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Surf Diva awarded Surfrider Stewardship Award 2003

Surf Diva awarded the San Diego Surfrider Stewardship Award 2003

La Jolla, CA – September 16, 2003— Surf Diva, the world-renowned all-women’s
surf school and manufacturer of surf gear for girls, has been awarded the
esteemed Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter Stewardship Award 2003 for
their dedication, compassion, and loyalty to the surf community, and the
environment. In addition, owner and founder of Surf Diva, Isabelle “Izzy”
Tihanyi was awarded the prestigious Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter
2003 Waterperson Award.

“We look for businesses that go above and beyond the call of duty to support
the local Surfrider Foundation chapter,” says Marco Gonzalez, chairman of
Surfrider, San Diego Chapter. “The conservation efforts can be as simple as
donating money or product for raffles, or as with Surf Diva, may include
participation in Surfrider events (beach clean-ups, fundraisers, attending
hearings) and incorporating Surfrider´s message into its corporate culture.”
Gonzalez continued, “For more than 5 years, Surf Diva has been a strong
supporter of our Chapter, while at the same time educating its students on
the benefits of ocean stewardship and the need for clean, healthy beaches.”

“This award is such a huge honor for me and Surf Diva,” says Izzy. “It makes
me want to do more to educate people about the problem and inspire them to
take action in their local communities. We’re really only scratching the
surface and the more people that enjoy the ocean, the more people will take
care of it.”

Surf Diva has been integrating educational practices into its business since
the company’s inception. The company founder, Izzy, has recruited and
inspired thousands of people through the years to get involved in
environmental issues. This year, Surf Diva is the site supervisor of La
Jolla’s California Coastal Clean up Day, where the staff coordinates
meetings with Bay Keeper and Surfrider to organize the annual event. Izzy
has also created a program where volunteers from Surf Diva’s overnight camps
participate in beach clean up and beautification each week. Additionally,
Izzy encourages beach clean up and discusses water quality every afternoon
on her live surf report on San Diego’s local radio station KIOZ ROCK 105.3.

Accolades are nothing new to Surf Diva and Izzy. She was awarded the “Cool
Woman of the Year” award by the Girl Scouts of America, and in 2002 Izzy,
along with twin sister and Partner, Caroline “Coco” Tihanyi were the
recipients of the “Inspiration Award” from the Pacific Women’s Sports
Foundation. Izzy is a lifetime member of the Surfrider Foundation, a member
of the La Jolla Shores Longboard Association and was given a National
Scholastic Surfing Association Scholarship while obtaining two Bachelor of
Arts degrees in Literature/Writing and Communication from the University of
California, San Diego.

Surf Diva Surf School was founded in 1996 to teach the sport and spirit of
surfing to women and girls. Surf Diva has taught thousands of women annually
and is recognized worldwide as the pioneer of women’s surf instruction. Surf
Diva operates its original surfing camps in La Jolla and Carlsbad,
California and also conducts surfing adventures to Mexico and Costa Rica.
Since its inception as a surf school, Surf Diva has become a worldwide brand
with branded surfboards, and more recently launched a soft goods line
including rashguards, t-shirts, boardshorts, and sweatshirts. Surf Diva
products are available in surf shops and boutiques across the country, as
well at the Surf Diva Surf Shop located at 2160 Avenida de la Playa in La
Jolla, California, and on the company’s website –

The Surfrider Foundation is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental
organization that works to protect our oceans, waves, and beaches. Founded
in 1984, Surfrider´s most important coastal environmental work is carried
out by Surfrider´s 60 chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto
Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. Surfrider now has over 37,000 members in the
USA; in addition, International Surfrider chapters and affiliates have been
established in the 5 foreign countries of Japan, Brazil, Australia, France
and Spain (both part of Surfrider Europe). More information on the
Surfrider Foundation can be found at

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