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NKF Surf Festival: 30 Years of Excellence

NKF Surf Festival

Grab your beach bag and get ready for another epic Labor Day weekend at the 30th Annual National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival starting on Sept. 5.

Everyone on the Space Coast looks forward to this beach party and the NKF Surf Festival all-year-round because of its unique vendors, delicious food and awesome surfers.

The NKF Surf Festival is the largest charitable surfing festival in the world, and has been making waves for the National Kidney Foundation for 30 years.

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Beach goers, locals and the world’s most renowned surfers having been attending this event since the day Rich and Phil Salick started the festival.

“This surf fest has been a tradition here as long as I can remember. Everyone always has a blast, and what makes this event even better is that we’re all supporting a great cause” said Cocoa Beach resident for the past 17 years, Tyler Gannet.

The first NKF Surf Festival raised a total of $131, and over the past 30 years the festival has raised over 4 million dollars for kidney patients in Florida.

“The 30th anniversary of the NKF Surf Festival is monumental in the fact that volunteers, sponsors and supporters have come together to collectively raise over 4 million dollars,” said Savanna Pitard, development director for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida.

This Labor Day weekend will be packed with entertaining surfing events, including a tandem surfing competition, a Hawaiian luau and surf movie on the beach.

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Not only will there be a surfing competition and beach festival, but the NKF Surf Festival hosts multiple parties before the competition.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, a press party will be thrown at Wyland Galleries, in Port Canaveral from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Prepare your taste buds because there will be light hors d’oervres, and a wine tasting provided by Fishlips Waterfront Bar and Grill.

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The registration party will be on Sept. 4, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Keith’s Oyster Bar, on Westgate’s Cocoa Beach Pier.

Last but not least, the Taste of Brevard and Silent Auction party will be hosted at the Radisson Resort in Port Canaveral, on Sunday, Sept. 6.

Known for being “Cocoa Beach’s Tropical Party of the Year,” locals love coming to this event for the food samples provided by Brevard’s finest restaurants, live music, drinks and over 500 auction items.

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All of the proceeds are donated to the National Kidney Foundation, who’s dedicated to the prevention, awareness and treatment of kidney diseases for patients and their families.

“It’s amazing to see where we have come and what we have been able to accomplish for those in need over the last 30 years,” Pitard said.

Not only is the 30th Annual NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival an awesome time, but it is for a great cause to help the millions of American at risk of kidney diseases.

For more information please visit: or call (321) 784-5661

By Alyssa Brady, Staff Writer

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