Meet the Team

A business is nothing without a passionate team behind it.  The team is diverse in background but share the same appetite for fun and excitement.  Everyone kitesurfs, everyone electric skates and everyone either loves hydrofoiling or is in the stages of learning.  The most important thing for a team is to work well with people and to all share a familiar focus on making people happy by engaging them in the sports we love.  These people are the reason Action Sports WA is the place to go for kiteboarding, electric skating of kite/surf/SUP foil boarding.


Darren Marshall

Darren started Australian Kiteboarding in 2000 and although the name has changed along the way, the passion for fun on the water hasn’t.  As an active kitesurfer of all disciplines, surfer,  electric skater, stand up paddler, wind winger and hydrofoiler, his knowledge is vast across all of the products and sports we support.


Favourite activity : Wind wing waves/Downwinding and Formula kite foiling.

Favourite place : Secret spot in Exmouth for waves, and Mauritius for foiling.


Todd Slaughter

Todd (Toddy) started with Action Sports in 2010 and has been kitesurfing for more than 12 years.  Toddy brings a very detailed focus to Action Sports and has an excellent memory for names, faces and the technical side of parts systems and equipment.  Toddy has been active in all areas of our sports including kitesurfing, kitefoiling, electric skate and stand up paddling.


Favourite activity: PS4 when there is no wind or Kitefoiling

Favourite place: Exmouth


Wendelien Blankert

Wendelien (Wendy) has been with the team at Action Sports WA for three seasons and was brought on to manage our kitesurfing school.  Wendy has done an excellent job of managing and improving the school with excellent communication and organisational skills.  Her ability to be detail and student focused whilst maintaining high safety standards is just one of her strengths.

Wendy is an accomplished kitesurfer, foiler and skater

Favourite activity: Kitefoiling

Favourite: Anywhere in Western Australia


Johana “Joha” Giraldo

Joha joined Action Sports WA in the winter of 2020.  Originally from Colombia, Joha has travelled and worked in the kiteboarding industry as a kiteboarding instructor in many countries and has now turned her hand to sales and assisting people to find their passion in any of our sports.  Joha is an experienced freestyle kiteboarder and appears on the Woo big air leaderboard outjumping many of the men.  She has become a fantastic new member of team.  Joha kitesurfs freestyle, freeride, foil and waves, has mastered electric hydrofoiling and electric skates also.

Favourite activity: Kite Freestyle and “Big Air”

Favourite spot: WA


Shannon Wheeler

Shannon joined the team in 2017 and instructs in the Kite school along with the ASWA Team.  Shannon is very customer satisfaction focused and an excellent communicator.  He is KA Accredited and loves sharing his passion for kiteboarding.  On his days off, Shannon can be found on the beach helping others and out amongst the waves honing his riding skills.  Easy to spot, he’s the one with the biggest smile.


Favourite activity: Kite Surfing

Favourite spot: Exmouth