Mauli Ola Stops in Newport Beach...
In honor of local Newport Beach surfer Gary Edgar who succumbed to lung cancer in 2009, Mauli Ola Foundation held a special surf experience day on June 12th to celebrate Edgar’s memory, while also supporting young surfers living with Cystic Fibrosis.
At this fourth stop on Mauli Ola’s first national surf experience day tour, twelve young students got the opportunity to learn to how to surf in Newport Beach, one of California’s most beautiful seaside communities. The benefits of surfing for kids with Cystic Fibrosis are twofold. They forget about their illness for the day while feeling empowered, athletic and soothed by the sunshine and ocean waves. In addition, a large concentration saline in the ocean air serves to help clear the lungs of CF patients, thereby offering a reprieve from their usual symptoms. Families gain great joy from watching their children experience a carefree day of fun in the sun, while being instructed by some of the country’s most celebrated surfers.
At the Newport Beach event Team Volcom came down with professional surfers Brandon Tipton, Dustin Hein and professional team coordinator, Dave Post. Surprise guests included Sam August, son of legendary surfer and board shaper, Robert August.
In tribute to Gary Edgar, his wife Kerry gave a speech stating why she was supporting Mauli Ola Foundation in her late husband’s name. Mrs. Edgar shared that shortly before her husband’s passing, Gary, a fixture on the Newport Beach surfing scene, had expressed a great interest in Mauli Ola’s cause. He insisted that his friends and family donate to the foundation in lieu of sending flowers or cards upon his passing. In great appreciation of his support, Mauli Ola Foundation imported fifty Hawaiian Lei’s for Edgar’s family and friends to wear, and coordinated a paddle out into the ocean to celebrate Gary Edgar’s life in Hawaiian style. The tribute added a poignant touch to the day’s festivities.
All twelve young surfing students received a customized black and white Flexfit hat, Etnies shoes, Skull candy headphones and Volcom accessories.
With overcast skies and two feet of choppy waves throughout the day, everyone surfed for a solid two hours, catching several waves.
To learn more about Mauli Ola Foundation and the health benefits of surfing for CF patients visit www.mauliola.org.