2018 Beecraft SurfAid Cup Raises over $135,000

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Photo by Matt Dunbar

The 2018 SurfAid Cup Manly presented by Beecraft saw 16 teams raise an incredible $135,000 and surf in support of SurfAid. Funds support SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Programmes, ensuring access to clean water & sanitation, basic healthcare and improved nutrition. Each of these factors have been proven to reduce maternal and child mortality rates by as much as 70%.

“Surfing is at the heart of SurfAid, we were founded by surfers. The SurfAid Cup brings the surfing community together to surf sick waves for healthy villages. Giving back to villages near Greenbush, Telescopes, Macaronis, Occy's Left, Lakey Peak, and Periscopes - places that surfers holiday and can positively impact, is incredibly powerful” said SurfAid CEO, Andrew Judge.

Huey turned on a 1-3 foot swell for this year’s event, under sunny skies that defied the threat of rain all day, with glassy peaks in the early morning and onshore winds in the arvo. A lineup of pro juniors stayed light on their feet in the smaller waves, posting high scores that helped several of their teams advance. As the wind gusted strongly, pro surfer Monty Tait from Maroubra revelled in the onshore conditions, taking to the air to land a huge 360, earning his team and major event sponsor,  Beecraft, a 9.17 in the first Semi Final of the day.

Photo by Matt Dunbar

The combination of competitive nous and youthful flair amongst the pro surfers boosted team results, with each drafting a pro surfer as their fifth competitor. Teams vied for the likes of big wave surfer and MMA fighter Richie Vas, and WSL tour veterans Toby Martin, Andy King and Matt Griggs, who have also coached the likes of Mick Fanning. Also in the pro pool were Blake Levett, Monty Tait, Gerard McCallum, Harry McCabe, and a stack of the hottest up and coming names on the pro junior circuit: Kobi Clements, Sophia Chapman, Grayson Hinrichs, Lara Damelian, Arch Whiteman, Ben Wilson, Harry Stevenson and Jamie Thomson.

Photo by Matt Dunbar

While all surfers displayed great style and technique, Fishbowl carved the Queensie rip bowls like a piece of sashimi to be crowned Surfing Champions, upgrading their previously held second place title from the 2018 USANA SurfAid Cup Bondi earlier this year. Posting standout scores all day and riding their wave of confidence into the final, Fishbowl defeated fellow finalists Asquire Property, Belle Property Manly, Allan Hall & Big Hill Beach Cottages, and Stone & Wood.

Running for its 8th consecutive year, the community vibe was at an all time high with local businesses from Beecraft, Belle Property Manly, The Steyne Hotel, The Perfect Wave, Allan Hall and Big Hill Beach Cottages, and Asquire Property each battling on their home break.

Joining us from the big smoke were GPT Group, nib and World Nomads, Citi Frothers, PROCORE, Altius Group, Australian Lawyers Surfing Association and BlackRock - the Fundraising Champions who raised an incredible $32,000.

From further afield, SurfAid welcomed back previous Surf Champions and long-time supporters, The Paddlers, and first time entrants and Byron Bay’s famed craft brewers, Stone and Wood.

SurfAid proudly partnered with Surfing NSW to deliver this event ahead of the QS Vissla Sydney Surf Pro, which will be held in Manly in March 2019. Additional event support came from presenting sponsor Beecraft, KeySun Zinke, Stone & Wood, The Steyne Hotel, Fishbowl and Northern Beaches Council.

Thanks to all our sponsors

Fundraising Results

1. BlackRock Boardriders

2. Surfing Lawyers

3. GPT Group

4. Belle Property Manly

5. Citi Frothers

6. The Paddlers

7. Allan Hall & Big Hill Beach Cottages

8. Beecraft

9. Procore

10. nib & World Nomad Group

11. Fishbowl

12. Altius Group

13. Asquire Boardriders

14. Hotel Steyne

15. The Perfect Wave

16. Stone & Wood

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