5 August, 2013, Davenport, CA – Save The Waves Coalition is happy to announce the creation of its elite Save The Waves Donor's Club. With an investment of $5,000, year over three years, STW board member Fernando Aguerre is the founding donor in this prestigious club, with several other individuals following.
"We are very happy to be able to launch this program and have Fernando generously lead the way as the first contributor," said Save The Waves' Executive Director, Nik Strong-Cvetich, "Investments by the Donor's Club enable Save The Waves to substantially expand our scope and impact in our three core program areas." This will help Save The Waves further their mission by creating new World Surfing Reserves, taking direct action to protect Endangered Waves, and helping coastal communities quantify the value of their local breaks through cutting-edge economic studies.
This year on August 10th, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association will honor STW Donor's Circle founder and surfing leader Fernando Aguerre as "Waterman of the Year". Aguerre's work as President of the International Surfing Association has been focused strengthening surfing in Europe, North America and the South Pacific, while leading the charge in its expansion in Latin America, Asia and Africa. Additionally he has led the charge for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympic Games. In the last three years he's introduced surfing to new countries from China to Afghanistan to Turkey, and was recently elected as VP of ARISF, the Association of IOC Recognized International Sports Federations. Under his presidency the ISA has worked tirelessly supporting environmental organizations, as he recognizes that the surfing culture and sport is dependent on maintaining the health of the coastal environment.
"My investment in Save The Waves helps to safeguard our natural surfing environments for generations of surfers to come, and inspire other individuals and organizations to come on board", said Aguerre.