Seven-time world champion surfer Layne Beachley AO joined forces with surfing enthusiasts from prominent Queensland businesses for the Wyndham Resorts Corporate Surf Challenge charity event on the Gold Coast last week (15 November).

Almost 70 participants competed in 17 teams, raising in excess of $30,000 for the FSHD Global Research Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that aims to improve quality of life for people living with facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD), a complex and progressive muscle wasting disease.

Held at Duranbah Beach, participants included Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, which employs about 700 people across its Corporate Centre in Bundall and three Gold Coast properties. Other participants included Stellar Recruitment, Lifestylepanel, Bespoke Interior Solutions, Hawaiian Airlines, Scoot, Multiplex and ICE Vacations.

“The Wyndham Resorts Corporate Surf Challenge gives professionals an opportunity to step away from the desk and connect with other local businesses, all while supporting a great cause,” said Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific President and Managing Director Barry Robinson.

“This event has raised more than $170,000 for charity since it started seven years ago and it’s fantastic to see so many leading businesses getting involved again to raise funds for the FSHD Global Research Foundation.”

Mrs Beachley said she would encourage other businesses to get on board next year’s event.

“As Wyndham’s brand ambassador, I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the surf challenge many times and it’s always a great day out,” she said.  “I am proud to be associated with an event that supports a worthwhile cause, while also showcasing one of the Gold Coast’s world-class beaches.”

Every member of the winning team will receive a custom-made surfboard by shaper Craig Rees.

The Wyndham Resorts Corporate Surf Challenge is supported by Di Bella Coffee, Stanbroke, Stone & Wood, Omeros Bros and Hawaiian Airlines.