(Oahu, HI) Dec. 7, 2009 — Jamie O’Brien, the undeniable frontrunner to the throne of Pipeline itself, has announced he will donate his Billabong Pipeline Master prize money to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Pipeline to a Cure campaign.
O’Brien won the 2004 Billabong Pipeline Masters and has a wildcard entry to the 2009 event which starts Dec. 8.
“It’s time for me to put something bigger on the line than just winning. I want to surf and win Pipeline Masters for a cause, and that cause is cystic fibrosis,” said Jamie O’Brien.
Should O’Brien win the event, the CFF Pipeline to a Cure will be the recipient of $80,000.
Big wave riders Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama have been behind CFF’s Pipeline to a Cure event from the start. The campaign began three years ago and has since raised more than $750,000 dollars for research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
“CFF’s Pipeline to a Cure has had the support of surfers and the surf industry these past several years, and it shows how much the CF cause has connected people and inspired them. We are honored by Jamie’s commitment and look forward to supporting his effort,” said Paul Motenko, president of the Southern California Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter.