(Huntington Beach, CA) June 2015 — The sandy walk to the water removes dead skin. The salt bath amplifies vibrant and healthy skin. The paddle strengthens and stretches the body. Sunlight above promotes vitamin D and aids in maintaining attractive locks of sun-kissed hair. Large wave sets encourage a challenge, and calm mid sets forge tranquility. This is surfing, where many splash for good health. There is no living without it to some people. For those with cystic fibrosis, surfing takes on a more meaningful path as it provides a pipeline for better health.
Australian researchers realized that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on rehydrating the crucial lining of the lungs, allowing individuals with cystic fibrosis to easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus.
This groundbreaking discovery led the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to develop a hypertonic saline solution; a remedy which individuals with cystic fibrosis around the world now inhale every day. In other words, individuals with cystic fibrosis now mimic “surf sessions” on a daily basis.
For legendary watermen Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama this discovery and connection between surfing and cystic fibrosis started a wave of support that has lasted more than eight years.
In 2007, Hamilton and Kalama became honorary co-chairs of Pipeline to a Cure, an event that celebrates the healthful connection between surfing and CF. In the past eight years, Pipeline to a Cure has raised millions of dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, which has funded additional research to find a cure for this inherited deadly disease.
Cystic fibrosis affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections, and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
The 8th Annual Pipeline to a Cure gala will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif. Joining Laird Hamilton, and Dave Kalama as honorary co-chair is Jamie Mitchell. Numerous pro athletes, famous musicians and surf industry giants will gather on this night to celebrate surfing’s healthful impact.
A groundswell of sponsors from the business and surf communities has rallied to support Pipeline to a Cure. These include Volcom, Quiksilver, TOMS, Quikblade, Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, Kid Creature, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, O’Neill, RipCurl, LAcarGUY, American Airlines, Coast Benefit Consultants, BJ’s Restaurants, Nick Alexander Imports, Kaiser Permanente, Crown Imports (Pacifico), HB Surf School, Newport Surf Camp, Coca-Cola, Raj Manufacturing, Modern Health, CBS Sports, Health Management Services, Newport Beach Aquatic Center, Skilled Pharmacy, Smart & Final, Time & Alarm Systems, Rutan & Tucker and KROQ.
The Pipeline gala begins at 6pm for cocktails and silent auction, dinner and live auction program begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the event are $350. Table and other sponsorships are available. For more information about Pipeline to a Cure or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, please call (714) 938-1393 or visit www.pipelinetoacure.com.