The SIMA Environmental Fund has raised over $6.5 million to protect and preserve our oceans, beaches and surf breaks. They do an incredible job with various fundraising and awareness initiatives throughout the year, but none are as prominent as Waterman’s Weekend. This year is notably special in that they’ll be celebrating 25 years of dedication to their mission.
The 25th Annual Waterman’s Weekend is scheduled for August 8-9, 2014, at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, California. The weekend kicks off with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, August 8, at the Monarch Beach Golf Links. The entire event wraps up on Saturday, August 9, with the Waterman’s Ball and Auction.
They’ll be honoring surf legend and two-time world champion Tom Carroll as Waterman of the Year, Golden Globe Award Winner and environmental activist Ted Danson as Environmentalist of the Year, and Rusty Preisendorfer with the Lifetime Achievement Award. A Special Recognition Award will also be presented to the family of influential surf industry figure, Hobie Alter, in memory of SIMA’s first-ever Waterman of the Year.
“What Hobie Alter brought to the surf industry was nothing less than foundational in allowing us to be where we are today,” said Palladini. “More than foam or fiberglass alone, Hobie was one of beach culture’s top-echelon entrepreneurs and it’s just a small token of our appreciation that we honor his legacy with a Special Recognition Award.”
For more information, visit the SIMA Waterman’s Weekend event page.