World champions join forces with Newcastle business community for Lawler SurfAid Cup

MR SurfAid Corp comp

Four time ASP World Champion Mark ‘MR’ Richards – Image; @boskophoto

Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Tuesday 29th January, 2013.

FORMER world champion surfers will take on Newcastle’s business community in the Lawler SurfAid Cup as part of the 2013 Burton Toyota Surfest.

Four-time world champion Mark Richards and 1989 world champion Martin Potter will be pulling on the coloured singlet to help raise money for humanitarian organisation SurfAid.

Presenting sponsor Lawler Financial Services have attracted a whopping 16 teams to the Lawler SurfAid Cup, with   the top fundraising teams getting to pick a pro-surfer to join their posse of four surfers in a tag-team contest format.

“I am stoked to be part of the first Lawler SurfAid Cup in Newcastle,” Mark Richards said.

“I have enormous respect for SurfAid for the amazing work they do in remote villages in the islands off Sumatra, Indonesia – especially their education and prevention programs focusing on malaria, water and sanitation, emergency preparedness, and mother and child health issues.

“Lawler Financial Services are to be congratulated for their contribution to this important fundraising and community event,” Richards said.

Martin “Pottz” Potter said he was also very excited about the Lawler SurfAid Cup. “My team had a disappointing show at the SurfAid Cup in Sydney last November, so I’m looking to redeem myself in this event,” Potter said.

“I’m super stoked to be rubbing shoulders with one of my heroes, Mark Richards, and one of my best friends, Matt Hoy, is also competing.  I hope we get some good waves so the boys can show their stuff.”

The 16 fundraising teams that will compete are: City of Newcastle Boardriders, Hunter Readymixed Concrete, Beilby Consulting, BT Financial Group, Bennelong Funds Management, People Fusion, nib health funds, Team Maccas, Team Michilis, Team Mullane, Lawler Financial Services, Lawler Partners, Team Perpetual, Coffey Projects, Bilbie Dan Solicitors and Sanbah Surf.

You can support the teams here:

Chris Davis, the head of wealth protection at Lawler Financial Services, said they were very proud to sponsor the SurfAid Cup in Newcastle.

“A lot of our clients are keen surfers who are in senior management or are successful business owners.

“We see this as a great opportunity to link the two together and raise some money for the great cause of SurfAid,” Mr Davis said.

“The boys from the Hunter Business Boardriders, who have brought this event to Newcastle, are frothing and can’t wait for the day.”

The Lawler SurfAid Cup will run from 9am – 5pm at Dixon Park on Friday 22 February.

With Lawler Financial Services as presenting sponsor, supporting sponsors are:  Surfest, Sanbah, Beach Hotel, Subway, Coastalwatch and Surfing World.

For further information:

Kirk Willcox
Marketing/Communications Director | SurfAid
P: (02) 9965 7325
M: 0407 063 829


Lawler Financial Services is part of the Lawler Group of business advisers and accountants. We believe in “Total Financial Care”, working with clients to identify their goals and then assisting them to reach them.  We make complex financial information easy to understand, and importantly, we take the stress out of your financial decisions.


The mission of SurfAid, a non-profit humanitarian organisation, is to improve the health, wellbeing and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing.

SurfAid’s health programs involve education in nutrition, hygiene, healthy environments and disease prevention – including mosquito net distribution.

SurfAid has built an award-winning capacity in emergency preparedness and has delivered five emergency response programs following major disasters, including the Boxing Day 2004 tsunami and the October 2010 Mentawai tsunami.

About the 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia
The 2013 Surfest Newcastle Australia features the Burton Toyota Pro (Men’s ASP 6-Star) and the Hunter Ports Women’s Classic (Women’s ASP 6-Star), along with eight supporting events. The event is made possible with the support of Burton Toyota, the Hunter Sports Sports Group, Newcastle City Council and the NSW Government through Destination NSW. Surfest Newcastle Australia is conducted over 12 days from February 13-24 at Merewether beach, a recognised Australian National Surfing Reserve. Merewether is home to festival patron and Australia’s most accomplished men’s world professional surfing champion, four-time world champion Mark Richards (1979-82) and presents the winner a trophy in his likeness. 2013 marks the festival’s 28th year and with over 800 national and international competitors, Surfest Newcastle Australia is the largest festival of surfing in the southern hemisphere. Get up-to-the minute updates, photos and interviews, as well as the program of events at or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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