Surfbreak Protection Society
Surfbreak Protection Society
About Us
Our People – Pim Slagman
  • Paul Shanks, President
  • Allen Pidwell, Vice President
  • Monique Olivier, Secretary
  • Scott Grieve
  • Mike Gunson
  • David Storck
  • Geer Iseke

Kia ora,


My name is Pim Slagman and I hail from the Netherlands. As a kid, I learnt to windsurf with my cousin, dragging an old windsurfer up a dyke and then play around in a narrow canal, trying to dodge passing boats. Over time we moved into wave-sailing and we bought some surfboards in Portugal to try something new before the wind would come up. From there on it wasn’t long before surf trips to France took over from windsurfing missions.

A surfing trip round the world in 1999 got me here in New Zealand and after landing a job as an IT systems administrator I was allowed to stay. A career change towards environmental management since has seen me going back to study. I did a postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management at Auckland Uni and now I’m in the last year of a Civil Engineering Bachelor’s at Unitec.

Living in Auckland has made Piha my regular port of call. But, being a goofy footer, I love going out to the many lefts on offer. I’m a hoarder of surfboards but I end up riding my 9’0 mal, 10’ log or a 6’2 fish mostly.

I joined SPS to be able to give back to and stand up for the beautiful playgrounds that this country has on offer but have come under threat from human activity. I’m keen to learn about the mechanisms of democracy in respect to environmental law

****** California Coastal Commission Acts to Open Martins Beach! ****** Stop Wall Street Water in Southern California ****** California Legislative Session Wraps Up: Ocean and Coast Bills Headed To Gov’s Desk ****** Hurricane Relief: Support Recovery Efforts ****** Up From Our Grassroots Bootstraps: We Are Winning the Single-Use Bag Fight ****** Track your impact on International Coastal Cleanup Day, Sept. 16 ****** Meet Nikita Scott, Surfrider Activist and Coastal Defender ****** Hard Armoring is Destroying Our Beaches ****** What’s Happening at the Federal Level on Plastic Pollution ****** Activist Spotlight: Miles Abernathy with the UNC Wilmington Youth Club