FIREWIRE TEAM WINS BILLABONG SURFAID CUP AT MALIBU
[from Surfline / Monday, September 21, 2015]
For the third year in a row, Team Firewire has won the Billabong SurfAid Cup. The event is held at the iconic Malibu Beach in Malibu California, with 12 teams raising $160,000 for humanitarian organization SurfAid.
This is the second year that Dr. Dave’s team has won the SurfAid Cup fundraising trophy. The team of Conrad Carr, Gus Roxburgh, Debbie Frank, and SurfAid founder, Dr. Dave Jenkins ripped, and raised an amazing $34,650.
All funds raised contribute to SurfAid’s mother and child programs in remote areas of Indonesia in Nias, the Mentawai Islands, Sumbawa and Sumba.
“The funds raised by the Billabong SurfAid Cup in Malibu, the ongoing support of MSA, and the community of Malibu 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” says Andrew Judge, SurfAid’s CEO.
This year, Billabong came on board as the event’s presenting sponsor.
"We at Billabong are thrilled to offer our ongoing support to this longstanding and important partnership with SurfAid. Their incredible work has already helped to improve health and lower mortality rates in Nias and surrounding areas. Billabong is excited and proud to join globally in the support of SurfAid." says Cathey Curtis, VP of Global Marketing, Billabong Womens.
First Point at Malibu treated the surfers to near ideal conditions with light winds and pumping, glassy 4 to 5 foot waves. A five-man tag team format, the SurfAid Cup is part of the MSA contest 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 – including an amazing team of under 15 groms from Malibu. The team Latigo Groms, consisting of Niko Didden, Diego Didden, Charlie Hoberman, Henno Hopp picked pro surfer Matt McCabe and scored some incredible waves. The opportunity to give back by supporting SurfAid coupled with surfing an empty Malibu is what drives most of these competitors.
Consisting of Mike Thomas, Taylor Jensen, Noah Erikson, Chuy Reyna and pro rider Mike McCabe, the Firewire team won the exciting final with a score of 91.70, followed by Captain Mikke Pierson (2nd), Malaria Sucks (3rd), SurfAiders (4th), Malaria Free Mentawai (5th) and Billabong (6th).