Nov 10, 2012 7:36 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Surfing and medical worlds collide at two-day event

People were taking to the waves this weekend to help those affected by cancer.

Surfing for Hope is a two-day event designed to inspire people challenged by cancer through the positive energy of surfing.

On Saturday, a longboard surf contest, where boards had to be 9 feet or longer, and a health fair was held at the Pismo Beach Pier.

On Friday, a paddle out was held in Avila Beach to honor Jodi Fisher, the Cayucos woman who inspired so many people before she died earlier this year from a rare form of cancer.

Bob Voglin, the director of Surfing for Hope and a cancer survivor himself, says, "She (Jodi) amplified or really showed love, compassion, and in such beauty and joy in her life, and how she dealt with that horrific issue. And like so many survivors, we try to grasp that, cause cancer's a really tough thing."

Voglin says the event has been more than a year in the making.

He says it is like his grandchild, and he is extremely proud.

Proceeds from the event will go to French Hospital's Hearst Cancer Resource Center.



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