The OzForex SurfAid Cup
Queenscliff Beach, Manly
31 October, 2014
Sixteen corporate teams are aiming to raise $5,000 each
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 October, 2014 - ASP World Championship Tour surfer Owen Wright is returning from the European leg of the tour to compete in the OzForex SurfAid Cup at Queenscliff Beach, Sydney, on Friday 31 October.
Wright, 24, from Culburra on the NSW South Coast, is currently ranked 12th on the WCT and training hard for a world title campaign. After debuting at seventh in his first year on tour in 2010, he finished third the following year.
Sixteen corporate teams, aiming to raise at least $5,000 each, have entered this year’s event. The top fundraisers get to pick a pro surfer/legend to join their team of four surfers. Last year the teams raised a record $180,000 for SurfAid’s mother and child health program.
“As surfers we travel the world a lot and I think it’s important if we leave a mark, it’s a good one,” Wright said. “I'm stoked to be a part of a great day to raise awareness for people in need.”
Other pro surfers/legends who have indicated they will be competing include former ASP world champions Tom Carroll and Barton Lynch, Rob Bain, Matt Hoy, Richie Lovett, Craig Anderson, Toby Martin, Mark Mathews, Matt Bemrose, Jarrad Howse, former top NRL footballer Mark Gasnier, Channel 7's Denham Hitchcock, lifeguard Ryan 'Whippet' Clark and Ben Hamilton.
Companies that have registered to compete include OzForex, BlackRock, Boston Consulting Group, Bennelong Boardriders, Perpetual, NRMAtes, Allan Hall, Ikon Communications, Aquabumps, ToyBell, The Paddlers, Surfing Lawyers (the defending champions), The Heavyweights, Team Nosecraft, DucknDivers and McGrathNicol.
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The CEO of event sponsor OzForex, Neil Helm, said they were honoured to be involved in this year’s SurfAid Cup. Besides being the major sponsor again this year, OzForex won the Fundraising Trophy last year by raising $32,100.
“We are stoked to be able to support this incredibly important cause for another year,” Helm said. “SurfAid plays such an important role in improving the health and wellbeing of people living in remote areas so we are excited about sponsoring the SurfAid Cup at Queenscliff Beach, Sydney.
“Last year was a such a great event and we hope this year will be as equally rewarding for those who are participating, surfing legend or weekend warrior, and more importantly for those who benefit most from the funds that are raised,” he said.
As well as the tag team surfing event, the OzForex SurfAid Cup will also feature a Fitness Challenge this year for teams knocked out in the first round. It is being run by former tour surfer Christian Cook, of Fit2Surf, and involves a paddle around a buoy, a wave scored out of 10, and bonus points for teams making it back to the beach gates.
Defending surf champions are the Surfing Lawyers team of Matt Warburton (Hudson), James Walker-Powell (Director, more4life financial services), and Trent March and Guy Foster (Allens). BlackRock’s Andrew Landman, Head of Institutional Asia, and Jason Collins, Head of Institutional Australia, will also be competing again this year. Collins is on the Australian board of SurfAid.
Other company executives who will pull on the coloured singlet include Stuart Dunn (Perpetual), Jamie Schallek (Boston Consulting Group), Scott Somerville (Allan Hall Business Advisors), James Sawyer (Ikon Communications), Michael Vidler (Bennelong Funds Management), John Brunckhorst (NRMA) and James Arnold (Citi).