1 Wave Challenge Falls Short of Smashing World Record; Raises over $104,000 for Boys to Men Mentoring

(San Diego, CA) 172 surfers gathered at La Jolla Shores this morning, for the chance to smash the current world record for the Most Surfers Riding 1 Wave, a feat accomplished 10 years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, when 110 surfers rode a single wave into shore. Of 12 attempts, one particular wave (#5) struck spotters as particularly promising. The wave, according to 1 Wave Challenge founder and Valley View Casino Center General Manager Ernie Hahn recalled, “swept up a lot of the surfers in the lineup,” leading spotters to believe that the surfers may have ridden a wave into history. Upon review of film footage, however, the wave that participants had pinned their hopes on came up short of the 111 surfers – standing in unison for a five-second glide – required to break the standing world record. Hahn said, "It was an incredible experience surfing into history with the 1 Wave Challenge. As I expected, San Diegans came out on a beautiful southern California morning to support an event that brought together Boys to Men, the Century Club of San Diego and the Farmers Insurance Open for an important cause. Everyone who participated in the 1 Wave Challenge is a winner. I'm proud to have been part of such an inspiring community effort." ​Official Judge and Wave Wrangler Bird Huffman took the results to heart, but expressed his determination to lead the way to victory next year. "Although the current record was not broken, the event was very well attended with fun had by all. This was not an easy feat. The World Record Breaking 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run invited surfers to share a single wave for the benefit of Boys [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run|0 Comments

Surfers and Runners TEAM UP for World Record-Breaking 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run

Extending its impact zone beyond the surfing community, the world record-breaking 1 Wave Challenge charges into the New Year with a new name and an expanded constituency. Rebranded as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run, the event invites runners and walkers to lace up their sneakers and head to La Jolla Shores on the morning of Saturday, January 27th. In addition to offering surfers the chance to break the Guinness World Record for the most surfers riding a single wave into shore, the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run offers runners the chance to participate in an exhilarating 5-mile trek stretching from La Jolla Shores, to Blacks Beach, and to the southern rim of the Torrey Pines Golf Course where the Farmers Insurance Open will unfold. An alternative 5K Beach Run/Walk will ensure that joggers and walkers, including families, can join in the fun. The 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run benefits Boys to Men Mentoring Network, a San Diego nonprofit dedicated to guiding and supporting at-risk and fatherless boys on their journey to manhood. Fueled by Boys to Men’s partnership with The Century Club of San Diego’s Champions for Youth campaign and a generous Title Sponsorship by Dr. Bronner’s All One!, the 1 Wave Challenge and Beach Run taps into the excitement of the closing weekend of the 2018 Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament. The 1 Wave Challenge will attract 200 surfers to La Jolla Shores for the chance to smash the current world record for Most Surfers Riding One Wave, a feat accomplished almost ten years ago in Cape Town, South Africa, when 110 surfers rode a single wave to shore. Envisioned as a counterpoint fundraiser to Boys to Men’s successful 100 [...]

Cohn Restaurant Group named Community Catalyst Partner to the 1 Wave Challenge

  Boys to Men Mentoring Network is delighted to introduce the Cohn Restaurant Group as the 1 Wave Challenge & Beach Run's​ inaugural Community Catalyst Partner. The sponsorship recognizes a local business​, organization or​ individual whose creativity, passion and generosity inspire meaningful community engagement in Boys to Men's mission. Boys to Men's Community Catalyst Partners tell the story of the organization's unique spirit of community cultivation and engagement. Here's how the Cohn Restaurant Group harnessed the power of philanthropy to introduce San Diegans to Boys to Men's inspiring mission: During the months leading up to this year's 1 Wave Challenge, Boys to Men was honored to participate as a beneficiary of the Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with Meaning charity dining series. The partnership launched in October at BO beau Kitchen + Garden in La Mesa, moved​ to​ Vintana Wine + Dine in Escondido​ in November​, and concluded in December at Blue Point Coastal Cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter. The partnership offered San Diegans three unique dining experiences, and the opportunity to lend their support to an important cause: Empowering high-risk, fatherless boys to break the cycle of violence, gangs, drugs, and prison in their families by affording them the life skills, confidence and determination to achieve their dreams. The Cohn Restaurant Group donated 20% of Menus with Meaning proceeds to Boys to Men Mentoring Network. The company's spirit of of giving did not end there: Proceeds from Blue Point Coastal Cuisine's Menus with Meaning menu will be matched by the Century Club of San Diego, through the organization's Champions for Youth campaign. "Good friends and good food are a winning combination," explained Boys to Men Executive Director Craig McClain. "The Cohn Restaurant Group's Menus with [...]