The Santa Cruz Syndicate, with three-time ASP world champion Tom Curren on board, has won the SurfAid Cup at Malibu.
The Santa Cruz team (Curren, CJ Nelson, Michel Junod, Reilly Stone and Cheyne Renner) defeated the Firewire team (Sebastian Williams, Daniel Thomson, Pascal Stansfield, Taylor Jensen and Chuy Reyna) by only 7/100ths of a point, 49.37 – 49.30.
Surfaiders placed third (47.20), East Coast Bias fourth (32.47), North County Surf fifth (26.03) and the Socal Soul Searchers sixth (21.10). Equal seventh were Legal Right and Frank-n-Riders, equal ninth Surfing For Lives and The Inertia, and 11th place went to Team Malaria Free Mentawai.
In one-foot conditions, Tom Curren surfed a 12-foot paddleboard and caught some long runners down First Point. “It's a great spirit and it's really great to be a part of this event. Thank you,” Tom said on the presentation stage.
Eleven teams raised $72,730 for SurfAid and the Surfing For Lives team, co-captained by Rick Peters and Karl Luber, and with Jen Smith, Gordy Dunfee, Tim Senneff and Ozstar De Jourday, won the fundraising cup with $9,780, just ahead of Santa Cruz Syndicate ($9,600) and East Coast Bias ($8,785). Surfing For Lives cracked the $10k mark with later donations, for a total of $10,055.