Whispers August 24th, 2005
By Margo Schwab
More, MOORES!": Luau & Longboard
Event Surfs to Cure Cancer
12th Annual Moores UCSD Luau &
Longboard Invitational got off to
a windy and cloudy start August 20th
by Scripps Pier . But the early a.m.
grey soon dissolved to "surf
stoke" and luau, all for a great
cause. This surf and luau event raises
significant funds for cancer research
at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.
The Moores UCSD Cancer Center is one
of only 41 cancer centers nationwide
that hold the prestigious classification
of Comprehensive Cancer Center as
designated by the National Cancer
paying corporate teams, each with
a surf legend, competed, onlookers
crowded the beach and cheered them
on. This year's 2005 Title Sponsors
were GEN-PROBE and Silvergate Bank,
whose generosity contributed significant
funds. Silvergate Bank's team is notably
made up of "Cancer Thrivers",
surfers who have survived cancer.
corporate sponsors chipping in big
bucks included Cymer, DPR Construction,
Pfizer, Quidel Corporation, Sponsorhouse.com,
this year's surf contest winning team
the Waitt Family Foundation, WP Carey
Foundation, Allergan Foundation, Amgen,
Biogen IDEC, the third place Cahill
Family team, CancerVax, 2nd place
team Cooley Godward LLP, Favrille
Inc., Forward Ventures, Inglewood
Ventures, UCSD Alumni Association,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
Sandler O'Neill & Partners LP
Sanderling Biomedical Venture Capital,
Ligand Pharmceuticals and the Walton
Walton Family Foundation sorely missed
its main man, John Walton. John, who
has contributed millions of dollars
to the Moores UCSD Cancer Center over
the years, passed on a few months
ago during a mishap flying an ultra-light
longtime Cancer Center supporter,
surf legend Dale Velzy, also passed
on recently. Dale succumbed, albeit
stubbornly, to cancer.
is why cancer research is so important.
The day's big honor, the Rell Sunn
Award went to Dr. David Tarin, M.D.,
Ph.D., and rather a nice guy for a
genius. Dr. Tarin embodies the main
components of the awards' inspiration,
Rell Sunn. Rell Sunn was more than
a surfer. She lived with grace, and
the aloha spirit of giving. In fact
Rell described that giving spirit
simply. "You give and you give
and you give … and give from
here (the heart), until you have nothing
else to give." And she did until
her 15 year battle with breast cancer
consumed her. But, at the Moores UCSD
Luau & Longboard Invitational,
her spirit goes on.
that spirit of giving thrives in David
Tarin, this year's Rell Sunn Award
honoree. Dr. Tarin, as the former
Director of the Rebecca and John Moores
Cancer Center, oversaw 250 brilliant
cancer specialists while organizing
them literally into the now finished
Cancer Center building. Dr. Tarin,
since 2004, has returned to the laboratory
full time to focus his research on
2 topics, the early detection of cancer
and the manifold ways cancer seeds
tumors in other organs.
Tarin is applauded for his dedication.
He is preceded by a list of other
very worthy Rell Sunn Award recipients.
They are - Bill Otterson, Dani Grady,
Charles Gorder Sr., Dr. Mark Renneker,
Dr. J. Craig Venter, Alex Szekely
and Jon Greif.
with the premise of fun to raise funds,
a crowd approaching a thousand cheered
on corporate surfers and surf legends.
Some of the legends attending included
Dale Dobson, Cabo man and Makaha legend
Mike Doyle, former women's world champ
Debbie Beacham, former U.S. Champ
and Women's Waimea Bay pioneer Linda
Benson, Wave Flow pioneer Carl Ekstrom,
surf journalist Sam George, Surf Judge
supreme Bart O'Rourke, former World
Champ and Hawaiian Senator Fred Hemmings,
Paul Strauch founder of the famous
"Cheater Five" maneuver,
as in 5 toes on the nose of the board,
former West Coast Champ and Hawaiian
frequenter L.J. Richards, super board
shaper Donald Takayama, "Mr.
Pipeline" John Peck, Robert Weaver
aka "Wingnut" star of Endless
Summer II, and Endless Summer movies'
star Robert August, nose riding champ
David Nuuhiwa, pioneer of professional
women's surfing and cancer survivor
Jericho Poppler, Pipeline switch-stancing
Jock Sutherland, "Duke"
Champion and coral reef expert Ricky
Grigg, style surfer Mark Martinson,
smooth and never fall Skip Frye, Windansea
expert Woody Ekstrom, surf and paddle
board shaper Mike Eaton, very fit
Richard Chew, shaper Rusty Preisendorfer,
publishers Steve and Debbee Pezman,
Gordon and Smith's Larry Gordon, "Mr.
drop knee turn" Henry Ford, and
Steve Walden. Steve shaped the Custom
Lance Armstrong "LiveStrong"
board up for live auction.
make that "lively" auction.
A Steve Walden shaped board, which
symbolizes surviving and thriving
cancer, is one of 3 in the world.
One belongs to Lance Armstrong himself.
And with that good karma in mind,
the bidding went wild. Really wild.
The board was given an estimated fair
market value of $1,000. It went for
an incredible and "great for
cancer research" amount of $27,000!
The winning bid belongs to generous
Paul Grayson of Sanderling Biomedical
Venture Capital. Wow, $27,000!
that wasn't the end of this event's
"wow power". An inflatable
Uli board was humorously bid and counter
bid on by what can only be described
as a duo with comedic timing and a
serious result. Wingnut added his
trademark humor to counter bid John
Moores. The John Moores of the Rebecca
and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center.
John would make a bid, and wise-acre
Wingnut would counter. One would think
Wingnut is doing exceptionally well
with his "Surfing for Go with
a Pro" business to compete with
the deep pockets of Padres Baseball
owner John Moores. Well, all in good
fun as the Uli inflatable went to
John Moores for a staggering $40,000….
Yes $40,000! The rumor in the mill
is John wanted to make yet another
big donation, and someone in his family
has a yearning to learn to surf. Voila.
Synergy. An Uli Board was the perfect
excuse to donate!
there supporting and donating in the
aloha spirit included Bill Andrews
of www.adaywithba.com , Stephanie
Hoffman of La Jolla Shores Surfing
Association, Ron Jones, Stacy Vosberg,
Steve Blank, Nick and Jane Wyer, Scripps
scientist Sam Iacobellis, Dr. Jim
Whitesell, Tubesteak Tracey, Endless
Summer poster artist John Van Hamersveld
and pretty and petite coconut raffle
girl Bettina Borrelli. Tiffany Cleary
was there with 2 sons in tow. Tiffany's
husband Paul Cleary was extremely
busy as Co-Chair of the luau. Also
there were Hawaiian beauty Yana Deaton
with her sweetheart Joey Cabell. Joey
Cabell is the legendary surf star
of the movie "Forgotten Island
of Santosha." Joey is also the
co-founder of The Chart House Restaurants
who has brilliantly retained the superb
Chart House Restaurant in Honolulu.
More there included Julie and Jeff
Divine, private Judge Geary Cortes,
Denise the pretty wife of Carl Ekstrom,
Councilwoman and Mayoral Candidate
Donna Frye, cheering her surf legend
husband Skip Frye on, and a whole
lot of Riha's including J.R., Jimmy
was perfect as the high tide moved
people to the tented luau feast above.
Waters Fine Catering provided the
bountiful luau feast including citrus
ginger Mahi Mahi, Udon noodle salad
with snow peas, shitake mushrooms
and sambal chili vinaigrette, glazed
and slow roasted Barbeque Pork and
many desserts including mouth watering
mini coconut haystacks with fresh
coconut and macadamia chocolate brownies
laced with chocolate truffle.
in mai tais, Karl Strauss beer and
you've got a luau!
there enjoying the luau fare of food,
Polynesian dance show and "Some
Moores" included Mary Helen and
Dave Ish, Annie Interbartolo, Debbie
and David Kahn, film star and community
activist Melinda Merryweather with
"Endless Summer" star Mike
Hynson, Lollie and Bill Nelson, Tom
Ortner, Charla and Paul Mullen, event
co-founder John Otterson and his brother
Eric Otterson, Aussie awesome Murray
Palmer, Charlie Robins and Dennis
Frank, representing Silvergate Bank
as Chairman, CEO and surfer.
applause goes to all of the supporters,
big, tall and small, who made this
event happen. Not the least which
includes aforementioned Co-Chair Paul
Cleary and his 2 team Chairs, Ben
Wood and Hank Guyader.
takes a lot of work and sometimes
extra perseverance. Ben, looking handsome,
despite new stitches to his lip, didn't
miss a beat organizing this year's
luau. Neither did Hank. Hank remarked
"Finding a cure for cancer is
a never ending battle for the Moores
UCSD Cancer Center"…..there
is "no intention of stopping
until the cure is found." And
found, a cancer cure will be, with
formidable volunteers like these and
generous donors. It is expected that
a record $200,000 plus from this event
will benefit cancer research at the
Moores UCSD Cancer Center. Add to
that a whopping $2.9 million (again
a big thank you to Rebecca and John
Moores earlier huge 2005 donation)
raised at the Cancer Center's black
tie gala this year and you have quite
the formidably funded brain power
to cure cancer. Like I said at the
top, to somewhat paraphrase 80's rock
star Billy Idol, "More, more,
Moores"! Rebecca and John Moores'
generosity "rocks" and so
does the generosity of each and every
participant, supporter and volunteer!
…. See you next year!
Margo Schwab 2005. All rights protected.