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6th Annual Chip Miller Charitable Foundation Surf Fest to raise money and awareness for Amyloidosis
Wednesday, July 29th at 7th Street Beach, Ocean City, NJ with special guest Bethany Hamilton from Ocean Minded

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For more information, contact: Nick Bricker 609-231-1562/ themush@comcast.net

Ocean City, NJ May 23, 2008 Come join in on the fun and support amyloidosis awareness at the 6th Annual Chip Miller Charitable Foundation Surf Fest presented by Fox, Ocean Minded and supporting sponsors O’Neill, Dakine and Smith Optics. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29th at the 7th Street surfing beach in Ocean City, NJ.

“It is an honor for Fox to once again be the presenting sponsor,” said Chris Drummy, Fox Surf Promotions Manager. “ In my opinion the Chip Miller Surf Fest is the biggest and most important event on the East Coast this summer. We are looking forward to supporting this great event for many years to come.”

This year’s event will include special guest Bethany Hamilton a top competitor on the Women’s World Qualifying Series Tour. Bethany is scheduled to sign autographs on the beach and participate in an expression session. Five years ago Hamilton shocked the world with her undying passion after losing her left arm in a vicious shark attack on the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii, her home. With her commitment to surfing unscathed, Bethany was back in the water a month later and immediately became an international symbol of bravery, perseverance and strength. It is with that same drive and devotion that she competes today on the WQS tour.

Bob Tanner, Director of Marketing for Ocean Minded stated, “It's always a great honor for me to be able to come back to Ocean City, the place I learned how to surf, and give something back to the community. Each year, the Chip Miller Surf Fest enables me to do that and I am very excited to be here, representing Ocean Minded. I can't think of any event that's more 'ocean minded' than 'The Chip', and this year looks to be the best yet!”

The event is named in honor of Chip Miller, who passed away from amyloidosis in March of 2004. Surf Fest was conceived by Nick Bricker, a childhood friend of Chip’s son, Lance Miller, to benefit the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation in their fight against amyloidosis. “Chip Miller was a surfing enthusiast and mentor to young surfers,” said Bricker. “Since he did so much for me when I was a kid, I wanted to do something in return to show my appreciation. “For me, the surf fest is my way of saying thank you.”

This year with the support of our national sponsors and local sponsors alike, such as Heritage Surf & Sport, Surfers Supplies, 7th Street Surf Shop, Ginsberg Bakery and Boyar’s Market the event is sure to be even a bigger success.

Rob Cloupe, from Smith Optics and DaKine said, "The Chip Miller has become the pinnacle charity surf event in the state of New Jersey. With hundreds of contestants, great vibe, family atmosphere, and an amazing cause, Smith Optics and Dakine are proud to lend a helping hand and create awareness for a little known disease called amyloidosis."

The annual after- party begins at 6pm at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, NJ. The after-party will also include a silent auction, door prizes, entertainment by DJ Sparkles, and the South Jersey premiere of Chaz Loskarns new surf movie Patience. The raffle and auction items include surf boards, wetsuits, fishing gear, art, gift certificates, rounds of golf, electronic equipment, and many other great items. Entry tickets are $30 that includes all the food you can eat, soda, and coffee. There will be a cash bar with drink specials.

This year we are also hosting the Chip Miller Corvette Fest at the same time out front on the Driving Range at the Country Club. There will be some of the finest examples of the areas Corvettes and special Corvette parking for all the Corvette enthusiasts.

The Chip Miller Surf Fest is open to all ages with divisions that include Long board, Short board, Men, Jr. Men, Groms, Women and a Parent/Child heat. Pre-registration costs $30. Registration day of the event is $35. Each additional division is $10. If you want to do both it’s $45 for the contest and after party.

Register online today at: www.chipmiller.org/surffest. For more information about amyloidosis and the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation, visit www.chipmiller.org.

The Chip Miller Charitable Foundation was formed after the passing of Chip Miller to the rare disease amyloidosis. The goal of the foundation is greater awareness of the disease to allow for better treatment outcomes and a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease.
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