WHO: Project Save Our Surf (Project SOS) was launched by actress Tanna Frederick and world-renowned surfer Shaun Tomson, both avid surfers concerned about the world's oceans. They were inspired to embrace the surfathon concept as a fun and rewarding family event, bringing together the legendary sport of surfing and beach lovers who want to make a difference. Project SOS is collaborating with a number of generous local and national sponsors including ZJ Boardinghouse, Quiksilver, Rocker Board Shop, Kreation Café, Charlie Palmer Restaurants and American Latino TV.
WHAT: Surf participants will raise money by asking people to sponsor their commitment to surf non-stop during a six-hour shift. The event will be followed by a Celebrity Gala with a live band, auction, cocktails, tapas and a celebrity "blue" carpet befitting Oceana. Honorary Board Members attending the gala include Dennis Hopper, Jeff Garlin, Judd Nelson, Ron Vignone , Rosanna Arquette , Noah Wyle, Ed Begley, Jr., Justine Pasek (Miss Universe 2002), Elliot Gould, writer/director Phil Alden Robinson and director *Henry Jaglom. Celebrities surfing the event include Michelle Rodriguez ("Lost"), David Chokachi ("Baywatch") and World Champion of International Professional Surfing Peter "P.T." Townend. Other activities at the event include Tae Kwon Do demonstrations, environmental guest speakers, face painting, team relay races, yoga sessions, free massages, raffle prizes and musical performances by Francis Awe and The Nigerian Talking Drum Ensemble, and Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.
WHEN: Surfathon: Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Celebrity Gala Event and Auction: Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.
Ocean Park Beach Shutters on the Beach, Ballroom
2600 Barnard Way
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Celebrity Gala Event and Auction
One Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90401
WHY: Project Save Our Surf is holding its first annual surfathon to raise money for the non-profit organization Oceana. Oceana is a non-profit organization that campaigns globally to protect and restore the world's oceans. Oceana seeks to make our oceans as rich, healthy and abundant as they were in the past. They look to a future in which dolphin sightings are common along any temperate coast; swordfish, marlin and tuna are abundant once again; whales and sea turtles thrive; cod are plentiful on both sides of the Atlantic; local fishing cultures evolve rather then decline and in which fish are a safe, growing and plentiful source of food around the world.
HOW: To register to surf please visit www.projectsaveoursurf.com. Tickets for the Celebrity Gala are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling 310-271-0202 .