Newcastle, NSW (Friday 24 February 2017) - The 2017 SurfAid Cup series kicked off in Dixon Park Beach in Newcastle.
The SurfAid Cups are a series of charity surf comps where corporate teams come together to raise funds for SurfAid. The international event is supported by pro surfers, businesses, and local communities.
Team KCE won the Evolution SurfAid Cup 2017 at Dixon Park Beach in Newcastle. As part of Surfest, the SurfAid Cup has been an iconic event in the Newcastle community for 6 years. The event raised over $43,000 this year, and has raised an extraordinary $325,000 since the first comp in Newy.
The team from ARTC won the fundraising competition for the second year in a row, soliciting donations totalling over $12,000. ARTC selected young Californian Nolan Reposa to join their team.
All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, the Mentawai Islands, Sumbawa and Sumba. “The funds raised by the Evolution SurfAid Cup in Newcastle, the ongoing support of Surfest, Evolution Financial Advisers, and the community of Newcastle truly saves lives in Indonesia. With a ‘hand up, not a hand out’ philosophy, SurfAid works with simple, but high impact solutions including clean water, access to basic health care and improved nutrition. Days like today show that surfers can make a real difference and give back to the places they love” says Dr Dave, SurfAid founder.
Dixon Park turned it on with sunshine and a peaky swell lighting up banks all along Bar Beach, including right in front of the contest area. Competitors made the most of the conditions, with the seasoned judges panel recognising a few 9+ point rides, and unanimously awarding Nolan Reposa a 10. The level of surfing took the Evolution SurfAid Cup competition to a new high . A five-man tag team format, the Evolution SurfAid Cup was part of Surfest and all the teams picked a pro surfer or legend to join their fundraising team.
The pro line-up this year included Brad Gerlach, Nolan Reposa, Toby Martin, Jackson Baker, Jake Sylvester, Jaleesa Vincent, Georgia Fish, and Connor Lee.
The team from KCE including Jake Sylvester, Troy Gould, Jackson Baker, Callan Horton, and Kye Nelson were victorious with a final score of 85.1. In second place came Evolution with a score of 54.9, narrowly defeating ECOlectrical by .7 points. Swansea Surf Shop groms took fourth place in the Final, and were the 1st all-groms team to enter the SurfAid Cup in Newcastle.
Other teams that competed included Shaw Gidley, ARTC, and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.
You can still support the teams here.
Supporting sponsors for the Evolution SurfAid Cup Newcastle 2017 were Coastalwatch, Surfing World,
Hurley, Sun Bum, ECOlectrical, Sticky Bumps, and Sanbah Surf Shop.
The next SurfAid Cup will be held as part of the Drug Aware Pro in Margaret River on 2 April, followed by Santa Cruz on 30 April, Bondi in June, Malibu and Manly in September, and QLD in October. For more information about entering a team or sponsorship of the SurfAid Cups contact firstname.lastname@example.org in USA or email@example.com in AU.