Luau & Longboard Invitational seeks volunteers for La Jolla event

2009 volunteers took a break during the event.  Photo: Jerod Harris
2009 volunteers took a break during the event. Photo: Jerod Harris

Organizers of the Luau & Longboard Invitational, the annual fundraiser for the UCSD Moores Cancer Center in La Jolla, are looking for people who want to volunteer for the event. Returning and new volunteers are invited to join them from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 1 at PB Surf Shop, 4150 Mission Blvd.

The event, which will be held for the 18th time on Aug. 21 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, brings together surfing legends, business leaders, scientists, local politicians and national celebrities for a surfing competition and a luau. Since it was started, the event has raised more than $5 million for the Moores center since it was founded by La Jollans Sam Armstrong and John Otterson.

Part of the fun is the Survivor Beach gathering, which precedes the Invitational. On that day, people come together to show their support for cancer research and to honor those fighting the disease. The form a “symbol of support” by creating a line of surfboards in the sand.

This year’s co-chairs are Taylor Peterson, director of Innovation Programs for CONNECT, and Cory Reynolds, a business development manager at Manpower.

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