Huge thanks to the Hunter Business Boardriders who put on the McGrath Charity Surfest Breakfast at Merewether Surfhouse, Newcastle, in March, raising $25,000 for us.
The breakfast, the third organized by the HBB for SurfAid, had a huge rollup with 220 people and was hosted by surf writer and former Tracks editor Sean Doherty.
Four-time world champ Mark Richards, two-time world champ Tom Carroll, and his brother Nick, Matt Hoy, Simon Law and Andy King entertained the group with tales of Indo. A special feature was Tom’s love of sharing waves with his fellow riders. (Joel Parkinson had to give his apologies as he had a heat to surf.)
SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins gave an update of our work in the field after the 2010 Mentawai tsunami, and how another big earthquake is predicted for the region.
Simon Law told a harrowing story of when he was caught in a tsunami at G-Land and ended up in a tree. The experience still affects him to this day.
Special thanks to Brad Garrard and Dominique Squires, from Mullane Plumbers, MC Ben Hainsworth, and all who helped organize an excellent morning.
Photos: Tom Hudson