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BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS 7th ANNUAL
SLATER BROTHERS INVITATIONAL
Story/Photos By Julie Stine
BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS 7th ANNUAL SLATER BROTHERS INVITATIONAL BENEFITS THE WORLD SKIN CANCER FOUNDATION
WHILE ATTRACTING WORLD-CLASS PRO SURFERS TO COCOA BEACH
COCOA BEACH, Florida – On October 26, some of the world’s most celebrated world-class surfers will descend upon the modest little beach town of Cocoa Beach, Florida to compete and help bring awareness to skin cancer. The 2012 7th Annual Bright House Networks Slater Brothers Invitational draws thousands of spectators for this weekend-long event to see some of the world’s finest surfers and skateboarders exhibit their natural athletic prowess.
The shortboard and longboard surfing competition begins Friday morning and continues through Sunday while a skateboarding competition takes place on the mini vert ramp on Saturday and Sunday. Amateur skateboarders are welcome to compete and can get more information by contacting Scooter Newell at the Cocoa Beach Skate Park.
The event also includes a concert taking place at Coconuts on the Beach featuring Pepper on Friday evening, October 26. Tickets will be on sale for $45 and benefit the World Skin Cancer Foundation. On Saturday and Sunday, free skin cancer screenings will be offered the public from noon to 3 p.m.
A kick-off part at Rusty’s in Port Canaveral on Thursday, October 25 will begin the weekend of festivities. Visit www.slaterbrothersinvitational.com
for more event details.
Event History The Slater Brothers Invitational brings Sean, Kelly and Stephen Slater together to help raise educational awareness about the prevention of skin cancer. For the past four years, this event has attracted world-class surfers such as Kelly Slater, CJ and Damien Hobgood, Rob Machado, Benji Weatherly, Taylor Steele, and Shea and Cory Lopez, to name a few, to support this special cause. The Slater Brothers Invitational has provided a platform for free skin cancer screenings and has helped fund programs such as beach signage to educate those who enjoy outdoor activities about the preventable deadly disease of skin cancer.
About the World Skin Cancer Foundation The World Skin Cancer Foundation is a not for profit group which was founded in Cocoa Beach, Florida, to educate the public regarding the detrimental effects of unprotected sun exposure. Outdoor activities are increasingly popular and contribute to healthy lifestyles and the prevention of disease. To most effectively reduce long-term sun damage to the skin while enjoying these pursuits, healthy habits of sun protection need to be established at a young age and continued throughout life.
The World Skin Cancer Foundation emphasizes SAFER sun enjoyment and tools to allow beneficial outdoor activities in moderation with sun protection. Through sponsored sporting activities such as sponsored surf contests and skateboard exhibitions, sun protective practices will be demonstrated and emphasized. Media ads, public service announcements, public speaking engagements and presence at festivals and gatherings will be used to disseminate sunscreen samples and sun wise information. Free skin cancer screenings will be offered as a public service and to provide those without access to medical care an opportunity to be examined and educated. Finally, through promoting the incorporation of UV awareness education into school curriculums and programs, an effort will be made to inform the youth about sun damage and change cultural views of sun exposure and tanning.
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