SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (August 29, 2005) – The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environmental Fund raised $400,000 during the 16th annual Waterman’s Weekend environmental fundraiser, August 26-27, 2005, at The St. Regis Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif. The proceeds raised will be distributed in the form of grants to 10 environmental organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving the ocean environment through programs designed to reduce urban runoff pollution, protect fabled surf breaks, conserve sensitive coastal areas and to educate young people about ocean pollution prevention and conservation.
SIMA is proud to have met the ambitious goal set by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors of raising $400,000. In the past 16 years, $3 million has been raised at Waterman’s Weekend to benefit environmental organizations dedicated to saving our oceans and waves. From the humble beginnings of Waterman’s Weekend in 1989, the funds raised have grown as the surf industry itself has thrived; in 2001 Waterman’s hit a milestone by raising approximately $200,000, marking a notable increase from any previous year. The net proceeds have climbed steadily every year since. The $400,000 raised at this year’s event sets a new record for the most funds raised in the history of Waterman’s Weekend.
“The surf industry has a genuine and relentless commitment to protecting the oceans waves that are crucial to our businesses,”said Paul Naud