Celebrity Surf Invitational
The Celebrity Surf Invitational returns to the Supergirl Surf Pro event on July 29th in Oceanside, California to raise money for several charitable organizations. It will take place between the Semi-finals and Finals of the main surf competition at approximately 2:00pm.
How It Works:
Each celebrity is paired with a top pro surfer as “teammates.” There will be two 20 minute heats with four teams in the water during each heat. The two top teams will have money donated to charity on their behalf.
Past Celebrities Include:
Selema “Sal” Masekela is a beloved host, commentator, journalist, musician, and producer best known for his work presenting ESPN’s Summer and Winter X Games, which he hosted for 13 years; NBC’s Red Bull Signature Series; his cultural reporting in South Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup; hosting E!’s Daily 10; and hosting and executive producing the award-winning TV show VICE World of Sports (2017 Producers Guild of America award winner for “Outstanding Sports Program”). Currently in season two on VICELAND, the show takes viewers around the world to explore each location’s people, politics, and culture through the lens of the one thing that connects them all: sports.
Sal’s creativity and mastery of storytelling extends behind the camera to his production company, UX Entertainment. Based in Los Angeles, UXE specializes in film, commercials, music videos, and animation work. Its award-winning work puts UXE in elite company amongst the boutique production firms in entertainment and sports. The company’s latest project, Let It Play: Hard Lovin’ Woman, a heavy-hitting documentary featuring the never-before-told story of Oscar- nominated actress Juliette Lewis, explores the sacrifices Lewis makes to pursue her first love, music – from putting her acting career on hold and self-financing a music career to assembling her very own rock band, The Licks. The short film, developed in association with Red Bull and directed by actor and director Michael Rapaport, premiered at Tribeca in 2016 and was subsequently launched globally on Red Bull TV.
On the sports front, in 2015, Sal joined the Emmy-award winning investigative series VICE on HBO as a correspondent and executive producer. That year, he also appeared in the remake of the cult classic Point Break. In February 2014, he made his Olympic broadcasting debut from the Winter Olympics in Sochi, reporting features for NBC’s nationally syndicated Olympic Zone. In 2012, Sal helped launch the one-of-a-kind action sports programming block Red Bull Signature Series (RBSS) for NBC Sports and its action sports brand Alli. As the face of RBSS, he navigates viewers through extreme competitions in motorsports, bike, surf, and snow. In addition to RBSS, Sal also produces and develops original content for the multi-platform media company Red Bull Media House.
When he was a teenager, Sal’s unique upbringing brought him to Southern California, where he was first exposed to surfing, snowboarding, and skateboarding. His love for sports, extraordinary athletes, and the culture surrounding them gave Sal the unparalleled perspective he used to become today’s media authority on action sports. His ability to relate to athletes and tell their stories in a humanizing, personal way that resonates with viewers has made him a favorite not only within the action sports community, but with everyone on the receiving end of his remarkable insights.
A New York native, Sal’s flair for entertainment emerged at an early age as he toured the world with his father, South African jazz icon Hugh Masekela. Sal’s first film, Alekesam, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and chronicles his relationship with his father and their connection through music. Sal’s band, also named Alekesam, has had music featured on Entourage, and the latest single, All Is Forgiven, was featured on the season four premiere of the Showtime hit House of Lies.
Sal’s creative aesthetics also extend into fashion through his clothing company, Art of Craft, which donates a percentage of every sale to charity. Sal is often called upon to apply his captivating hosting style to live events, including YouTube’s Brandcast in New York and Paris, YouTube Live on Stage from the Kennedy Center, and Google’s Zeitgeist.
In addition to his hosting, producing, acting, writing, fashion and voiceover work, Sal offers his name and time to the charity he co-founded, Stoked Mentoring, a nonprofit action sports organization for at-risk youth whose mission is “developing successful teens with opportunity, knowledge, experience, and determination through the use of action sports, mentoring, and coaching.” He also serves on the board of the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Henry Dittman :
Henry Dittman is an actor/writer/host, most notably seen in recurring or series regular roles on Mad Men (AMC) as the head of marketing for Dow Chemical, 100 Things to do Before High School (Nickelodeon) as the father of teen sensation Isabela Moner, David Spade’s Fameless (TruTV) playing a variety of hidden-camera pranksters and on the long-running hit anime series Naruto (Cartoon Network) voicing the hated villain Kabuto. Other television guest starring roles include CSI: Cyber, Entourage, Two and a Half Men, and Good Luck Charlie.
His recent feature film work includes starring roles opposite Illeana Douglas and the Hawaii surfing community’s own Chris Taloa in Knots (which filmed in Hawaii and provided plenty of chances to surf and lay on the beach) and Tyler Hoechlin, Agnes Bruckner and William Sadler in Open Gate (which filmed in East Texas and provided zero chances to do either).
Henry hosted five seasons of USA Network’s Before and Afternoon Movie and two seasons of Endemol’s travel show The Smart Show, which he also co-produced. He has also hosted pilots for TLC, Bravo, E!, Fox Reality TV, Cartoon Network, and NBC; and was a recurring panelist on The Countdown and Hollywood’s Top Ten on Reelz Channel.
In addition to his on-camera acting work, Henry has provided voiceover for various animated series – most notably Disney’s Higglytown Heroes and Cartoon Network’s Naruto. Also an avid stage actor, he won both the LA Weekly Award and the Ovation Award for his performance in Sacred Fools Theatre’s original production Watson, a tour-de-force comedy role that the L.A. Times praised as a “hilarious mix of malevolence and effete decorum.” In his “spare time,” Henry has also provided voice work for countless TV and radio campaigns (most recently as one of the voices of Volkswagen and GoDaddy.com), and appeared in over 80 on-camera television commercials (most often as a “jerk in a suit,” his favorite role to play).
As a writer, Henry also co-created and produced three independent television pilots with co-writer Bruce Smith: Buzzy Grovenor’s Ding Dong (a parody/mashup of late sixties variety shows), Millennial (about duplicitous, struggling twentysomethings), and Fish in a Barrel (a quirky Coen Brothers-style dark comedy). Shifting from “writer” to “author,” this year Henry, along with co-writer French Stewart, recently scored a book deal to have their fatherhood comedy book, “Daddy Drinks,” published by Post Hill Press (now available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon).
Lindsey Jacobellis is a ten-time snowboardcross X Games Gold medalist, who holds the record for the most X Games Gold medals of any female snowboarder in history. She is also a 4-time member of the US Olympic team and an Olympic Silver medalist.
Actor David Chokachi is best known for his role as Cody Madison in the worldwide television phenomenon, “Baywatch.” David’s introduction to the series in its sixth season earned him an enormous fan-base and the distinction of being voted one of People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.” His successful foray into television paved the way for his winning roles in TNT’s original hit series “Witchblade,” The N’s “Beyond the Break” and a variety of films including the Sundance hit “Psycho Beach Party,” independent sci-fi thriller “The Dreamless” and Sony’s action flick “Bats 2” for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Audiences welcomed David’s return to TV in the starring role as Justin Healy in “Beyond the Break,” an MTV Networks series. An international hit, the role allowed David to enjoy two of his passions: surfing and bringing awareness to important water-related issues on behalf of the charities he supports. David was also recently featured as part of the cast of the VH-1 reality series, “Confessions of a Teen Idol.”
David was born and raised in Plymouth, Massachusetts. As a competitive athlete, David played lacrosse and football at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts and at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He holds a degree in Political Science from Bates, which afforded him the opportunity to serve as legislative aid to Congressman Gerry Studs in Washington DC before moving to California to begin his acting career.
David is also a devout environmentalist and animal advocate. He is on the board of the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and is actively involved with Waterkeeper Alliance, Surfrider Foundation and Vital Ground. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Susan, and Cami, the dog they rescued.
She is an actress and producer, known for roles in Just 45 Minutes from Broadway, Hollywood Dreams, and Irene in Time. She co-founded the Iowa Independent Film Festival and spearheaded the Iowa filmmaking initiative Project Cornlight. In 2007, she founded the non-profit Project Save Our Surf, which is dedicated to ocean conservation, the improved ability of freshwater to those in need and exposing a wide range of people to the joys of the ocean through surfing.