Celebrities will ride waves for charity at the ìProject Save Our Surfî inaugural surfathon at Santa Monica beach Sunday, April 5th.

Surfathon participants, including celebrities Michelle Rodriguez of ìLost,î former ìBaywatchî actor David Chokachi, International Professional Surfing world champion Peter Townend and Project Save Our Surf captain Frank Caronna, will raise money by asking people to sponsor their commitment during a five-hour surfing shift.

The first annual surfathon is intended to raise money for the nonprofit organization Oceana, which campaigns globally to protect and restore the worldís oceans.

The surfathon is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean Park Beach, 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica. A celebrity gala and auction is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Shutters on the Beach hotel ballroom, 1 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

Project Save Our Surf was launched by actress Tanna Frederick and world-renowned surfer Shaun Tomson, who are both avid surfers concerned about the worldís oceans. They say they were inspired to embrace the surfathon as a fun and rewarding family event, bringing together the sport of surfing and beach lovers who want to make a difference.

The project is collaborating with a number of local and national sponsors including Billabong, ZJ Boardinghouse, Quiksilver, Rocker Board Shop, Kreation KafÈ, Charlie Palmer Restaurants and Natural Surf Technique.

Other activities at the event include tae kwon do demonstrations, environmental guest speakers, face painting, team relay races, yoga sessions, free massages, raffle prizes and musical performance by Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders.

The event will be followed by a celebrity gala with a live band, auction, cocktails, buffet dinner, and a performance by Tom and Timmy Curran, as well as a celebrity ìblueî carpet befitting Oceana. Rob Machado will receive the Project Save Our Surf award for his dedication to environmental activism in Southern California, and Billabong CEO Paul NaudÈ will receive the Oceana Sea Friend Award for his contributions to ocean conservation.

Tickets for the celebrity gala are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling (310) 271-0202.

To register to surf, www.projectsaveoursurf.com/.