Ray White team wins SurfAid Cup on GC
ELITE agent Troy Dowker led the Ray White team to victory last Friday in SurfAid’s latest event at Duranbah Beach which raised more than $37,000 for its charity.
Ten teams of four surfers competed in the Rapid Securities SurfAid Cup Gold Coast, along with a pool of professional surfers including Taj Burrows.
SurfAid is an award-winning not for profit humanitarian organisation founded by Dr Dave Jenkins , which focuses on helping communities in remote parts of Indonesia.
Event coordinator Owen Morris said there was such a phenomenal amount of energy and enthusiasm for what the charity does on the Gold Coast and for giving back in general.
“People are already pumped for next year and we had some huge support from Taj Burrows (pictured above) on the day.
“He surfed plus he and Mick Fanning donated surfboards to help the fundraising effort.
“The Ray White team won the finals, so Troy Dowker can say he’s now beaten Taj Burrows.
“Plus they had a hot little grom called Liam O’Brien from Burleigh Heads, surfing with them. He’s a gun.”
Ray White Mermaid Beach elite agent Troy Dowker said the highest fundraisers got first pick of the professional surfers, and he picked Liam O’Brien (pictured below) who is a former Queensland junior champion.
Mr Dowker’s team saw local lifeguide Joel Nantes, Ben Ingwersen and Dan Binskin take to the water in their hour-long heat with Liam O’Brien.
“It was a such a great day and I’d like to see more people get involved next year.”
It was the first SurfAid event on the Gold Coast but since 2011 they have held fundraising events since 2011 across Australia and the US and raised $3 million so far.
Surf Aid CEO Andrew Judge and founder Dr Dave Jenkins said the White family have been great supporters of SurfAid for a number of year.
Dr Jenkins encouraged the community to get involved when it returns to the Gold Coast in 2018.
“It’s been such a great first event. It’s really important that we have a great vibe on the beach. We’ll be looking forward to coming back twice as big next year
“We’ve seen a real mix of people come together today, united by two things – our love for the ocean and surfing, and our desire to give back to those remote areas in Indonesia that we visit all the time.”
To show your support, go to www.surfaid.org/donate