Surf industry veteran Scott Payne and his wife Sarah, a long time interior designer have just launched a boutique, end to end surf travel experience business. Wayfarers Atlas will set out to provide surfers and families with bespoke surf options, complete with indulgent touches and creature comforts to keep the keen surfers, children and non-surfers entertained from sun up to sundown.
Scott Payne, who is still currently the Brand Manager of RVCA Asia Pacific said this of the new side-venture.
“As a father, surfer, husband and traveller, I am guilty of putting my search for the perfect wave first. Since becoming a Dad, I am now aware of the need to balance out surfing time with family time. These days, we’re a bit more conscious of where to travel with children in tow and how to find the style of accommodation we want with the best facilities to cater for my wife and children (and not just the solo surfer).”
That’s why we created Wayfarers Atlas. To create an online surf travel destination which helps families find and plan amazing surf holidays where there’s something for everyone.”
“Wayfarers Atlas is also a natural extension of my professional life. With 20 years of surf industry experience under my belt, including time spent working with brands like Volcom, Billabong and as General Manager for RVCA in the Asia Pacific, my career has led me to iconic destinations and allowed me to surf amazing breaks in beautiful corners of the world. I want everyone to experience first-hand the joys of being a surfing traveller – and I want their families to experience it too.”
Scott’s wife Sarah is equally enthused with the new venture.
“As an interior designer, I draw on my love of design and my passion for travel to bring a new perspective to surf travel. One that breaks away from the typical ‘wave-focused’ surf travel sites and helps couples and families find amazing holiday options.”
As a wife of a surfer, I know first hand how every surf holiday can end up revolving around surfing and since having children, my ‘reading and lazing by the pool’ days are limited. Ensuring that incredible waves are on the doorstep of the chosen hotel goes a long way to balancing out the time my husband is away surfing and the time we spend together as a family.”
So how did Wayfarers Atlas come about?
As lifelong surfers and explorers with two little ones in tow, we’re always on the lookout for our next memorable surf vacation. For us, the sea is an open canvas and surfing is our gateway to a world of adventures.
And so it happened in late 2016, we were looking to plan our first surf trip as a family and trying to find a balance between time spent in the water, time spent together as a family and ultimately a trip that had something for everyone, including those left on the shore.
The challenge was to find the ideal location with the right accommodation that had incredible waves on its doorstep.
There just wasn’t one website which could help us map it all out and tell us everything we wanted to know. Does the resort cater to small children? How far away are the surf breaks? Will my husband be gone all day hunting for waves?
We decided we wanted to bring a new perspective to surf travel.
One that breaks away from the typical ‘wave-focused’ surf travel sites and helps couples and families find amazing holiday options in beautiful destinations where everyone is catered for and hotels and resorts are located on or close to world-class waves.
That’s why we created Wayfarers Atlas, our premium surf travel destination and online booking agency for lovers of barefoot luxury.
How does it work?
Our bespoke, end-to-end travel booking service is meticulously designed to take care of your holiday plans from start to finish, including all of the tiny little touches and magical details that make your time away memorable.
You can explore exotic destinations and heavenly hotels on our website. Soak up the laidback luxury and sustainable serenity. Enjoy whirlwind watersports and designer digs and private places to play. No matter what kind of holiday you’re after or the style of waves, there truly is something for everyone.
To get your booking underway, all you have to do is submit an online enquiry through our website and our travel team will help you create the family surf holiday of your dreams.
Why book with Wayfarer Atlas?
The destinations are iconic. The resorts are boutique. The Little Wayfarers are happy. The waves are world class. We’re about waves, luxury, balance and an incomparable travel experience that stays with you long after you’ve rinsed the salt water off your board and jet-setted home to the daily grind.
We’re passionate about sourcing eco-conscious places where you can remain connected, embrace ancient traditions and feel light knowing you’ve left no lasting print on the natural world.
And we’ve done all the tough research for you – we’ve carefully and thoughtfully handpicked a selection of sustainable, design-focused resorts and hotels around the world where world-class breaks are just around the corner and the whole family can enjoy the ride.
How will you ensure the logistics of all the travel details are covered?
To make sure all of our customers are looked after from the moment they enquire about our services, we’ve brought on board Kate Scott, a luxury vacation expert and travel industry veteran who loves creating personal, unique and tailored trips for clients with that wow factor.
Having spent 15 years as a retail travel agent, Kate has been lucky enough to manage her own successful retail travel teams, represent Australia at global awards ceremonies and attend highly regarded industry events including Virtuoso Travel Week, ILTM Shanghai, L.E Miami and Luxperience in Sydney as a luxury buyer.
She has developed strong relationships with hundreds of hoteliers and industry partners worldwide so she definitely has her finger on the pulse of the travel industry’s latest trends and ‘must visit’ hotels, resorts and destinations.
We’re thrilled to have Kate join our Wayfarers team. Kate is dedicated to making sure that your trip is truly special. Her mantra is: life is too short to stay at bad hotels. We completely agree!