California children with cystic fibrosis hit the waves in Malibu with some of the world's top professional surfers on Saturday.
About 20 children, both local and out-of-state, flocked to Surfrider Beach to experience surfing with pro surfers Sage Erickson, Allen Sarlo and Kala Alexander as part of the Mauli Ola Foundation's Surf Experience Day.
"We're having a great time," said Sarlo, an original member of the Dogtown Z-Boys, which sparked the skateboarding and surfing culture in the 1970s. "I took Josh surfing this morning. He got a couple of really nice waves, and he told me it was better than Disneyland."
Organizers touted the event as fun and beneficial to their health. Saltwater helps clear out the thick mucus in the lungs of those with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease.
The Mauli Ola Foundation promotes surfing as a natural treatment for genetic diseases.