About the founder of WAVEWISE
Kia Ora! My name is Pana – and I am a greek-german kiwi-resident, a social worker for 10 years, a worldwide experienced surf instructor and a passionate surfer.
“Surfing changed my life! Since I surfed, I never stopped! Not only because surfing is a lot of fun, but because it made a massive difference in my personal life – I experienced firsthand how this lifestyle can enhance my mental wellbeing and my overall satisfaction with life.
Not only has surfing itself done its bit, but in talking to other surfers I realized that my experience as Social Worker in combination with surfing provides me with a way of reflecting on personal challenges that helps me to get through every day challenges.
This lifestyle has had such a profound effect on me, it has even caused me to leave my home in Germany and my greek family 18,000 km behind! Since then, I have travelled the world in pursuit of new waves and new experiences and to finally discover my new home here on the West Coast.
I now have the opportunity to pass on the gift and benefit of utilising surf sessions as a reflective tool to draw upon life lessons.
I know, surfing has created real positive change in my life – I want to provide this same experience to others.”