At the beginning of 2014, Rotary Club of Huntington Beach set out to do something huge to honor 100 years of surfing in Surf City USA and to help eradicate skin cancer. Backed by local businesses and the local community, they commissioned and paired up noted surfboard shapers and artists to collaborate on 28 one-of-a-kind "Surfboards on Parade." Throughout the year, boards were unveiled and displayed throughout the city in an ongoing exhibition that culminated on October 11. On that night, organizers raised more than $100,000—exceeding their goal and their motto, "Service Above Self."
The Waterfront Beach Resort held the Night of a Million Waves Gala and Art Auction on Saturday night, during which all 28 boards paraded in front of guests in both a silent auction and an ensuing live auction. Some boards went for less than $400, some upwards of $11,000. Regardless, each and every shaper and artist put countless hours of time, thought, and sweat into their masterpieces, and they all stood as equals on the stage that night. View our gallery of the boards here.
Here's a breakdown of the final biddings:
Will Thompson $1,000
Sam Bernal $900
Kim Hamrock $600
Rockin Fig $900
Ian McKibben $350
Bob Hurley $1,000
Chris Dunlop $950
Charles Ashurst $500
Colleen Wilcox $1,100
John Olvey $4,200
Other items were donated as part of the silent auction, and commemorative books sharing the stories of the boards were sold during the event, helping to push the grand total raised past the ambitious $100,000 goal.
Our hats go off to HB resident Chris Byrne, who collected five of the boards on Saturday, creating his very own quiver. Raised funds will be donated to the International Surfing Museum, HB Art Center, Rotary Club of HB, and Hoag Hospital to help fight skin cancer—the most common and one of the most preventable types of cancer in the U.S.
Event Fusion's Jodi McKay, one of the project's beloved torchbearers, says of the turnout: "We are very grateful to all of the artists, shapers, sponsors, volunteers and supporters who have so generously given their time, talent and resources. This project has been blessed from the very beginning, and the bright lights of the City and beyond came out to support our cause, allowing us to exceed our fundraising goal of $100,000! Coming together on this level, with the caliber of talent we have in this inaugural year, ensures that the project will evolve in to a true force that can make a difference in the fight against skin cancer."
Surfboards on Parade has truly been one of our favorite experiences this year, and we're absolutely stoked that it will return again in the future.