28th Annual NFK Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival

Published On: Aug 31 2013 07:29:05 AM EDT

Surfers from across the country are descending on Cocoa Beach for the annual surfing festival to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.

COCOA BEACH, Fla. -

The 28th Annual NFK Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival is happening Labor day weekend in Cocoa Beach.

The annual event attracts surfers from across the county each year to help raise funds to fight kidney disease and help dialysis patients.

The surfing festival is named in honor of it's founder Rich Salick, who passed away in 2012.  Rich and his brother Phil started the event after Phil donated a kidney to Rich back in 1974.

The first event in 1976 raised $125.  Since it's humble beginnings the festival has gone on to raise 4 million dollars for patient programs provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Florida.

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