Worlds Top Surfers Gather to Honor Boobies
This year, SIMA’s Liquid Nation Ball 8 will be honoring Shaney jo Darden: Keep A Breast co-founder as their ‘2011 SIMA Humanitarian of the Year.’
- The annual Liquid Nation Ball serves as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Humanitarian Fund and has become one of the surf industry’s can’t miss events. Each year surf industry legends, surf stars, and La Jolla VIPs gather for an amazing night of dancing, live music, great food, open bar, and a short live auction of a unique collection of one-of-a-kind items to exclusively benefit the surf-related humanitarian organizations selected by the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board of Directors.
It goes down Saturday, September 17, 2011 in La Jolla, California. I HIGHLY recommend you nab tickets before it’s too late, as the list of guests who have confirmed their attendance to honor Shaney includes a trifecta of the world’s greatest surfers: Kelly Slater, Rob Machado and Greg Long (among others).
Liquid Nation is going on during the Hurley Pro but thankfully, Hurley will be shuttling down the athletes, because really, its take very little to get the surf industry to mobilize for the greater good.
In fact, Liquid Nation Ball host, Fernando Aguerre will be speaking at SDSU’s Center for Surf Research ‘Rising Tide Symposium’ the morning of Liquid Nation Ball. The ‘intellectual jam session on surf philanthropy’ brings together surf industry veterans Rusty Miller, Jon Roseman, (Co-owner Tavarua), Dr. Dave Jenkins (Founder of SurfAid); Steve Barilotti (Surfer Magazine) and Dr. Serge Dedina (WildCoast), in efforts to inspire students, showcase the ‘social movement’ of surf philanthropy and explore the needs from non-profit partners etc…oh, and its FREE.
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Surfer’s Healing Helps Hunter Brown Achieve Success
“It is possible to overcome some of the challenges of Autism and follow your dreams.“- Hunter’s Voice August 2011
Have you met Hunter Brown? This amazing little boy was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and now, at tens years old, Hunter has become a ‘star’ in his own right, singing the National Anthem at LA Ride for Autism and is gearing up to sing the National Anthem and another song right before the inspirational Keynote Dr. Temple Grandin takes the stage in Pasadena for the Autism Conferences of America this Friday morning.
I first met Hunter when he was participating in a Surfer’s Healing event. In case you haven’t heard of the amazing organization, Surfers Healing was founded by Israel (Izzy) and Danielle Paskowitz and is making huge waves helping kids with autism harness the healing power of the ocean via surfing.
- Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many children with autism, he often suffered from sensory overload—simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea—with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other children with autism. They began to host day camps at the beach where children with autism and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing
Also, it looks like Oprah is finally hip to Izzy and work…check out ‘The Swell Life’ which chronicles a summer with the world-class surfer and his wife as they raise their three children and run Surfer’s Healing.
In 2007, when he was 7-years-old, Hunter (above with actor Dean McDermott), attended his first Surfer’s Healing camp…he has attended SH three times. He “absolutely loves Izzy and the entire Surfer’s Healing family” and has since nurtured his love for singing.
“At Surfer’s Healing, Hunter noticed a calmness from the kids when they were out in the water,” explains Hunter’s mom Lisa, “He’s also found that music has done the same thing for him as surfing has, from Mozart when he was a baby, to music classes as a toddler and music in Elementary school, he’s now being able to perform in a choral ensemble and sing solos for events all over…music has been an instrumental part of his journey with Autism and his road to recovery.”
As always, thanks for reading~