SurfAid Drops In On Big Stick, Santa Cruz

Monday, November 23, 2015



Get your stoke on in Santa Cruz and support the surfer’s charity of choice, humanitarian aid agency, SurfAid. On Saturday April 23, 2016, SurfAid will be hosted by the Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) in Santa Cruz to run a SurfAid Cup event as part of the annual Logjam surf contest.

The Logjam is one of the longest running, vintage longboard contests in the world and is known for its “old boards, no cords” format. Participants in the SurfAid Cup are welcome to follow this format, or they can ride a long or short board of their choice. 8 out of the 12 available team spots are already confirmed, but there’s still time to register!

The SurfAid Cup is a tag-team format surf competition. Each team of 4 is required to raise a minimum of $5,000 for SurfAid. While all teams get to pick a pro or local legend surfer, the team that raises the most money gets the first pick of pro surfer to join as their 5th team member. Past pros include Tom Curren, Joel Tudor, Lisa Andersen, and Strider Wasilewski. Trophies are awarded to winning surfers and the winning fundraisers.

“SurfAid is thrilled to be partnering with BSSA for this event. Not only will it be an incredible chance to surf the fantastic break at Santa Cruz, but an opportunity to save some lives as well.” Says Karl Luber, board chair of SurfAid US.

Started 16 years ago by a group of intrepid surfers, SurfAid’s programs have grown to four areas in Indonesia. With strong support from the likes of Billabong, the sports action industry and many other generous individuals and foundations, SurfAid provides life saving work to some of the most remote and impoverished villages – all close to places surfers love to go.

In Nias, Indonesia, SurfAid has helped to reduce maternal deaths from eight annually to zero in just 28 months. Their programs work with communities on simple things like washing hands, safe delivery practices, sleeping under a mosquito net, exclusive breastfeeding, and improved nutrition; all of which have an enormously positive impact on the health of women and their families. 

SurfAid implements a “hand up, not a hand out” philosophy toward aid. Local staff provides advice, training and expertise, but it is up to the community to implement and embrace change.

Gary Silberstein, of BSSA shares, "The Big Stick Surfing Association's Logjam! surfing contest is a charity event that has raised  over eighty thousand dollars for local causes over its fifteen year life.  We are now very excited and honored to partner with SurfAid as this will amplify and extend the fundraising and philanthropic value of the Logjam! making it international in scope. This is truly a thrilling prospect for our crew of local Santa Cruz surfers!"

Want to surf in an uncrowded Santa Cruz and do the right thing, too? Email erin@surfaid.org.  

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For press inquiries please contact
Corinne Habel
+61 450 959 445
corinne@surfaid.org


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Tyler Warren at the Billabong SurfAid Cup in Malibu - Photo by Trevor Pikhart