After having to take off 2020 due to the global pandemic (the first time in the past 30 years the event has not happened), Waterman’s legendary gala returns for an in-person celebration on August 14, 2021 at the Ranch from Laguna Beach. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will honor Carissa Moore, four-time world champion and 2021 Olympian, as Waterman of the year; brother musicians, artists and ocean environmental warriors Ben, Joel and Peter Harper as Environmentalists of the Year; and pioneering surf traveler, retailer and culture advocate Dick Metz with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Waterman’s benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation that provides grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The gala event is expected to raise $ 200,000 for 15 ocean conservation groups – which will be much needed support after the COVID-19 pandemic forced all in-person fundraising to stop in 2020. A list of Environmental beneficiaries of Waterman 2020 can be found at http://sima.com/watermans-beneficiaries. Since 1989, Waterman’s has raised more than $ 8 million to support grantees dedicated to preventing plastics from entering the ocean, overseeing beach cleanups, protecting surf spots from destruction and more at name of the surfers.
Now it’s 31st year, Waterman’s returns to the idyllic setting of the Ranch at Laguna Beach in Laguna Beach, California. However, this year’s edition will feature a more condensed format with 170 guests expected to attend the silent auction, dinner and awards on the Sage Patio rather than the 10e Ranch golf course fairway. Leading surf industry executives, local business leaders and surf enthusiasts will gather under the stars for a fun evening of competing for unique live and silent auction items, tasting great wine and gourmet cuisine, and paying homage to this year’s incredible winners. Waterman’s is honored to once again welcome its main sponsors: Audi, The Ranch at Laguna Beach, Surf Expo and Young’s Market.
A native of Hawaii, Carissa Moore first got a taste of surfing at the age of five when her father took her to Waikiki – and she immediately became hooked and it showed in her first competitions. In fact, she began scoring victories in NSSA competitions and the top spots at the ISA World Junior Surfing Championships, where she helped Hawaii achieve a tag team victory. In total, she landed a record 11 NSSA amateur titles and at age 16 became the youngest champion in a Triple Crown of Surfing event when she won the Reef Hawaiian Pro.
In 2010, Carissa qualified for the World Championship Tour where she won two major contests, finished third overall and was named Rookie of the Year. The following season, she continued to live up to the hype by winning three events and winning her first world championship. At 18, she became the youngest – male or female – to win a world surfing title. Carissa again won World Tour honors in 2013, 2015 and 2019. She was inducted into the Surfers’ Hall of Fame and will represent the United States at this year’s Olympics in Tokyo, where surfing will make its Games debut. .
“SIMA is delighted to honor Carissa Moore with a long awaited award as Waterperson of the Year,” said Paul Naudé, President of SIMA and CEO of Vissla. “Over the past decade, Carissa has spearheaded a new brand of women’s surfing that has now earned the respect of all surfers around the world and has inspired a whole new generation of young rippers. She is considered the seed for surfing debut at the Tokyo Olympics and is preferred to wear a medal at Watermans!
SIMA’s 2021 Environmentalists of the Year are incredible individuals in their own right, but together they have become powerful advocates for ocean protection. Of the three Harper brothers, Ben is arguably the best known for his Grammy-winning music that mixes folk, blues, rock, soul and reggae. However, his brothers Peter and Joel are also very talented and all three are surfers who use their talents to raise funds and raise awareness for ocean conservation.
The Harper brothers grew up surrounded by music thanks to their family’s Folk Music Center and Museum in Claremont, California. Ben started playing guitar as a child and has gained critical acclaim as a musical artist. While Brother Peter is also an accomplished musician, most of his youth has been focused on art – especially sculpture. After meeting the Malloy brothers of surfing, Peter found ways to combine his two passions of art and music for the benefit of ocean conservation.
Not to be outdone by his brothers, Joel turned his passion for surfing and his love of the ocean into children’s books and animated short films that teach children how the ocean and beaches are affected by waste, starting with local storm sewers. Her books All The Way To The Ocean and Sea Change use beautiful illustrations to teach children how they can make a difference by recycling and the harmful effects of pollution.
“The Harper Brothers are a renowned trio of tight-knit musicians and artists. Known the world over for their engaging music, it is their incredible spirit and soul that sets them apart. Their inimitable style and commitment to environmental causes are a joy and benefit to all. We applaud their tireless efforts to make a difference, ”Naudé said of this year’s Environmentalists of the Year.
Known in his youth for his laid back demeanor and often aimless approach to life, Dick Metz led a lifetime and those who know him now certainly wouldn’t use aimless to describe him. Born and raised in Laguna Beach, Dick learned to surf at the age of seven in San Onofre and received a bachelor’s degree from Santa Barbara State College in 1953. After spending seven months in the military, he retired. briefly enrolled in school in Hawaii, but then returned to Laguna Beach in 1954 where he ran a bar, ran his father’s liquor store, and repaired surfboards.
In 1958, a restless Metz embarked on a three-year round-the-world trip with stops in Tahiti, Australia, Southeast Asia, India and South Africa. In Cape Town, he befriended a young John Whitmore – later called the father of South African surfing – and put him in touch with California surfboard builder Hobie Alter, helping to seed the Cape Town surf scene with high quality equipment. Upon his return to California, Metz captivated his longtime friend and filmmaker Bruce Brown with stories from his travels. A few years later, while filming in South Africa The endless summer, Brown researched some of the contacts Metz had made on his trip around the world.
In 1962, Alter called on Metz to manage its new surf shop in Honolulu; the store was an immediate success and Metz found a career in retail. Over the next few years, he co-founded the successful Surfline Hawaii beachwear boutique with Dave Rochlen, opened Hobie outlets on the continent’s west and east coasts, and launched ice cream parlors and liquor stores with McClelland.
Along the way, Metz collected hundreds of vintage surfboards, many of which belonged to the big names of the Hobie team in the 1960s. In the early 2000s, in part to preserve its collection of boards, Metz teamed up to Spencer Croul of Newport Beach to found the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center, a nonprofit museum based in San Clemente, Calif., and a research center on the history of surfing.
“Dick Metz is a surfing legend who set the stage for the international surf travel and adventure that has become an integral part of surf culture. He is a visionary who brought modern surfing to many secondary countries. and also played a leading role in defining modern surf retailing, “said Naudé.” Along the way, he also had the foresight to bring together and preserve the most beautiful and vast collection of surfboards and memorabilia of historical significance to the world, after decades of being immersed in surfing, its storytelling is unmatched.
The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) is the official trade association of over 300 suppliers to the surf industry. Founded in 1989, SIMA is a non-profit organization that serves to promote awareness of the surf industry and participation in the sport of surfing through public relations efforts and a variety of services, programs educational and research. In addition, SIMA actively supports ocean environmental efforts through its 501 (c) (3) charitable environmental foundation, the SIMA Environmental Fund. Over the past 30 years, SIMA’s Environmental Fund has raised more than $ 8 million for environmental groups seeking to protect the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. For more information on SIMA, please visit www.sima.com.