IMAGE: Surfer Philippa Anderson by Martin Sully Design
For the fourth year in a row the Surfest Women’s Pro has remained a special priority for Newcastle businesses.
On Monday, Surfest held a cocktail function at Merewether Surfhouse which saw more than 200 guests celebrate the 84 local businesses that took part in this year’s crowdfunding initiative, making the 2019 Homes Civil Developments Surfest Women’s Pro a reality.
The night included a silent auction with prizes kindly donated by Newcastle businesses and talented local artists and photographers. There were 14 items in total which ended up selling for $7,860, which will be donated to local charity, the Waves of Wellness Foundation. Joel Pilgrim, its founder was there on the night and couldn’t contain his excitement.
“We are so happy with the result, we’re very lucky to have such a wonderful business community in Newcastle backing us,” Joel said.
Will-Hayden Smith from the World Surf League facilitated a panel discussion with Sally Fitzgibbons, Philippa Anderson, Kira Pinkerton and Brisa Hennessy. The women were very appreciative of the efforts of local businesses. Sally Fitzgibbons saying how important women in surfing are and that she’s thankful people are finally realising that.
All 84 businesses were matched with a seeded competitor from the Women’s Pro on the night which will now surf for the business. Some of the guests even getting to meet their surfer and make the most of a photo opportunity on the night.