Surfer Shaun Tomson and surfing actress Tanna Frederick "Save the Surf" for Oceana.
Ted Danson was nowhere in sight for his baby, Oceana, but his Hollywood colleagues caught a wave for Project S.O.S. (Save Our Surf), an inaugural event on behalf of the ocean conservation org. Jeff Garlin of Curb Your Enthusiasm and 24's Eric Balfour were among the many showing support for the surf-a-thon and gala last Sunday. Launched by surfing actress Tanna Frederick (Hollywood Dreams) with champion surfer Shaun Tomson, it was a day (and night) at the beach.
ER's Noah Wyle and Tanna on the Project S.O.S. blue carpet.
Several of Tomson's professional eco-surfer pals competed, like James Pribram, who serves on the Laguna Beach Environmental Committee and the Clean Water Now Coalition. By dusk, the celebs strolled the "blue carpet" at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica. Appearances included actors Noah Wyle (of the late ER), Judd Nelson, David Proval (Richie Aprile from The Sopranos), committee member Elliot Gould, and director Henry Jaglom, who auctioned away a role in his next film. (Perhaps his upcoming Queen of the Lot with Frederick and Proval, and rumored to include Wyle and Peter Bogdonovich.)
Judd Nelson and Tanna auction off movie roles and surf lessons.
Guests also bid on Dennis Hopper photography, a surf lesson with surfer Rob Machado and guitar autographed by Brandon Boyd of Incubus. Bands played, guests swayed, drums beat as donations rose to $40,000 for Oceana. Besides speakers addressing the cause, the head of surfing outfitter Billabong, Paul NaudÃ©, was honored with Oceana's Sea Friend Award for his contributions to ocean conservation.
Surfer Eric Balfour of "24" smiles and signs Oceana surfboard.
Danson, who co-founded the American Oceans Campaign, which merged with Oceana in 2001, went to DC in February to urge Congress to reinstate the offshore oil drilling moratorium at the House Natural Resources Committee oversight hearings. From his testimony:
Oil and water simply don't mix. While not intentional, oil spills do happen and they harm everything from the smallest ocean organisms to the largest predators in the sea.
I'll attest to not going barefoot on beaches north of Malibu where offshore oil drilling rigs ruin the view from the shoreline and I dragged black goopy oil tar through a friend's home. "No more," says Santa Barbara just up the coast.
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