It was a night that 'Rocked the House'… 250 surfers and friends gathered for the inaugural Paddle Out Fundraiser with a mix of surfing legends, amazing auction items, great food and music with SuperWave.
The California Surf Museum is thrilled to announce that over $30,000 was raised at the event. Highlights from the evening included MC Chris Cote and Auctioneer Terry Bagley creating bidding wars while keeping the audience laughing. The top auction item was the Herbie Fletcher hand-shaped and painted longboard bought by Fernando Aguerre, while his brother Santiago snagged the Surftech Dale Velzy paddleboard. Surfing legends Shaun Tomson, Peter 'PT' Townend, Reno Abellira, Bobby 'Challenger' Thomas, Gidget, Linda Benson and many more mingled with the crowd while flashbulbs went off everywhere.
"Surfing is a business as well as a lifestyle and sport, having grown into a $7.5 billion industry in the United States," said Dick Baker, president of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association. "First and foremost, the locality should be behind the museum because it has gotten identity from surfing. "But also the industry needs to step up as well as surfing champions, who have gotten a great life from the sport. The museum is a chance for everyone to give back.”
A big thank-you to all sponsors and all donors. The funds generated from the Inaugural Paddle Out Fundraiser will help CSM provide interior improvements to its new facility to showcase surfing for decades to come. The new facility will allow CSM to expand the exhibit space, provide additional educational opportunities and increase its needed archival space.
Stay tuned for more information about the next event, the Grand Opening of Harney Sushi in Oceanside, CA, on June 27, 2008, benefiting CSM.