• Three-time Association of Surfing Professionals World Champion, Mick Fanning, teaches Audi customers how to surf
  • The surfing masterclass is part of the Audi Lifestyle Experiences program, which offers ‘money can’t buy’ experiences for customers
  • Today’s surfing masterclass experience at Long Reef made up of 30 valued customers

Three time ASP World Champion and Audi Ambassador, Mick Fanning, has hit the waves with some very lucky surfers for a money can’t buy experience in Sydney today.

Ahead of next month’s championship decider at the Pipe Masters in Hawaii, Mick took time out from his hectic schedule to personally teach some of Audi’s top customers how to surf, as part of the Audi Lifestyle Experiences program.

The event was photographed for posterity by well-regarded snapper, Eugene Tan, of Bondi-based Aquabumps Gallery.

During the course of the year, the Audi Lifestyle Experiences program offers customers the opportunity to take part in intimate and exclusive events with the brand’s ambassadors – today’s surfing masterclass is just one option.

Recognising the high value of customer service and brand loyalty, Audi’s focus over the past few years has been to ‘delight’ its customers, as a way of showing appreciation for their support.

“When someone purchases an Audi vehicle, they are buying more than ‘just’ a car. They become part of the Audi family and live the Audi lifestyle,” said Audi Australia’s Managing Director, Andrew Doyle.

“The Audi Lifestyle Experience program is the pinnacle of social activities that we create for our valued customers. We believe offering these world-class, money can’t buy experiences sets us apart from our competitors, while giving customers greater access to the Audi brand.”

The Audi Lifestyle Experiences program caters to customers no matter what their interests.

With an increasing number of foodies joining the program, Audi has added exclusive cooking masterclasses with world renowned chefs, Matt Moran, Shannon Bennett, Kylie Kwong and Guillaume Brahimi.

Next month, designer Collete Dinnigan will give a personal tour of her Unlaced‘ exhibition at Sydney‘s Musuem of Applied Arts and Sciences (The Powerhouse Museum), while customers with a passion for the dramatic arts will be invited to take part in an initimate on-stage on-stage experience with outgoing Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director, Andrew Upton.

“Each of these exclusive experiences offers customers the chance to gain a personal insight into the Audi brand itself, along with the opportunity to benefit from personal interaction with the brand’s highly-regarded Ambassadors. It’s also always a really enjoyable day or evening event,“ Mr Doyle said.

Customers that are eligible for the Audi Lifestyle Experiences membership will be contacted directly by Audi Australia and invited to join the program.

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