OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Honolulu, Hawaii, May 12, 2008 – Jedidiah Clothing and Surfing the Nations successfully completed the 2nd Annual Freedom Surf Contest "Surfers for a Drug-Free Hawaii." The event was held this Mothers Day Weekend, May 10th & 11th at Kuhio Beach!
It was all Aloha at this good-cause contest. Over 215 contestants entered to surf and help raise awareness of substance abuse, rehabilitation programs on Oahu and to help reverse the devastating effects that drug and alcohol abuse is having on the people of Hawaii.
Special appearances from the State Of Hawaii House of Representatives, Jon Mizuno and Tom Brower came. Dan Akaka Jr. christened the event with prayer. Also, City and County of Honolulu Official, Jay Ishibashi, stood in for the mayor to support the competition and substance abuse prevention awareness.
Anti-Drug companies such as Hawaii's Army National Guard Drug Prevention Program, The Tayshea Awiohi Foundation, the DEA, AluLike, Coalition for a Drug Free Hawaii, Aloha United Way, American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association all supported the event.
Marketing/Advertising Director, SFC Dana L Mueller of the Hawaii National Guard stated, "I firmly believe that our goals to assist and support the communities of Hawaii are the same. Together we can offer the people of Hawaii alternatives, hope, and opportunities to rediscover their potential."
Talented entertainment such as Pressure Drop, Paul Wright, Canefield Hero, Stepanie Tamaoka, Semi-Sweet, Erika Elona, and Azusa Pacific University's Men's Corral Choir livened up the beach all weekend.
Jedidiah Clothing Marketing Director, Kahana Kalama said, "We had a blast, and the contest was a huge success, it was truly a blessing! It's obvious, all the time and effort STN put into the event really paid off."
Surfing the Nations received a $5000grant from the City and County of Honolulu in recognition of their Freedom Surf Contest for creatively providing substance abuse awareness among the community of Honolulu and Oahu.
Contestant, Daniel Maligro commented, "Being amongst good people with a strong purpose made me feel so positive!"
For further information, contact Surfing the Nations at 808.838.SURF or visit www.surfersgivingback.com.
Surfing the Nations desire is to promote a positive image of the sport of surfing as a part of a healthy lifestyle and as a means of giving back to society. Surfing The Nations wish is to counteract the widespread perception that surfing is only about individual fulfillment. Surfing The Nations is a humanitarian non-profit 501(c) (3)committed to impacting local and international communities through the sport of surfing by meeting needs and changing lives.