In late June, the Hawaiian bottled water company Waiakea Water announced the winner of their 30-day Ultimate Camp and Surf Giveaway. The winner, San Clemente resident Logan Hannah, was selected from 25,000 participants and came away with $5,000-worth of camping and surf gear, including a Tepui Baja Series Rooftop Tent, a FUJIFILM X-A5 camera, an Almond Surfboards R-Series Board, and more. On top of these gifts, Hannah also won a one-year subscription to Waiakea Water.
The company's CEO Ryan Emmons called the event and the company's collaboration with the various outdoor adventure brands a "blast." He also called the giveaway a success based on the overall fan response.
Hannah had entered the giveaway in the hopes of winning new gear for his adventures after seeing a post from Almond Surfboards promoting it. With his new gear, Hannah plans on heading to Arizona's Havasupai Falls in the fall. In the meantime, he' will be taking advantage of the waves in Baja.
This isn't the first giveaway from the company, who has hosted several successful contests beforehand, with another big contest coming up this month. In fact, the company has become something of a fan favorite. In an age when more and more people are turning away from bottled water due to the wastefulness of the plastic bottles and the fact that the water is often filtered city water, many have flocked to the company with its healthier, more sustainable products. Since its founding in 2012, they have grown an astonishing 4,200 percent.
The company, which Emmons had founded, has become one of the most successful bottled water companies in the US. Emmons created the company when he realized that the water he and his family drank when they visited Hawaii in the summer and winter was special and wanted to expose it to others. He sought to create a company that not only provides healthier water, but sustainability and social awareness.
Their water, which is sourced from the Kea'au aquifer near Hiloon on Hawaii's Big Island, is filtered through thousands of feet of porous volcanic rock at the base of Mauna Loa. Because of this, the water has numerous health benefits. The natural alkalinity means the Waiakea water pH ranges from 7.8 to 8.8, compared to the pH of 7 found in typical purified water. While artificially alkaline water exists, it tricks the body into thinking it's getting more alkaline than it is, leading to some potential negative side effects. Aside from the Waiakea water pH level, there are other benefits. Such volcanic water benefits include an abundance of electrolytes like sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It also has an ideal amount of silica (30mg), which not only gives the water a soft, silky mouthfeel, but is believed to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's by 11 percent.
It's not just the water that they focus their attention on. The company also engages in sustainable practices regarding the manufacturing of their water - practices that allowed it become the first to be certified CarbonNeutral. Their bottles are made of 100 percent RPET. This means 85 percent less energy for manufacturing, 90 percent less water, and 90 percent less CO2 being put out. The company also uses only low-emission vehicles when transporting their product.
Waiakea also believes it has a responsibility to the less-fortunate. The company has partnered with the nonprofit charity Pump Aid, which has provided clean water to 1.35 million people around the world to date. It is through Pump Aid that the company donates one week's worth of water to those in need for each liter that is sold.