4th Annual Surfrider Benefit

Few places have the ability to unite people like the beer garden. From swing dancing patchouli scented naturalists to rocked out weekend warriors, everyone can vibe together over a couple of pints. Throw in a little surf rock, gallons of IPA, funk, swag and some environmental activism and you have the Surfrider Foundation‘s 4th Annual Soundwaves Benefit Concert and Fashion Show.

The Boundary Bay beer garden was hopping this Saturday as people gathered to support the Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation – and their partner organization Snowrider – and their mission to protect the ocean, coasts, and mountains so they can be ridden responsibly for generations to come. Founded in 1984 by a handful of Malibu visionaries, the Foundation now spans the globe from Brazil to Japan, Australia to France, and maintains 50,000 members from 80 different chapters all dedicated to grass roots activism, research, and education to help maintain the environment. This particular event was focused on raising money for the Mount Baker Green Bus, a biodiesel short bus that will make daily runs to Baker this winter. With the first snows of winter falling overnight it was perfect timing to start thinking about reducing our environmental impact this winter.

Music kicked off in the early afternoon and as night crept in the fashion show featured local boutiques and clothing lines as they worked the catwalk. Patrons enjoyed food from Diego’s, brew from Boundary Bay, and raffle and auction gear from a grip of sponsors.

Thanks go out to Anne Baker and Abby with Surfrider, Kyle from Mervin, K2 Snowboards, Sean from Sportsman’s Chalet, and the many other volunteers that made it happen.

It’s snowing in the mountains. Get ready for winter.


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