Last month was truly remarkable as Sufers Unite supported four major events locally including the 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring at Mission Beach, Life Rolls On assisting disabled children and adults at La Jolla Shores, the Supergirl Pro in Oceanside and City2Surf with inner city kids and Hope Leadership Academy (HLA).  Unfortunately, due to weather the HLA team had to make a difficult decision to cancel the City2Surf event however we will hold it again next May in Del Mar as we have for almost a decade.
 
What is the 100 Wave Challenge?  Well, if you missed it on KUSI or have never heard of the event this was the 14th Annual 100 Wave Challenge where a group of over 200 surfers catch 100 waves in a single day for charity.  In fact, they raised over $240,000 for at-risk teens and you can still make contributions through the end of October if desired.  A huge thank you to all who have faithfully supported this event year- after- year.  Once again, they had three Surfers Unite members in the water including lifetime member Rodger Dougherty of Club 33 who has participated each year, Founder and Chair of Surfers Unite Brett Morey, Past President of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle and Derren Lechuga of San Diego Coastal.  These three men raised almost $12K and their team, Degree 33 Surfboards raised over $45K to sponsor 45 young teenage boys growing up without a father in their lives.  Boys to Men Mentoring provides weekly mentorship to over 800 kids in 30+ Middle Schools and San Diego High Schools making a tremendous difference in these young lives.  For those who wish to get involved in any way simply text, "100Wave" to 858-602-2532.  Of course, if you wish to join their crew to surf almost 7 hours next year drop them a line.  We also picked up almost a dozen new leads for potential Rotary Club members at the 100 Wave Challenge event.
 
 
Next up, Life Rolls On.  When Rotarian Brett Morey got involved with the Life Rolls On Foundation nine years ago it was obvious to him that this is one of the best ways to serve those in our community who either by birth or life events have lost the freedom many of us take for granted.  It's also a terrific way to involve your Interact or Rotaract students considering a career in the medical field as Life Rolls On involves some of the best Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists in the region.  When you volunteer with Life Rolls On you put a smile on a disabled child while catching waves, you also bring tremendous joy to their family and friends cheering them onshore.  Taking the spouse of someone who lost their ability to walk due to an auto accident you will see the tears of joy from their loved ones.  It is absolutely moving.  Life Rolls On is one of several non-profits that Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship supports as they hold over a dozen surf and skate events around the country.  Founder Jesse Billauer started this organization 21 years ago in the wake of a life changing surfing accident that left him a paralyzed.  If you missed this event and want to get involved next year, simply text "LRO' to 858-602-2532.  Of course, if you caught the recent CNN segment "Champions for Change" then you might want to invite other non-Rotarians and friends in the surfing community to join our crew next year.
 
 
The Supergirl Pro of Oceanside is an incredible celebration of women's empowerment as it involves three days of the top women surfers in the world, Yoga events, live music performances and hundreds of vendors.  Nissan is the title sponsor and in the past, they have had a dozen of more Surfers Unite members assisting in anything from the VIP Hospitality to the Athletes area, working in the Judges Area as a spotter during competitions to having folks participate as photographers.  Huge congratulations go to Alyssa Spencer of Encinitas for winning her second cap at this event and holding off a very talented Sawyer Lindblad in the finals.  Surfers Unite want to thank Krista Davies of Pacific Beach Rotaract for volunteering at the event year- after- year.  To get involved next September, simply email us at surfrotary@gmail.com and bring your family out to this awesome event.
 
Photo credit: Mark Ritter
 
These are just examples of how Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship creates fun and relevant events to connect Rotarians with our surf community.  They hope to see many of you on the sand soon at their 4th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Paddle Out on December 2nd.  They will also be exhibiting November 8th at the Rotary Zone Institute here in San Diego thanks to Past District Governor and lifetime member Scott Carr.  To learn more about upcoming events, purchase cool Rotary swag like sweatshirts, embroidered hats and dri-fit shirts and to join our global fellowship visit: www.surfersunite.org.