Save The Waves Coalition

+ LIFE IS A WAVE 2013 +

"Life Is A Wave" Brings A Groundswell of Support

Save The Waves Executive Director Nik Strong-Cvetich with Pat O'Neill as he accepts the 2013 Wave Saver Award on behalf of his father, Jack O'Neill. Photo: Yvonne Falk / Santa Cruz Waves

June 15, 2013 San Francisco, CA – Life Is A Wave, the annual fundraiser hosted by Save The Waves Coalition, once again barreled through the 111 Minna Gallery in downtown San Francisco on Friday night, June 14th. In its seventh year, the event raised nearly $60,000 for Save The Waves’ environmental programs, helping to further protect and preserve surfing coastline around the world.

This year Jack O’Neill, inventor of the wetsuit, was presented with the 2013 Wave Saver Award for his work protecting the ocean environment and creating a new generation of stewards through the O’Neill Sea Odyssey program. “Jack’s vision has inspired countless kids across California and the world to be stewards of the ocean,” said Pat O’Neill, accepting the award on behalf of his father at the evening’s VIP reception.  “O’Neill firmly stands behind the great work of Save The Waves around the world, and we are pleased to continue supporting them”.
The event featured artwork from internationally renowned artists like Wolfgang Bloch, Sean Davey, and Coleen Hanley, as well as top level local talent from contributors like Seth Migdail, Adam Warmington, and Art Gimbel.  The evening’s festivities also featured live music from local reggae artists Native Elements, as well as the talents of DJ Julicio and DJ Pause who kept the dance floor at capacity all night long.

“It was fantastic to see so many people come out to support us,” said Save The Waves executive director Nik Strong-Cvetich. “Life Is A Wave helps us continue our work protecting surfing coastlines through our unique approach combining protected areas, economics, and direct action in places like Chile, Peru, Mexico, Bali and here at home.”

Save The Waves would like to send an enthusiastic thank you to all those who donated to the auction and attended the event, as well as Life Is A Wave 2013 event sponsors, including Barracuda Networks, Billabong, O’Neill, Clif Bar, Patagonia, RVCA, Surfline, Hog Island Oyster Co., Alaska Brewing Co., Longboard Vineyards, Tequila Clase Azul, 7x7, Vine Affairs and Event Magic. Please visit for a complete list of event friends and donors.

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About Save The Waves Coalition: Save The Waves is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value. Save The Waves is a 501(c)3 California nonprofit.

L to R: Save The Waves surf ambassador Emile Hawley, Save The Waves Surfonomics fellow Cindy Zuluaga, and Save The Waves board members Sachi Cunningham and Dean LaTourrette. Photo: Yvonne Falk / Santa Cruz Waves.

The good looking crowd at Life Is A Wave prepares for the live auction. Photo: Yvonne Falk / Santa Cruz Waves.

Save The Waves presents:

+ LIFE IS A WAVE 2013 +

111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco

Friday, June 14, 2013, 6:30 p.m. til midnight


Illustration By  Tom Veiga 


* Live music by Native Elements!

* DJ sets by DJ Julicio, DJ Pause and Green Gorilla Lounge's DJ Anthony Mansfield

* Presentation of the 2013 Wave Saver Award honoring Jack O'Neill.

* Live and Silent Auction including fabulous vacation packages, custom, limited-edition surfboards, wetsuits, one-of-a-kind art, and more!

* Surf films

* Hosted VIP Reception with open bar & food including Vine Affairs' interactive Surf's Up Tasting Stations with food donated and provided by Hog Island Oysters, Fresca, Puerto Allegre, El Tonyanense, Emporio Rulli Bakery, drinks from Alaskan Brewing Co., Longboard Vineyards, Peligroso Tequila, plus amazing wines of the world, and more...

* Plus additional surprises and entertainment!


This annual fundraiser bash is a benefit for Save The Waves Coalition's nonprofit environmental programs.


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Edwin W. Pauley Foundation



Ace Wasabi, Adam Warmington, Adventure Out, Alex Martins, American Skateboards, Andreini Surfboards, Another Planet Entertainment, Arbor Skateboards, Art Gimbel, Ashley Lloyd, Ashton Howard Art, Barracuda Networks, Bay Voyager, Ben Barnhart Woodcraft, Ben Nyberg, BeGood Clothing, BluKicks, California Academy of Sciences, CaliKites, Carla Eagleton, Cavallo Point, Channel Islands, Cheap Pete's, ChiroCare, Chris &Tracy Boyle, Chris Clemente Photography, Christy Feaver Jewelry, Cinema SF, Columbus Cafe, Connie Jeffers, District Ironside, El Palomar Restaurant, Entropy Bio-Resin, Escape Campervans, Evo Spa, Fletcher Chouinard Designs, Freeline Design, Fresca Restaurant, Full Circle Foods, Gabriella's Cafe, Gallery of Jewels, Gap, Inc., Genes, Green Room Boards, Hand Made Events SF, Harley Farms, Homegrown Surfboards, Hilton Hotels, Hotline Wetsuits, Hotel Paradox, Indo-Sole, Inn San Francisco, Intercontinental Hotel SF, International Orange, Iris Skateboards, Jamy Donaldson, Jason Hermann, Jay Haynes, Jeff parry Photography, Joao De Macedo, John Huseby Photography, JS Surfboards, KEEN, Kuleto's Restaurant, Sunset Shapers/Las Olas Surfboards, Libtech, Llewelyn Ludlow, Mama Sake Sushi, Manny's Professional Services, Marc Andreini, Marine Layer Clothing, Mark Yanowsky, Matt Proehl, Matuse Wetsuits, Meyerhoffer Surfboards, Michael Fulton, Mountain Hardwear, Nopa Restaurant, NorCal Surfshop, ODC Dance Company, Odonata Wines, Olukai, Open House Drafting, Paul Ferraris, Perbacco's Restaurant, Pier 23 Cafe, Prana, Reef, Robert Knowles Photography, Sandra Martin Skin Care & Make Up Studio, Santa Cruz Board Builders Guild, Santa Cruz Board Room, Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medicine, Santa Cruz Waves, Sea Trek Kayak, Sean Davey, Sector 9, SenSpa, Seth Migdail, SF Playhouse, Sports Basement, Synergy Clothing, Tea House Spa, Tino Olsen, The Penny Ice Creamery, The Santa Cruz Experience, Urban Remedy, Villa Montagne, The Well Within, White Otter Outdoor Adventures, Xcel Wetsuits, Zola Superfruits, 2 Mile Surf Shop, and more to come...

If you’d like to support Life Is A Wave 2013 through sponsorship or auction donations please contact us at or 831-426-6169 ext. 801.