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By Joel Patterson The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) held it’s annual Waterman’s Ball, a fundraiser for environmental and other ocean-related charities held each summer at the flash Ritz Carlton at Salt Creek. The night includes silent and live auctions of art and surfboards, a steak dinner, moderate to heavy boozing, and awards in three categories—lifetime achievement, environmentalism, and the coup de grace, Waterman of the Year. While it’s fun to socialize and wear that jacket that hangs gathering dust in my closet all year, I go for the speeches by recipients, and this year was the best bunch I’ve...

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