"Dream Team of Top Professional Surfers Unite in Support of Our Ocean and Beach Environments
San Clemente, CA (August 24, 2005) — The Surfrider Foundation made history today by uniting nine of the world's top surfers to collectively represent the Foundation and its efforts to protect and preserve our world's oceans, waves and beaches. The Surfrider Foundation Pro Team is led by twelve-year World Championship Tour (WCT) veteran and star of the Endless Summer II, Team Captain Pat O'Connell. Joining O'Connell is three-time consecutive and current World Champion Andy Irons, six-time Triple Crown winner Sunny Garcia, 2001 World Champion CJ Hobgood, free surfing icon Rob Machado, former WCT competitor and big wave charger Shane Dorian, and current WCT surfers Tim Curran, Damien Hobgood and Taylor Knox.
"The goal in putting together this team is to bring together the very best surfers our country has to offer and work with them to increase awareness of the Surfrider Foundation and our efforts to protect our beach and coastal environments, says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation's Director of Marketing.
Unlike other industry teams, the Surfrider Foundation team members are not compensated. Instead, each of the athletes will be donating their time and energies to the program. As team members, the surfers will be using their high-profile status to advocate on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation. Additionally each team member has agreed to donate two volunteer days per year to assist the Foundation in such activities as filming public service announcements, outreach and fundraising appearances, beach clean-ups and other activities.
"The Surfrider Foundation is the watchdog for our oceans, says team member Damien Hobgood. "Anyone who enjoys or has anything to do with our oceans should support Surfrider."
Surfrider Foundation will be rolling out a website for the team early next month. For more details, go to www.surfrider.org.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world's oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Foundation now maintains over 45,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil. For more information or to join the Surfrider Foundation, visit us at www.surfrider.org.