Musicians, Pros and Everyday Joe’s Come Together to Surf in Support of Beach and Coastal Environments
Huntington Beach, CA (September 13, 2005) — In what might have been the year’s most exciting surf event, the first annual Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam, saw a first-time-ever mix of top professional surfers, musicians and average every-day surfers battle it out in the surf next to the famed Huntington Beach Pier this past weekend.
Utilizing the National Surf League’s unique “Game format, competitors were separated into two teams consisting of four pros, four celebrity musicians and four Surfrider Foundation activists each. The Silver Team, included such notable names as last year’s Quiksilver California Cup MVP Pat O’Connell, Ventura wunderkind Dane Reynolds, RVCA pro Pascal Standsfield and crowd favorite and Volcom pro Alex Gray. Joining them were Pennywise singer Jim Lindberg, Incubus bassist Ben Kenney and singer Brandon Boyd. The team was rounded out by Surfrider activists Andy Dellenbach, Ari Lawrence, JP Holeman, Joel Banslaben and Brian Lind. Leading the Team was Big Wave legend, coach Mike Parsons.
Surfing against them was Blue Team captain Rob Machado, who was joined by Huntington Beach up-and-comer Brett Simpson and current World Championship Tour stars Tim Curran and Timmy Reyes. Also surfing on the Blue Team were Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and Sugar Ray Bassist Murphy Kargas, Good Charlotte’s Dean Butterworth and longtime surfer and Porno For Pyros guitarist Peter Distefano. Surfrider activists Christian Spinillo, Theron Stanley, John Wright and Leslie Poland rounded out the team, along with champion NSL coach Garth Tarlow.
While event organizers had been concerned about the less-then-stellar conditions throughout the week leading up to the event, Sunday dawned with solid 2-4 foot surf and glassy conditions. With the Silver Team taking the water first, team captain Pat O’Connell wasted no time catching what might have been the day’s longest wave — a beautiful left that Pat eventually rode through the treacherous barnacle encrusted pilings and onto beach on the opposite side of the pier. Blue Team pro Tim Curran quickly answered back during the next quarter with an amazing 360º aerial grab that had the crowd on its feet cheering. Even the celebrities got into the groove, as evidenced by Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, who ended up receiving the day’s highest score for absolutely ripping a beautiful right handed peeler, prompting fellow team mate Alex Gray to quip “How’d he get so lucky to get to be a rock star AND a hot surfer?
So it went throughout the day, with waves being traded off between the two teams; at times inspired and at times comical. Despite a late fourth quarter charge, at the end of the day the Silver Team ended up holding off the Blue Team to win by a single point.
“This event was awesome! said Incubus’ Brandon Boyd. “What a great opportunity to come down here and surf some great waves in support of the Surfrider Foundation.
With trophies being issued to both teams, the big winner of the day was the Surfrider Foundation, who staged the event to help raise awareness and support for beach and coastal environments.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the support we received from our celebrities and pro athletes, said X-Games commentator Sal Masekela, who along with professional surfer Pat O’Connell, co-chaired the Celebrity Surf Jam event. “Having musicians like Brandon Boyd, Jim Lindberg or Peter DiStefano, along with guys like Tim Curran, Timmy Reyes and Rob Machado all getting the cause, really helps the Surfrider Foundation with the tremendous work they do to protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
The Surfrider Foundation would like the thank the following companies in helping to make this year’s Celebrity Surf Jam event possible: Red Bull Energy Drink, Adidas, FedEx, Wahoo’s, Diedrich Coffee, The National Surf League, Surfline, Foam Magazine, Wateer Magazine, Squeeze OC, DVS, Corona, Twin Fin Wines and the Hilton Waterfront Hotel.
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 Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 40,000 members and 60 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
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