September 20 2016

An Evening of Epic Proportions at Two Coasts: One Ocean Malibu

by Mary Herbranson

Malibu, California. A stunning and serene setting with legendary surf culture. With increasing popularity and development more than 30 years ago, threats to the health of this 21-mile strech of Southern California coastline motivated a handful of passionate surfers to rise up against environmental impositions. The Surfrider Foundation was formed in 1984 in response to ongoing environmental problems, including the sewage runoff that had fouled Malibu Lagoon. 32 years later, fortified by a national network of coastal defenders, Surfrider Foundation returned to Malibu for our second annual Two Coasts: One Ocean event on Saturday September 17, 2016. The event celebrated our mounting coastal victories, the people who make them possible and raised funds for two critical coastal preservation initiatives.

Event host committee and attendees included champion athletes, celebrities and philanthropists including Greg Long, Kelly Slater, Robert Trujillo, James McAdoo, Johnny Knoxville, John Paul Mitchell, Annabeth Gish, Takuji Masuda, Stephanie Gilmore, David Chokachi, Eric Balfour, Tori Praver and Danny Fuller. Guests gathered at sunset for fresh grilled tacos from Blue Plate Taco and handcrafted cocktails sponsored by Finlandia Vodka, set against a stunning natural backdrop of the vast hilltop private backyard in Point Dume. Cocktail hour festivities included the music styling of DJ KK (big wave surfer Keala Kennelly), a colossal skate ramp and noteworthy silent auction featuring items from MIKOH, Vissla, Firewire, Vans and more.

The night continued on the far side of the property with rustic, candlelit tablescapes and a farm-to-table dinner prepared by LA Roots. Famed auctioneer, CK Swett, roused the crowd with an exciting live auction, featuring an exciting trip to Volcom’s Pipeline house on the North Shore of Oahu, a trip to the Billabong Pipeline Masters with surf session with Mark Occhilupo, a luxury vacation to St. Lucia at Viceroy’s Sugar Beach Resort, and a Patagonia sponsored surf session with the Shaun Tomson. The fundraising program was followed by an electrifying live set by the head banging pre-teen metal band The Helmets with impromptu stage performances by Stephanie Gilmore and Robert Trujillo and a night-cap DJ set by Mike D and Damon Way.

A highlight of the evening includes the exclusive debut of Surfrider’s short film, “Long Live The Beach” narrated by big wave surfer Greg Long and presented by Surfrider Foundation CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen. The nationwide "Long Live the Beach" campaign will engage the next generation of coastal defenders and ensure our coasts are protected for the future. Find event images and information about the Long Live the Beach campaign on the Surfrider Foundations HQ Facebook page.

For information on the 2017 Two Coasts: One Ocean events, click here

Thank you to our 2016 Two Coast: One Ocean partners, event sponsors, in-kind donors and auction donors. 

Huka Entertainment
Noble Light Foundation
Paul Mitchell
A Walk on Water
Henry and Ana Pincus
Don Q Rum
D'Angelico Guitars
UBS Sustainable Investing
Cameron Hughes
Broadcast Support, Inc
Blue Plate Taco
LA Roots Catering
Barefoot Wine
Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort
Patagonia + Shaun Tompson
Firewire Surfboards
Xtreme Video
Dead Kooks Surfboards + Eden Saul
SALT Optics
Clare V.
Sticky Bumps
James McAdoo
Tori Praver
Electric & Rose
Love Yoga
The Dudes' Brewing Company
Cosentino's Nursery