Celebration of Surf & Coastal Conservation

Life Is A Wave is the marquee bay area event welcoming and unifying the surf, environmental and entrepreneurial communities in protecting the places we love for generations to come.

This unforgettable evening will celebrate the 15th anniversary of Save The Waves Coalition and raise funds for their global environmental programs.

June 21st, 2018 / 6PM-Midnight

MEZZANINE, San Francisco, CA

Our 2018 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. Presented by Peak Design, we award these amazing individuals, organizations and companies at Life Is A Wave’s Gala and thank them for their dedication to conservation.

Dr. Cliff Kapono
Dr. Cliff Kapono

2018 Athlete of the Year
Pro Surfer, Filmmaker & Scientist

'Aulani Wilhelm
'Aulani Wilhelm

2018 Environmentalist of the Year, VP of Conservation International’s Center for Oceans

Tom Stewart
Tom Stewart

2018 Business of the Year, Co-founder of Sunski

Learn more about our Wave Savers and their accomplishments here.


Live Music from Sal's Greenhouse

+ Live DJ music by Ryan Mannix and Moto Tembo

Live & Silent Auction

Life Is A Wave features both a live and silent auction. Only Gala ticket holders have access to the live auction during the Gala Awards Dinner. All ticket holders can bet on our amazing silent auction packages, which includes getaways, merchandise sprees and art from exclusive and local artists.

Getaways & Trips
Getaways & Trips

Memorable trips to faraway surf destinations. Weekend escapes to local adventures and excursions.

Custom Surfboards
Custom Surfboards

Handcrafted by local legends and shapers, these boards are custom made and only available at LIAW.

Art & Prints
Art & Prints

Iconic photos and beautiful artwork, all custom framed. Our annual auction boasts a large and unique curation.

Gala & Dinner

Enjoy a hosted Cocktail Hour, Sit Down Dinner by Little Chihuahua Restaurant, Wave Savers Awards, Early Silent Auction Bidding and Live Auction! Followed by Live Music & VIP Balcony Lounge access. Entry: 6pm-Midnight


Includes General Admission Entry, 2 free drink tickets, ability to bid on the Gala/VIP-only Silent Auction Item, Live Music & access to VIP Balcony Lounge. Entry: 9pm-Midnight

General Admission

Includes General Admission Entry, Live Music & Silent Auction. Entry: 9pm-Midnight


Dan Malloy

Sarah & Mike Gerhardt

Patrick Trefz

Greg Long

Al Ramadan

Ben Rewis

Marc & Betty Andreini

Rusty Miller

Bryan Cole

Mark Cunningham

Jane McKenzie

Danny Hess

Julie Cox

Greg Jones

Cliff Kapono

Greg Martinez

Peter Dering

Daniel Hayes

Supporting Sponsors


Community Sponsors


Grassroots Sponsors