Waterman’s Weekend 2005 Expected To Raise $400,000

Sold Out Events, Incredible Auction Items Expected to Raise Record Amount of Funds; Live Entertainment Announced —

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (August 24, 2005) — Waterman’s Weekend, the annual environmental fundraiser hosted by the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Environmental Fund, returns to the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif., this Friday, August 26, and Saturday, August 27. With the surf industry’s support, the 16th annual event is set to have a phenomenal year. With sold out events, a record number of sponsor sales, incredible auction items and live entertainment, Waterman’s Weekend is expected to raise $400,000 for 10 ocean environmental organizations.

“The SIMA Environmental Fund is pleased to share that we expect to raise $400,000 at Waterman’s Weekend 2005. This will set a new record for funds raised at the event and continues to demonstrate the support the entire surf industry gives to ocean environmental causes, said Paul Naudé, chairman of the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors and CEO of Billabong USA. “Waterman’s Weekend sold out again almost immediately, and this year we saw even more companies increase their support by taking sponsorship packages. Guests can expect an awesome weekend with the opportunity to bid on rare, priceless auction items and enjoy great live entertainment, both of which share and celebrate surf culture and our passion for the ocean.

The weekend kicks-off with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament and Luau on Friday, August 26. Surf industry business leaders will tee-up on the Monarch Beach Links for a day on the greens with celebrity fifth players including pro surfers Andy Irons, Pat O’Connell, Brad Gerlach and ESPN’s Sal Masakela.

The tournament will be followed by an auction and luau featuring live music by Orange County-based band, Deccatree. Guests at Saturday’s sold-out Waterman’s Ball will also enjoy a live musical performance during the silent auction, prior to the dinner and awards program, by Geffen Records recording artist Trevor Hall. Originally from South Carolina, Hall writes all of his songs, sings and plays guitar and harmonica. Hall is inspired by his musical heroes Ben Harper, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, G.Love & Special Sauce and fellow surfer Jack Johnson. His new EP “Ruff Cuts, will be released this month. After the Ball, guests can hit the dance floor with music by DJ Michael Antonia, widely known as the “Human Jukebox.

The excitement — and friendly competition — will be kicked-up a notch on Saturday with the Waterman’s Ball Auction. The silent and live auctions will feature a wide array of items celebrating the surfing lifestyle from collector surfboards to exclusive surf artwork and travel packages.

A featured item in the live auction is a new 2005 Volkswagen Beetle GLS hardtop in limited production Campanella White with black leatherette interior, donated by McKenna Volkswagen in Huntington Beach. Features on this beautiful automobile include 6-speed automatic transmission, power moonroof, CFC-free air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, Monsoon sound with an MP3 and CD player, cruise control with a telescopic steering wheel, temperature and time display and a full-size spare tire. This new 2005 Beetle comes standard with a four-year bumper-to-bumper warranty as well as four-year, 24-hour roadside assistance. Other custom upgrades specifically for this Waterman’s Ball vehicle include 17 TSW performance alloy wheels, BF Goodrich sport tires, VW factory surf racks and a brand new 6’6 Eric Arakawa-shaped Andy Irons model HIC surfboard. (Winner is responsible for sales tax and license and must take delivery by August 31, 2005.)

Among the incredible surf travel packages available in the auction is a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tavarua Island, Fiji. The winning bidder will escape reality for a one-week surf trip to this wave-rich private surf resort the week of October 20-29, 2005. he package includes coach class airfare for two from Los Angeles, all meals and accommodations — not to mention the opportunity to surf world-famous breaks during the seven-night stay valued at $6,000.

Other trips include a Nicaraguan Eco-Surf trip valued at $7,500. Enjoy a seven-night stay for two at Morgan’s Rock Eco-Resort — a luxury resort dedicated to environmental conservation and reforestation. Morgan’s Rock is situated on Playa Ocotal in Southern Nicaragua in a large protected nature reserve on its own Pacific coast beach. Enjoy excellent surf, private bungalows, an infinity pool, private beach and culinary delights.

Guests can also bid on a five-star resort package, “The Best of Australia and New Zealand, valued at $16,856. This custom package for two allows you to fly into Auckland, New Zealand or Sydney or Melbourne, Australia and enjoy a stay at any participating Marriott or Renaissance property. You’ll then fly on to one of the other cities. Enjoy a total of 10 nights and select from the Hyatt Regency resort in New Zealand’s Auckland or any participating Australia Marriott & Renaissance Hotels including Sydney (5-Star), Melbourne (5-Diamond), Brisbane (5-Star), and Surfer’s Paradise (5-Star).

Serious surfboard collectors can anticipate a wide array of unique boards open for bids during the auctions. Waterman of the Year and current world champion Andy Irons has personally signed and donated a gun from his quiver, packaged with a signed board from the quiver of women’s world champion, Sophia Mulanovich, for the “Reigning World Champions Package. This extremely rare package includes a signed, limited edition (#85 of 288) Andy Irons “3X New Era cap celebrating Andy’s third consecutive World Championship set in a collector’s case.

The live auction will also feature a priceless and classic 10’0 Waimea gun shaped by surf legend George Downing. This board is a replica of the Waimea gun that Downing’s son, Keone, rode to victory at the Eddie Aikau Invitational Contest in 1990. It has a triple stringer featuring two redwood stringers and one spruce center stringer. Other notable features include a Chinook finbox and special Downing-designed fiberglass wood laminated Bahne fin.

Among the numerous collectable art pieces and photographs is an original 30 x 48 oil on canvas from renowned artist Robb Havassy, with a beautiful frame by Dick McCoy of Thumbs Up Framing. Valued at $18,000, this is one of Havassy’s personal favorite paintings. “This piece has evolved over several years in which it initially portrayed a surfer noseriding on a small right under various lighting conditions, described Havassy. “I was never truly happy with the piece through various stages. I actually sold quite a few prints of it at different stages in its evolution. I had several prospective buyers over the few years that it evolved, but I always put them off saying that it just wasn’t done. After spending one full moon night surfing under the stars in Costa Rica, I was inspired to completely redo the painting, using all the built up texture from layers and layers of thick oil paint to give it its unique feeling. The painting is also quite unique in that it is incredibly heavy due to the dozens of thick impasto layers of oil paint. For me, it’s just a magical painting…definitely one of my favorites. So, you could say that I’m very happy that I didn’t sell it when I had chances.

In addition, one lucky individual at each table will have the opportunity to win this year’s special centerpiece featuring a limited edition hand-carved 16 wooden Waterman’s Weekend surfboard signed by Andy Irons, Waterman of the Year.

The complete list of more than 300 auction items that will be included in the silent and live auctions at the 2005 Waterman’s Ball can be downloaded beginning Thursday, August 25, from the SIMA Web site at www.sima.com.

The live auction will be followed by an evening awards program honoring three-time world champion Andy Irons as Waterman of the Year, former executive director of the Surfrider Foundation Chris Evans as Environmentalist of the Year and legendary surf photographer Larry “Flame Moore with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Waterman’s Weekend is a two-day fundraising event that benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The 2005 Waterman’s Weekend beneficiaries are Surfrider Foundation, Surfing Education Association, Wildcoast, Ocean Institute, Heal The Bay, Orange County CoastKeeper, Alaska Wilderness League, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Save The Waves Coalition.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 15 years, the SIMA Environmental Fund has raised $3 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. champion Andy Irons as Waterman of the Year, former executive director of the Surfrider Foundation Chris Evans as Environmentalist of the Year and legendary surf photographer Larry “Flame Moore with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Waterman’s Weekend is a two-day fundraising event that benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The 2005 Waterman’s Weekend beneficiaries are Surfrider Foundation, Surfing Education Association, Wildcoast, Ocean Institute, Heal The Bay, Orange County CoastKeeper, Alaska Wilderness League, Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Algalita Marine Research Foundation and Save The Waves Coalition.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official working trade association of more than 300 surf industry suppliers. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, educational programs and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports oceanic environmental efforts through its 501(c)(3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. In the past 15 years, the SIMA Environmental Fund has raised $3 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves.