SAN CLEMENTE, California (AP) — For three of Rob and Paulette Montelone's five kids, spending the summer surfing is more than just a fun activity. It could also extend their lives.
The Montelone siblings are part of a growing number of people with cystic fibrosis who are taking advantage of the health benefits that come with surfing.
Since researchers realized that the salt water in the ocean helps clear out the thick mucus that builds up in patients' lungs, organizations have started around the world that teach those with the disease how to "hang 10.'
The Montelones say they are thankful for surfing — not only because of the health benefits for their children, but also because of the time it gives them together as a family.