Lee immigrated to NZ from the U.K. in 2006, where he worked for the British Surfing Association as an Instructor Trainer/Assessor. A former competitive surfer Lee competed on the ASP (WSL) World Longboard Tour from 1995 to 2006 with nine British National Titles to his name. Lee is a well-respected WSL and ISA judge and is head judge for the NZ Longboard Tour. Lee delivers the International Surfing Association (ISA) Judging and Coaching Programs and manages the SNZ Approved Surf/SUP Schools. Lee is also the National Convener of Selectors for NZ representative teams.