SIMA’s 23rd Annual Waterman’s Weekend Raises More Than $400,000 in Donations
Nearly 700 professional surfers, surf industry VIPs and others came together Aug. 10 – 11 at the SIMA Environmental Fund Waterman’s Weekend charity event, where they raised their golf clubs, cocktail glasses and more than $400,000 to protect oceans and surf breaks in Orange County and around the globe. A day of golfing took place at Monarch Beach Golf Links the first day, and the Waterman’s Ball was held at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel the following evening, where tribute was paid to big-wave surfer Shane Dorian (named Waterman of the Year), world-renowned ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau (Environmentalist of the Year) and the late surfing hall of famer and forecaster Sean Collins. Also honored was Billabong’s Paul Naude, for 12 years of dedication and service to SIMA. —A.B.