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The Paddlers team wins OzForex SurfAid Cup

Aquabumps raised $23,000 to win OzForex SurfAid Cup Top Fundraisers © Blaise Bell/SurfAid




OzForex SurfAid Cup

South Curl Curl, Sydney’s Northern Beaches
2 November 2014

Team Aquabumps tops list of fundraisers with $23,893

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 November, 2014 - The Paddlers – comprising a team of championship paddlers who are also good surfers – have won the OzForex SurfAid Cup with a down-to-the-wire win over Aquabumps, Allan Hall and the Surfing Lawyers.

The event was held in good 3-4 foot (1.2m) surf at South Curl Curl, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, with a new south groundswell kicking in for the final and allowing for some brilliant surfing. Sixteen corporate teams raised $140,000 for SurfAid’s mother and child health programs and they each picked a pro surfer/legend to join their tag-team. Aquabumps won the fundraising with $23,000.

The Paddlers – captain Jackson English, Brad Gaul, Nigel Tebb and Daniel Shade – picked former world tour surfer Matt Bemrose as their pro. “Between Nigel, Daniel, Brad and myself we have all won state, Australian, world and Molokai paddleboard championships and we picked the ‘King of Curly’ in Matt,” English said.

Bemrose put in phenomenal performances all day and he nailed the final with 20.57 points, including a first ride of 8.87 for a vertical backhand attack at full speed. The Paddlers finished in the beach gates first for a bonus four points and they won with 59.13, Aquabumps were second (with Owen Wright on their team) on 52.77, Allan Hall third on 47.70 (with Queenscliff star Ben Hamilton) and the Surfing Lawyers (the defending champions with Luke Stedman on their team) fourth on 44.53.

“To be involved in the SurfAid Cup with a bunch of great mates and eventually win the whole event was icing on the cake to an unforgettable day,” English, a teacher in Singapore who hails from Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast, said. 

“For a bunch of 30 and 40-somethings it was like we were little grommets cheering each other on with every wave ridden. More importantly we were able to use our love of surfing and the Mentawais to raise more funds and awareness for SurfAid,” he said. “There is more in all of us than we think and everything we do, no matter how big or small, should be to help those who really need it.” 

On the day, SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins also awarded the SurfAid Humanitarian of the Year 2014 Award to Jackson English. Over the years, English has spearheaded fundraising of more than $500,000 for SurfAid through his paddling and school activities at the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA).

The CEO of OzForex, Neil Helm, said OzForex was proud to be the lead sponsor for the SurfAid Cup for the second year in a row.  “The support from the corporate world and the ‘professionals’ was incredible and Mother Nature also cooperated, especially late in the day when a new swell kicked in,” Helm said.

“The SurfAid team did an awesome job again and the final was a fitting end to a fantastic day and it felt like a real surf event given the quality of surf and surfers. The vibe over drinks at Manly Wine afterwards was amazing and we all felt privileged to play a small role in the work that SurfAid does in improving the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in the Mentawai Islands, Nias, Sumbawa and Sumba,” he said.

SurfAid Australia board member Charlie Lanchester, who surfed on Team Perpetual, said he would like to thank all the companies, family, friends and colleagues who have helped SurfAid raise $320,000 in two years through the OzForex SurfAid Cup.

“And I would like to also thank the past and present surfing pros and celebrities who turned up on the day to give their support. It is incredible to surf with or compete against these guys,” Lanchester said.

The inaugural Fitness Challenge, presented by Fit2Surf, was also held and it was won by Bennelong Boardriders, with Duck’n’Divers second and BlackRock third. Sam Oaks, from Allan Hall, won the Best Wipeout Award for a bingle in the shorebreak that nearly took out his ankle.

The 16 pro/legends who competed were: ASP World Tour #12 Owen Wright, ASP world champions Tom Carroll and Barton Lynch, Matt Bemrose, Rob Bain, Matt Hoy, Richie Lovett, Toby Martin, former top NRL footballer Mark Gasnier, Channel 7's Denham Hitchcock, lifeguard Ryan 'Whippet' Clark, Luke Stedman, Jordy Lawler, Ben Hamilton, Dayyan Neve and Beau Mitchell.

Fundraising companies who competed were: Aquabumps ($23,893), The Heavyweights ($14,099), Perpetual ($12,522), Boston Consulting Group ($12,196), Bennelong Boardriders (11,581) BlackRock ($10,942) The Paddlers, Duck’n’Divers, NRMAtes, ToyBell, Ikon Communications, Allan Hall, Nosecraft, Surfing Lawyers, OzForex and Chrofi.

You can still donate to the teams here

Kirk Willcox

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