Team Shaw Bros & Co, photo by Matt Dunbar
On Friday 22 September 2017, the SurfAid Cup Manly presented by Beecraft, raised a record breaking $250,000 for SurfAid’s clean water & sanitation, basic health care, and nutrition projects in remote Indonesian communities.
In it’s 7th year, the 2017 SurfAid Cup Manly saw 25 teams compete to raise the most dollars, and earn the highest scores in the surf. Teams included Allan Hall, Wilson Parking, Building Swell, Australian Lawyers Surfing Association, The Perfect Wave, Perpetual, Inloop Macquarie, WPP Ikon & Switched On Media, Shaw Bros & Co, BlackRock, Aquabumps, Citi Bank, the Paddlers, Beecraft, GSI, Salesforce, BWM Dentsu, OFX, Asquire Property, Altius Group, Boardroom, Team T.E.G., Coastal Watch & Surfing World, an all groms team from Waverley College, and an all girls team from Bondi.
Team Beecraft, photo by Matt Dunbar
First place fundraising team BlackRock raised just under $36,000 and used their win to select Mark “Occy” Occhilupo as their designated pro. Occy said, “It’s been a great day, lots of fun and good conditions for little waves, all for a worthy cause.” Inloop Macquarie raised $27,000 and surfed with Toby Martin; the Australian Lawyers Surfing Association raised $16,000 and selected Beau Mitchell.
Occy surfing for BlackRock, photo by Matt Dunbar
Other pro surfers & local rippers who donated their time to surf in the event included: Matt Bemrose, Richie Lovett, Rob Bain, Pama Davies, Nick Carroll, Holly Wawn, Ben Penny, Kye Fitzgerald, Sam Page, Kiron Ludwig, Chris Friend, Mark Eymes, Bryce Martiskin, and pro juniors Axel Rose, Saxon Reber, Eric Ellery, Sam Stead, Duke Kelleher, Fletcher Kelleher, Ethan Raper, Harry Stevenson, Ryan Donohoe, Ethan Dower, Tiian Cronje.
Holly Wawn surfing with all girls team, Bondi Saltwater Curls, photo by Matt Dunbar
Billabong was one of the many corporate partners that supported the event by providing athletes to surf in the comp. "Billabong and its athlete team have long been huge supporters of the work SurfAid undertakes and of the very real difference it makes in local communities. The SurfAid Cup is a great event that brings together a cross-section of the surfing community to raise vital funds. Over the years it's developed a real sense of camaraderie between teams out of the water and a fair bit of healthy competition in it," said Steve Asmus of Billabong.
Wilson Parking overtook GSI for third place, while Allan Hall took home second. Team Aquabumps, surfing with Matt Bemrose, took home the Championship. Eugene Tan of Aquabumps says “Aquabumps is a massive supporter of SurfAid, we truly believe in what they do. After spending so much time in remote Indonesia it’s a pleasure to assist in raising money for such a good cause. It’s an even bigger pleasure to win the salubrious SurfAid Cup in such heavy competition!”
Team Aquabumps & family reveling in their 1st place trophies, photo by Matt Dunbar
Thank you to SurfAid Cup Manly event sponsors & supporters: Beecraft, Napier & Blakeley, Billabong, Firewire, KeySun Zinke, 7 Miles Coffee, StickyBumps, CoastalWatch, Surfing World, FCS, and GSI.