The Nicholsons were dealt a heavy blow recently when Jess was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She’s undergone successful surgery, but now they are facing another major battle: the money needed to pay for the op.
Friends and family have rallied around Simon*, his wife Jess and children Joel and Anna, offering support, and in doing so they’ve also made a pretty good deal for those of us who are perhaps not as close to the Nicholson’s, but still wish to lend a supporting hand.
They’ve set up a massive auction taking place in Durban tomorrow night at Spiga d’Oro in Florida Rd, in which you can bid on, amongst other things, signed surfboards by some of the world’s best surfers – like Jordy, John John Florence, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Travis Logie.
There’s also brand new boards from the likes of Channel Islands and Safari Surfboards and massive retail vouchers from just about all of the surf brands.
All proceeds go to the ‘Let’s Beat It!” fund which has been set up to help pay for Jess’s ongoing treatment. So, while you get to own Jordy’s board, you’re still doing your vital bit to help out a burdened family.
Details of the auction are listed on the flyer below, it’s on tomorrow night (Thursday 28 February).
For those unable to attend the auction, yet would still like to make a donation, then you can do so here>>
* For those among us not familiar with Simon Nicholson, you may not know that he was one of South Africa’s finest pro surfers, missing out on qualifying for the 2001 ASP Dream Tour by one of the smallest margins imaginable. He did, however, win the US Tour back when it was sponsored by Budweiser beer, and remains the only international surfer to have done that.
He still owns the New Pier when it is cranking during cyclone season. That is if he’s not chasing those swells to one of his favourite right points north of home.