Team CINEads claims second SurfAid Cup
SurfAid Cup Margaret River
Margaret River Western Australia
17 March 2013
Team CINEads wins back-to-back SurfAid Cups in Margaret River
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 March, 2013 : - - Team CINEads has successfully defended their SurfAid Cup title in Western Australia, as part of the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro. In good four-foot (1.2m) surf, CINEads (68.13 points) narrowly defeated Macquarie (65.20), with Northern Margaret River Wineries third (50.93) and Caporn Young fourth (49.67).
The team (John Blake, Tony Farris, Byron Winburn-Clarke, Wes Stansfield and pro surfer Travis Logie) was pushed all the way by Macquarie, who had pro CJ Hobgood on their team. CINEads managing director Wes Stansfield said he was worried they had lost because he failed to catch a second “power” wave worth double points in the final.
“I didn’t think we had it but I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to walk away with the title for the second time,” Stansfield said. “What a buzz the whole day. We thought we’d won it from the start when we picked Travis Logie as our pro surfer and he averaged 8-point rides, and Tony Farris was also outstanding for our team in the final.”
Seven corporate teams raised more than $85,000 for SurfAid and Team Caporn Young (Jeremy Bower, Justin Wallace, Todd Bennett and Ben Tana) won the fundraising trophy by collecting more than $42,000 for the humanitarian organisation – which is a record for a team competing in the SurfAid Cup. By topping the fundraising, Caporn Young had first pick of a pro surfer to join their four team members and they chose four-time ASP world champion Mark Richards, who was making his return to Margaret River after more than 20 years.
Mark Richards © Woolacott
Captain Justin Wallace said their fundraising was a team effort and they had a lot of community support. “Local pro surfer Taj Burrow donated a board and that alone raised $12,000 at auction,” Wallace said. “Mark Richards was awesome and we’ll sell his board next year.” Richards said that competing in the SurfAid Cup was a really positive experience. “SurfAid does such a phenomenal job from my point of view as a former pro surfer that it’s the minutest ask to go out and ride four waves,” Richards said.
Horizon Physio fielded the first all-girls team in the history of the SurfAid Cup, and teams from Herbert Smith Freehills and Southern Margaret River Wineries also competed. Catherine Fletcher, from Horizon Physio, won the prestigious Best Wipeout Award for an over-the-falls. Other pro surfers who competed were twins CJ and Damien Hobgood, Jay Thompson, Rebecca Woods and local winemaker/big wave legend Damon Eastaugh.
The CEO of Surfing WA, Mark Lane, said it was great to see Mark Richards back in Margaret River. “He’s a legend in every dimension and the fundraising result shows how passionate the Western Australia surfing community is about SurfAid.”
SurfAid Founder Dr Dave Jenkins said the organisation was overwhelmed by the support of the WA community and the pro surfers who donated their time. “Community spirit is very much alive and well in WA and the funds raised will help SurfAid deliver our Mother and Child Health programs in the islands off Sumatra, Indonesia,” he said.
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Author: Kirk Wilcox
Tags: Mark Richards, Tom Carroll, Margaret River