West Marine Press Release

West Marine Seeks Marine-Based Charities to be Beneficiaries at the Grand Re-Opening Celebration of its Larger Long Beach Store - “Cruising for a Cause” Seeks Marine-Based Non-Profits In Southern California’s Boating, Sailing, Fishing and Environmental Communities

Media Contacts:

Laurie Fried
West Marine

Watsonville, CA (February 04, 2013)

West Marine (Nasdaq:WMAR), the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, today announces their search for Southern California marine-based non-profits to be the beneficiaries of the “Cruising for a Cause” charity celebration set for Friday, March 15, 2013 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The festivities will take place during West Marine’s Grand Re-Opening of its newly expanded at 251 North Marina Drive in Long Beach. In keeping with the company’s mission of conserving marine habitats and supporting local boating non-profits across the country - West Marine is eager to work with Long Beach-area charities that serve the local boating, fishing, sailing and marine environmental community.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the “Cruising for a Cause” event go to the local charities. West Marine holds similar events around the country that help charities as varied as local youth boating programs, beach clean-ups, and organizations that preserve local marine life among others.

For the $10 ticket “Cruising for a Cause” attendees will receive food, beverages and entertainment provided by West Marine. For full details on how to apply to participate in “Cruising for a Cause” send an inquiry via e-mail to grantsandsponsorships@westmarine.com.

About West Marine

West Marine, the largest specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, has nearly 300 company-operated stores located in 38 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, and five franchised stores in Turkey. Our Direct-to-Customer division, which comprises our call center, direct mail and e-commerce channels, offers customers over 75,000 products plus the convenience of exchanging catalog and e-commerce purchases at our Store locations. Our Port Supply division is one of the largest wholesale distributors of marine equipment, serving boat manufacturers, marine services, commercial vessel operators and government agencies. For more information on West Marine's products and store locations, or to start shopping, visit westmarine.com or call 1-800-BOATING (1-800-262-8464).