Surfing champ Mick Fanning leads Aussie partners with Uber Eats for small businesses


After two years of COVID-19 crippling small businesses across Australia, the hospitality industry has a new champion.

Mick Fanning, three-time world surfing champion, is riding the wave of a business recovery.

“Just hearing stories from different restaurateurs and the whole food and beverage industry has been challenging,” Fanning said. A topical matter journalist Chris Allen.

Mick Fanning, three-time world surfing champion. (A current affair)

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“So if I can lend a hand…it’s easy of me.”

Tasting famous Fanning-inspired tacos at the Gold Coast surfer’s favorite Mexican restaurant, Caracara, Fanning partnered with Uber Eats, sharing his love of local cuisine and exploring his own backyard with the rest of the country.

“I think we go on apps like Uber Eats and stuff like that and kind of look at the same things that we always do,” Fanning said.

Tacos at the Gold Coast surfer’s favorite Mexican restaurant, Caracara. (A current affair)

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“But the trick is to dive a little deeper and maybe turn left when you normally turn right and yeah go get something new and get some new food because like I have said, there are so many amazing restaurants there.”

Caracara restaurant owner Pete Baumgar said: “She’s been as tough as she can be with reduced capacity and with borders opening and closing.

“At the start of COVID, we were sitting there saying, ‘We’re a small restaurant, we have staff here, we have a tequila bar that needs to close,’ and our owner was amazing.

“He gave us a lot of rent relief to get us through.”

Pete Baumgar, owner of the Caracara restaurant. (A current affair)

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During the pandemic, many confined and isolated people have turned to the Uber Eats food delivery app.

It is now funding rebates to get Australian orders.

“It has been an incredibly difficult time for restaurant partners over the past 12 months, with locals unable to dine amid uncertainty over staff (and) tourist numbers,” said Bec Nyst of Uber Eats.

The delivery service funds discounts and helps lead a post-COVID business recovery.

Beak Nyst from Uber Eats. (A current affair)

“Spend and save. It’s very easy for consumers to take advantage of it, just go to the Uber Eats app – lots of options,” Ms Nyst said.

“Spend $30 and save. You can save $8 if you’re not an Uber pass member, $12 if you’re an Uber pass member.”

For Fanning, the campaign is about sharing her amazing Gold Coast backyard with the world and helping everyone along the way.

“It’s like the main street in Coolangatta. It’s where I used to hang out when I was young. My mum owned the sandwich shop across the street,” he said.

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