June 10, 2006 Stars of the stage, screen, and surf, and hundreds of locals gathered at Surf City USA (Huntington Beach, Ca) for a day of sun, sand, and surf, and most importantly, to save our beaches!
The Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Surf Jam is a unique event specifically developed to raise awareness for the protection and preservation of our world's oceans, waves and beaches. The event was hosted by 12-year WCT professional surfer and star of the Endless Summer II Pat O'Connell, Incubus singer Brandon Boyd, and ESPN X Games announcer and star of E! Television's Daily 10 Sal Masekela.
The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and preservation of our world's oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 63 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico, with international affiliates in Australia, Europe, Japan and Brazil.
Truly an event like no other, the Surfrider Foundation's Celebrity Surf Jam teamed up celebrities and professional surfing phenoms. Just to keep things real, they threw in eight Surfrider Foundation activists from around the country. This all boiled down to an exciting new team competition format called "The Game."
Despite the morning marine layer, lovers of the ocean threw on their board shorts and nestled into the sand to watch pro surfers and celebs work some magic on the waves. Although the waves were small and a little choppy, there were plenty of nice sets for the competitors to dazzle the crowd.
Celebrities like Incubus front man Brandon Boyd, fellow Incubus members Mike Einziger and Ben Kenney, Oscar nominated actress Minnie Driver, star of the hit 70's television series Courtship of Eddie's Father Brandon Cruz, Porno For Pyros member Peter DiStefano, Switchfoot bassist Tim Foreman, 'Baywatch' alumni and star of the N Network's upcoming show 'Beyond the Break' David Chokachi, and his fellow cast member Ross Thomas threw on their rash guards, grabbed their boards, and paddled out to catch some beautiful sets. The stars were joined by a host of today's top surfing professionals, including event co-chair and co-star of the Endless Summer II, Pat O'Connell, Rob Machado, WCT surfers Taylor Knox and Damien Hobgood, and free surfing phenomena Tim Curran, Danny Fuller, Jeff Deffenbaugh, and Pascal Stansfield.
Celebrities and surf prodigies aren't the only ones rallying for the Surfrider Foundation' Toyota Motor Sales USA is now hopping on the much welcomed Surfrider band wagon. In support of International Surfing Day, Toyota Motor Sales USA is donating a new 2006 Highlander Hybrid for auction, with 100 percent of all proceeds benefiting the Surfrider Foundation. The auction will be held on eBay, beginning June 19th and running through June 29th.
'This truly is a win-win situation,' says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation Director of Communications. 'With gas prices going well over $3.00 a gallon in some areas of the country, making the winning bid on this vehicle is a great personal investment as well as an incredibly generous investment towards our waves and beaches.'
The auction is being held as part of this year's International Surfing Day. This world-wide celebration of the sport of surfing serves as an opportunity for surf enthusiasts everywhere to go out, get waves and then give something back. As part of the event, Surfrider Foundation chapters across the world will be hosting official International Surfing Day beach clean-ups to help protect our beaches and raise awareness of our coastal environments.
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