Surfest Crowdfunded Women’s Pro


The 2022 Surfest Women’s Pro crowdfunding naming rights winner will be announced on Thursday December 9th, 2022.

Surfest 2022 marks 36 years of the iconic Newcastle sporting event and the 5th year that the region’s business community has joined as one to crowd fund this world class professional surfing contest for women’s. For the first time in the history of the sport the prize money for the women surfers will be the same as the Surfest men.

The crowdfunding initiative began in 2015 when local business banker, Col Law, developed a crowdfunding idea and then worked with Warren Smith and a number of local business people, to develop to fund the event, ensuring that Newcastle’s iconic Surfest would provide world-class opportunity for women in the sport.

In its fifth year in 2020 Doyle Partners were given the opportunity to sponsor this iconic event held on the National Surfing Reserve on Merewether Beach, Newcastle NSW between March 2nd to 8th, 2020. The event will be broadcast live on to a large local and international audience.

Justin Doyle, Partner – Doyle Partners said, “We are thrilled to win the prize, and have enjoyed being a part of the Surfest Women’s Pro crowd funding initiative since it began 5 years ago. It is great to be part of a Newcastle community of businesses that have come together to support this event.

Doyle Partners is a boutique firm of accounting professionals passionate about advising our quality and well-established client base of privately held businesses and family groups. We value personal relationships as paramount and respect the position of responsibility granted to us by our clients. Our focus is to deliver strategic business, taxation and structuring outcomes and we are proud to act as our clients’ trusted advisers.

Surfest means a lot to Doyle Partners. We have all grown up with Surfest being part of Newcastle. With a number of keen surfers within our firm, especially Partners Martin Perry & Matt Danvers, we take a real interest in the event.

We congratulate Warren and the hardworking and dedicated team behind Surfest for making it such a successful event over the last 35 years.”

Surfest Co-ordinator, Warren Smith said, “Congratulations to Doyle Partners for winning naming rights to the WSL rated QS5000 Doyle Partners Women’s Pro at Surfest 2020. Doyle Partners have been a crowd funder since the inception of the crowdfunding for the women’s event 5 years ago. We are grateful for their support and commitment to Surfest and professional women’s surfing.

What a fantastic way to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Surfest than to have the richest prizemoney for the women’s event in the history of Surfest as well as the largest field of competitors in the main event. We cannot say how thankful we to all of the 97 crowd funders who support this unique event.

A huge thanks to all our crowd funders the event would not happen without their support and we look forward to a great Doyle Partners Women’s Pro in 2020 on our National Surfing Reserve, Merewether Beach.”


To help you get the best out of your involvement with the 2022 Doyle Partners Women’s Pro, you now have the support of our Crowd Funder Concierge.

For those of you who have been involved with Surfest before, Ted Bassingthwaighte needs little introduction, but here’s a little overview.

A former member of NSW Police Force, Ted is also an accomplished writer and professional communicator who has been lending a hand to Warren Smith and the Surfest team for many years in the areas of competition management and community engagement.

Ted has raised his hand to help make sure all crowd funders get the best from your investment. Ted can be contacted on 0409 366 716 or by email at [email protected]