Scientists, surfers join up to wipe out cancer at 20th annual Luau & Longboard Invitational in La Jolla
$11,000 was the winning bid on this pair of custom Daisy surfboards called ‘The Long and Short of It,’ handmade by Al Merrick and Steve Walden in honor of Al’s granddaughter, Daisy Love Merrick, who died of cancer last year at age 8.
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By Greg Wiest
It was a beautiful day for the 20th annual Luau and Longboard Invitational on Aug. 18, 2013 at Scripps Pier, which featured some of the biggest names in surfing teaming up with amateurs to raise research funds for the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. I’m not sure how much money was netted, but the mai tais were flowing, and the bidders were bidding! What a great group of people!
This year’s Rell Sunn Award was presented to Kary Mullis. In 1993, Mullis won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, considered one of the most monumental scientific techniques of the 20th century.
The event included an auction of one-of-a-kind prizes and entertainment by Hawaiian folk rock singer Anuhea and traditional Polynesian dancing from Heali’i’s Polynesian Revue. For more information, visit longboardluau.org
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