About Us

Founded in 2007 by Padi Kotwall, Surf Connect specialises in kitesurfing, windsurfing, standup paddling, kayaking and wakeboarding. We do 'Come & Try' experiences, lessons, rentals, repairs and sales. We are based at Sandgate on the northside of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Surf Connect is the official and authorized activity provider for the Brisbane City Council, Gold Coast as well as the Moreton Bay Regional Council recreation programs, offering experiences from kids, to Get Active programs for anyone any age, onto the Growing older and bolder programs.

We have a team of contractors for our teaching and rental operation and all contractors are fully vetted and qualified with $20m PL insurance cover. 

Padi was born in Hong Kong and was a windsurfing fanatic. He went to England to train as a windsurfing instructor with the Royal Yachting Association, before arriving in Australia in 1997. He then took up the Queensland Sailboarding Development Program with Yachting Queensland and became the State Team Coach for Windsurfing. In 2009, his under 19 team came first in Australian National Titles in both boys and girls categories and became Australian Champions. Padi expanded his business into kitesurfing in 2004 and other than teaching thousands and thousands of individuals, his school has trained over 200 professional instructors from around the world. About 5 years ago Padi brought Standup Paddling into the business. During the summer, Surf Connect puts through over 200 paddlers every weekend.

Surf Connect currently employs a great team of local instructors and staff and it has been a very sustainable small business serving the community.

Padi says that we are not only dedicated to serving watersports lovers, but we have created a new breath of fresh air for Sandgate. Lots of life and colours bring many people from around the world to Sandgate to join in. Many people and families also come to Sandgate to watch the beautiful and colourful kites and windsurfers flying freely in the bay.

Local businesses and house pricing have also benefited as a result. Together we make Sandgate a better community, together we make the world a better place to be.

Surf Connect's affiliated bodies include the Australia Wind Sports Association (AWSA), International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) and the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association (NSSIA). Surf Connect is the only accredited school/training centre for these bodies in Brisbane.

Our mission is to create and provide a platform for all watersports lovers, to create a community where people would feel extremely safe and supported.

Our shop is located right on the water. Come & visit! Our address is:

170 Flinders Parade, Sandgate, Qld 4017, Australia.
Tel: +61-7-3137 0500
Email: sales@surfconnect.com
Website: www.surfconnect.com