Merchant Business Brokers were among the crowdfunding participants taking a share in the 2017 Surfest WSL 6000 Women’s Pro.
More than 80 Newcastle businesses had supported the cause and snapped up the possibility to be drawn as the official naming-rights sponsor for the said event during a luncheon at the Merewether Surf house on Monday, November 7.
The crowdfunding initiative, which has received international recognition, ensures the Surfest Women’s Pro retains its QS 6000 status, resulting in more prize pool, bigger audiences, and stronger surfers from across the world.
“Retaining a QS 6000 rating means the top seed surfers from across the world will be in Newcastle for Surfest in 2017. It places Newcastle on the world stage and broadcasts our region to a worldwide audience of more than 442,000,” Contest Director, Warren Smith said.
“The crowd-funding effort is invaluable to the event. It benefits Surfest, offers plenty of perks for shareholders and is a massive boost for tourism.”
Ranked eighth in the world and two-time Surfest champion, Sally Fitzgibbons, drew Teralba-based spatial data company Anditi as the 2017 Surfest Women’s Pro naming-rights sponsor.
Whilst the Merchant team would have loved to have won, it was great support such a great cause.