to include artificial wave park venue

27th November 2017 - Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor plans artificial beach and surf wave attraction

4th August 2016 - New sports confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

26th May 2016 - Kelly Slater sells artificial wave venture to the World Surf League

25th January 2012 - Slater makes waves with plans for artificial surf


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Perfect Gym

Perfect Gym Solutions is a software as a service (SaaS) solution purpose-built to service the fitness industry, with over 1000 clients servicing over 2 million gym members across 40 countries making…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology

 
 

SYNERGY FITNESS

The Calgym/Synergy group has had a long and proud history since 1976 as world leaders in the innovation, design and evolution of commercial strength and conditioning equipment. The Synergy group was…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

PAYSMART

Headquartered in Brisbane with an Australia-wide network of satellite offices, PaySmart is one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing direct debit billing companies. In 1996 we began…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology

 
 

Fitness On Demand

Fitness On Demand™ is a market-leading developer of virtual group fitness products. Our innovative video delivery systems offer robust content and a simple-to-use, comprehensive web app. Fitness…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness

 
 

revolutioniseSPORT

revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology

 
 

CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Established in 1994, Ceramic Solutions has excelled at the supply and installation of swimming pool tiles and equipment for the pool and leisure industry, with a focus on the needs of end-users. …

read more

Aquatics / Design / Surfaces / Venues

 
 

HRMWEB

At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business