History

The most credible version (according to the authors) is that ALSA was conceived under a pandanus tree at Spookys Point, Angourie, circa 2004. Numerous false starts were subsequently endured by founding father Strain, who then lucked into the boyish enthusiasm of the Patron, Legatt SC and potential break away splitter Warburton. Peace was declared, and ALSA was born.

Mission

ALSA’s mission is to offer a peak body in which Australasian surfing lawyers can develop friendships and camaraderie amongst its members. ALSA aims to contribute to the education of its members by organising educational conferences each year. Where possible, ALSA will, through its members, assist “not for profit” groups involved in the surfing community and other groups interested in matters concerning the ocean and its environment. Through its charitable arm, ALSA aims to assist approved projects or charities. 

ALSA is also the official legal counsel for Surfrider Foundation (Australia)  and also assists SurfAid and other surf related organisations  from time to time.


Chapters

ALSA is a national organisation with chapters in various states and regions within Australia. Please find below a list of the contacts in your area.

PATRONS
Craig Leggat SC, (Founding Patron) Sydney
Chris Wren SC, (Patron of the Great Southern Seas) Victoria
Nat Young

FOUNDING FATHER
Peter Strain, Barrister, Sydney

NATIONAL CONFERENCE EXECUTIVE
President:
Matt Warburton
matthew.warburton@hudson.com

Secretary & Treasurer:
Peter Strain   
strain@chambers.net.au

COMMITTEE
Matt Warburton (President)
Peter Strain (Secretary/Treasurer)
Nick Crouch
Mark Higgins
Chris Wren SC
Craig Leggat SC
Reay McGuinness

CHAPTER CONTACTS
New South Wales: Matt Warburton  
matthew.warburton@hudson.com

Victoria: Chris Wren SC  
cwren@vicbar.com.au

Queensland: Simon Taylor
staylor@rtlawyers.com.au

South Australia: Amanda Luker
aluker@humetaylor.com.au

Western Australia:

New Zealand:

Fiji:

Tonga:

Papua New Guinea:

Vanuatu:

New Calendonia:

Western Samoa:

Solomon Islands:

International Delegates
Ray Younan (UAE) 
raymond_younan@hotmail.com