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Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational Celebrates 16 Years of 'Surfing for a Cure' to Raise Funds for Cancer Research
Date:7/27/2009

LA JOLLA, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 16 years, beachgoers have been invited to watch respected surfers, business leaders, community members and cancer survivors "surfing for a cure" at the annual Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational held at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Now, members of the general public have the opportunity to participate in the Longboard Invitational portion of the event that takes place on Sunday, August 23 beginning at 7 a.m.

"The Longboard Luau is a one-of-a-kind event that allows everyone to come together to share in the 'aloha' spirit and raise money for a good cause," said event co-chair Jessica Yingling. "It's one of the most successful surfing fundraisers in the world, and to date has raised more than $3 million for research at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center. By inviting more people to participate, we hope the event can be an even greater success."

In previous years, the surf teams were sponsored by companies and comprised of four team members selected by sponsors as well as a randomly selected surf "legend." New this year, individuals interested in competing in the invitational can also earn a spot on a team - side-by-side with a surf legend - by fundraising through Active.com. Anyone interested in joining a team must commit to raising $2,500, which will earn them a coveted spot in the competition as well as two tickets to the Luau.

"Many people have asked how to get involved and how to do more," said John Kay, event co-chair. "There was so much interest we decided it would be a good idea to open up the competition to the public and let more people have the chance to participate. We're really excited to be able to offer this."

The tournament will take place at Scripps Pier in La Jolla beginning at 7 a.m. and continue for most of the morning. Teams will compete f
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