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Peter Burke of PJ Salvage (collector), Kelly Slater 9 times world surf champ, Tillack and Wahoo's Wing Lam (collector)
The Slater board
August 06, The Waterman's Weekend held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa saw art work by Tillack raise $13000 for the SIMA environment fund.
Money raised by the weekend long fundraiser, awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world's oceans and beaches
The Slater board II
The weekend began with the Waterman's Classic Golf Tournament and Luau, featuring live and silent auctions. Then on the following night, the main event was held - The Waterman's Ball and Auction, which not only allows the surf industry and friends of the environment to raise money for important oceanic causes, but also honor and celebrate those making significant contributions in the industry with the prestigious annual Waterman of the Year, Environmentalist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.
BOB McKNIGHT (co founder or Quiksilver) - Waterman of the Year
surfer and singer Jack Johnson and wife Kim - Environmentalists of the Year
RABBIT KEKAI Waikiki Beach Boy - Lifetime Achievement Award
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| Surfrider Foundation
Grant will enable efforts to save and improve surf locations through action oriented programs and campaigns, to protect or enhance surf locations through the Beachscape coastal mapping program, educate children in schools with the Respect the Beach program, and to ensure or protect the quality of water in the surf zone through the Blue Water Task Force program.
Grant will support the Watershed Education Program that is designed to bring fifth grade students in the communities once removed from the beach to the Institute for hands-on education about the environmental impact of their behaviors.
Dedicated funds will support continued efforts to save surf breaks in Baja California, to launch a clean water campaign to reduce beach closures along the border and to continue to participate in the campaign to preserve Trestles.
Heal the Bay
Funds will support TMDL research, advocacy and stormwater permit programs to ensure that Los Angeles area waterbody quality regulations conform to the clean water act.
Orange County CoastKeeper
Grant will support efforts to reduce the health threats to wave riders and swimmers caused by urban runoff pollution in the coastal zones of Orange County, Calif., through advocacy efforts aimed at all levels of government, as well as enforcement, education and water monitoring efforts.
surfing education association
Dedicated funds will be used to prevent destructive legislation from being passed that would threaten surfing sites at Waikiki Beach and other surfing areas on O'ahu.
Alaska Wilderness League
Dedicated funds will help protect sensitive marine and coastal areas offshore of the Arctic Refuge from oil exploration or development.
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Funds will be used to educate young people about the role marine science plays in understanding and conserving the world's oceans through a variety of educational programs and camps.
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Funds will be used to support the distribution of the Watershed Wonders DVD and curriculum program for junior and senior high schools with the goal of educating students about the harmful effects of non-biodegradable plastic debris on marine life. Funds will also be used to expand distribution to states beyond California, translate the DVD into Spanish, develop a national program titled East Coast Watersheds and a new series of educational videos for classrooms.
Save the Waves Coalition
Funds will assist in the production of a full-length documentary film, Lost Jewel of the Atlantic, intended to share the history of surfing in Madeira, Portugal, and to raise awareness of the threats to Madeira's sacred surf spots. Funds will also assist with a surf market research program to determine the strength of the global surf travel industry and the economic value of a high-quality surf destination, as well as direct action and educational campaigns to protect surf breaks.
Funds will be used to support Reef Check Hawaii, expand the new California program into Southern California, and develop Reef Check's Baja Program. All programs are designed to scientifically monitor, restore and manage reefs worldwide.
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
Funds will be used to build a coalition of activists to promote the protection of Hawaii's coral reefs and to secure regulations for the cruise ship industry, to promote to the surf community KAHEA's Eyes of the Ocean reporting campaign which allows individuals to describe observations of fouled ocean waters in Hawaii, and to support ocean protection issues including securing protection of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, gill nets and cruise ship regulations.
SINADES: Natural Systems and Development Civil Association
Funds will be used to empower a group of local youth in Todos Santos in conjunction with two local NGO's to take direct action and develop plans for the conservation and protection of the community's most important resources - the beaches and surf breaks of Todos Santos and Pescadero, B.C. S., Mexico.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 16 years, the SIMA Environmental Fund has raised more than $3 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world's oceans, beaches and waves. SIMA also supports surf-related humanitarian efforts through the newly formed 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, the SIMA Humanitarian Fund.