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'The Jimmy' Offers Surfing, Prizes for A Good Cause

Oct 15, 2016 11:04AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Photo credit: Steve Gaffney, via Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation

Looking for a family day of fun on the beach? Sunday's Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Surf Fiesta, a.k.a. “The Jimmy” will offer all of that and more. 

The one-of-a-kind surf contest features a unique format that  includes all levels of surfers, from first timers to "rippers." The festival begins on Sunday, October 16 at 8:00 a.m. at 42nd Street in North Manhattan Beach (El Porto), and will run through the final awards at 4:30 p.m.

Throughout the day there will be a silent auction and raffle on the beach. New for this year will be a live auction during the break between round 1 and round 2.

The $50 entry fee for the day's festivities includes contest entry, t-shirt, breakfast, lunch and chance to win gifts from local sponsors. Registration is available online here.

Proceeds from the event will be used to further the JMMF’s efforts to heal mental and physical illness and injury through surfing and ocean-related activities. Lead sponsors of the event include L.A. Car Guy and Fresh Brothers Pizza.

The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides its unique program of ocean therapy, free of charge, to the United States Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion-West, as well as the Veterans from the West LA Veterans Hospital, and youth from several care and shelter facilities for at-risk and foster children. The JMMF Ocean Therapy program for the Marines takes place year round on the beach at Camp Pendleton, and the program for the veterans and children operates on the beach in Manhattan Beach during the spring and summer months.

Jimmy Miller was a Manhattan Beach surfer, writer, world traveler, and teacher who was a widely respected L.A. County Lifeguard, Junior Lifeguard instructor, and founder of a surf instruction company. He passed away in 2004 at age 34.

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