It was a day of laughs, tumbles and sand kicking in Dee Why Beach at the Sydney.com Celebrity Challenge over the weekend but it was also a day of surprises. The culmination of the week long Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, Layne Beachley’s own team lost to husband Kirk Pengilly’s.
Pengilly’s teammate Stephanie Gilmore missed out on winning the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic, despite being four times world champion, but won’t go home without a win. Their team which also included Guy Leech and Peter Phelps, wowed the crowds that gathered on the beachfront with their impressive surfing skills after winning the volleyball challenge. They win $5,000 for ‘Go Red for Women’, the Heart Foundation’s campaign that unites women in the fight against heart disease, the number one killer in women.
“Steph’s decision to have Kirk as the double whammy sure paid off and it will be the only time I will allow him to beat me in the water” says Layne.
Among the celebrities, in the pink coming in second: Lincoln Lewis, Dustin Clare, NSW Treasurer Mike Baird and current world number one and Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic 2011 winner Carissa Moore, supporting Bear Cottage. In the white was David Jones-Roberts, Stuart MacGill, Rob ‘Millsy’ Mills and Brittani Nicholl, supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Australia. Coming in last was the purple team made up of Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson, Kerri Pottharst, Matt Hall and Layne Beachley for Layne’s Aim for the Stars Foundation.
On the sand Volleyball court, friendly taunts were flying across the net with Dicko and Guy Leech trash talking each other’s skills and Stephanie Gilmore commenting “Lincoln, you look good in pink”. In the water, the standouts were Peter Phelps, Guy Leech and Dustin Clare, followed closely by Lincoln Lewis with some acrobatic skills on the longboard.
Enjoy some postcards of the venue below:
All images ‘© ASP/Robertson’ at the Commonwealth Bank Beachley Classic