Surfrider’s 2019 One Ocean fundraising events honor ‘Women Making Waves’

March 08 2019

Today, in recognition of International Women’s Day, the Surfrider Foundation announced that this year’s One Ocean fundraising events theme is ‘Women Making Waves.’ The high-profile bicoastal gatherings will honor Jayma Cardoso, owner of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, New York, and Kim Johnson, co-founder with Jack Johnson of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and Johnson Ohana Foundation. Sponsorship opportunities and limited tickets are now available for the July 13 event in Montauk, New York, and the October 5 event in Los Angeles, California. 

“Surfrider’s One Ocean events bring together top influencers from the fashion, surf, finance, business and music industries to support the protection of clean water and healthy beaches,” said Surfrider’s CEO, Dr. Chad Nelsen. “This year, we’re excited to celebrate the many visionary and dedicated women – the scientists, attorneys, policy experts, teachers, volunteers and surfers – who are fighting to protect our ocean, waves and beaches. We’re especially pleased to honor two exceptional leaders, Jayma Cardoso and Kim Johnson, who have each made outstanding impacts within their communities for the protection of our ocean and coasts for the future.”  

A successful creator and owner of prominent businesses in New York, Jayma Cardoso has played a major role in rallying the local community to protect the coasts. After launching the celebrity-infused Surf Lodge in Montauk more than ten years ago, Jayma spearheaded upgrades that will bring cleaner water to one of New York’s most significant coastal areas. In addition, Jayma has demonstrated her commitment to ocean protection with initiatives to eliminate single-use plastic in the Montauk business community. 

Kim Johnson, with husband Jack, founded the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation to offer environmental education in Hawai’i and the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art, and music education worldwide. As Jack’s co-manager, Kim has taken a lead role in advancing environmentally-friendly initiatives for all aspects of Jack touring, and has served as creative lead in the development of fan engagement campaigns through their All At Once social action network. Kim also strives to raise awareness in support of healthy oceans and plastic-free programs. Her impacts have reverberated across the globe as she continues to be a leader of the Surfrider Foundation’s mission to protect the ocean and coasts for this and future generations.

Surfrider’s One Ocean events raise awareness and critical funds to support the organization’s mission-driven work and dedicated nationwide network of passionate activists. Guests enjoy ocean views, craft cocktails, silent and live auctions, a curated local dinner, and live music. 

To become a sponsor or to purchase limited tickets, visit surfrider.org/one-ocean-event.

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About the Surfrider Foundation 

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 network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over one million supporters, activists and members, with more than 170 volunteer-led chapters and student clubs in the U.S., and more than 500 victories protecting our coasts. Learn more at surfrider.org.