Who will be this year’s SUP Man of the Year? If you know of a SUP superstar, hurry up and start spreading the word! Open nominations and voting will officially end tomorrow, Thursday night July 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST.

This year the process of selecting the “SUP Man of the Year” will first include an open round / nomination period. Anyone can nominate a SUP man, and bring awareness to some names of SUP superstars who are making the stand up paddle world a better place! To nominate someone, simply go to the Supconnect Facebook page and click on the SUP Man Nominations App. Once there, enter the name and photo of the person you are nominating along with a description of why he deserves be the 2012 SUP Man of the Year. The top 5 nominees with the highest number of votes and the most convincing descriptions will move on to join the top elite athletes in phase two.

But time is short since the open nominations and voting will officially end tomorrow, Thursday night July 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm PST. By Friday morning around 9am PST, there will be a big reveal as to who will join the pre-seeded elite athletes in the SUP Man of the Year final phase and voting will begin.

The second phase of the SUP Man of the Year contest will include the names of the pre-seeded elite athletes along with the top 5 stand up paddlers from the open nominations. They will all be featured again via the SupConnect Facebook page and will have beautiful photos, awesome biographies and a place for you to vote for your overall favorite in 2012.

The ultimate SUP Man of the Year winner will be determined based upon several points of criteria. They are: ambassadorship, grassroots involvement in Stand up Paddle, performance, and public voting.

In 2010 Chuck Patterson was the SUP Man of the Year and in 2011 Antoine Delpero claimed the title. Who do you think will win 2012? Will he be from this group of pre-seeded men or one of the 5 open nominees?

  1. Chase Kosterlitz
  2. Bart de Zwart
  3. Sean Poynter
  4. Justin Cook
  5. Chris Curray
  6. Colin McPhillips
  7. Antoine Delpero
  8. Leco Salazar
  9. Aaron Napoleon
  10. Jamie Mitchell
  11. Travis Grant
  12. Kai Lenny
  13. Eric Terrien
  14. Anthony vela
  15. Rob Rojas
  16. Danny Ching
  17. Connor Baxter
  18. Dan Gavere
  19. Ernest Johnson
  20. Chuck Patterson

**This is a preliminary list of pre-seeded athletes and additional pre-seeded men may be added.

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The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will once again have its annual Waterman’s Weekend this coming August 10-12 at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel, CA. Now in its 23rd year, the event has served as the main fundraising source for the SIMA Environmental Fund.

This year, the Waterman’s Ball will honor big wave surfer Shane Dorian as Waterman of the Year, world renowned ocean explorer, filmmaker, television personality and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau as Environmentalist of the Year, and revolutionary wave forecaster and surfing Hall of Famer the late Sean Collins with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Waterman’s Weekend is a two-day fundraising event held each August that exclusively benefits the SIMA Environmental Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that awards grants to various environmental groups based on their dedication to preserving and protecting the world’s oceans, beaches and waves. The weekend event begins Friday, August 10, with the Waterman’s Classic Golf Tournament at the Monarch Beach Golf Links, featuring a lively day on the links, a surf contest, and live and silent auctions, and culminates with the main event on Saturday, August 11, the 23rd annual Waterman’s Ball and auction to be held at The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, CA. The ball not only allows the surf industry and friends of the environment to raise money for important oceanic causes, but also honor and celebrate those making significant contributions in the industry with the prestigious annual Waterman of the Year, Environmentalist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Last year’s events attracted more than 700 people and raised more than $400,000 for 20 ocean conservation groups. Here is the list of the 2012 SIMA Environmental Fund grant recipients:

Alaska Wilderness League
Algalita Marine Research Foundation
Assateague Coastal Trust
Cook Inletkeeper
Heal the Bay
KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance
North Shore Community Land Trust (NSCLT)
Ocean Defenders Alliance
Ocean Institute
Orange County CoastKeeper
Paso Pacifico
Reef Check
Santa Barbara Channelkeeper
Santa Monica Baykeeper
Save the Waves Coalition
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
SINADES – Natural Systems and Development Civil Association
Surfing Education Association
Surfrider Foundation

Each organization was chosen by the SIMA Environmental Fund Board of Directors based on their commitment of funds to specific projects that will protect and preserve oceans, beaches and/or surf breaks.

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Starting to get Olympic fever, but wish there was something for surfers? Well, surfers from around the world have their own version of Olympic competition. The Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship begins tomorrow, July 14, with the Opening Ceremony, Parade of Nations and Sands of the World Ceremony in Rivas, and competition along Nicaragua’s pristine coastline at Colorado Beach at Hacienda Iguana to commence the following day. Team USA will be defending its gold medal.

The International Surfing Association hosts contests through the year in various categories of surf – including juniors, SUP, and longboarding divisions. The ISA, established in 1964, is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the world governing authority for surfing, but the sport has yet to make its breakthrough at the official Olympic Games.

During the first year of the event (2007), 66 athletes from 12 nations participated. When competition begins at the 2012 Nicaragua ISA World Masters Surfing Championship on July 14th, there will be 150 surfers from 27 nations, both ISA Masters records. The caliber of athletes who are competing in Nicaragua include national champions and local legends to former professional surfers and Pipeline Masters.

This year, for the first time in the five-year history of the event, an Asian country will be participating, with Japan sending a team to compete.

Last year, the USA sent a team to compete in the ISA World Masters Surfing Championship for the first time and came home with five individual medals and the Team Gold Medal. Team USA is set to prove that last year’s dominance was no fluke. The athletes will be competing for individual medals, team medals and the perpetual Eduardo Arena Trophy, which will be awarded to the Gold Medal-winning team.

One of the goals of the ISA is to take competitions to developing regions to showcase surfing, to help boost economy and get governments involved. It also helps various cultures and all walks of life have a chance at the podium.

The idea is for surfers to make friends with others in various parts of the world, perhaps stay at each other’s houses during future surf trips, and make friends that will last a lifetime; just as many who are entered in the ISA World Masters Championships have done.

ISA President Fernando Aguerre has been a longtime advocate for surfing to one day be a part of the Summer Olympics, and thinks it can change the event the way snowboarding has for the Winter Olympics.

“I don’t embark on things I don’t think are possible,” said Aguerre, a co-founder of the surfwear brand Reef.

Who else thinks it’s only just a matter of time for surfing to become an Olympic sport? In the meantime, check out more of the action and info here: isawmsc.com.

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If you’re under 16 and think you’ve got the goods to be a pro surfer, but have never entered a surfing contest, the Menehune Surf Fest may be your entre to a whole new surf life! With divisions for ages 6 – 16, boys and girls, in both long and shortboard skills, the Menehune Surf Fest is a fun, low stress way to try your first competition or hone your competition skills for next season.

Although it is not a regular season Western Surfing Association (WSA) event and does not require WSA membership, the Menehune Surf Fest is part of its yearly schedule, and is now celebrating its 7th year.

The WSA is the oldest amateur surfing association in the world. This year marks the 51st Season of the WSA Championship Tour. Established in 1961, the WSA is a California non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting and preserving the sport of surfing through fun, family oriented surf competitions.

WSA is an official West Coast member organization of Surfing America. The events offer fair, accurate judging (most are ASP) and WSA members can earn entry and a clear path to Surfing America Prime, Surfing America USA Championships and Team Trials.

The 7th Annual Menehune Surf Fest is next Sunday, July 15th at Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. The event begins at 7am. Prizes, food and beach games will be part of the fun. Online registration closes Friday, July 13, at 11:59 PM.

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Tony Award® and Grammy® Award winning musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt of Green Day, world champion surfers Lisa Andersen, Tom Curren and Peter “PT” Townend, surf legend Mickey Munoz, skate legend Tony Hawk and gold medal swimmers Rowdy Gaines and Jason Lezak will join surfing legends and founding co-chairs Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the fifth annual Pipeline to a Cure Gala this Saturday, July 14th. The event will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.

The goal of the Pipeline to a Cure is to increase awareness and funding for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by rallying the surfing and action sports world. Over the past five years, Pipeline to a Cure has raised more than $1.5 million for research to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a deadly inherited disease. This summer gala will again recognize the positive effect that surfing has on the health of children with cystic fibrosis.

Guests will enjoy an evening of celebrity entertainment, fabulous food, and spectacular silent and live auctions, all while mingling with their favorite surfing celebrities.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A few years ago, Australian researchers found that cystic fibrosis children who surfed had significantly healthier lungs. Doctors determined that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the lining of the lungs, which allows cystic fibrosis patients to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led researchers to develop a hypertonic saline solution, which cystic fibrosis patients around the world now inhale every day.

As such, cystic fibrosis patients literally mimic a “surf session” on a daily basis. Given this natural link to surfing, the Pipeline to a Cure campaign was born, and events such as surf and stand-up paddle events for CF families are planned outside of this gala.

The funds raised at Pipeline go directly to life-saving research. With no public funding, funds raised from the private sector provide a tremendous and critical lifeline to the more than 70,000 children around the world with cystic fibrosis.

The Pipeline gala begins at 6pm for cocktails and silent auction, dinner and live auction program begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $350.

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