California Surf Museum Inaugural Paddle Out Fundraiser Raises More Than $30,000

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Oceanside, CA, May 13, 2008 – It was a night that "Rocked the House." About 250 surfers and friends gathered for the Inaugural Paddle Out fundraiser with a mix of surfing legends, amazing auction items, great food and music with SuperWave.

The California Surf Museum is thrilled to announce that more than $30,000 was raised at the event. Highlights from the evening included MC Chris Cote and Auctioneer Terry Bagley creating bidding wars while keeping the audience laughing.  The top auction item was the Herbie Fletcher hand shaped and painted longboard bought by Fernando Aguerre, while his brother Santiago snagged the Surftech Dale Velzy paddleboard.  Surfing legends Shaun Tomson, Peter "PT" Townend, Reno Abellira, Bobby "Challenger" Thomas, Gidget, Linda Benson and many more mingled with the crowd while flashbulbs went off everywhere.  View some great event photos HERE.

Surfing is a business as well as a lifestyle and sport, having grown into a $7.5 billion industry in the United States, said Dick Baker, president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. He said all stakeholders who benefit from the sport should support the museum.

“First and foremost, the locality should be behind the museum because it has gotten identity from surfing,” Baker said. “But also the industry needs to step up as well as surfing champions, who have gotten a great life from the sport. The museum is a chance for everyone to give back."

A big thank-you to all our sponsors: City of Oceanside, Billabong, Transworld SURF Magazine, Surftech, Ocean House Restaurant, K. Brunini, Hurley, K-5 Surf Shop, L & L Printers, Nixon, Roxy, the LAB, OPT, INT Surfboards, Tom Keck, Tracker Trucks, Asylum Surf, Jed Noll, Beach Break Café, Nathan Gibbs, David Alton Dickey, TheSurfNetwork, Wade Koniakowsky, Sally Taylor, Shawn Styles, Island Influence Surfboards, Dick Baker, Vista Valley Golf Club, Just Skin Inc., Pacific Palisades Resorts, Surfing Heritage Foundation, Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Fernando and Santiago Aguerre, Harney Sushi, Peggy Vasquez and all our donors.

The funds generated from the Inaugural Paddle Out Fundraiser will help CSM provide interior improvements to its new facility to showcase surfing for decades to come. The new facility will allow CSM to expand the exhibit space, provide additional educational opportunities and increase its needed archival space. Stay tuned for more information about our next event, the Grand Opening of Harney Sushi in Oceanside, CA, on June 27, 2008, benefiting CSM.

The California Surf Museum serves as an international repository and resource center on the lifestyle sport of surfing through capturing, preserving and chronicling its art, culture and heritage for the education and enjoyment of future generations. The California Surf Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located at 223 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054.