Tony Mezzadri Contest

Tony Mezzadri Classic - Surf Contest for spinal cord injury researchThe 15th annual Tony Mezzadri Surf Classic will be held Saturday morning, September 27 2008, at the foot of Ocean Beach pier at 7:00am. The contest offers a variety of heats for all ages, a BBQ luncheon, live music and an opportunity drawing with prizes. A Spaghetti Dinner with Silent Auction fundraiser will be held the night before on Friday September 26, 2008.

South Coast Surf Shops will be celebrating its 15th year supporting the fundraising contest, with all proceeds going directly to spinal cord research.

In September 1994, Tony Mezzadri had a tragic accident while surfing at the Ocean Beach pier. It was a typical beautiful San Diego morning and Tony was a happy, carefree young man of 24 years enjoying the exhilarating sport he had loved since childhood. In an instant, Tony’s life was changed forever. On that memorable morning, he broke his neck, resulting in a severe spinal cord injury. In that moment, Tony’s life changed dramatically. From then forward, it would be a life of depending on others for almost every physical need, a life in a wheelchair.

But Tony’s life was anything but tragic. [click to continue…]

By Jody W. Wood

The SCSA 2007 Tony Mezzadri Contest & Spaghetti Dinner is just around the corner! This annual event, in its thirteenth year, takes place Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sun. Aug. 19, at the Ocean Beach Pier. Several years ago, Tony suffered an injury that left him paralyzed, with no movement in his legs and limited movement in his arms and legs. Since the contest began in 1994, all proceeds from entry fees, t-shirt sales, raffles, spaghetti dinner, and donations have gone to benefit spinal cord research.

Get ready for Gromfest 2007! It takes place Aug. 25, 2007. Gromfest is a surf contest for kids, as well as a barbecue for everyone. This event is always a success and it gets better every year. Everyone is welcome to check out the action and if you’d like to volunteer to help out, contact one of the committee members. Use this link for more information. http://www.scsasandiego.com/MemberNews.htm.