"Ross lived his life like a seventh wave! He crammed more energy into it than most people do in two lifetimes. He took up more space than one person & infected everyone he met with huge enthusiasm and love of life”. These are the words Joanne Taylor, Marks mom used to describe Ross.
For the last few years of his life, Ross’s chief concern was that some benefit for the world should come out of his cancer experience. He became obsessed with collecting vast amounts of information about his condition in the form of notes, webpage’s, personal videos and sound bites with a view to one day collating everything into some sort of universally accessible and interactive social network. Later he gradually let go, and allowed himself to become more involved with what he himself loved most... surfing and the ocean. Spreading his message of LOVE and GIVING…. And the joy of gratitude.
The First year of the event, funds were raised for Ross and his family to cover his substantial medical bills. The contest had 70 entrants, organised in a couple of weeks and Ross was on the beach watching all the action. The 1st contest raised a much needed R38 000.00. In the last few months of his life, Ross made the request, to his friends, who are also the organisers of the event, that the contest is run annually, and that the funds raised here will be donated to Hospice.
The Second year of the event saw amazing growth in the entries and 157 eager surfers took to the water. Combined with raffle ticket sales, the benefit auction, and entrance to the bash, R 35 000.00 was raised, and donated to Hospice. In 2011, all expectations were exceeded with 215 entrants into the surf and SUP divisions. Some from as far as Cape Town and Durban, culminating in 87 heats and 29 hours of surfing! The inaugural ‘Fun Run /Walk’, Sand castle building competition and SUP race, were also a big hit. The incredible support received from people like Cheron Kraak of Country Feeling, and numerous local, and national businesses, as well as a some very special private supporters, who all came to the party with donations, sponsorships, and prizes galore, ensured a top notch event. Our benefit bash included popular local musician, Wendy Oldfield and her band; a staggering 650 people attended the benefit bash. The final cheque handed over to Hospice in 2011 was an astounding R 70 000.00. The 4th Contest once again was a resounding success – The field consisted of over 300 entrants, this put the contest firmly on top as the largest entered surf contest in Southern Africa. Despite a storm of epic proportions, and gale force winds, the likes of which we have not seen in buffs for a while, the event was a resounding success and a cheque of R121 000 was handed to Hospice.
The contest organisers are all involved on a voluntary basis, and through it all our aim is never forgetting the biggest element of Ross’s request - that this contest be run and done for FUN and LOVE and to raise money for Hospice!
“Fun and love through giving” “To live in the sprit of this “LOVE SHINE” ensures your blessings will be greater than we can imagine “
Contact details: Nicky 0834124598 OR Brett : 0829622703