Our Movement has attracted the support and endorsement of some of the world's top surfers, kiteboarders, artists, creators, photographers and activists. More than talented individuals, our Comrades share our ethos of building a more sustainable and inclusive society.
Professional surfer, Kepa Acero, rides a tube for Ûs the Movement

Kepa Acero

Professional Surfer

The youngest son of Spain’s most renowned pro surfing family, Kepa grew up in the Basque Country surfing the waves in and around Mundaka. He has surfed his way around the globe, exploring the remotest coasts of Indonesia, Africa and India.

And while his self- produced surf adventure films have found a huge online audience, Kepa doesn’t travel for the exposure or adulation of others. He travels for the personal experiences, the lessons he learns, for the people he meets on his travels, and the perspective they bring.

Us the Movement surfer Gony Zubizarreta surfing in Portugal

Gony Zubizarreta

Professional Surfer

Gony is one of those surfers who needs no introduction. A regular in the line-ups around Ericeira, Portugal, Gony's effortless style and big moves were a staple on the world tour for years.

Gony kicked off his professional career by becoming the first Spanish surfer to win a World Junior Title. He then enjoyed over a decade on the world tour, winning several events including a 5 Star in 2009.

While less competitive these days, Gony is still immersed in the surf industry, and is a dynamic and visionary entrepreneur, co-founding and running Jam Traction with Marlon Lipke.

Leigh Bisset

Surfer & Surf Artist

Growing up on the beaches of Umhlanga in South Africa, there were two things that dominated Leigh's life the ocean and art.

Discovering surfing at an early age through her cousin, Grant "Twiggy" Baker, Leigh's elegant style and fearless approach earned her a lot of respect in the competitive lineups of Durban. And as she grew up, so the mergence of her love of art and the ocean became a natural progression.

Today, Leigh resides in South Africa on the wave-rich northern KwaZulu-Natal coast, where she spends her days surfing and creating beautiful, ocean-inspired art in her studio.

Ûs the Movement Kitesurfer Matt Maxwell

Matt Maxwell

Professional Kitesurfer

Matt Maxwell brings a combination of unsurpassed energy and talent. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Matt is recognised for his incredible kitesurfing talent, combining the huge aerial moves of kiteboarding with the powerful rail work of surfing.

Having been crowned as the 2019 South African Kitesurfing Champion, Matt is now poised to take on the world. And as part of the F-One and Manera global kiting teams, he has the support and mentorship to make a huge impact on the scene.

Italian professional surfer, Roby D'amico, is an Ûs the Movement Comrade

Roby D'amico

Professional Surfer

Born in Rome, Roby's love for the ocean was ignited by his father at the age of 3 through fishing and windsurfing. He got his first surfboard at the age of 8, and participated in his first contest abroad in 2003. Roby started competing in a lot of junior events, ultimately being crowned Italian Champion ten times and then making his way onto the WQS.

He now lives to travel, focusing on leaving each place he visits better than he found it. He shares his stories via videos on his Vimeo channel and Instagram account, with a key focus on protecting and conserving the ocean through his organisation, Robycleanup.

South African professional surfer, Avuyile "Avo" Ndamase, wearing The DiMaggios sunglasses by Ûs the Movement. Photo by Barry Tuck

Avuyile Ndamase

Professional Surfer

Avuyile “Avo” Ndamase has spent most of his life at the beautiful Second Beach in Port Saint Johns on South Africa's Wild Coast. Discovering surfing at an early age, the idyllic right hand point breaks of the Transkei became Avo's playground before he moved to his current home in Durban. His energy and style quickly began turning heads, both locally and abroad, and he now rides for California-based brand Vast Life. With Vast, Avo has ventured to California, Hawaii and Indo, but his first love is still Durban's New Pier and the winding point breaks of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. Avuyile is passionate about sustainability and is actively working to make the Movement stronger. 

French professional surfer, Damien Castera, is an Ûs the Movement Comrade.

Damien Castera

UsTheMovement Surfer

Referring to Damien as an Anglet local would not do him justice, because he is one of those rare surfers that passes as a local almost anywhere. Humble, compassionate, genuine and an absolute ripper, whether on a long or shortboard, Damien is welcomed with open arms wherever he ventures.

Damien's passion for travel is fuelled by his love for film-making and writing. He made it his mission to visit as many places as possible, venturing to far-flung locales including Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Liberia, Norway, the Ukraine and Patagonia, and shooting seven documentaries along the way.

German professional surfer, Marlon Lipke, is an Ûs the Movement Comrade.

Marlon Lipke

Pro Surfer & Ûs the Movement Co-Founder

One of the most respected surfers in the world, Marlon is part of the vanguard of European surfers that pioneered the growth of the sport on the continent.

During his competitive years, Marlon won a string of titles and in 2009 qualified for the illustrious WSL World Championship Tour, becoming the first and only German to ever compete at this level.

Known as "The Hulk", Marlon has shifted his focus from competitive surfing and found a new mantle as a successful entrepreneur. He founded and owns Comoba, one of the most popular coffee bars and restaurants in Lisbon, as well as Jam Traction.

Professional kiteboarder, Paul Serin, riding for Ûs the Movement

Paul Serin

Professional Kiteboarder

If you had to choose three words to describe Paul Serin, they would be "live to kite". Growing up in Montpelier, France, Paul has climbed the ranks to be recognised as one of the best in the world. A multiple French champion, Paul has also finished 4th on the GKA and 6th on the WKL.

But Paul's competitive success is just one aspect of his riding, and it is often in his freeriding sessions that the real magic happens. As part of the F-One and Manera global teams, Paul has travelled to some incredible locations to shoot with the incredibly talented Matt Georges, including South Africa, Mauritius, Russia, Madagascar, and beyond.

Professional photographer, Kasia Hryciow, is an Ûs the Movement Comrade

Kasia Hryciów

Professional Photographer

Growing up, Kash was immersed in her father's analog photography, spending her childhood at expos, vernissages and workshops, and quickly learnt how to use a camera to capture unique moments.

After graduating high school, Kash was invited to spend half a year at the South African Fine Arts Department of Photography at Rhodes University, where she developed her photography skills and fell in love with the country. 

She is now cruising between South Africa and Europe working on her projects and trying to find the best place to live.

Professional photographer, Matt Georges, for Ûs the Movement

Matt Georges

Professional Photographer

If you look up the word Creativity in the dictionary, you will find a photo of Matt Georges. Renowned as one of the world's greatest snowboard and kiteboarding photographers, Matt is a senior photographer for several magazines, including White Lines and Onboard, and also works as a staff photographer for VansManera and F-One. 

But photography is just one Matt's creative outlets. He is also a talented designer and artist who expresses himself in various ways. He is known for his creative use of old school film and polaroids, with his latest work taking the form of a collaborative print project called Club Sandwich.

Ûs the Movement Comrade, Marc Durà

Marc Durà

Professional Photographer

One of the best known names in the surf and action sports industry, Marc Durà decided to use his extensive knowledge, insight and creativity to pursue a new dream.

After 15 years as a surf industry executive, Marc traded his desk for a camera and his office for the open road, and embarked on a journey of surf and exploration.

Spreading his time between commercial, editorial and personal projects, Marc's travels have taken him to a host of exotic and off-the-beaten-path destinations, including Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia, the Maldives and beyond...

Actor and comedian, Cokey Falkow, for Ûs the Movement

Cokey Falkow

Professional Actor and Comedian

Actor. Comedian. Writer. Surfer. Poet. Artist. Skater. Voice Artist. Legend. These are just a few of the monikers that Cokey Falkow wears. 

Originally from South Africa where he grew up surfing the perfect waves of Durban, Cokey's eccentric personality and dark sense of humour saw him naturally find his way onto stage and in front of the camera. 

Now residing in Manchester where he is a stalwart of the UK comedy scene, Cokey has also lived in Australia and Los Angeles, and has built an impressive resumé of film and television credentials including the fast-talking Irish street fight organiser in Peter Hamblin's movie Let's Be Frank.