Kelly, David and I showed up at the Santa Monica pier this past Sunday morning to “Pedal on the Pier” – “100 Butts. 100 Bikes. 100 Miles!” – by spinning on bikes with hundreds of others who were there to raise money to send kids to camp for the Harold Robinson Foundation. This non profit which works closely with an organization close to Kelly’s, David’s and my hearts, A Chance for Children. A Chance for Children was founded by the producer of Baywatch, Greg Bonann, and BW writer Tai Collins (who is as hot as any Baywatch babe). Each summer Baywatch alums help out by helping teach the kids at its camp to swim.
David, Kelly and I pulled in at the same time, and had a laugh over the episodes we shot on this pier so long ago. It is only a couple miles south of Will Rogers State Beach, where we filmed most of our scenes. The three of us walked into the event to big hugs from Greg and Tai, and some requests from fans for photos and autographs. Then we saw Michael “Newmie” Newman! What a great surprise! Newmie was on Baywatch longer than any of us, and we had not seen him for several years. A real life firefighter and lifeguard, he coached many of us actors to improve our swimming, diving and rescue techniques. Even after recent major back surgery, he was ready to ride! After doing the red carpet by posing for photos and doing some interviews, we got on the bikes alongside Felisha Terrell, David Duchovny and Joyce Hyser. Kelly had come with her beautiful toddler Hallie and was not prepared to ride – she was stylishly dressed in skinny jeans and platform sandals, but she gamely got on a bike and rode barefoot. David always said she was a great sport when he worked with her (she and I missed each other by a season), and sure enough, she is! Newmie, in contrast, was in full cycling regalia, the consummate athlete. The energy was great on the pier – so many folks riding stationary bikes under the sun to heartpounding music, enabling kids to go to camp this summer. And the workout was not easy – we were all sweating like crazy after the first half hour.
David Braff, a Baywatch staff writer who created Lt Stephanie Holden, also came by to say hello, and got on a bike. He had moved out of state for several years so it was great to see him again too.
Once again, it was wonderful not only to hang out with the B Teamers and old friends like Newmie, Tai, Greg and David Braff, but also to get a sweat up on beautiful Southern California morning – and all for a good cause!