Save the Waves and Greg Long enjoy Life is a Wave event
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 29 June, 2016 - As people flooded into San Francisco’s Mezzanine, the night kicked off with a warm welcome from NY Times bestselling author, Dr. Wallace J Nichols, to Save the Waves 10th Anniversary of Life is a Wave.
The theme of the night was celebrating 10 years of impact around the globe, and honoring individuals who have embodied this impact through the Wave Saver awards presented by Peak Design.
This year Dr. Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, presented Dr. Charles Lester with the Wave Saver Environmentalist of the Year award for his decades of work protecting the California Coastline through his vigorous defense of the Coastal Act.
“Dr. Lester’s vision and pragmatic leadership has inspired countless coastal victories across California and the world,” said Executive Director Nik Strong-Cvetich.
Save The Waves’ own Nick Mucha and Gavin Comstock presented the Wave Saver Company of the Year to Bureo Inc.’s David Stover and Kevin Ahearn for Bureo’s work to remove and repurpose old fishing nets into skateboards and other products.
Save The Waves Board member Ryan Seelbach and Nik Strong-Cvetich awarded Greg Long with the Wave Saver Athlete of the Year for his work protecting surf spots around the globe, supporting enviro NGOs, and leading the paddle-in revolution in big wave surfing. In an eloquent and impassioned speech, Greg inspired the crowd to get involved with their own issues. “It is getting people to slow down a second, and realize how easy it is to make a difference,” he said.
With Greg’s help, Save The Waves also unveiled its new initiative in creating an app to harness the power of surfers to gather data on key coastal issues worldwide, raising almost $15,000 toward its development in the live auction. The app will be developed throughout the next year.
The event also featured artwork from internationally renowned artists like Wolfgang Bloch, Thomas Campbell, Eric Abel, and Matt Beard, as well as one of kind custom surfboards from contributors like Juicebox, Ward Coffey, Jason Hendricks and Firewire Surfboards. Wrapping thenight up was the legendary G. Love, accompanied by the house band launched into some of his biggest hits.
Reflecting on the event, Strong-Cvetich said, "This event was a watershed for us; we smashed our fundraising goal and we really helped people understand the impact that this work is having worldwide. We are so grateful to everyone that helped make this happen."