The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environmental Fund announced today the 20 ocean-environmental organizations named as beneficiaries of the 24th Waterman’s Weekend, the surf industry’s annual environmental fundraiser to be held August 9-10, 2013. The weekend begins Friday, August 9, with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, and culminates on Saturday, August 10, with the Waterman’s Ball and auction to be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
The SIMA Environmental Fund aims to continue the record
fundraising legacy and raise the amount of $400,000 at the 2013
Waterman’s Weekend. To help achieve this goal, Waterman’s Weekend
sponsorship opportunities are now available. The deadline to commit to
Waterman’s Ball is June 18 and Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament
sponsorships are due July 19. For more information on sponsorships,
please visit www.WatermansWeekend.com.
All proceeds will be distributed in the form of SIMA
Environmental Fund grants to the 20 beneficiary groups. The funds will
be dedicated to programs that will address water quality and ocean
pollution issues; defend beaches and surf breaks from development; or
provide public education about ocean conservation.
“The SIMA Environmental Fund is extremely proud to support each
Waterman’s Weekend beneficiary as they play a crucial role in preserving
and protecting our most valuable asset – the ocean,” said Paul Naude,
chairman to the SIMA Environmental Fund Board. “The surf industry’s very
lifestyle and survival depends on the work of these organizations,
varying from ocean education, to pollution research, to surf
protection-activism. We look forward to raising funds during Waterman’s
Weekend that will directly impact these causes.”
Following is a list of the 2013 SIMA Environmental Fund grant
recipients along with a description of the program(s) to which the
organizations will be directing their grants:
Alaska Wilderness League:
Dedicated funds will assist with advocating for a comprehensive
federal, science-based planning process and to pursue actions to protect
Arctic marine ecosystems and subsistence resources from further harm
from industrial activities.
Algalita Marine Research Foundation:
Funds will be used towards the environmental Education Kit, a resource
for teachers that supplements the existing science curriculum and
conforms to California Department of Education Science Standards. This
will be distributed to 125 middle schools and high schools throughout
Southern California, reaching a total of 15,000 students.
Assateague Coastal Trust:
Dedicated funds will assist with watershed patrols, water quality
monitoring and the Chesapeake Agricultural Practices Campaign. The funds
will also benefit Coast Kids, a family-focused environmental education
program, and Grow Berlin Green, a campaign to establish Berlin,
Maryland, as a model community for environmental protection.
Clean Ocean Action: Funds
will be used to help improve and protect the marine waters off the New
Jersey and New York coast, including coordinating Waves of Action, a
long-term volunteer program for recovery from Superstorm Sandy, and
spearheading campaigns for robust water monitoring from the impacts of
Funds will be used to help protect Alaska’s Cook Inlet watershed and
the life it sustains by developing communication and organizing
materials, building a communication strategy to build a broad base of
opposition to the proposed 2 billion tax giveaway to oil and gas
Heal the Bay:
Funds will support the health and safety research of more than 500
beaches and watersheds from Oregon to the border of Mexico for Heal the
Bay’s Beach Report Card program for one full year.
Funds will be used for education and community mobilization towards the
protection of shoreline development, regulation & nearshore
North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT):
Funds will be used to permanently protect Pupukea Paumalu and the local
waters, community stewardship of public beach access, and other efforts
to preserve Oahu’s North Shore.
Funds will support the Watershed Education Program designed for
students for hands-on education about the environmental impact of their
Orange County Coastkeeper:
Funds will support efforts to reduce the health threats caused by urban
runoff pollution in Orange County, Calif., through advocacy,
enforcement, education, collaboration, and water monitoring efforts.
Funds will be dedicated to engaging the local Nicaraguan surfing
community in protecting their marine and coastal environment through
education and coastal clean-ups, as well as helping strengthen the
Nicaraguan Surfrider Foundation chapter.
Funds will be used for the continued expansion of the Reef Check
California program and its goal to improve marine management in
California through education, training and community engagement.
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper:
Funds will assist their Advocacy and Enforcement Program which will
reduce disposable shopping bag use, compel the city of Santa Barbara to
repair aging sewage systems and help the LA Regional Water Quality
Control Board to enact a Total Max Daily Load program to address
excessive nutrients in the Ventura River.
Santa Monica Baykeeper:
Dedicated funds will assist their DrainWatch Water Quality Monitoring
Program, which will identify the dominant sources of pollution in Santa
Monica Bay through end of pipe monitoring.
Save the Waves Coalition:
Funds will assist their World Surfing Reserves program to preserve
outstanding waves and surf zones around the world; Endangered Waves
program that encourages communities worldwide to address threats to the
surfing coastline; and also their Chile Program that is designed to
reduce industrial pollution in several coastal areas with world-class
Seymour Marine Discovery Center:
Funds will be used towards their school programs, including their
exhibit hall enhancement, exhibit renovations and volunteer training.
These programs educate the public about the role marine science plays in
understanding and conserving the world’s oceans.
SINADES: Natural Systems and Development Civil Association:
Funds will be used for their Young Environmental Ambassadors program,
which empowers a group of local youth to conserve and protect the
community’s most important resources – the beaches and surf breaks of
Todos Santos and Pescadero, B.C. S., Mexico.
Surfing Education Association: Dedicated funds
will be used to stop illegal shark feeding in Hawaii, stop sand dumping
on Waikiki Beach, increase public access on the North Shore and monitor
the increase of boat slips that may change surf sites at Kewalo and Ala
Funds will enable efforts to save, improve and protect surf locations,
protect the quality of water in the surf zone, ocean environmental
education, as well as the continued fight to protect Trestles.
Dedicated funds will support the conservation of threatened surfing
areas on the Baja California Peninsula through public and private land
conservations, WiLDCOAST chapter development in Punta Abreojos, Bahia
Asuncion, Cabo Pulmo and Bahia Magdalena.
Each organization was chosen by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board
of Directors based on their commitment of funds to specific projects
that will protect and preserve oceans, beaches and/or surf breaks. In
selecting the 2013 SIMA Environmental Fund grant recipients, the SIMA
Environmental Fund Board of Directors requested that applicants submit a
proposal detailing how the funds would be used to improve the ocean
ecology or surf locations. Each organization’s proposal included a
description of the specific program that the grant would be directed to,
including the expected environmental impact.
In addition to raising money for the ocean environment,
Waterman’s Weekend will also honor International Surfing Association
(ISA) president Fernando Aguerre as Waterman of the Year, musician,
artist and environmentalist Brandon Boyd and his band Incubus as
Environmentalists of the Year, and Peter “PT” Townend, the first World
Professional Surfing Champion (1976), with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement
Award. A Special Achievement Award will also be given to former pro
surfer and founder of Waves for Water, Jon Rose, for his involvement in
bringing clean water to impoverished countries and efforts with
Hurricane Sandy relief this past year. For more information about the
SIMA Environmental Fund or how to secure a Waterman’s Weekend
sponsorship, please visit www.WatermansWeekend.com.
Source SIMA through press release