On April 29, 2018, a chest-to-head-high south swell wrapping through first peak provided perfect conditions for the 3rd Annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz.
The tag team competition was hosted by Big Stick Surfing Association (BSSA) as part of the annual LogJam Classic and saw six teams of five compete for both the Fundraising and Surfing Cup.
Over $34,000 was raised to support SurfAid's Mother and Child Health Programs, which help provide clean water and sanitation, basic healthcare, and improved nutrition to extremely remote villages.
Style and Flow Invaded Pleasure Point
The winning Fundraising Cup went to team Ola Grande led by SurfAid Board Member Stuart Gasner.
"It's easy to fundraise when you get to surf an empty first peak on a day that brings out the best of the tribe for such a great cause," said Gasner.
"Surfing is such a luxury for people who have access to the basic necessities of life and the ability to enjoy the ocean. It's important to give back and help others who are living in some of the most extreme conditions while fighting malnutrition and high rates of mortality."
Stuart used his first-place fundraising positioning to pick none other than the legendary Joel Tudor as his pro rider. Joel was joined by local big wave surfers Shawn Dollar, Ken "Skindog" Collins, and Tyler Fox.
This was Tyler's second year supporting the event as a pro and media sponsor with Santa Cruz Waves.
"This event is one of my favorites of the year. The SurfAid team format is a blast and knowing that we are competing to save lives makes it that much more special!"
SurfAiders Impress on Their Debut
Joining the pro lineup for the first time were two local rippers, Autumn Hayes and Ashley Held. Ashley helped her team The SurfAider's bring home the Surfing Cup with an impressive final score of 318.
This was the SurfAiders first time competing in the SurfAid Cup and included local talent from Jenny Bennet, Keenan Shaw, JP Garner, and making the trip up from Santa Barbara, Evan Casciato.
Event artwork was provided by renown surfer, shaper, and artist Tyler Warren. Sticky Bumps Wax and Accessories used Tyler's art to create a custom contest series wax for all the competitors.
Event media was provided thanks to generous support from Transparensea Media and Nikki Brooks Photography.
"The SurfAid Cup gives people a chance to give back. Many of us have been lucky enough to travel the world in search of perfect waves. Along the way, we find that life isn't so perfect for our local hosts," expressed Dave Jenkins, SurfAid Founder.
"The SurfAid Cup events enable us to partner with communities and make a positive and lasting impact on the health of women and their families. We are humbled and grateful for all of the people in Santa Cruz and around the globe who surf to save a life."
Team Ola Grande and The SurfAiders are the grand winners of the 2018 Annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz.
3rd Annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz | Results
2. Adams Rippers
3. Team Ola Grande
4. Verve Coffee
1. Team Ola Grande
2. Verve Coffee
3. Pleasure Point SurfAiders
6. Adam's Rippers