A Celebration of Surf & Coastal Conservation
GALA DINNER | WAVE SAVER AWARDS CEREMONY | LIVE & SILENT AUCTION
Life Is A Wave is the foundational Bay Area conservation gala, welcoming and unifying the surfing, environmental and entrepreneurial communities to protect the coast for generations to come. Hosted in Santa Cruz for the first time, Life Is A Wave will overlook the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve and Cowells Beach. This will be a special evening, celebrating of heroes of coastal conservation and raising funds for our valuable programs to protect surf ecosystems around the world.
MAY 23RD, 2019 | THE DREAM INN, SANTA CRUZ
Thank you for your support!
We had over 150 guests from the tech, surf and environmental conservation communities from around the Santa Cruz Bay Area. The sense of community was palpable. We raised almost $113,000, surpassing our goal of $100,000 to support our program growth and ongoing conservation work in our hometown of Santa Cruz. Again, a huge thanks you for all of the support! We feel so lucky to have a core community like you.
– Nik Strong-Cvetich, Executive Director
Find photos of yourself, friends and family at the event from Save The Waves Artist Ambassador Nikki Brooks.
Our Wave Savers
Each year Save The Waves recognizes and honors an outstanding athlete, business and environmentalist for their contributions to protecting our waves and coasts. We award these amazing individuals, organizations and companies at Life Is A Wave’s Gala and thank them for their dedication to conservation.
Athlete of the Year
Big Wave Surfer
Environmentalist of the Year
Executive Director WSL PURE
Business of the Year
Presented to Caroleigh Pierce
Learn more about our Wave Savers and their accomplishments!
HOSTED AT THE DREAM INN
It’s everything you love about Life Is A Wave from a new location and venue! We’ve moved from San Francisco to our hometown in Santa Cruz. Hosted at The Dream Inn, this year’s gala overlooks the coastline of the Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve and site of our successful campaign at Cowell’s Beach. We’re excited to share our coastal backyard with you for this special evening!
Sarah & Mike Gerhardt
Marc & Betty Andreini
Live & Silent Auction
Life Is A Wave features both a live and silent auction. Gala attendees can bid on our amazing well curated items. Auction items include a trip to the Kelly Slater Wave Ranch, tropical surf getaways, yoga retreats, beautiful handmade custom surfboards, high end wetsuits and numerous pieces of art from prominent California artists.
Art & Prints
Iconic photos and beautiful artwork, all custom framed. Our annual auction boasts a large and unique curation.
Handcrafted by local legends and shapers, these boards are custom made and only available at LIAW.
Getaways & Trips
Memorable trips to faraway surf destinations. Weekend escapes to local adventures and excursions.
Become A Sponsor
Interested in supporting, sponsoring or donating to Life Is A Wave?
View the Sponsorship Opportunities here and email us at email@example.com to get involved and make an impact for our coastlines.