Children with cystic fibrosis were treated to a day of lessons by professional surfers and celebrity guests during the Perfect Day Surf Camp at Santa Monica Beach August 2nd.
The Mauli Ola Foundation, which helps increase research for genetic disorders, and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles teamed up for the surf camp.
More than 15 instructors and professional surfers were in the water encouraging and teaching children with cystic fibrosis to surf.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that affects the lungs and blocks the airways, which can lead to serious lung and digestive problems.
With a one-on-one instructor-to-pupil ratio, the youths were able to spread themselves down the coastline and get personal attention and helpful pointers from the surfers they had read about in magazines, camp staff said.
Among the pro surfers at the camp were Lisa Anderson, Kala Alexander, Reef Macintosh and Strider Wasilewski.
Each child received a Quiksilver goody bag, pizza and autographs from the surfers after the surf lessons.
Through clinical trials, researchers have discovered that inhaling saltwater mist has a powerful effect on re-hydrating the lining of the lungs for cystic fibrosis patients, allowing them to more easily eliminate bacteria-contaminated mucus. This discovery led to the development of a new therapy for the disease, hypertonic saline, which many patients around the world now inhale every day, according to a spokesman.
Until the 1980s, most deaths from cystic fibrosis occurred in children and teenagers. Today, with improved treatments, people with the disease live, on average, to be more than 35 years old, the spokesman says.
Information, Perfect Day Surf Camp, (310) 985-1458 or info@ perfectdaysurfcamp.com/.