Plastic Pollution, Water Quality
October 07 2019

Celebrating ‘Women Making Waves’ at Surfrider’s memorable West Coast One Ocean event

On October 5th, the Surfrider Foundation hosted our most successful One Ocean event to date to support clean water and healthy beaches. Honoring 'Women Making Waves' and coastal activist, Kim Johnson, founder of the Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Foundation, the One Ocean benefit was the second of two annual bicoastal fundraisers to protect the ocean, waves and beaches for the future.

More than 300 guests gathered at the sold-out event at the eco-friendly farm, the Ecology Center, to raise funds to amplify Surfrider’s coastal protection efforts. Attendees were invited to bid on specialty items at a silent auction and enjoy a cocktail hour, gourmet seated dinner curated by celebrity chef Ed Kenney, a lively auction and live performances by Lukas Nelson, Jack Johnson, Zach Gill and Adam Topol. Initiative updates were also shared by Surfrider’s CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen, on the Surfrider network’s scalable impacts across the country. Notable guests included artists Ethan Estess and Wolfgang Bloch, surfer Alex Grey, brand founder Alex Faherty, film director Emmett Malloy and other leaders from the surf, fashion and music industries. 

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the prestigious 'Women Making Waves' award, designed by Blakeney Sanford, to Kim Johnson, for her dedication to environmental initiatives and plastic pollution solutions, which have impacted millions of people worldwide. A special guest appearance by Jack Johnson also ended with the auctioning off of a ukulele signed and played by the legendary musician. 

The Surfrider Foundation extends gratitude to the generous sponsors, in-kind and auction donors, and all guests for supporting the protection of our ocean, waves and beaches for the future. Join us next year for Surfrider's One Ocean events!


Thank you to our generous Sponsors:

Scott Dunn


Jose Cuervo

La Croix


Delta Wines

Don Q Rum


The Ranch Laguna Beach

Dana Montgomery and Alison Wright

Harriet Zaretsky and Steve Henry

Sandler Partners

Jack Johnson

Brushfire Records


Thank you to our generous In-Kind Donors: 



Bureo Skate 


True Botanicals 

Malibu Popoyo 



Blakeney Sanford

Puro Surf 

Heidi Merrick 

Resinating Waves 


Hidden Gem 

Scott Dunn

Album - Matt Parker 

Lone Wolfs 


Cynthia Rowley




Number 808

Blue Flag Project 


Sam Talbot 

Ecology Center

Gros Ventre Cellars


Almond Surfboards 



House of Marley 

Firewire Surfboards 



Stella McCartney 

Love Berto 

Mel Kadel 

Julie Goldstein 

Gabe Sullivan 

Art Brewer 

Alex Weinstein 

Gomez Bueno 

Ben Brough 

Matt Allen 

Natalie Arnoldi 

Lauren Badenhoop 

Craig Barker 

Brian Bent 

Wolfgang Bloch 

Jeff Canham

Josh Conrad 

Russell Crotty 

Saskia Fleishman 

Greg LaMarche 

Paul McNeil 

Russ Pope - Lady 

Scott Richards 

Julian Summa 

Luke Taffe 

Britt Tobia

Ty Williams

Jack Johnson



Smartees Vintage Fabric

Jose Cuervo

Don Q Rum


La Croix

Wicked Harvest

Delta Wines

M. Special

Kleen Kanteen

Scott Dunn


West Elm

JuneShine Kombucha 

For additional info on Surfrider's annual One Ocean event, or to join us next year, stay tuned and find out more at! Thanks for helping to protect the ocean, waves and beaches for the future. 

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