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Waterman’s Weekend unveils environmental grants

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association names beneficiaries for the 23rd annual fundraiser

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: May 29, 2012 03:30 PM

Twenty ocean environmental organizations will receive the proceeds from the upcoming 23rd Waterman’s Weekend in the form of Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Environmental Fund grants.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will hold the annual Waterman’s Weekend this summer at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, August 10 to 11. The event includes the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links and the Waterman’s Ball and Charity Auction.

“The SIMA Environmental Fund is extremely proud to fund and support the positive environmental impact of the 20 Waterman’s Weekend beneficiary organizations as each one of the beneficiaries is crucial to preserving and protecting our most valuable asset –– the ocean.” said Paul Naude, chairman of the SIMA Environmental Fund Board and president of Irvine-based Billabong Americas.

The SIMA Environmental Fund has set a fundraising goal of $400,000 for this year’s two-day event, to be distributed among the 20 beneficiary organizations. These groups are all dedicated to protecting ocean environments, furthering environmental research, addressing water quality issues and promoting public education and water conservation efforts.

The beneficiary organizations of this year’s Waterman’s Weekend include: Surfrider Foundation, protecting water quality and promoting ocean environmental education; Heal the Bay, which researches and reports on the health and safety of more than 500 beaches and watersheds along the Pacific Coast; Reef Check, to improve marine management in California; the Ocean Defenders Alliance, to expand the organization’s underwater clean-up campaign; and more than a dozen other national organizations in the U.S. and Mexico.

“Covering a broad spectrum, the beneficiaries’ environmental work ranges from ocean education, to pollution research, to government lobbying to ocean and surf protection-activism. The surf industry’s very lifestyle and survival depends on the work of these organizations and we look forward to raising funds during Waterman’s Weekend that will go directly to these causes.”

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