SIMA Waterman’s Ball Underwriting Party, More Than $50K Raised


On Friday, June 6, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) hosted its annual Underwriting Party at Laguna Beach, California’s Mozambique Restaurant and Lounge. Attendees enjoyed a live performance by Donavon Frankenreiter and his band while signing up to support this year’s Waterman’s Ball Weekend. There was also a live auction, and short presentation from Billabong USA CEO Paul Naude. While SIMA prefers not to release the specifics about how much individuals and companies donated, here’s a run down of who made contributions, what was up for grabs, and some photos from the event.


Billabong USA CEO Paul Naude warmed up the crowd before handing over the mic for the live auction.


Von Zipper’s Curt Fry (far left) and Gary “GT” Tomlinson (far right) flank their better halves; Billabong’s Mandy Robinson (left with Fry) and Shirley (or as GT affectionately calls her “Hun Bun”) Tomlinson .


Mada’s Vince De La Peña with Royce Cansler and Bob Mignogna.


If you’re not sweating, you’re not feeling it. Donny was definitely feeling it , and so was the crowd.


  • Jeff Berg
  • Warren and Lorraine Kramer
  • Graham and Bahara Stapelberg
  • Enich and Candy Harris
  • Kevin Flanagan
  • Allison and Tony Perez
  • Ross and Alexis Garrett
  • Eileen Hoffman
  • Mark Tinkess
  • Dick and Una Baker
  • Jonno Wells
  • Harold and Jennifer Hofer
  • Peter Burke
  • PT Townend and Lelia Endersby
  • Vipe Desai
  • Vince De La Pena
  • Xcel
  • Paul Naude
  • Kim and Rob Hall
  • Andy and Megan Tompkins
  • Bob Mignogna
  • Kelly Gibson
  • Rob and Kareen McCarty
  • Nixon

Total Amount Donated

Underwriting Items

  • Centerpieces $8,000
  • VIP Reception $7,500
  • Cocktails During Recetion $5,000
  • Cocktails During Ball $5,000
  • Printed Event Program $4,500
  • Underwriting Party $10,000
  • Red Wine Corkage $4,500
  • White Whine Corkage $4,500
  • Honoree Awards $2,000
  • DJ $1,500
  • Full Page Program Ads (5 sold) $500
  • Waterman's Bronze Package (7 sold) $250
  • Waterman's Silver Package (6 sold) $500

Live Auction Items

  • VIP Waterman's Ball Package for two (5 sold) $3,500 – Includes 2 VIP seats at premium tables, Waterman's Ball table centerpiece, two tickets to the VIP reception, one-night stay at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa on the night of the Ball
  • Mozambique Dinner for 10 (1 sold) $4,500 – Private diner for 10 at Mozambique