Ondi, often referred to as ‘the surfing Wiki’, and known for his passion for vintage surfboards, has been featured in numerous publications with his expansive collection and knowledge on vintage surfboards.
A Noosa local since the late 80’s, Ondi created thousands of exquisite meals as Executive Chef of high-end restaurants, leaving for short periods of time throughout the years to open restaurants in Melbourne and Tasmania and cook for dignitaries and members of the royal family.
A true professional at anything he turns his hand to, Ondi’s sporting achievements include motorcross racing and racing and managing in the Australian Super Bike Series; racing Grand Prix machinery, super bikes and super sport.
Ondi now focuses on producing high quality surfboards and matching surfers to the best board to take them to the level. Popular with the locals and visitors, his expertise and authenticity has helped thousands of people over the years and allows him to talk all day about his favourite topic!
Ondi’s Partner Maree O’Connor joins him as co-founder and in day-to-day operations of Underground.
No stranger to building popular businesses, Maree opened her own advertising agency at the age of 26 and was anonymously nominated for inclusion in the 'Who’s Who of Women in Australia' publication and later included in 'Who’s Who of Women in the World'. Maree was put forward for numerous awards over the years including the Telstra Business Woman of the Year but politely (and gratefully) declined.
Maree has sat as a Director on various state, national and international Boards and has been awarded a number of Certificates of Appreciation from the likes of the ACT Chief of Police.
Maree's passion for Underground Surf and the surfing lifestyle enables her to work on a business she loves and be part of the stoke the surfers feel when they walk out with a new board.
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