Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational to benefit Moores Cancer Center on Aug. 9

A fundraiser like no other, the Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational trades tuxedos and ballrooms for surfboards and sand on Aug. 9. The San Diego tradition, now in its 22nd year, features a surf competition that draws scientists, community members and surf legends alike. Afterward, guests will enjoy a Hawaiian-themed luau with entertainment by singer-songwriter and former San Diego Padre Tim Flannery.

The Luau and Legends of Surfing Invitational kicks off at 7 a.m. at the beach near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, where teams of four will be paired with a surf legend for a friendly competition. The luau follows at noon with music by Tim Flannery, a tropical buffet, and live and silent auctions featuring original surf-inspired artwork, unique surfboards and vacation packages.

The surfing competition is free for spectators; tickets to the luau fundraiser are $175 per person. All proceeds support research and patient care at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health.

For information about sponsorship opportunities, team entries, tickets and event activities, call 858-534-4289 or visit For information on Moores Cancer Center, visit