Riding the Winter Classic fundraising wave

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The Winter Classic surf competition and SURFCOAST Longboarders Club charity fundraiser was a major success, raising over $5,000 for the beneficiary Torquay Marine Rescue.

Saturday’s event on Torquay Beach brought together top longboard surfers from across the state, bringing them together for a day of laughs, surfing and fundraising.

The Winter Classic took place at Torquay Front Beach on Saturday. Photo: GLENN BARRY

While the action was riveting in the water, with world-class surfers Ben Considine and Bea Conroy winning the Open Men’s and Open Women’s Premier Divisions respectively, the highlight of the proceedings was the funds raised from the sale to silent auction and club fundraising evening, held inside the four walls of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.

The club was delighted to secure a huge range of raffle and silent auction items from over 25 businesses in the area, who donated gift sets, sunglasses, food vouchers, equipment surfing and much more.

Surfcoast Longboarders Club president Penny Andrews said the show of community support made for an outstanding event both in and out of the water.

Women’s Open winner Bea Conroy stood out throughout the event. Photo: GLENN BARRY

“The day was an incredible success in terms of surf show and fundraising,” Andrews said.

“To be able to raise over $5,000 for Torquay Marine Rescue is a tremendous effort and we cannot thank the sponsors enough for their involvement.

“We managed to auction and sell everything on the evening, with the Johanna Seaside Cottage stay, XTM gear and Romy Roache print making up some of the most popular items of the night.

“To say that we’ve given back over $50,000 to the community over the last ten years or so through the Winter Classic is pretty remarkable.”

Other sponsors and donations for the evening came from companies such as Need Essentials, Glide Fins, Ginger Monkey, Ben and Lee Considine Surf Coaching, among others.

Andrews also expressed his gratitude to the local surfing community for letting the club take control of Torquay beach, allowing competitors to surf their heats safely with no free surfers in the competition area.

The club raised over $5,000 for the event’s beneficiary, Torquay Marine Rescue. Photo: SUPPLIED

Torquay Marine Rescue Captain Adam Stevens said the surf club’s show of support would go a long way in keeping our ocean enthusiasts safe.

With the funds, Torquay Marine Rescue will continue to implement programs to promote ocean awareness in the community, while increasing its resources for sea rescues and calls in the area.

For full Winter Classic surf results, visit liveheats.com/events/23543

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