Tom Curren: the tailor of surfing

The Malibu Mavericks team has conquered the SurfAid Cup, at Malibu, California.

The group featuring Lisa Andersen, Strider Wasilewski, Sean Woods, and Allen and Colton Sarlo just pipped the Surfaiders team 53.80 – 51.43 in the one-hour, tag-team final, with Peak Ocean Team third (43.30) and Mighty WindanSea fourth (42.23).

The winning difference was Wasilewski making it into the gate on the beach within the one-hour time limit to score a bonus four points.

"It is always a pleasure surfing in Malibu and especially for a great cause such as SurfAid. It always feels good to give back to people no matter what the situation and I'm looking forward to next year", says Lisa Andersen.

Mighty WindanSea (Karl Luber, Tom Curren, Mark Price, Peter King and Ozstar De Jourday) won the fundraising trophy by raising $13,640 for SurfAid.

The eight teams, which included Frank-n-Riders, Schatzi, Kaiser Permanente and Beck Riehle Good Surf Team, raised a total of more than $60,000 for the humanitarian organization.

The SurfAid Cup was held as part of the MSA Classic Invitational and competitors rode either short or longboards.

Three-time ASP World Champion Tom Curren was the day's standout in the first round, scoring 27 out of 30 points for two incredible rides where his mastery of flow came to the fore.

And two-time ASP World Longboard Champion Joel Tudor scored the highest individual ride of 9.73 (out of 10) for a phenomenal exhibition of his art with hang tens and switchfoots. He looked like water flowing on water.

"The excitement, the shouting, the unbelievable aloha, and knowing it's all about the surf community coming together to make a real difference in the lives of the people who need it most", explains Karl Luber, a board member of SurfAid USA.

"In the back of my mind all day was that somewhere in the Mentawai or Nias, a kid's going to avoid diarrhea or malaria because of what's happening here on the beach," he said.

Other pro/legend surfers who donated their time to the event to compete included Nathaniel Curran, Simon Anderson, Courtney Conlogue, Jen Smith and Harrison Roach. Each team picked a pro surfer in order of their fundraising total.