Welcome to our blog where we share with you the progress of our field work, with its challenges and achievements, and also highlights from our fundraising events.

10 Sep 2014

SurfAid Cup Malibu raises more than $127,000

Team Firewire has convincingly won the SurfAid Cup Malibu in four foot surf at the iconic pointbreak, with 12 teams raising more than $127,000 for SurfAid.

Firewire (Mark Price, Taylor Jensen, Johnny Noris, Noah Erikson and their pro surfer Mike McCabe) scored 110.77 to defeat Malaria Free Mentawai (84.30), Dave’s Team Too (81.07), SurfAiders (68.20), Malcolm Hates Malaria (54.67) and Kids Deserve Better (27.80) in the final. McCabe scored a perfect 10 on one ride.

Firewire team captain, Mark Price, said the chance to surf Malibu on a really good day with only six surfers in the water was truly memorable. ...read more

08 Sep 2014

Tom Carroll joins Surfing Chefs in Perth

Former two-time ASP world surfing champion Tom Carroll is excited to be joining some of Australia’s top chefs for the Surfing Chefs for SurfAid cocktail party at The Cottesloe Beach Hotel in Perth on Wednesday 22 October.

The fundraiser, held in The Beach Club, will be a special evening of gourmet food and outlandishly fine liquor prepared by Russell Blaikie (Must Winebar Perth) and his team of award-winning celebrity chefs, who share a common passion for surfing.  ...read more

01 Sep 2014

Rosy Hodge steps up for SurfAid Cup Malibu

Former world championship tour surfer and ASP commentator Rosy Hodge is one of 12 pro/legends lining up to compete in the SurfAid Cup Malibu this Saturday September 6.

Twelve fundraising teams have entered the SurfAid Cup and they have raised nearly $40,000 so far with a target of $60,000. Teams of four surfers aim to raise at least $5,000 for SurfAid and, in order of their fundraising total, each team picks a pro/legend surfer to join them. Hodge said she was excited to be invited to compete in the SurfAid Cup Malibu.  ...read more

27 Aug 2014

Surfing Chefs for SurfAid Perth

Join us at Cottesloe Beach Hotel for a special evening of gourmet food and wine prepared by Russell Blaikie and his team of award-winning celebrity chefs who share a common passion for surfing. Our Surfing Chefs, who donate their work, will serve up an exquisite multi-course canape menu sourced from local produce.

Starring Russell Blaikie (MUST WINEBAR Perth), Ben O’Donoghue (BILLYKART KITCHEN Brisbane), Aaron Carr (VASSE FELIX Margaret River), Dany Angove (LEEUWIN ESTATE Margaret River), Jake Drachenberg (HAY SHED HILL Margaret River), Herb Faust (HERB FAUST FOOD Perth), Tony Howell (ARAVINA ESTATE Margaret River), Paul Iskov (Yoda - FERVOR FOOD Perth), and Eamon Sullivan and Scott Bridger (Bib & Tucker). ...read more

12 Aug 2014

Field Update from our CEO

I am just back from Indonesia having met with our community partners and SurfAid teams who are now working across four locations. Thankfully, we have been without a major earthquake or tsunami in the islands west of Sumatra for close to four years, which has really given the projects a chance to get into gear without the disruption of a major disaster.

There is a remarkable energy among the village volunteers and local health staff with whom we work. Our lead mother and child health project in Hiliduho, Nias, will be completed in October. Each of the 13 villages now has a working community health post, most of them thriving and sustained by local income generating initiatives such as catfish ponds, vegetable gardens and local stores or 'warungs'. ...read more

08 Aug 2014

Lisa Andersen ready to fire in Malibu

Four-time ASP women’s world champion Lisa Andersen is raring to go in the third annual SurfAid Cup Malibu on Saturday September 6. Andersen was part of the Malibu Mavericks team when they won the inaugural SurfAid Cup in 2012.

“I am so looking forward to competing in this year’s SurfAid Cup,” Andersen said. “This event is special to me because it raises funds to help communities in the Mentawai Islands, where I just visited a couple of weeks ago to surf some of the best waves in the world. The format of this event is so much fun and that's what surfing is all about.”  ...read more

02 Jul 2014

Occy Gets The Chop

Surfing legend Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo will shed his famous blond dreadlocks next week in the name of a good cause. Occy promised to part ways with his locks, which have been cultivating for five long years, if Kelly Slater lost at last month’s Fiji Pro.

Now one lucky fan will have the honour of removing the dreads on national TV with FUEL TV launching an online charity auction tomorrow on eBay. ...read more

16 Jun 2014

Tom Carroll Asks For Your Support

My first real experience with SurfAid was nearly 10 years ago after the Boxing Day tsunami in December 2004​.​ ​It was one of the most extraordinary experiences​ of my life​. I had never seen that ability for humans to come together and be so efficient and offer up their expertise. SurfAid was able to get into really remote areas where other aid organisations couldn't because of their knowledge of the ocean and coastal areas. ...read more

12 Jun 2014

SurfAid Cup Malibu 2014

SurfAid is calling for teams for the SurfAid Cup Malibu 2014. The fundraising event is part of the MSA Classic Invitational and will be held on Saturday September 6th at Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California. And a one-hour Expression Session will be held on Friday September 5th.

The SurfAid Cup is a surfing competition involving 12 four-person teams, each fundraising for SurfAid, with a minimum of $5,000 per team to enter.

Each SurfAid Cup team, in order of their fundraising total, will get to pick a surf legend to join them. Pro surfers who have indicated they will compete this year include four-time ASP world champion Lisa Andersen, two-time world ASP longboard champion Jen Smith, big wave legend Greg Long, Strider Wasilewski and Kassia Meador.  ...read more

10 Jun 2014

SurfAid Hands Over Mentawai Projects

SurfAid has officially handed over the mother and child health and water projects in three hamlets that were started in 2012.

The projects for the Nemnemleleu community included training for the community health volunteers; materials for assessing the health and growth of children under five, and their mothers and pregnant women; and clean water through new piping from springs, water storage tanks and tap stands.

A large contingent of health department officials and other dignitaries attended the ceremony, which was held at the Nemnemleleu school. ...read more