It’s the little surf contest with big picture thinking and the inaugural Usher Cup has proved to be a huge success. Away from the beach, commercial partners have already pledged to support the event moving forward, while on it, boardriding clubs and competitors hailing from across Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland are already pencilling the contest into their 2022 diaries.
While offering equal prize money for male and female winners, Usher Cup organisers have also set about creating a professional platform for emerging, grass roots surfers to compete on and to raise their profile.
On night one of the event, co-founders Theodore Vairaktaris and Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew hosted a presidents dinner at the Rainbow Bay Surf lifesaving Club, the event focused on bringing the surf community leaders and event partners together, whilst also raising funds for the contests Youth Insearch Foundation, Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia, Camp Quality and the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation
Guests enjoyed dinner and drinks, with a cast of surf and sporting stars in attendance. Surfers Joel Parkinson, Dean ‘Dingo’ Morrison and Mark Occhilupo donated signed surf boards and memorabilia, while former Queensland Maroons Rugby League star Chris Walker also made an appearance.
Parkinson’s board sold for a whopping $6000, whilst Dingo fetched an impressive $2500. A signed Mark Occhilupo poster also added to the nights fundraising tally.