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Photos from the star-studded Liquid Nation Ball 6

An awed fan, and Flea, who was
An awed fan, and Flea, who was honored as SIMA's Humanitarian of the Year.
By Tiffany Montgomery
September 15, 2009 6:00 AM

The stars turned out for Liquid Nation Ball 6 Friday night at the home of Reef co-founder Fernando Aguerre in La Jolla, Calif.

Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers received the SIMA Humanitarian of the Year award for his work with Surfers Healing, a group that exposes autistic children to surfing, and other charities, including co-founding the Silverlake Conservancy of Music. Tony Hawk and Surfers Healing's Izzy Paskowitz presented Flea with the award.

Here's a slide show of photos from the night. To see single images, scroll down below the slide show.

 

 

In his acceptance speech, Flea talked about how uplifting surfing is, and how it provides so much energy, and that it's the right thing to do to use some of that energy to help others. He also said that whenever he goes out of his way to help someone else, he thinks, "It's just what you're supposed to do."

Surfers Healing is particularly powerful, he said, and is a poetic, beautiful thing that helps autistic children not feel so alone.

Proceeds from the event benefited 12 surf-related humanitarian organizations.

Santiago Aguerre first came up with the idea for Liquid Nation, and joined with his brother, Fernando, to make the idea a reality.

Here are individual photos from the night:

 

Tony HawkTony Hawk, who presented the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Flea,
being interviewed by Fuel TV.
Fernando, group, awardsLiquid Nation Ball co-founder Santiago Aguerre with Tony Hawk,
Flea, Izzy Paskowitz and host Fernando Aguerre.
Florencia, Fernando and SalFlorencia Gomez Gerbi, Fernando Aguerre and Sal Masekela
Derek, Candy and PaulBillabong's Derek O'Neill, Candy Harris and Paul Naude.
Bob Hurley Michael SchwabHurley founder Bob Hurley and Michael Schwab.
Flea inspires"I'm just doing what we're all supposed to do," Flea said in his
inspiring acceptance speech.
Roxy crew Roxy crew: Lisa Anderson, Michelle LeBlanc, Anne Kelly, Pamela Levine.
Santi and kidsSantiago Aguerre's opening remarks focused on helping others.
Ambsn, LaJollaDustin Odbert, Toby Bost, Dylan Odbert, Bill Bussiere.
Mandy and CurtBillabong's Mandy Robinson and Von Zipper's Curt Fry.
Kelly, Michelle and CharlieKelly Gibson of Rip Curl, Michelle LeBlanc of Roxy, Charlie Setzler of Rusty.
Mark PriceMark Price of Firewire Surfboards.
Vipe, KimVipe Desai of Monster and Kim Coleman Desai of Propaganda HQ.
Joel Cooper Bob MignognaJoel Cooper of Lost International and Bob Mignogna.
Jim GersonJim Gerson of Reef
Chris Evans Dan LevineChris Evans and Dan Levine.
Derek O'Neill and Olivier CantetDerek O'Neill of Billabong and Olivier Cantet of Rip Curl.
Roy Turner Roy Turner of Surf Expo.
Fernando, pantsFernando and those pants.

 


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