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Surfing Community Supports Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Effort to Wipe Out CF

August 28, 2008

Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy of BJ's Restaurants Inc. flank surfing greats Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama at the first-ever PacSun Pipeline to a Cure, which raised more than $400,000 for the CF Foundation.
Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy of BJ's Restaurants Inc. flank surfing greats Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama at the first-ever PacSun Pipeline to a Cure, which raised more than $400,000 for the CF Foundation.
Huntington Beach, Calif., a.k.a. “Surf City,” is best known for its pristine beaches, mile-high waves and the surf legends who ride them. More than 560 guests, including a number of extreme sports stars, gathered there recently for the Southern California—Anaheim Chapter’s first-ever PacSun Pipeline To A Cure, raising more than $400,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Details That Made a Difference

Surfing greats Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama offered to host the gala after meeting Emily Haager, who has CF, at a surf camp. The crowd, clad in flip flops and Hawaiian shirts, enjoyed complimentary beverages from corporate sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink, dined on local fare and danced the night away to music by rockers Social Distortion. To top off the evening, Haager spoke movingly about how surfing has helped her to lead a healthier, happier life. 

“Surfers are part of a warm and wonderful community,” said Paul Motenko, co-founder of corporate sponsor BJ’s Restaurants. “We’re thrilled to have them join us in the quest for a cure.”

Thanks a Million

Many thanks to the following key volunteers who worked so tirelessly behind the scenes:

  • Co-chairs Judy Burlingham,
    Paul Motenko and Jerry Hennessy
  • Todd Elder
  • Laird Hamilton
  • Dave Kalama 
  • Drew Kampion
  • Gerry Lopez
  • Mickey Munoz
  • Jericho Poplar

Thank you to our corporate sponsors, who helped to make the event a success:

  • Ambry Genetics
  • Billabong
  • BJ’s Restaurants Inc.
  • Coast Benefit Consultants, Inc.
  • Cordell Surfboards
  • Mike Sullivan’s LA CarGuy.com
  • Newport Surf Camp
  • PacSun
  • Pepsi
  • Quiksilver Foundation
  • Quiksilver Roxy Surf Camps
  • Rainbow Sandals
  • Rockstar Energy Drink
  • Wahoo’s Fish Taco



The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.