This festival is the largest charitable surfing festival in the world and has been attended by thousands including world class surfers for the past 27 years. Started by 2 professional surfers themselves, Rich and Phil Salick this event has grown tremendously and made it possible for the NKF of Florida to support programs in patient services, public and professional education, and organ donation.
Rich was employed by the NKF for over 30 years as the Director of Community Relations for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. Rich was honored by selection and induction to the Surfing Hall of Fame in January of 2000 as an "East Coast Legend". Brother Phil followed Rich into the Surfing Hall of Fame in January of 2004. This story of three brothers and their sacrifice to keep their brother alive is an inspiring and supportive endorsement of Transplantation.
On July 2nd, 2012, hundreds of people around the world were shocked with the news that our beloved Richard K. Salick had passed away during emergency surgery. The 27th annual event was renamed in Rich's honor to the NKF Rich Salick Pro-Am Surfing Festival. The legacy and memory will live on in each and every person that Richard touched and inspired during his lifetime.