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The ball, auction and golf tournament, held Thursday, were expected to raise approximately $500,000 for the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association Environmental Fund, which provides grants to 17 environmental groups that protect oceans around the world.
"This industry relies on a healthy ocean," said Billabong North America President Paul Naudé as he introduced this year's honorees at a VIP cocktail reception Friday afternoon before the ball. Honorees included Mark "Occy" Occhilupo, Jackson Browne, Eduardo Arena, Surfrider and Friends of the Foothills.
Here are some photos from the evening:
Tom Campion, left, chairman of Zumiez, with Quiksilver Americas President Marty Samuels and Marty's wife, Elizabeth Kugler.
Richard Woolcott, CEO of Volcom, with girlfriend Cari Church.
Environmental advocate and Billabong North America leader Paul Naudé.
Michael Tomson, middle, co-founder of Gotcha, with his fiancée Kimberly Maki and Billabong's Jim Kempton.
Tom Holbrook of Quiksilver and wife, Gayle
Monica Campana, left, publisher of Foam Magazine, with Monica Wise, founder of L*Space
Kelly Gibson, CEO of Rip Curl USA, and wife, Linda
Vipe Desai, left, with the O'Neill/La Jolla Group team: Toby and Konni Bost, Kerry and Erik Forsell
SIMA Chairman Emeritus Dick Baker, left, with Sean O'Brien and Roy Turner of Surf Expo
Ross Garrett of Airborne Media with wife, Alexis. They are proud new parents of a six-week-old son, Henry.
The Lost team: Tim Garrett, Matt Biolos and Marlo Garrett
Lost, part II: Lost CEO Joel Cooper, left, with Sandy Smith and Una and Dick Baker.
L to R: Kevin Meehan of Analog with girlfriend and PR maven Andrea Tagliareni and Rick Irons, publisher of Surfer Magazine.
Lori Kisner of Surf Expo with Glenn Brumage of Tum Yeto.
Last but not least: Robert Wright, left, and Jonas Bevacqua of LRG with Zumiez Chairman Tom Campion. They sat at the Moss-Adams table. Tom said LRG is doing great at Zumiez.
The SIMA folks also asked me to post a reminder about the Liquid Nation Ball Sept. 5 at Fernando and Vicky Aguerre's house in La Jolla. The event raises money for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund. For tickets, contact Shannon Park at email@example.com