Ross Taylor Surf Contest
9th to 11th August 2013
The 9th – 11th th August 2013 will see Buffalo Bay beach come alive once more as eager contestants from all over SA converge for the 5th Annual Ross Taylor Surf Contest. The dedicated support received from local business, loyal supporters and sponsors, has ensured that this event has grown to become a favourite, on the Garden Route.
Every Year the dedicated team of volunteers works tirelessly to ensure that all the stops are pulled out, and the weekend promises to be a magnificent spectacle of surfing, SUP’ing, Live Music , A benefit auction, and a wide range of beach activities to keep the whole family entertained.
Divisions in the competition include something for everyone, Ladies, Men, Over 40’s , Juniors, Teeens and Developments. Surfing starts at 08.00 on Friday and carries through to the final heats on Sunday at 12 pm, Followed by the prize giving.
Now the largest entered comp on surf the calendar, what makes this contest all the more special is that all the proceeds raised go to charity. A bequest from a brave young man who believed very strongly in the power of giving to those in need, while doing something we love…Playing in the Ocean. This is the essence of the Ross Taylor Surf Contest.
A range of beach activities for kids, family, and spectators are planned for the weekend, Including the Fun run walk, on the low tide to Brenton-on-sea and back. The sandcastle building competition is always a big attraction amongst the younger creative supporters. The rest of the day sees an activity program, jam packed with fun for all. And with that amount of surf and SUP action there is always something for spectators and eager photographers ot focus a beady eye on.
The Saturday evening benefit bash includes drumming, fire dancing, and an auction of some amazing goodies. Live music line up of 3 live bands, and a DJ is the perfect platform for a little bit of unwinding after a long day in the surf. There is also delicious food and a stocked bar for all over 18’s to enjoy.
At the heart of this contest is always the message of FUN and LOVE THROUGH GIVING - and all proceeds raised are donated to HOSPICE.
Nicky : 083 412 4598 (or) Brett : 082 962 2703
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 “
Entry Form TAB :
To enter this years competition, please download and complete the attached Entry From in PDF version.
Please see Indemnity form for you to have a look at.
DATE: 9-11 AUGUST 2012
VENUE: Buffalo Bay
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 30 July 2012
COST: R 150 First Entry, Includes T Shirt, R 100 for 2nd entry
Under 12 and Developments: R 100.00 Includes T Shirt,
Proof of Payments:
Fax: 086 762 4752
Enquiries: Nicky: 0834124598 or Brett: 0829622703
ALL FUNDS RAISED WILL BE DONATED TO HOSPICE.