Beat Back Gas Prices While Protecting Our Beaches

posted by / News / June 9, 2006

In support of International Surfing Day, {{{Toyota}}} Motor Sales USA is donating a new {{{2006 Highlander}}} {{{Hybrid}}} for auction, with {{{100}}} percent of all proceeds benefiting the Surfrider Foundation. The auction will be held on eBay, beginning June 19th and running through June 29th.

The {{{2006 Highlander Hybrid}}} is the world’s first seven-passenger hybrid {{{Sports}}} Utility Vehicle ({{{SUV}}}). Featuring Toyota’s award winning Hybrid Synergy Drive with a 3.3-liter V6 gas engine and a powerful electric motor, the {{{Highlander}}} Hybrid produces {{{80}}} percent fewer smog-forming emissions than conventionally powered {{{SUVs}}}.

The auction vehicle features a JBL premium sound system, 17” alloy wheels, driver/front passenger airbags, power moonroof, roof rack and fog lamps. To truly get in the spirit, the auction vehicle also features a complete Billabong / Donavon Frankenreiter package, including a Billabong “Solution” wetsuit, a Billabong clothing package, a Surf Prescriptions surfboard shaped by “Doc” Lausch and signed by Donavon Frankenreiter, a signed copy of Donavon’s new release “Move By Yourself,” and after-show party passes to a Donavon Show.

To find out more about the auction, preview the vehicle and pre-qualify to bid, go here

“This truly is a win-win situation,” says Matt McClain, Surfrider Foundation Director of Communications. “With gas prices going well over $3.00 a gallon in some areas of the country, making the winning bid on this vehicle is a great personal investment as well as an incredibly generous investment towards our waves and beaches.”

The auction is being held as part of this year’s International Surfing Day. This world-wide celebration of the sport of surfing serves as an opportunity for surf enthusiasts everywhere to go out, get waves and then give something back. As part of the event, Surfrider Foundation chapters across the world will be hosting official International Surfing Day beach clean-ups to help protect our beaches and raise awareness of our coastal environments.

Surfing Magazine’s International Surfing Day is presented by Billabong and supported by {{{Toyota Hybrid}}} Synergy Drive, Kustom, Von Zipper and the Surfrider Foundation. For more information, log on to SURFING’s International Surfing Day Site

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