It’s no secret that Jacksonville Beach has an established surfing community, but it’s not every day that you get to see the pros in one of our very own beach bars. Recently, the Mauli Ola Foundation hosted an event at Surfer [The Bar] in Jax Beach and brought six professional surfers to participate in a talk series and surf experience day.

Established in 2007 by founder, James Dunlop, the Mauli Ola Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hope and confidence to individuals living with genetic diseases. Members of the organization and volunteers introduce surfing and other ocean-based activities to these kids and natural therapies, and they came to share their story at Surfer [The Bar] in Jacksonville Beach in July.

The day began with live music from Soundswell and a silent auction featuring donations including a Volcom Pipe Pro jersey signed by John John Florence, Lost Surfboards, and local business/retail packages from Thompson Performance, Titan Up Fitness, Kathy’s Table and many more. Artists and muralists, Claire and Anthony Rooney also auctioned off a piece of live art created during the talk series.

Over 100 people attended the silent auction and talk series to raise $5,535 for the Mauli Ola Foundation’s cause. The evening continued with a talk series featuring Mauli Ola founder, James Dunlop and professional surfers Jason Magallanes, Anthony Tashnick, Anthony Ruffo, Jimmy Napeahi ‘Ulu Boy’ and Teddy Navarro.

Local surfing legend Mitch Kaufmann led the talk series, through which the public learned more about the Mauli Ola Foundation’s mission, and what it means and feels like to see the smiles on children’s faces when they catch the first wave and other questions from the audience. At one point, a young blonde boy jumped up on stage for selfies with the pros, who loved every minute of it.

The event concluded on Sunday with a Surf Experience Day where 12 children from Jax Beach caught dozens of waves with the pros guiding them the entire way. Nearly 50 family members, volunteers, staff and locals cheered the kids on and enjoyed lunch provided by Surfer [The Bar].

All-in-all, it’s great to see International nonprofit organizations identify our hometown as a place they’d like to stop on their tour. If you’d like to learn more about the Mauli Ola Foundation, just visit www.mauliola.org. National sponsors for this event included Ambry Genetics, Del Sol, Chiesi, FlexFit, DaHui, Cariloha @GoPro. Other silent auction items were provided by Surfer [THE BAR], Ripcurl, Sunrise Surf Shop, Volcom, Lost, Jacksonville Jaguars, Thompson Performance, Titan Up Fitness, Main Made Studios, Salt Life Food Shack, Vitality Bowls, Connor Cornell, and Anthony and Claire Rooney.

Visit surferthebar.com to learn more or contact management to host your next private or corporate event at Surfer [The Bar].