CINDY LANE | SUN
Giorgio Gomez, grandson of Jim and Ronee Brady
of West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach, finished second
in the men’s standup paddleboard competition at the
28th Annual NKF Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival in
Cocoa Beach on Labor Day weekend.
While Izzi Gomez and Giorgio Gomez were busy surfing towards top awards at a charity surf event over Labor Day weekend, someone was stealing everything out of their car.
The grandchildren of Jim and Ronee Brady of West Coast Surf Shop in Holmes Beach, and their mom, Brandi Brady, were at the 28th Annual National Kidney Foundation Rich Salick Pro/Am Surf Festival in Cocoa Beach when the crime was committed.
But the spirit of the event carried the day.
One of the contestants took to heart Rich’s motto, emblazoned on T-shirts worn at the event to memorialize his death last year: “Is it better to be right, or better to be kind?”
Surfer Vanina Walsh gave her check for winning first place in the women’s pro stand up paddleboard event to Izzi, who won second place. The gesture embodied the spirit of Rich Salick, who was remembered at the NKF fundraising auction the evening before with a deafening cheer, not a moment of silence.
Izzi also took home first place in open stand up paddleboard and second place in junior women’s longboard. Giorgio took home second place in men’s pro stand up paddleboard.
And hundreds who watched the kind gesture at the awards ceremony took home a warm summer’s end memory.