IndoTeak Design Supports SurfAid Malibu Cup- September 9, 2017
The SurfAid Malibu Cup, scheduled for September 9 at Surfrider Beach in Malibu is a contest with a mission. Surfaid assists small remote communities around Indonesia providing education and health support to villages ravaged by disease and death from easily treatable symptoms. We believe strongly in giving back and as supporters of SurfAID, we are fielding a team for this years Malibu Event in order to raise awareness and money for this great cause.
IndoTeak Design Team:
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Photo: Chris Grant
Saxon Boucher is now a well regarded La Jolla Realtor but before the days of selling houses, he travelled the world as a professional surfer riding for Hurley, Vertra and Nixon watches. Besides being good friends with Kelly Slater and Jack Johnson, Boucher gives back to his local community and recently organized the Luau and Legends Cancer Benefit at La Jolla Shores benefiting the Moores Cancer Center at UCSD Health.
Devon Howard is considered one of the best mid-length and longboard surfers in the world today. With his impeccable style merged with powerful rail surfing, Howard’s surfing style blends traditional and modern maneuvers, creating something unique and beautiful to watch. No stranger to Malibu, Howard will be ready for whatever the ocean throws his way.
Jon may very well be the person on planet earth who has spent more time riding inside the tube than anyone in history. Why you ask? Because as one of the owners of the world’s finest surf destinations and resorts known as Tavarua Island. The La Jolla native has spent almost half his life on the small Fijian Island surfing the world famous waves of Cloudbreak and Restaurants. His exploits are known the world over.
The SurfAid story started in 1999 on a regular surf trip to the chain of islands off the coast of Sumatra, the Mentawais. The region is home to 76,000 people and some of the most perfect reef surf breaks the world has to offer. I was a career-focused doctor working out of Singapore and, taking a break from a stressful corporate directorship, arrived in the islands with the aim of feeding myself upon the buffet of tropical waves on offer. I wasn’t disappointed.
However, late one afternoon on what I thought would be a harmless tourist venture inland to one of the villages, my beliefs in what is important in life were changed forever. After walking past the graveyard and seeing a lot of very small graves I ended up running a clinic at the chief’s request. I was the first doctor ever to visit the village. I saw women and children dying from malaria, malnutrition and inadequate living standards – things that I knew were treatable and, better still, preventable by helping them change behaviours such as basic hygiene and better breastfeeding practices.
The scene haunted me for the rest of the trip, and followed me back to Singapore where I began questioning my life. Did it have meaning? Were my skills wasted chasing some corporate carrot? What if I could make a real difference to these people? The thought of more children dying drove me mad with frustration and helplessness yet, at the same time and in some strange way, the potential solutions inspired me. I couldn’t just walk away from those kids; I vowed to return to the Mentawai with people and supplies.
After wrestling with my voices of self-interest, I left my job and headed home to a new challenge and called upon two of my closest friends – Dr Steve Hathaway, a world-renowned public health specialist, and lawyer Phil Dreifuss . It was not only because they were mates but because I knew they had most of the talent that I lacked and that if they said yes, SurfAid had a fighting chance.
Within days we were diving for crayfish to entice the local surfing crew to a barbecue where they were sprung with the news that a quorum of 25 people was needed to sign up and pay $25 each to register as a legal non-profit in New Zealand. They signed, we paid, and on 26 January 2000 SurfAid was born full of shared hopes and dreams and crazy, overly ambitious plans.
– Dr Dave Jenkins
Indoteak Design is proud to be involved with this incredible organization and needs your help to raise money and awareness for this great global cause. We will be fielding a team for the SurfAid Cup and would like you to support us and Surfaid in raising money that will go directly to people who need it the most.
KICK OFF PARTY
Friday, September 8
(6:00 – 10:00 PM)
Join SurfAid at Duke’s Malibu for a night of food, drinks, and celebration. The event will also feature a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds benefit SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health Programs. SurfAid Cup team members receive complimentary admission.
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Saturday, September 9
(9:00 AM-5:00 PM)
Join us for an action packed day of tag-team surfing featuring surf legends in iconic Malibu. This is a very rare opportunity to surf an uncrowded Malibu line up with legends and pros. Two back-to-back heats will be followed by a final round. All competitors receive a SurfAid swag bag and lunch.
23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265