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Waterman's Ball 2009 photos

By Tiffany Montgomery
August 10, 2009 6:16 AM

The 2009 Waterman's Ball Friday night honored the late SIMA Chairman Emeritus Dick Baker with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Dave Rastovich as Environmentalist of the Year and Rob Machado as Waterman of the Year.

The event moved back to the Ritz Carlton in Dana Point, California this year and featured a silent and live auction, dinner, speeches and awards. Una, Ryan and Jack Baker gave moving speeches about Dick Baker and the honorable and generous way he lived his life, and industry leaders such as Bob McKnight and Richard Woolcott praised Dick and his vision in an emotional video tribute.

Dave Rastovich spoke about his mission to stop the commercial killing of dolphins and whales and Rob Machado talked about idolizing Gerry Lopez, who presented him with the award, and his amazement that he went on to become a famous surfer like Lopez.

The annual ball and golf tournament raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for SIMA's Environmental Fund which donates money to organizations working to protect the world's beaches, oceans and waves. In the past 19 years, Waterman's Weekend has raised more than $4.5 million.

Here are some photos from the night. Click here to see Waterman's Photos Page 2.

Gerry Lopez, Tom HolbrookGerry Lopez with Tom Holbrook of Quiksilver
Dave RastovichDave Rastovich, left, SIMA's 2009 Environmentalist of the Year
2009 Winners at the VIP receptionAt the VIP reception, Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado,
Ryan Baker, Una Baker, Paul Naude and Jack Baker.
Surf Divas and Bob HurleyCoco Tihanyi, Bob and Shelley Hurley, Izzy Tihanyi
Kelly Gibson and familyRip Curl USA President Kelly Gibson and his family
Kim and Vipe DesaiKim and Vipe Desai
Toby Bost, Michael TomsonToby Bost, CEO of the La Jolla Group and O'Neill Clothing, with Michael Tomson
Mike CarterElectric Visual Global Marketing Director Mike Carter and his wife, Kelly
Ryan, Fernando and JackRyan Baker, Fernando Aguerre, Jack Baker
Doug CollierVolcom CFO Doug Collier and his wife, Wende Zomnir,
a founding partner of Urban Decay cosmetics

Chad DiNenna, Doug Palladini and Kevin BaileyNixon co-founder Chad DiNenna, Vans VP of Marketing and SIMA President
Doug Palladini and Vans Americas President Kevin Bailey
Evan Slater, Ross Garrett and Jennifer SlaterHurley's Evan Slater, Ross Garrett of Surfer's Journal and Jennifer Slater
Jim and Mary GersonReef's new President Jim Gerson and his wife Mary

 

Craig StevensonCraig Stevenson, Quiksilver Americas president

Click here to see Waterman's Photos Page 2.


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