SIMA Waterman’s Ball 2012 – Audi Sponsors Fundraiser in Dana Point

SIMA, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, celebrated the 12th annual Waterman’s Weekend in Dana Point last week. The Waterman’s Weekend is the official fundraiser for the SIMA Environmental Fund and consists of the Waterman’s Classic, a golf tournament held at the Monarch Links at the St. Regis, and the SIMA Waterman’s Ball, a silent and live auction dinner fundraiser.

2012 Waterman's Weekend Poster

Audi of America is one of the Waterman’s Weekend sponsors, and offered one of the best live auction items around –  a 2013 Audi Allroad! Other auction items include a private party of 500 at the House of Blues, a Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Hawaii VIP package for two and a dream trip for two to the exclusive Ninamu Resort in French Polynesia – complete with the incredible chance to dive with Jean-Michel Cousteau – who was honored as the 2012 SIMA Environmentalist of the Year (below). Audi Mission Viejo was on site to support the logistics of the event, setting up the Audi Hole at the golf tournament and providing display vehicles and product/brand knowledge for the Watermen and their guests.

The SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors has selected 20 ocean-related, non-profit organizations as beneficiaries of the 2012 Waterman’s Weekend. These organizations will dedicate the funds to programs that will address water quality and ocean pollution issues, defend beaches and surf breaks from development, or provide public education about ocean conservation.

The 2013 Audi Allroad donated by Audi went for $46,000 in the live auction. Photo credit Transworld

2012 Waterman’s Weekend Beneficiaries
Alaska Wilderness League
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Assateague Coastal Trust
Cook Inletkeeper
Heal the Bay
North Shore Community Land Trust
Ocean Defenders Alliance
Ocean Institute
Orange County Coastkeeper
Paso Pacifico
Reef Check
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Santa Monica Baykeeper
Save the Waves Coalition
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Surfing Education Association
Surfrider Foundation

2012 SIMA Waterman's Ball Honorees

Paul Naudé, CEO of Billabong USA and president of the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors introduces Waterman’s Weekend honorees

2012 Waterman’s Ball Honorees
Shane Dorian (right) • Waterman of the Year
Jean-Michel Cousteau (left) • Environmentalist of the Year
Sean Collins (Family member, 2nd from right) • Lifetime Achievement Award

Of course, the event wasn’t all awards and auctions, the big highlight of every Waterman’s Weekend is the SIMA Waterman’s Classic – the golf tournament at the St. Regis Monarch Links that preceeds the Waterman’s Ball. Audi Mission Viejo led the charge at hole #5 with a hole-in-one contest for another 2013 Audi Allroad. Although no one took that Allroad home, golfers certainly enjoyed themselves with ice-cold refreshments provided in Audi “coozies” and live music by The DJNR – Nathan Reynolds. I know we had fun, and look forward to next year!

SIMA Waterman's Classic

Audi hole-in-one contest at the St. Regis Monarch Links, hole #5

Audi Coozies

Audi Coozies

Audi Coozies

Audi Coozies

SIMA Golfers at Hole 5

SIMA Golfers at Hole 5

2012 Waterman’s Classic Results

Low Net Score- 1st Place: Team Surf Expo
Josh Hansen, James Lynch, Dave Nash, Tony Perez

Low Net Score- 2nd Place: Team Tilly’s
Larry Levine, Tilly Levine, Sheldon Ryan, Paul Smolinski

Low Net Score- 3rd Place: Team Sanuk
John Gothard, Glen Hughes, Jeff Kelley, Sam Lovell

Closest to the Pin (Hole 4 sponsored by Surf Expo): Scott Yunkerman (Ross Stores)

Closest to the Pin (Hole 15 sponsored by Mophie): Reid Casner (New Era)

Closest to the Pin (Hole 17 sponsored by Peligroso Tequila): Rhett Taylor (Oakley)

Long Drive Contest (Hole 11 sponsored by Grind Media):
Women: Heidi Muther (Billabong)
Men: Nathaniel Curren (Audi)

Best Dressed Foursome: Billabong Hillbillies
Alex Carter, Mike Wallace, Boston Titensor, Curt Fry

Best Hole Sponsorship: Point Break by Vans (Hole 10)

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