Luau & Legends event, touched by volunteer death


The 23rd Luau & Legends of Surfing Invitational took place Aug. 21, 2016 on the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla to support cancer research and patient care at UC San Diego Health. Sadly, a death occurred at the event when volunteer Francis Todd, 62, who was on his board monitoring the surf contest was found face down in the water. Lifeguards performed CPR and Todd was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive.

Each of the sponsored teams was paired with a surfing legend to vie for traditional trophies. Afterward, luau festivities began under tents where more than 500 attendees enjoyed traditional Polynesian dancing and music while dining at a tropical buffet. Guests participated in opportunity drawings, a silent auction, and tested their bidding skills against each other as one-of-a-kind pieces of surf-inspired artwork, exceptional surfboards, and vacation packages were put up for live auction. More details at

Greg Wiest