• Published:April 27, 2012
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Sarah Hughen grew up in Winsconsin, met her future husband and lifelong surfer, Tyler, attending college in Montana and has called Cardiff, California home for the last eight years.

The now 30-something mother-of-two has always been outdoorsy and adventurous, but having been subjected to many a spin-cycle paddling out with Tyler in challenging conditions over the years, was reluctant to call herself a surfer.
As any late-to-the-party surfer knows, getting the hang of it is hard. Paddling out can be exhausting and uncomfortable; trying to catch waves can leave you feeling clumsy and frustrated. Get held under and you'll swallow a gallon of seawater and swear you're going to drown. But then you catch a wave, ride it and suddenly, all the struggling seems worth it.


Women battling Breast Cancer are subjected to their own exhausting, uncomfortable and frustrating challenges in their fight for their lives every single day. Sarah made it her mission to paddle out every day for a year in honor of those who don't have the luxury of choosing whether or not they feel like battling the elements that day.

"I have a simple mission," Hughen says on her A Wave A Day website. "I plan on surfing every day - 365 days straight with no exceptions. My inspiration for the project is to use the challenge of surfing everyday as a vehicle to raise money and awareness for the fight against Breast Cancer. One in eight women will be diagnosed with Breast Cancer sometime during their life. This is unacceptable to me. My hope is that through research, awareness, and an active lifestyle we can help make this statistic history."

Sarah started her 'A Wave A Day' journey on May 1, 2011 and has paddled her board "Pinky" out every day since (albeit sometimes in Winsconsin's lakes and Idaho's rivers). So far she has raised tons of awareness and over $10,000 for the Keep A Breast Foundation. Her journey, and its triumphs and challenges, have been beautifully chronicled on awaveaday.com.

Oh and by the way, Sarah considers herself "a surfer" now.

The 'A Wave A Day' Final Celebration fundraiser will be held Monday, April 30th, at Carruth Cellars in Solana Beach. All proceeds from the night will go to the Keep A Breast Foundation. More info.

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