Big Kahuna's Water and Adventure Park has named Paul Gould its new general manager, ahead of the 2018 season.

Gould joins the Destin park following 11 years as the director of sales and marketing for Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

"I'm thrilled to join the passionate and dedicated team at Big Kahuna's during such an exciting time," Gould said.

The Big Kahuna's Adventure Park opened for the spring break season on March 12 with the Water Park opening for summer on April 28.

Gould will lead the team in Destin with more than 15 years of theme park experience behind him, working for Paramount's Carowinds in addition to Six Flags.

"Paul brings the right skill set, marketing savvy, strong leadership and exceptional communication skills to take Big Kahuna's to the next level," said John Fitzgerald, Apex Parks Group CEO. "His many years of major theme park experience will help make the Emerald Coast's largest water park a must-do experience for residents and tourists alike."

Gould holds a degree in marketing management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is no stranger to the Emerald Coast, spending vacation time in the area since the 1980s. Gould said this position at Big Kahuna's feels like finally coming home.