The Eighth Annual Surfing for Hope Longboard Contest Weekend will take place on October 12, 2019 in Pismo Beach, California. This event is designed to help inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing.
"Through this annual event, our organizers and participants strive to show how the ocean and the sport of surfing are therapeutic and healing,” said Bob Voglin, a well-known local surfer and cancer survivor. “It also gives the surfing community an opportunity to give back to people in need by sharing what we love.”
All proceeds from Surfing for Hope, with French Hospital serving as the presenting sponsor, will benefit the Surfing for Hope Foundation in San Luis Obispo. In addition to Voglin, the Surfing for Hope Foundation Board includes Karen Allen, Tom Spillane, and Brian Metcalf. Since 2012, the foundation has raised more than $300,000 to support and assist cancer patients and their families; 2018 beneficiaries included the Pure Stoke Youth Program and several local cancer resources for those currently battling cancer.