Surf and Cystic Fibrosis

An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States have Cystic Fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Many individuals, families, and organizations have banded together to dedicate resources to benefit cystic fibrosis research.

As it turns out, cystic fibrosis doesn’t like active living. It doesn’t like salt water, either. As part of a treatment, CF patients use a nebulizer filled with hypertonic saline to help thin mucous throughout the body. This has actually been considered to mimic a “two hour” surf experience – and the surf industry is stoked that its been given the medical stamp of approval.

How was this discovered? “Surfing patients” felt significantly better than “nonsurfers” at a clinic in Australia not too many years ago. Multiple studies and trials later, it was proven that surfing truly was a remedy to CF, allowing patients to take the deep breaths that they so longed for.

There is still quite a bit of work to be done, and the CF foundation has dedicated millions to various different strategies.

The 3rd Annual Pipeline to a Cure East takes place at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, North Carolina on August 2, 20134.

BRA is proud to to sponsor this initiative and encourages you to become involved in any way that you can. For donation information, please contact Colette Odom and