By now you've probably read many articles about how Surfers Unite Rotarian Fellowship is bringing the surfing community together to assist non-profit organizations such as Life Rolls On, Boys to Men Mentoring and other groups.  Have you sent these articles to surfers in your club or friends you know in the surfing community?  It's just another way you can help grow your club membership.  On September 17th, Ranjan Lahiri headed up the Surfers Unite crew at La Jolla Shores along with over a dozen Rotarians including Vince Ponce of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad Hi-Noon, Nicole De Wendt of the Rotary Club of Carlsbad, Nikki Brown and Michael Slentz of the Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle, Derren Lechuga of San Diego Coastal, Krista Davies of Pacific Beach Rotaract and others to assist disabled children and adults.  The final Life Rolls On event of the 2022 season took place in Santa Barbara this past Saturday.
Photo credit: Scott James @sjamesphoto
Photo credit: Scott James @sjamesphoto
Surfers Unite members also assisted with the Nissan Supergirl Pro in Oceanside as the top women surfers in the world competed.  The event was won by 17-year-old Sawyer Lindblad of San Clemente who edged out USA Olympian Caroline Marks by 0.40.  It was a terrific event in front of over 20,000 attendees.  Special thanks to Scott James of San Marcos and Big Kahuna Vince Ponce for their outstanding photography skills as well as our volunteers who assisted in the judges and athlete's area during the three-day event.
Photo credit: Vince Ponce Sawyer Lindblad takes the cape at the Nissan Supergirl Pro 
Next up, the 13th Annual 100 Wave Challenge for Boys to Men Mentoring for at-risk teens.  Volunteers are still needed to pick up food from Pannikin in Leucadia and Board & Brew to assist teams of surfers catching 100 waves each in a single day.  That's right Rotarians like Rodger Dougherty of Club 33 has done the 100 Wave Challenge each year and other Rotarians across the county including Derren Lechuga, Brett Morey, Vince Ponce and others have been involved for years.  This year the crew is going to break $500k once again to support Boys to Men Mentoring and their hope is that more Rotarians and more club members will get involved in the cause.  The need for mentoring teenage boys not growing up with a positive male role model has only escalated since the pandemic.  By the end of this year Boys to Men will be in over 30 local Middle Schools and High Schools in our county and the goal is to be in over 40 schools by the Fall of 2023.  To volunteer as a food runner, man the Surfers Unite booth October 8th at Cardiff Reef, get more involved or even catch 100 waves yourself reach out to Brett Morey at 858-602-2532 or visit for other amazing service opportunities including a November beach cleanup.