Da Hui’s Kala Alexander keeps a firm grip on a young cystic fibrosis stricken kid while Stephen Koehne looks on from the Haleiwa shore break. Photo: Mick O’Brien
In an amazing breakthrough—and another reason to share the love of surfing—doctors in Australia have determined that people who suffer from cystic fibrosis can have their symptoms alleviated by inhaling saltwater mist, the same stuff we inhale every time we surf. That said, some of the bruddas on the North Shore recently took kids who are afflicted with cystic fibrosis surfing in the shore break of Haleiwa. Organized by the Mauli Ola Foundation, the purpose of the event, called “Breath Of Life” was to introduce the connection between surfing and CF since it has been suggested that exposure to salt water helps as a natural therapy to assist in the breakdown of mucus in the lungs of patients with CF for easy release, much like the therapy given to most CF patients in a hospital setting. Da Hui’s Kala Alexander, who helped push the kids into some little rollers, had this to say, “If doing what we love is going to help the kids with cystic fibrosis, then let’s do whatever it takes to make the surf experience days happen.”
Da Hui’s Eddie Rothman shares the stoke with a young grom during the Mauli Ola Foundation’s “Breath Of Life” surf day at Haleiwa. Photo: Mick O’Brien
Along with Kala, guys like Eddie Rothman, Tom Dosland, Tai Van Dyke, Barney Barron, Jamie O’Brien and more allowed some kids with cystic fibrosis to breathe easy after a day of surfing. Emily Haager, who has cystic fibrosis, had this to say regarding the day, “Being in the salt water doesn’t take away my disease or replace my medications and treatments. However, when I’m in the water, I feel I can breathe deeper because my lungs get hydrated and I can cough the mucus out much easier than normal. The salt water is like a non-prescribed treatment and not to mention, it’s a blast!”
On another note, PacSun recently signed on as title sponsor for the 2nd annual “Pipeline To A Cure Gala” which will be co-hosted by Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton. The event will happen July 18th at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach, where, at the same location last year, they were able to raise a whopping $450,000 to benefit research and treatment development.
After a rip sesh with Kala and Barney Barron, this kid was breathing easy! Photo: Mick O’Brien
Our feeling is that it’s remarkable that by just doing something we all love to do, we can actually help someone’s life a bit easier to live. Props to Volcom, Da Hui, Pac Sun and the Mauli Ola Foundation for their continued efforts in helping those with Cystic Fibrosis breath easy!
Click HERE for the PacSun Signs On As Title Sponsor For Second Annual Pipeline To A Cure Gala press release.
Go to www.mauliola.org
Learn more about cystic fibrosis at www.cff.org