New Zealand's leading male pro golfer, Ryan Fox, was keen to give back to Waihi Beach, one of his favourite holiday destinations so Sports Inc. created The Fox Fishing & Golf Festival. The tournament was a unique four-person team competition, combining fishing prowess and golfing skill.

Ryan, a professional on the European Tour, also selected former All Black Israel Dagg, media personality and former Black Cap Mark Richardson and Team New Zealand America's Cup hero Simon van Velthooven, to be his 'Celebrity Skippers' for the two day event held in early March.

Teams from around the country (plus a team from the USA!) took part in the entertaining inaugural event with over $24,000 raised for Waihi Beach Surf Lifeguard Services and Waihi Beach Volunteer Coastguard.

"Just wanted to thank you for an absolutely fantastic couple of days. The team and I had a fantastic time with lots of laughs and great memories. Looking forward to next year's event already."

- Steve Corfield, Managing Director, Shimano New Zealand