Surfers hit waves for a cause

By Lorraine Schmalenberger

The surf gods must have been smiling on the menehune surf contestants last Saturday for the 9th Annual Menehune Surf Contest sponsored by La Jolla Shores Surfing Association (LJSSA) at La Jolla Shores.

What started out as an overcast day with high winds, lousy waves and awful weather, turned into a beautiful sunny day with plenty of waves and good vibes for all.

More than 150 girls and boys took to the waves to compete in a friendly competition featuring longboard, shortboard, novice, and super menehunes, age 6 and under.

The event is a fundraiser for the La Jolla Shores Surfing Association, a not-for-profit surf club which donates all the event proceeds - over $5,000 - back to local charitable causes.

Charities who have benefited from the event include Surfrider Foundation San Diego Chapter, the Friends of Kellogg Park, the Surfing Heritage Foundation, the UCSD Moores Cancer Center, the San Diego Surf Lifesaving Association, and the Rell Sunn Education Fund.

Jan Carreira, daughter of famous Hawaiian surfing legend Rell Sunn, was on hand to hang shell leis around the girl’s necks Aloha style and give out prizes to all the division winners.

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