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SIMA honors 20 shops with Golden Wave Award

Surf News Network, 21 January, 2015. Congradz to Surf n Sea! One of  Twenty of the nation’s longest-standing surf shops to be honored for their longevity, impact on surf culture and dedication to helping build surfing into the vibrant industry and community it is today. The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) will honor this special group of surf specialty retail pioneers with the 2015 SIMA Surf Shop Gold Wave Award, celebrating the milestone of being in business for 50 or more consecutive years.

The Gold Wave Awards will be presented by surf legend Shaun Tomson during this year’s SIMA Image Awards ceremony on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the City National Grove of Anaheim, Calif. “To honor surfing’s rich heritage in this way is exciting and important to the industry,” said Doug Palladini, SIMA President and Vans’ VP/GM North America.

“These surf shops are instrumental in building the beach culture we love so much, the foundation of surf lifestyle since the 1950s and 60s. A surf shop is very influential to its local surf community – the hub of the local surf community in most cases – and these shops are legendary.”

The inaugural Gold Wave Awards will be presented to the following specialty surf retail stores that have been in business for 50 or more consecutive years:

Inaugural SIMA Surf Shop Gold Wave Award Recipients

Atlantic Beach Surf Shop Atlantic Beach, N.C. 1964

Bert’s Surf Shop Kinston, N.C. 1965

Bunger Surf Copaigue, N.Y. 1962

Dive N’ Surf Redondo Beach, Calif. 1956

Froghouse Newport Beach, Calif. 1962

Hansen Surfboards Cardiff, Calif. 1961

Harbour Surfboards Seal Beach, Calif. 1962

Haut Surfboards Santa Cruz, Calif. 1965

Heritage Surf Shop Sea Isle City, N.J. 1964

Hobie Dana Point, Calif. 1954

Jack’s Surfboards Huntington Beach, Calif. 1957

Katin Huntington Beach, Calif. 1954

McKevlin’s Surf Shop Folly Beach, S.C. 1965

O’Neill Surf Shop San Francisco, Calif. 1952

Ron Jon’s Shipbottom, N.J. 1961

Surf ‘n Wear’s Beach House Summerland, Calif. 1963

Surf n Sea Haleiwa, HI 1965

Surfers Supplies Ocean City, N.J. 1962

Val Surf North Hollywood, Calif. 1962

West Coast Surf Shop Holmes Beach, Fla. 1964

“To be in business for 50 or more consecutive years is a tremendous milestone, and it is SIMA’s honor to be able to thank these shops for their dedication to surfing for half a century,” continued Palladini. “SIMA felt the Gold Wave award was a fitting name to recognize the golden anniversary of these inspiring retailers, and we look forward to continuing these awards as more and more of the shops in our industry reach the 50 consecutive year mark.”

Tickets are now on sale for SIMA Image Awards ceremony where the Gold Wave Award honorees will also be recognized. The event will take place Thursday, February 12, 2015, at the City National Grove of Anaheim, Calif., with doors opening at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

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