VENTURA, Calif. (Feb. 28) — The Arden Taylor VI Surf Benefit, hosted by the Ventura Surf Club, is slated to be held Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13 at Surfer’s Point (C Street) in Ventura.
In addition to the surfing, the weekend will be full of raffles, camaraderie, and fun. It all gets underway at 7 a.m. on Saturday, March 12.
The longboard contest is open to all and registration fees are $55. A downloadable entry form, a list of divisions, driving directions, and hotel information can be found at www.ardentaylor.com. You can also purchase raffle tickets in advance at the site.
This year’s event will benefit Bob Voglin, a member of the Estero Bay Surf Club. In 2004, at the age of 54, Bob was diagnosed with tongue and lymph node cancer. He had 35 days of radiation and two series of chemo in San Luis Obispo. The radiation burnt out his throat and made it impossible to eat or drink, so he was given a stomach tube to be fed by. Bob then developed problems with hydration and blood clots and had to be hospitalized three different times. Thirty lymph nodes were removed from his neck. Luckily, this didn’t affect his shoulder muscles and in turn make paddling difficult! In August, Bob had his first PET scan, which determines if cancer is still present. The good news – results were negative. He’ll be tested every six months for the next three years.
Bob is an avid surfer and is at his best when charging down the face of a big wave. He’ll go out anytime, anywhere and worry about it later. He’s been successful in the Big, Bad, and the Ugly contests held in the intimidating Morro Bay surf and he takes down waves with style and power.
Bob and his wife, Nancy, are stoked to meet everybody at the event. He may actually surf in the event, which would be a first in the six-year history of the Arden.
“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity and downright coolness of being honored by the Ventura Surf Club, said Voglin. “I feel I am very fortunate to be back in the water and surfing again. I have been blessed with a flood of support, prayers, and love.
In addition to the Voglin family, proceeds from the Arden may also benefit charities such as the American Cancer Society and the Humane Society.
The inaugural event was held in 2000 for Arden Taylor, a 42-year old surfer diagnosed with inoperable brain tumors. Word spread fast throughout the tight-knit surfing community, and the Ventura Surf Club organized a benefit. Since then, the event has been held each year to assist effected families with the challenges that face them on a daily basis.
Raffle prizes and monetary donations are being accepted and all donating outlets will be recognized throughout the weekend via posters, flyers, and public address announcements. In addition, each donor will be touted online at www.ardentaylor.com and www.saltwaterdreams.com.
A special feature of this year’s Arden is a one-of-a-kind balsa longboard that will be auctioned off on eBay. The board will be posted on the site several days prior to the event.
To make a donation or for more information on the Arden Taylor VI, please contact Keith Akins, Sue Akins, or Andi Epstein at 805.671.9939.www.venturasurfclub.org