Gone Surfing

| October 6, 2014 | Parties

It’s been 25 years since Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s first Waterman’s Ball, and in that time, almost $7 million has been raised for organizations that are dedicated to preserving the world’s waters. And credit must go to the ocean-loving crowds who gather at the annual event—including the 600- plus guests who made it their business to be there for the silver anniversary gala. Held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel during SIMA’s two-day Waterman’s Weekend, the fete featured an alfresco reception, a gourmet dinner and a live auction boasting winnings like a 2014 Audi allroad that was nabbed for $42,500 and a day on the set of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation with Ted Danson that sold twice for a total of $28,000. Even better: The accomplished TV and film actor, along with two-time world surf champ Tom Carroll, shortboard-shaper Rusty Preisendorfer and late foam-and-Fiberglas surfboard developer Hobie Alter were recognized for their dedication to the sport. With all that, SIMA’s certainly riding a wave of success toward the future. -Photography by Reza Allah-Bakhshi


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