means ‘breath of life’ in Hawaiian.
The Mauli Ola Foundation (MOF) is a non-profit group, consisting of a team surfers making a difference by assisting cystic fibrosis patients breathe better. Not only is that “just totally rad,” as the kids say, but the surfers’ assistance is based on solid scientific evidence.
In 2006, a study by Elkins et al published in the New England Journal of Medicine
showed that inhaled hypertonic saline (i.e., breathing sea air) improves lung function in cystic fibrosis patients in the short term and led to fewer pulmonary exacerbations and fewer patients with pulmonary exacerbations.
The MOF goes on annual beach tours – the Surf Experience Days and Ocean Experience Days – to expose cystic fibrosis patients to the ocean air, providing them with the experience of both surfing and an up-close look at the open water with the MOF surfing team.
On May 6 in Oahu, Hawaii, the first event was hosted by 6-time Vans Triple Crown of Surfing Winner Sunny Garcia, and the tour will take the MOF team to an array of California surfing hot spots, most of which will feature a special guest. Surf Experience Day in Manhattan Beach will be hosted by professional fighter, Brian Ortega. The event in Huntington Beach will be hosted by surfing pro Teddy Navarro.
Additionally, throughout the month of May, MOF surfers visit young patients in children’s hospitals who are too ill to travel to the ocean. There, the surfers will join the kids in some pastimes that many enjoy – namely, playing the ukulele, coloring specially designed hats, and telling awesome stories.
In June, the MOF team plans to hit the East Coast, starting in New York and ending in Texas.
Follow MOF throughout their entire tour on Instagram
(@mauliolafoundation) and Facebook
You can see the MOF team in action below in a few clips from their Facebook page.