More than 60 industry surfers took part in the fifth annual UnLtd: Big Kahuna competition, powered by The Trade Desk.
Val Morgan Cinema team shredded its way to victory last week in Manly, with Playground XYZ and The Trade Desk as the runners-up.
The Highest Wave Scorers were Clay Western from Val Morgan and Adele Montgomery from Seven.
The inaugural Mitch Waters Encouragement Award was awarded to team Slay-RN from ARN for their bravery and enthusiasm.
Since the start of the event, the competition has raised more than $350,000 for UnLtd’s work supporting charities helping young people at risk.
“What a way to spend the day – riding the waves, soaking in the sun on the sandy shores and catching up with the industry whilst raising significant funds for youth at risk,” says James Bayes, vice president ANZ, at The Trade Desk.
“We are so proud to be supporting UnLtd: Big Kahuna and making waves for a cause. The podium position was a nice bonus too.”
The spectators and surfers were also treated to a Djembe Drums lesson by UnLtd charity partner Australian Children’s Music Foundation.
Chris Freel, CEO of UnLtd, says the mixed weather didn’t dampen the enthusiasm.
“We are so grateful to The Trade Desk for the continued partnership and making this event happen and to all the surfers who braved the waves for change,” he says.
“In fact, I was so inspired by the surfers that I’ve decided to join the UnLtd All Stars team next year so I better get some practice in.”
The event was the last UnLtd for 2023. The next event will be the Big Clash 10 year anniversary cricket tournament heading to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Auckland in February and March 2024.
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