Sanbah Surf Wins Evolution SurfAid Cup

Sunday, February 28, 2016

In howling winds and stormy conditions with some sizeable swell compliments of Cyclone Winston, the team from Sanbah Surf emerged victorious in the fourth annual SurfAid Cup sponsored by local Newcastle business, Evolution Business and Personal Advisors.

Held at Dixon Park Beach, Newcastle, as part of the Surfest event, 18 corporate teams raised over $81,000 for humanitarian organisation SurfAid, setting a new fundraising record for the event.

Newcomers to the event, the team from ARTC – Kegan Lacey, Steve Ormerod, Jamie Graham, and Tristan Rossiter – raised over $14,000; more than any team in the history of the event. Following closely behind in second place, the team from Momentum Built – Paul Boyd, Matt Anderson, Nick Cook and Mitch Warren – raised over $12,600. It was an absolutely phenomenal effort by all the teams.

All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, Mentawai islands, Sumbawa and Sumba.

All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child health programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, Mentawai islands, Sumbawa and Sumba. “The funds raised by the Evolution SurfAid Cup in Newcastle, the ongoing support of Surfest, the Hunter Business Boardriders Club and the community of Newcastle, saves lives in Indonesia. SurfAid works in places where hardly anyone but surfers go – but where there are high rates of infant and maternal mortality. Days like today show that surfers can make a real difference and give back to the places they love. We are enormously grateful to Evolution Business and Personal Advisors for their sponsorship of the event,” says Andrew Judge, SurfAid’s CEO.

The surfers paddled out in some fun, chunky waves with a building swell throughout the day. A five-man tag team format, the SurfAid Cup is also part of Surfest, and all the teams chose a pro surfer or legend to join their fundraising team.

The judges were impressed with the level of surfing by all the competitors. Toby Martin kept the competitors and onlookers updated and entertained in the commentary box, in addition to surfing with the team from ARTC. Other legend surfers included Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Jarrod Morrell, Matt Bemrose and Jackson Baker.

During the final, the crowd was treated to some exceptional surfing including amazing rides by Jesse Adam (Sanbah), Rhys Smith (Sanbah) and Jaxon Brent (KCE) who all scored over 19 points for their teams in the final. In the end, Sanbah came out ahead. Bilbie Dan Lawyers were strongly in second (67.93) followed by KCE (44.33) and the team from Evolution in fourth (42.17). 

The Sanbah team included Jesse Adam, Tom Reilly, Rhys Smith and Jebb Lane. They selected former pro surfer and Merewether local Travis Lynch, as their fifth team member.

Daniel Mason (CSRIO) took out the prize for the best wipeout of the day. A last minute pull out from the waves swept him over the falls.

Evolution SurfAid Cup Newcastle Placings:
1. Sanbah Surf (78.10)
2. Bilbie Dan Lawyers (67.93)
3. KCE (44.33)
4. Evolution (42.17)
5. Hunter Business Boardriders
6. Shaw Gidley
7. 360 Water
9. PKF
10. ARTC
11. Haines Brothers
12. Momentum Built
13. Team Doyllieu
14. EJE Architecture
15. Mullane Plumbing
16. Sessions Legal
17. Slimes Boardstore
18. Musical Surfers

You can still support the teams here:

The event was sponsored by Evolution Business and Personal Advisors. The supporting sponsors for the Evolution SurfAid Cup in Newcastle were: Surfest, Hunter Business Boardriders, Beach Hotel Merewether, Coastalwatch and Surfing World.

Photos by Gina Stuart, Event art by Daryn McBride