Surfrider Foundation Presents” Art For The Oceans

Surfboard Art Auction & Gala to Benefit Surfrider Foundation, a Non-Profit, Environmental Organization Dedicated to Protecting Our Oceans, Waves, and Beaches

Featuring Customized Surfboards for Auction by 38 Artistsand an All-Star Performance by Citizen Cope

NEW YORK (October 3, 2005) — Surfrider Foundation will present Art for the Oceans, a Surfboard Art Auction & Gala, supporting its mission to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches, announces Jim Moriarty, Executive Director.

Taking place Saturday, October 15th, 2005 at Milk Studios in New York City, the Art for the Oceans Gala boasts a silent auction and a special live auction conducted by Simon de Pury. 38 unique artists, including Julian Schnabel, Herbie Fletcher, Peter Harper and Walter Iooss, were commissioned to artistically enhance surfboards that will be exhibited at the event, and available for auction. The event also features an all-star live musical performance by Citizen Cope. Net proceeds from the Art for the Oceans Gala will provide much needed, unrestricted funding to support Surfrider Foundation’s mission-related programs and activities.

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded in 1984, Surfrider Foundation’s most important coastal environmental work is carried out by Surfrider Foundation’s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. Surfrider Foundation now has over 50,000 members in the USA; in addition, International Surfrider Foundation chapters and affiliates have been established on 4 additional continents with locations in Japan, Brazil, Australia and France.

Featured artists include: Kevin Ancell, Billy Al Bengston, Ashley Bickerton, Wolfgang Bloch, Drew Brophy, Gomez Bueno, Thomas Campbell, Tony Caramonico, David Carson, Michael Cassidy, Gene Cooper, Laddie John Dill, Ned Evans, Tracy Feith, Dibi Fletcher, Herbie Fletcher, Don Ed Hardy, Peter Harper, Robb Havassy, Dave Hobrecht, Walter Iooss, Victor Kerpel, Alex Kopps, David Lloyd, Chris Lundy, Melinda Morey, Raymond Pettibon, Ken Price, Rick Rietveld, Julian Schnabel, Peter Schroff, John Severson, Kevin Short, Peter Spacek, John Van Hamersveld, Gus van Sant, Rogan and Wyland.

Surfrider Foundation’s Art for the Oceans host committee members include: Aaron Peirsol, Al Merrick, Alessandra Ambrosio, Alice Roi & Marc Beckman, Angela Lindvall, Anne V, Anouck Lepere, Ben Friedman & April Hughes, Ben Watts, Bobby Fisher, Bridget Hall, Carolyn Murphy, Charlie & Lauran Walk, Christian Weber, CJ Olivares, Daniella Alonso, Danny Kwock, Drew Kellerman, Dustin Yellin, Eddie Cibrian, Emma Heming, Erin Wasson, Harold Hofer, Harriette de Jersey, Jacquetta Wheeler, Jamie Rose, Jarrod Moses, Jeffrey Jah, Joel Tudor, John McDonald, Joshua Jackson, Julie Stone, Justin Portman & Natalia Vodianova, Laird Hamilton & Gabrielle Reece, Lance Anderson, Layne Beachley, Leona Naess, Lyman Carter & Amy Wesson, Marisa Miller, Mazdack Rassi, Michael Jordan, Pat O’Connell, Rufus & Sally Albemarle, Scott Hulet, Shaun Tomson, Steve Gaghan and Will Morton.

Surfrider Foundation would like to thank the following companies for helping to make the Art for the Oceans Gala possible: plug, Phillips de Pury & Company, Svedka, Loomstate and Milk Studios.

For more information, visit the Surfrider website at surfrider.org.