Santiago immediately became a valuable member of the SurfAid USA Board of Directors and played an integral part in the direction and impact of the organization in the United States. His contribution was additionally recognized as he was invited to be a member of the International Board as a US representative.
SurfAid would like to sincerely thank brothers Santiago and Fernando Aguerre for their eight years of passionate, tireless and dedicated contribution to our organization.
Santiago has resigned from SurfAid’s International Board and Fernando has announced his resignation as President of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association (SIMA) Humanitarian Fund and Chairman of the Liquid Nation Ball. Fernando remains on the SIMA Humanitarian Fund Board as a director.
In 2002, SurfAid founder Dr Dave Jenkins was invited by the Aguerre Bros to speak at the Surf Summit in Cabo San Lucas and he inspired the surf and action sports industry to get involved with SurfAid’s mission. The following year, the SurfAid USA office was opened and through US funding helped the organization expand its educational health programs and services.
Fernando, in collaboration with his brother, became the host of our most successful fundraiser, the Liquid Nation Ball, which celebrated its eighth anniversary in 2011. With the support of SIMA, the Aguerre brothers put on the industry’s party of the year and raised monies to benefit those less fortunate.
Without a doubt their daily active participation will be greatly missed however the legacy and leadership they have left us will continue.
“Santiago and Fernando joined our mission with commitment, compassion, leadership and unique entrepreneurial flare - all critical success factors in the growth of SurfAid USA, enabling thousands of children to now live free of extreme suffering,” Dr Dave said. “It is always hardest to start something; they were instrumental in our beginnings and will leave a legacy few people have achieved.”
On September 19, 2011, a special recognition event was held at Zenbu, La Jolla, CA to thank the Aguerres for their contribution. A plaque was presented to Santiago which included Steve Barilotti's 2002 article in Surfer Magazine that inspired his efforts to get involved. Similar to Dr Dave back in 1999, the Aguerre brothers couldn’t turn their backs on a great need and instead dedicated themselves to make a difference.
SurfAid Australia, USA, New Zealand and Indonesia will always be in debt for their time, talents and treasures that they contributed to our organization and we are dedicated to continue the life saving work they supported.