Surf industry grant benefits Seymour Center

kids at seymour center
The SIMA Environmental Fund supports marine science education programs at the Seymour Center.

The Seymour Center at Long Marine Laboratory is among the 20 ocean-environmental organizations named as beneficiaries of the 23rd Annual Waterman's Weekend, the surf industry's annual environmental fundraiser to be held August 10 and 11.

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Environmental Fund will support the Seymour Center's school programs, including exhibit hall enhancement, exhibit renovations, and volunteer training. These programs educate the public about the role marine science plays in understanding and conserving the world's oceans.

The SIMA Environmental Fund aims to raise $400,000 at the 2012 Waterman's Weekend. The weekend begins Friday, August 10, with the Waterman's Classic Golf Tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, and culminates on Saturday, August 11, with the Waterman's Ball and auction to be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California.

All proceeds will be distributed in the form of SIMA Environmental Fund grants to the 20 beneficiary groups. The funds will be dedicated 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 SIMA Environmental Fund is extremely proud to fund and support the positive environmental impact of the 20 Waterman's Weekend beneficiary organizations, as each one of the beneficiaries is crucial to preserving and protecting our most valuable asset--the ocean," said Paul Naude, chairman of the SIMA Environmental Fund Board and president of Billabong Americas.

More information about the SIMA Environmental Fund and Waterman's Weekend is available online at