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13th Annual Gala Fundraiser

By June 8, 2021Upcoming Events

It is time for our 13th Annual Gala Fundraiser honoring this year’s CSM Silver Surfer honorees:

Women’s World Surfing Champions Debbie Melville Beacham and Kim Mearig

World Longboarding Champion Joel Tudor

In Memory – Masters Division Champion and iconic surfboard shaper Donald Takayama Surfer

Musician, surfboard designer and Boogie Board inventor Tom Morey

The California Surf Museum invites you to attend the 13th Annual Gala Fundraiser as it celebrates its 35th anniversary. Since 1986, CSM has been collecting and preserving the surfing history and artifacts of this popular lifestyle sport and culture as well as producing fascinating exhibits and dynamic educational programs. The funds generated from the Gala help the museum continue these efforts.

The 13th Annual Gala will be held on Saturday, November 6, 2021 from 4-10 pm at the oceanfront Cape Rey Hilton, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad, Calif. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, with a spectacular sunset view overlooking the Ponto surf break and the Pacific Ocean.

The evening begins with a 4 pm cocktail hour on the outdoor patio adjacent to our silent auction room with dinner service in the main ballroom following at 7pm. Once meal service is completed, the excitement begins with a live auction of surfboards made specifically for this event. Our evening is then completed with the presentation of the Silver Surfer award to this year’s honorees:

Debbie Melville Beacham

Kim Mearig

Joel Tudor

Donald Takayama

Tom Morey

A lifetime achievement honor, the “Silver Surfer Award” is presented annually by the California Surf Museum to a surfer who has made significant contributions to the culture and lifestyle of the surfing community and whose life has also inspired others to expand their awareness and continues to set a shining example of a true Silver Surfer. The recipient will be presented with a “Silver Surfer Award” inscribed with their name and year of honor; a perpetual “Silver Surfer Award” with names of the recipients will be housed at the California Surf Museum.

The past recipients of CSM’s Silver Surfer award are notable surfers and contributors to the surfing industry: Lisa Anderson, Tom Curren, Don Hansen, Gary Linden, Linda Benson, Skip Frye, Greg Noll, Nat Young, Joyce Hoffman, Gerry Lopez, Jericho Poppler, Fernando Aguerre, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Ian “Kanga” Cairns, Dane Kealoha, Margo Godfrey Oberg, Mark “MR” Richards, Shaun Tomson and Peter “PT” Townend.


$175 Individual [tax deductible donation $92]
Includes appetizers, dinner, and dessert at the 5-star venue, assigned table seating, 4 CSM guest passes and our sincere gratitude for your support.

$1,750 reserved table for 10 [tax deductible donation $920]
Get 10 of your best friends together and get a reserved table! Ticket must be purchased in one transaction. Includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, 4 CSM guest passes for each table guest and our sincere gratitude for your support.

$2,300 VIP table for 10 [tax deductible donation $920]
Reserved table for 10, goodie bags for all 10, one one-night stay for Gala night at Cape Rey Carlsbad, valet parking for one car overnight, and an ad* in the Gala program. Includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, and 8 CSM guest passes for each table guest. [*Ad size is 3.75” wide x 2.5” tall.]

Stay at the Cape Rey on Gala night!
You can reserve a hotel room and get our group rate for the night of the Gala: check in Saturday, Nov. 6 and check out Sunday, Nov 7. Rate: $179 [$209 ocean view] plus fees, taxes and parking charges. 14-day cancellation policy.

Tickets will be available to purchase soon. Questions please call: (760) 721-6876

We are asking for donations for our Gala Auction to reach our fundraising goals.

Please consider donating gift certificates, items, experiences or services that highlight your brand. The auction is the evening’s main fundraising effort and has always delighted our guests.