Five corporate surfing teams swapped their suits for swimmers at Margaret River’s Telstra Drug Aware Pro’s first charitable surfing competition last month, and raised $50,000 for SurfAid.
The teams were made up of amateurs and led by a former professional surfer.
The CINEads team won the inaugural BlackBerry SurfAid Corporate Cup, defeating the Salty Lawyers, the Allens Arthur Robinson Surf Team, Team Enviro and the Weekend Wigglers.
“We’ve all been to the Mentawai Islands so we’ve seen first hand what SurfAid is doing up there and we’re totally stoked to be part of the SurfAid community,” CINEads managing director Wes Stanfield said.
Two other teams, Team Enviro and the Weekend Wigglers, were knocked out in the first round.
Marc Wohling from Team Enviro won the BlackBerry Wipeout Award after he was pitched from the peak on the first wave of the event.
The Salty Lawyers (Kyle Edwards, Sam Dundas, Justin Dyson, Marcus Gracey and Tom Carroll) raised the most money of all the teams, $16,774.
SurfAid founder Dave Jenkins thanked all the teams for their huge effort.
“You have raised more money for the Mentawai children than the first place prize money in the main event and we are very grateful,” he said.