Not too many surfers today can say they had some of the best professional surfers at their side pushing them into waves when they were groms. Thanks to the Mauli Ola Foundation, families all around Southern California reaped the benefits of having an incredible non-profit organization visit San Clemente, California this past weekend. Professional athletes met at Churches in San Onofre State Beach on Saturday morning to help children with cystic fibrosis learn to surf. Saline treatments have proven to better the health and actually alleviates symptoms for victims struggling with the genetic disease, so getting addicted to surfing is not only encouraged, it promises for more days to come enjoying the beach.
It was an emotional day for families as professional surfers Kala Alexander, Kalani Robb, Hans Hagen, Teddy Navarro, Gavin Beschen, Shawn ‘Barney’ Barron, Bobby Friedman and many more joined children on the sand for surf lessons, food and inspiration. Despite the less than ideal weather, event participants didn’t hesitate a second to paddle out into the cool, windy ocean for surf lessons by their favorite athletes and new friends. Professional tandem surfer, Bobby Friedman put on an exciting show as he twirled participants high over his head while catching waves.
MOF provides an experience that cannot be found elsewhere, giving young CF patients unforgettable memories to cherish and goals for the future. Mauli Ola Foundation developed out of the desire to help brighten the lives of children who are faced with difficult situations, thus, their participants, volunteers and employees have become a family, encouraging each other with needed support through life’s challenges.
Parents and siblings of participants couldn’t be more thankful for the support they receive from MOF and are shocked at how much this non-profit organization has impacted their children’s lives.
Introduced by the Mauli Ola Foundation, surfing is used as a natural treatment for people with cystic fibrosis. Over 1300 CF patients have participated at nearly 100 surf experience days with MOF. They grown to expand their outreach to children with cancer and other health challenges as well. Currently, the Mauli Ola Foundation is traveling up as far as Santa Cruz down to San Clemente, teaching lessons to the local CF patients.
Surfing is a natural treatment that is proven to improve the health of people with cystic fibrosis. Photo: Surf Channel/ Surf Channel