Island Stone Team Surfs for Charity

by Anita Shaw

PLEASURE POINT, CA — Island Stone, manufacturer of handcrafted stone and glass tile, hosted a team at the recent annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz. The event raised funds for SurfAid, a non-profit that seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Indonesia, Mexico and Solomon Islands by working with local communities to build health centers, clean water sources and gardens, as well as train health volunteers and midwives.

The fifth annual SurfAid Cup Santa Cruz featured eight teams and raised $60,000 to support SurfAid’s Mother and Child Health programs. The fundraising event gathers teams of surfers, who compete as a group in a tag-team format. The team from Island Stone — Nigel Eaton, CEO; Sander Nauenberg, CMO; Matt Bergdahl, customer experience manager; Paul Sepulveda, sales manager, and Bart Templeman, friend — took home the surfing prize and coveted SurfAid Cup.

SurfAid is a cause close to the heart of Island Stone. Both organizations were formed in Indonesia and continue to have ties there. Island Stone’s founders were surfing in Indonesia when the landscape inspired them to create a pebble tile, an idea that grew into a global tile company driven to design, engineer and share tile with architects and designers around the world. Many Island Stone employees are surfers who have traveled to Indonesia and feel a personal vested interest in the important work that SurfAid does for communities there.

“Sharing the stoke of surfing with a great group of people while supporting an organization that is having a profound impact on the long-term health of the people and communities that are part of the Island Stone’s extended family is a win for all,” said Eaton.

“The people of Indonesia inspire us through their heritage and creativity, and it’s encouraging and a companywide morale booster to support such a worthy cause,” stated Nauenberg. “This was our inaugural year for the competition, and we’ll be back next year, raising the bar even higher on our fundraising goal, and our surfing.”

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