BAC Corporate Surf Challenge 2016
The 2016 Wyndham Resorts/ BAC Corporate Surf Challenge was a massive day down at Dbah beach again. This year was applauded as the “Best Ever” and we had the added bonus of a Stone and Wood bar set up on the beach that added that extra bit to the day. Throw in some awesome food, Wine and people and the magic just happens when mixed with surfing and team work. Stella Recruitment did some masterful recruiting before heat 1 adding young Maddy Job to the team. They went all the way to the final and then took out 3 other team who had previously won the day including, Wyndham, Complete Business Travel and Clayton Utz. See below for the wrap up as seen by the Gold Coast Bulletin and see you all in 2017 for more fun in the sun and sand. Reesy
|Bizoids head for the beach in good cause|
|21 Nov 2016|
|SEVEN-TIME world surfing champion Layne Beachley has been showing local bizoids how it’s done as part of the Brisbane Airport and Wyndham Resorts Corporate Surf Challenge. This year, the challenge supported the FSDH Global Research Foundation, a not for-profit organisation aiming to improve quality of life for people living with a littleknown complex and progressive disease that wastes muscles called Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD). It has no treatment or cure. Surfing legend Beachley put 18 teams of corporates through their paces at Duranbah Beach, including the Gold Coasts’ Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific. Wyndham employs more than 700 staff at the Corporate Centre at Bundall and its Gold Coast properties. Other teams taking part were from Hawaiian Airlines, Clayton Utz, BAC, Complete Business Travel, ICE Vacations, Stellar Recruitment and Bistech. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific president and managing director Barry Robinson, said the corporate challenge was a great way to help a great cause and to get a chance to learn surfing from a legend. Layne Beachley has been company ambassador for Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific for nine years. She said the event proved what could be achieved when businesses come together. Over the past 6 years the event has raised more than $200,000 for the charities. “The FSHD Global Research Foundation is a worthwhile cause and the 2016 Brisbane Airport and Wyndham Resorts Corporate Surf Challenge shows that fundraising events don’t need to be limited by four walls – they can take full advantage of our incredible natural environment,” she said. Prizes included a custom made surfboard by Primitive Surf while return flights to Hawaii were also auctioned off.|
Whilst the Corporate Surf Challenge is designed to drag the corporate world from the office to the beach for a huge day of fun the other motive is to raise money for charity. We would like to openly thank the generosity of everyone who contributed to this amazing day. From the team sponsors, beach sponsors, winners of the surfer auctions for Occy and Kong and the winners of the beach auctions. It all adds up! This year we were lucky enough to raise in excess of $30,000 for the charity which is an awesome achievement. The FSHD Global Research Foundation is an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to finding a treatment and cure for Facioscapulohumeral Dystrophy (FSHD).
Lastly a massive thanks to the companies involved in making this event happen. Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Brisbane Airport Corporation, Hawaiian Airlines, Peter Lonard Premium Events and Primitive Surf. 2014 was one to remember.
“In 2013 we had the best event to date with guest appearances from surfing icons Mark ‘Occy’ Occhilupo and Gary ‘Kong’ Elkerton. These legends were part of the surfing action also being auctioned off to the highest bidding team as part of their outfit for the event. The proceeds of the auction and other profits from the event being donated to The Royal Flying Doctor Service. The total amount raised was a record for the event totalling over $25k and the bar has been set higher again for 2014. Over the past 4 years we have raised more than $90,000 for the charity.” CR.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts was a newcomer to the event in 2013 and were on fire in their first outing taking top honours with a very close finish ahead of Bistech and 2012 winners Ray White. The crew enjoyed the day so much so that 2014 will see Wyndham become a Major partner of the Corporate Surf Challenge.
The format for the 2014 Corporate Surf Challenge is made up of 16 teams with 4 surfers in each team. Heats are 1 hour long and are run in a tag team format where each surfer is scored for their best two waves. Teams can nominate any order for their surfers to compete in each heat. Bonus points are also awarded for the order in which teams have all of their surfers back to the beach which makes for some very tactical and entertaining strategy.
The 2014 event will see the likes of Layne Beachley, Occy, Kong and more back at DBAH for a day that has become a highlight for many people’s calendar.
Look forward to seeing everyone there for what is sure to be a bigger and better event this year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite to the event.