Waterman’s at The Ranch in Laguna Beach

August 13th, 2022

The surf industry’s most-anticipated annual social event, the 33rd Annual Waterman’s Ball, will be held at The Ranch in Laguna Beach, California on Saturday, August 13th.

This year’s gala returns to the idyllic setting as 200 of the surf industry’s leading executives, local business leaders, and surf enthusiasts gather under the stars for an amazing night raising money for some of the most impactful environmental organizations working to protect our oceans, beaches, and waves. 

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2022 Honorees

Lifetime Achievement award

Michal Tomson

Waterman of the Year

Italo Ferreira

Environmentalist of the Year

Anne Earhart

Environmentalist of the Year

Beto Bedolfe - Co-honoree

Protecting our playgrounds…

"To me, all the people in the different environmental groups are the people who do the real work. We might every once in a while come in and try to add some visibility to the cause, we may donate a bit of money. But if the environmental movement is surfing, then you guys are the wave and the board, and our band or me, we are just the war trying to get something to stick."

Eddie Vedder, 2007 Watermans Environmentalist of the Year

About Waterman’s

Since 1989, Waterman’s has raised more than $9 million to support our environmental beneficiaries that are dedicated to cleaning beaches, protecting surf breaks, keeping plastics out of the ocean, and more on behalf of surfers. 

This year marks the 33rd year of the Waterman's Ball.

Over that time the industry has come together each year to celebrate our oceans with this premiere social fundraising event on the global calendar . Over the years, Waterman’s has honored a host of the leading characters in surfing as well as many of the key figures in ocean related environmentalism.

"Culturally, it's the biggest surf industry event in the world. Nothing else matches it. SIMA and the Waterman's Ball are really important because they give the industry unity; it's the gathering of the tribe. We need to have the unity. We have to compete against each other in the business world-at retail, with our surf teams, who's got the best surfers in the world--but at the end of the day, what I always say is, surfing is our brand.' That's the brand we all live for."

Peter Townend. ASP’s First World Surfing Champion