RELL SUNN AWARD
A special award was established in 1998 to honor the memory of Rell Kapolioka’ehukai Sunn, the “First Lady of Surfing.” Rell was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 32 and given only months to live. Rather than submitting to the disease and giving up on life, Rell did exactly the opposite, choosing to live life to its fullest. She passed away on January 2nd, 1998 at the age of 47.
Rell came to the very first Cancer Center Luau and brought with her the aloha spirit.
Established in 1998 to honor the memory of Rell Sunn, the “Queen of Makaha,” this perpetual trophy is awarded each year to the person who displays the qualities shared by Rell and the Moores UCSD Cancer Center Luau & Longboard Invitational – who has made a difference in the battle against cancer and embodies the aloha spirit.
The Rell Sunn award is presented at the Luau. To read about past awardees, click here.
Download: Rell Sunn Award Nomination Form.
Nominations are due every May.Thank you to our 2008-2012 Luau & Longboard Invitational’s title sponsor, Pfizer La Jolla.