For a second year in a row, “The Paddlers” team of Jackson English, Nigel Tebb, Brad Gaul and Rory Chapman along with pro surfer, Nick Butler have won the Billabong SurfAid Cup. The event is held at the stunning Queenscliff beach in Manly NSW with 18 teams raising an extraordinary $150,000 for humanitarian organization SurfAid.
The team from Westpac, Shane Dorman, Ben Mitchell, Will Grice and Craig Betts won the SurfAid Cup fundraising trophy by raising an amazing $24,500. "This was my fourth year participating in the Billabong SurfAid Cup. It is a terrific event that I look forward to each year. It is not only professionally run but also a heap of fun. Our team was able to leverage the funds that we raised with matching funds from Westpac. A win/win situation. We believe in the great work that Surfaid does and when you reflect on the total funds raised by all teams at the end of the day, that view is also shared by many others." Shane Dorman, team captain, Westpac team.
All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, Mentawai islands, Sumbawa and Sumba. Programs that get phenomenal results. For example in Nias, in the sub-district of Hiliduho, out of 150 pregnant women, 8 were dying annually. Last year, that number was zero. In the same area. 22 kids under 5 were dying. That number has been reduced to 5. Results like that come from making changes like improved nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding and regular pre- and post natal care for mums and babies. Simple things, yielding big results.
Queenscliff beach turned on three to four foot wind swept waves giving the competitors plenty of opportunity to score big. A five-man tag team format, the SurfAid Cup and all the teams pick a pro surfer or legend to join their fundraising team.
The judges were impressed with the level of surfing by all the competitors. The Paddlers came from behind to win the exciting four team final with their last two surfers Nick Butler (17.37) and Rory Chapman (18.43) posting the two highest scores of the Final.
Aquabumps fifth and final surfer Matt Griggs needed a 5-point ride on his Powerwave to take the win but was only able to muster a 4 point ride for a big forehand floater.
The highest score of the day went to Jesse Adam of the BWM Dentsu team (25.30). Jesse also took out the honors for Highest Powerwave of the day with a score of 8.57 Best Wipeout of the Day belonged to Jason Van Der Scheur of the G Brothers team.
Joining the event was a mix of pro surfers, legends, celebrities and exceptional local talent including Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, Felicity Palmeter, Jesse Adam, Nick Butler, Davey Cathels, Samson Coulter, Harley Ross-Webster, Jackson Carey, Blake Levett, Denham Hitchcock and Ben Penny.
The final team placings were:
3. Allan Hall
4. BWM Dentsu
5. G Brothers
13. Citi Frothers
14. Boston Consulting
16. Barrelling Bells
17. Shaw Brothers
You can still support the teams here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/billabong-surfaid-cup-2015
Supporting sponsors for the 2015 SurfAid Cup in Queenscliff were Billabong, Manly Wine, Coastalwatch, Surfing World and Havaianas.
Check out the event photos below...