“Bachelor Pad” pair Kasey Kahl and Vienna Girardi are among the personalities who’ll be out in the surf, on behalf of the surf, at this year’s Project SOS: Surf 24 Celebrity Surfathon Oct. 15-16 in Santa Monica. Tate Donovan, Jesse Spencer, Gregory Harrison, “Mad Men’s” John Slattery, Chad Lowe, Zoe Bell and more will be out on the waves as well.
“We’ve got more and more celebrities coming,” reports Tanna Frederick, the “Hollywood Dreams” star who co-founded the event with former world champion surfer Shaun Tomson — and who puts countless hours into it each year. “I love doing Project Save Our Surf. It’s a huge insane workload, but one of the most graifying things I’ve ever done in my life.”
Says Frederick, “This year, we have a big emphasis on kids and kids’ activities, and first-time surfers event. The winner gets an iPad, which I think is pretty cool.” She adds, “We have a lot of activities spread out over the two days — African Drum Circles, kite flying, free food….There’ve been a lot of misconceptions about this being just a surfer event. It’s not. It’s for the whole community.”
However, celebrities who surf and famous surfers are still a draw for the event that raises funds and awareness for eco-minded charities. “I think when there’s something like this that’s fun and celebratory of the environment, people are more likely to participate and conserve and preserve the oceans,” enthuses the energetic red-haired actress. “I think it creates better energy than, you know, panicking about our situation, which is another way to go.”