Surfrider Announces 2015 Wavemaker Recipients as National Volunteer Appreciation Week Gets Underway

April 11 2016

San Clemente, CA., April 11, 2016 – The Surfrider Foundation announced its 2015 Wavemaker Award recipients which recognizes individuals and companies for their outstanding volunteer efforts and support to fulfill Surfrider’s mission of protecting our ocean, waves and beaches for all of us to enjoy.

Surfrider celebrates the special recognition and outstanding work of an individual who demonstrate a commitment to coastal protection by honoring them with the Wavemaker award for Coastal Protection.  The 2015 winner is Cruz Bustamente who has help guide decisions to conserve our natural resources for the legacy of our children’s children.

“The dedication of our volunteers and activists is awe inspiring. The Wavemaker Awards are attempt to recognize stellar individuals and businesses that help us achieve our mission,” noted Michelle Kremer, the COO of the Surfrider Foundation.

The 2015 Wavemaker recipients by category are:

Environmental Leadership:

  • LNG Campaign Team: Nick Lynn (New York City Chapter), Nikita Scott (New York City Chapter), Amanda Moore (Central Long Island Chapter), Marvin Weiss (Central Long Island Chapter), and Michelle Stewart (Central Long Island Chapter)
  • Ethan Crouch, Cape Fear Chapter, North Carolina
  • Carmen Matthews & Annie Pollard, Coos Bay Chapter, Oregon

Outstanding Contribution: Marcus Eriksen & Anna Cumins of the 5 Gyres Institute

Development: Alex Garbuio

Distinguished Legal Service: Bill White, Esq. from Shute, Mihaly, Weinberger

Corporate Partner: Patagonia

Surf Industry Partner: VANS

Coastal Impact:  Arnold Schouten

Coastal Preservation: Cruz Bustamente

Since 2000 when the award was created, Surfrider receives nominations from its staff and Board of Directors for the Wavemaker Award, and those submissions represent the exemplary work of the Surfrider chapter network - 85 chapters and 50 youth engagement clubs – individuals and companies who provide support to Surfrider.

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation and the Wavemaker Award recipients, please visit here.


The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. Learn more at