Open top menu
Meeting Sam Trammell and his surf for charity

Meeting Sam Trammell and his surf for charity

On a Saturday, what a better way to spend the day than to watch the ocean waves carry many celebrities on their surfboards. Yesterday, September 11, I drove to Malibu up the Pacific Coast Highway to just north of the Malibu Pier.  It wasn’t easy, or cheap, but I found a place to park my car very near the day’s event.  I was there for the Surfrider Foundation Celebrity Expression Session. One of the celebrities attending was True Blood’s Sam Trammell and, of course, that was the main reason I went.

To see lots more photos of this event and of Sam Trammell, visit the photo gallery.

Sam Trammell

When I walked onto the beach it was still a bit cloudy, but very shortly the sun came out as I approached the tent where all the celebrity surfers seemed to be. I immediately came up to a low fence and there was Sam Trammell having his picture taken with a fellow True Blood fan, who’s name was Pinky.  As he started to walk away, after they had gotten the photo,  I called out to Sam and he came back over. I introduced myself saying I was also a representative of The Vault.  He immediately knew what site I meant since he has met representatives from our site at both Eyecon in Florida last fall and at Bitten in August, in the UK. He said how grateful he was for how much support we give to the show and asked if I’d like a photo with him. Of course I did.

I’ve met many of the True Blood cast, but this would be my first time meeting Sam up close and I can tell you it was a great experience. Like the others I’ve met he was personable, kind and generous with his time. A truly nice guy.

Sam and me

Pinky with Eric Balfour and Me and Sam in the background.

Here’s a little bit of information about the event and about the Surfrider Foundation:

Martyn Lenoble and Christina Applegate hosted the Surfrider Foundation’s fifth annual Celebrity Expression Session at First Point, Surfrider Beach in Malibu. The 45-minute free surf gave celebrity surfers from music, film and television the opportunity to have some fun demonstrating their skills on Malibu’s famous point, while also raising money and awareness for the Surfrider Foundation.

2010 Celebrity participants were:

  • Martyn Lenoble (Host, Pornos For Pyros)
  • Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  • Sam Trammell (True Blood)
  • Eric Balfour (Haven)
  • Austin Nichols (One Tree Hill)
  • Eric Avery (Jane’s Addiction)
  • Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker)

In addition to simply showcasing their surfing abilities, the celebrity contestants helped to raise money for the Surfrider Foundation. For every wave caught and ridden, event sponsors Cali Bamboo and Barefoot Wine donated $100 per wave back to the Foundation.

While the celebrities readied themselves to surf during high tide, which was expected precisely at noon, being front row center was great since I got to take lots of photos of Sam while he got into his wet suit and readied his surfboard.

Sam preparing his surfboard.

Putting on his wet suit

Ready to go.

Then, the surfers filed out to the surf to wait for the sign that it was time to enter the water. The waves kept coming in closer and closer and for those of us wearing shoes (I’m still too east coast) we had to jump back each time the surf came in to keep from getting soaked. There were photographers from the press and lots of people on the beach, but it was a very casual group and quite respectful of the celebrities.

Finally the call came telling them to go out and start surfing. Sam paddled out with the rest. He had to go out pretty far to catch a wave, but catch one he did.  We got to see his surfing skills and he did a fine job.

Once the 45 minutes was up, the participants all came out and marched back to the tents.  What a better way to raise money than to do something you love, and they all seemed to have a great time. I have to admit that it was a lot of fun for me too and I would have enjoyed watching all the surfers, even if Sam wasn’t there, but I’m glad he was.

Here’s a professional video made about the event:

You can help to save the ocean too, in several ways:

I couldn’t resist not using this photo here, he is so cute!


Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at

11 Comment responses

  1. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Thanks, Lynn, for the report, pictures and vids. So glad you were able to enjoy the day and cheer Sam on. Sounds like he did very well.


  2. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Awww Lynn, that looks like it was as fun event, besides being a great way to bring attention to The SurfRider Foundation. Thank you for attending and bringing us such wonderful pictures and video. (hopefully the main stream media will pick up the event)

    Those pictures are wonderful, altho it is probably the subject and not the photographer !! ( LOL!- J/K Lynn ) I love the picture with the caption under it “Ready to Go”….. it’s just beautiful. Thank you for capturing that second in time.

    Sam is such a good sport, what as sweetie. Thank you Sam!


  3. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Great story Lynn and what a wonderful photos! Sam is such a cutie.


  4. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Glad you had such a great time with my Big Kahuna. It sure looked like a fun day.


  5. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    LA has is bennies, right Lynn???? Good job! The ocean was so calm, they needed to summon Neptune to bring in the waves!

    How long was the board Sam?


  6. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    That Sam is looking good! Thanks Lynn for sharing your pics and video. Now your’re a real California girl! It looks like everyone had a good time and it was for a good cause as well.


  7. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Thanks Lynn for the report and pics. Looks like it was a fun event. Sam is adorable.


  8. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Lynn you never disppoint us. Love the pics. Our Sam ( yes Sterling I said our Sam hehe ) is so handsome and this is a great cause. Many a hour I have spent on the beach and never have seen anyone look that good riding a wave. Maybe I should sing a siren’s song? :)


  9. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Lynn, you are the coolest! What a great guy Sam is, I’m so glad you got to talk with him, and share the experience with us.


  10. Avatar
    September 12, 2010

    Amazing!! Thanks Lynn for the wonderful story. Loved it!


  11. Avatar
    September 28, 2010

    I am having a lot of trouble trying 2 load this page. I visited it many times before & never got anything like this, but now when I try to load the blog it just idles for a little while & then just stops. I have tried both with www & without. Does anyone know what is the problem? Please ask your host support… I hope to be able to come back soon.


Leave a comment