High Tidings

| October 12, 2012 | Parties

It was a night of perfect swells for the sun-kissed surf industry stars and water warriors who gathered at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel for SIMA’s Waterman’s Ball, the culmination of a two-day festival celebrating our coast and the champions of the sea. Kelly Slater, Lisa Andersen, Beth and Tom Knapp, and others dined on fine cuisine and bid during the silent and live auctions. Among the other highlights: an awards ceremony recognizing surfer Shane Dorian, environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau and the late wave forecaster Sean Collins for their impact on the world of water. But what made the biggest wave was the weekend’s goal-surpassing total of $400,000—funds that will help preserve oceans near and far.Photography by Brent Hilleman and Jon Steele


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