City of Mesa News Article
Mesa Police to take on Mesa Fire and Medical in FlowRider surfing competition and fundraiser Aug. 22
By: Randy Policar
08/12/14 10:46 AM

Mesa, AZ – Members of the Mesa Police Department will face off against members of the Mesa Fire and Medical Department in a surfing competition on the FlowRider on Aug. 22 at Rhodes Aquatic Center, 1860 S. Longmore. Join District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh and his colleagues on the Mesa City Council as they host the competition and fundraiser to benefit the Sgt. Brandon Mendoza Memorial Fund through the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation and the Mesa Public Safety Foundation. The event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The FlowRider surfing competition will feature three representatives from the police department and three representatives from the fire and medical
department. Judges will select the winning surfer, who will be awarded the “Protect and Surf” award and deemed the Big Kahuna of Public Safety. The surfing competition will begin at 7 pm.

The Rhodes swimming pool will be open to the public during the entire event, with the FlowRider available from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The FlowRider, a have pool that is a cross between skateboarding, snowboarding and wakeboarding, will be open for attendees to experience free of charge. Riders will be on a first come, first served basis and must have a signed waiver and watch a short safety video before riding. 

“This event will be a great way to wrap up the summer and raise money for two great causes at the same time,” Councilmember Kavanaugh said. “Mesa suffered a horrible tragedy when we lost Sgt. Mendoza in May, so we wanted to do something to raise money for not only the charity in his name, but also for Mesa Public Safety as a whole.”

Representatives from both the Foundation for Mesa Parks and Recreation and the Mesa Public Safety Foundation will be at the event providing information and accepting donations. Donations are encouraged but not required to experience anything at the event.

Food, drinks and snow cones will be provided to attendees courtesy of the Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers at 1945 S. Stapley Drive, Crescent Crown Distributing and the Mesa City Council. For a small donation, attendees can purchase a mini-pennant of either the Mesa Police Department or the Mesa Fire and Medical Department. 

For more information on the surf competition and fundraiser or to donate to the charities, contact District 3 Council Assistant Jared Archambault at (480) 644-6275 or at


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