Honoring Surf Legends Shaun Tomson & Renny Yater
Friday, May 29th, 2020 – 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara
Thanks to supporters like you, SBMM has preserved Santa Barbara’s maritime heritage and history for 20 years.
Fundraiser Contact: Jane Lindsey/805- 456- 8744
Our 2020 Honorees: For Their Achievements & Generous Support of SBMM
Shaun Tomson a former World Surf Champion, Shaun was named one of the 10 Greatest Surfers of All Time. He has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Leadership from Northeastern University and has created two popular apparel brands, Instinct and Solitude (co-founded with his wife Carla). Shaun has shared his academically tested Code Leadership Method around the world, from high-powered boardrooms in the US and Europe to rural schools in South Africa. He is an author of the best sellers Surfer’s Code and The Code – Power of ‘I Will.’ He produced and co-wrote the documentary film Bustin’ Down the Door (2006, the after-party was held at SBMM) and is a past Board Member of Surfrider Foundation and the Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club. Shaun’s iphone app Surf Creatures is featured in SBMM’s Surf’s Up! Santa Barbara Exhibit. Learn More About Shaun Tomson
Reynolds “Renny” Yater was one of the first commercial surfboard builders of the 1950s, a generation that put surfing on the map. As the sport of surfing has continued to grow and flourish throughout the years, so too has Yater’s reputation as a leading contributor to the surfing industry. Perhaps even more remarkable than Yater’s early accomplishments has been his ability to change and grow with the industry, staying on top of current trends and new materials and continuing to produce innovative new boards. It was during the 1960s, that Yater’s two most popular surfboard models were conceived. From 1965-66, he shaped the Yater Spoon, one of the most innovative surfboard designs of the time. He produced this model until longboard-style surfing went through an evolution in 1968. From 1969-72, he produced the Pocket Rocket, a surfboard designed with Hawaiian surfing in mind, riding the crest of the short board era. In the 1960s, Yater’s customers included surfing legends the likes of Joey Cabell, Gordon Clark, Mickey Dora, Philipi Pomar, Kemp Auberg, Bob Cooper, Bruce Brown and John Severson.
Renny has, more recently, evolved his craft to include collaborations with artists to create one-of-a-kind decorative pieces. He has returned to his roots by hand-crafting balsa wood boards and combined them with modern techniques for an especially polished final product. Renny helped SBMM with the installation of its Surf’s Up! Santa Barbara Exhibit, is featured in one of the videos that is part of that exhibit, and has donated several of his boards and other artifacts to the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. He also loaned one of his beautiful abalone-inlay boards for display when the surfing exhibit first opened.
An actor, surfer, and close friend to Shaun Tomson, Gregory, was born on Catalina Island. Gregory played the role of Chandler in the 1987 surf film “North Shore, among many other films. “I’m so pleased to be able to be a part of honoring those two legendary fellows,” shared Gregory about his role as EmCee for the night.
Sponsorship Now Open (downloadable brochure)
This event sells out each year. To secure your attendance and receive full sponsorship recognition benefits, please make your commitment by February 15, 2020 with full payment by April 15, 2020 by contacting Greg Gorga, Executive Director (805) 456 – 8742 or Jane Lindsey, Director of Development (805) 456-8742. Also accepting Program Book Advertising (prices listed below sponsorship) and Silent or Live Auction items – downloadable form here.
In this important anniversary year, your sponsorship will help SBMM complete the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) accreditation process, placing SBMM in the top tier of museums nationally for best practices, and allowing SBMM to continue its important work to educate the community. Your support also helps raise vital general operating funds for SBMM’s experiential education and curatorial programs, exhibits and more. These SBMM programs provide critical marine ecology and ocean awareness education: Spirit of Dana Point Tall Ship Overnight Program, Ocean Connections with Holly Lohuis & Love Letters to the Sea with Sondra Weiss, Science Nights and Marine Science programs.
Epic Barrel Sponsors
Aqueos Corporation ● George & Judy Writer
Big Air Sponsors
Don Barthelmess & Carol Kallman ● Ed & Ann Brady ● Andy & Mary Jane Cooper ● Lynda Fairly ● Mimi Michaelis ● Montecito Bank & Trust ● Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians ● Chuck & Mary Wilson
Arlington Financial Advisors ● Boone Graphics ● Emmett Foundation ● Hutton Parker Foundation ● Jack ‘N Tool Box ● Santa Barbara City College Foundation
Point Break Sponsors
Tim & Louise Casey ● Ed & Mary Lu Edick ● Teresa Newton-Terres ● Robertson Travel ● Maryan S. Schall ● Peter Schuyler & Lisa Stratton ● Judith and Jack Stapelmann ● Linda & Clark Stirling
Casual surf attire (Reyn Spooner shirts)│Catering by Pete Clements│Valet by Signature Parking│Entertainment by Hulu Anyone & Shorebreak│Wine by Sunstone Vineyards & Winery│The Real McCoy Rum │ Ambient Event Design & Bright Event Rentals
Annual Fundraiser Co-Chairs: David Bolton and Cindy Makela
Annual Fundraiser Committee: Gail Anikouchine, Don Barthelmess, Djamila Cabugos, Pat Hinds, Carol Kallman, Cody Makela, Craig Makela, Mimi Michaelis, Sabrina Papa, Gina Tomlinson Perry, Linda Stirling, and Kathleen Yabsley; supported by SBMM Staff, Greg Gorga and Jane Lindsey