Margaret River, Western Australia
19 April 2015
Herbert Smith Freehills tade home coveted ‘Double Cup’
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 21 April, 2015 - Margaret River - Team Herbert Smith Freehills took home the ‘Double Cup’ at the the fourth SurfAid Cup Margaret River, a feat never achieved in the four years of the SurfAid Cup held globally. The SurfAid Cup, a tag-team style event with four surfers per team, plus one pro/legend from the selection pool, is held in conjunction with the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro and proudly supported by Surfing WA.
Team HSF (Tony Van Merwyk, Sam Dundas, Rhys Simpson, Murray Jacob and surfer Luke Campbell) won the Fundraising Cup, just ahead of Team Grace Farm by contributing $16,763 to the $98,000 that was raised by the ten teams competing. They also won the Surfing Cup with a final score of 71.57 (out of a possible 100) against finalsts Margaret River Wineries (55.53), Wave Park (36.97) and Caporn Young (33.10).
Event Manager Jo Lynas was elated that the event raised so much money and to hand over two trophies to HSF. “It’s amazing to have one team win both trophies! It’s never happened before in the four years that we’ve been running these events, so it’s an incredible effort on all accounts from Herbert Smtih Freehills,” Lynas said. “All of the teams did such a great job fundraising, our target for this event was $50,000 and Western Australia smashed it out of the ballpark by doubling that figure.”
Surfer Luke Campbell was hot property after leading Margaret River Wineries to victory last year and was quickly snapped up by HSF who had first pick. Campbell proved his worth by scoring a combined total of 28.6 (out of a possible 30) in his first heat taking HSF into the finals, where he led them to victory with a combined score of 25.37. “It was such a fun day, I’m so stoked to win again! It’s great to be part of such a good event raising so much money for a good cause.” Campbell said.
HSF Team Captain Tony Van Merwyk was excited to win in waves alongside some of the world’s best surfers. “We’re so happy to win both the fundraising and surfing cups! To be able compete in such an incredible arena during the Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is just amazing. It was such a great event and to raise so much money for SurfAid is incredible. We’d really like to thank everyone who donated to the Herbert Smith Freehills Team,”
Other teams competing were Jones Day, Property Nuts, Acton, Madfish, Grace Farm and Macquarie. SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins said the organisation was overwhelmed by the support of the WA community, who have now raised $318,000 in four SurfAid Cups, and the pro surfers who donated their time and skills.
“Western Australia has a wonderful community spirit and the funds raised will help SurfAid deliver our Mother and Child Health programs in the remote islands of Indonesia,” Jenkins said. In Australia, SurfAid Cups are also held in Sydney and Newcastle, and Malibu in California, USA.