Huge support for family of well known surfer
THE Southern Gold Coast and Tweed Heads surfing communities rallied together for a fundraising event last weekend at Currumbin's Dust Temple for the family of Brent "Jiggy" Johnson, who recently passed away.
Taking place last Saturday, the event sold many surfing items at auction but none more popular than a surfboard owned and donated by current world champion Mick Fanning.
Event organiser Carolyn Emge said the board went for a record prize after two members of the same family got into a bidding war over the craft that Fanning used during the filming of his latest movie, Missing.
"Yes, Michelle and Mark Neuman got into a bit of a bidding war over Mick's board and it ended up selling for $31,000," Ms Emge said.
"They are very connected to the Southern Gold Coast surfing community.
"We knew the board would fetch a good price but no one even imagined it would get to that sort of money, which we were over the moon with."
Mr Fanning was a good friend of Mr Johnson's and attended the evening, even buying a few items himself.
"Mick was there and bought several large photographs at auction - one of Dean "Dingo" Morrison and another of the late great Andy Irons."
The event sold all 200 tickets and was a roaring success, with emotions getting the best of guests.
"There wasn't a dry eye in the house," Ms Emge said.
"We are ecstatic with the result. Raising a great amount of money was awesome and it was the community support and love for the family that was amazing."
The night raised more than $60,000 for the Johnson family, with Sand Charity Group playing a major part in making the event happen.
"Sand Charity Group gave us the funding to hold the event in the first place, and then came and volunteered their time on the night," Ms Emge said.