More than 60 of the top professional surfers (who weren't in Tahiti) gathered with great Malibu legends at Surfrider Beach this past weekend to compete in the fifth annual Malibu Invitational, an end-of-summer institution that brings together great surfers for good causes.
"The contest began as a benefit for Lyon Herron, a local grom who was suffering from a rare disease and needed both financial and, more importantly, spiritual support from our local community," said contest organizer and Malibu resident Skylar Peak.
Herron was stricken with Garner's Syndrome (familial colorectal polyposis), a potentially deadly disease that forms polyps in the colon and throughout the body.
This year's contest benefited Herron and Babette Ho (wife of Jeff Ho), who has been diagnosed with advanced-stage cancer, as well as THERAsurf, a nonprofit that takes special-needs children into the ocean so they can benefit from the positive energy.
It was a weekend of great surfing and good partying at (Friday night) and the (Saturday night).
The Legends competition was loaded with big names: Steven Lippman, Allen Sarlo, Mark Richards (the Val Surf guy, not the Australian), Andy Lyon, Ryan Addison, Dale Rhodes, Jeff Higginbotham, Ian Warner, Mitch Taylor, Gene Rink, Morgan Runyon, Jay Riddle, Angie Reno and Ricky Schaffer.
The professional surfers competing for a $1,500 first-place prize included Tim Curran, Anthony Petruso, Jordan Tappis, Jesse Faen, Colton Sarlo, Pascal Stansfield, Danny Fuller, Nick Rozsa, Mike McCabe, Quinn McCrystal, Benji Weatherly and Nathan Carroll.
It was a long, hot weekend on the beach at Malibu, as temperatures in the Valley soared to 110 degrees, and the whole world came to the beach.
"It was insane," Peak said. "Not a cloud in the sky, dolphins on the horizon, four guys in the surf and everyone having a good time."
Two-time defending contest winners Curran (Pro) and Sarlo (Legend) repeated as champions. Curran donated his entire winnings to the three beneficiaries of the contest.
1. Timmy Curran
2. Quinn McCrystal
3. Nick Rozsa
4. Mike McCabe
1. Allen Sarlo
2. Donnie Wilson
3. Gene Rink
4. John McClure