Initial charity English Channel paddle attempt thwarted by bad weather
29th September 2010
Disappointment for Charity Surfboard paddlers as bad weather ends initial Channel paddle attempt
It is with great disappointment that organisers of the first relay charity English Channel Surfboard paddle have been advised by the authorities that the attempt to cross the 27 miles from Dover to Cap Gris Nez cannot go ahead due to unsuitable weather and sea conditions. The paddlers were due to set off from Dover attempting to paddle to the north coast of France earlier this week, in a challenge that was due to take between 6-7 hours.
With the forecast for later this week and in the foreseeable future deteriorating, the authorities and support staff have stated that any further crossing this year is not practical, as the nights draw in.
However the paddlers, who will be riding on 12ft specialized Australian Bennett Paddle Boards kindly donated by Aqua Sport International are, determined that the challenge will be completed in the spring of 2011. The good news is that this gives the team more time to fund raise towards the £5000 they were aiming to raise for the charity Surf Relief UK’s ‘Surfable project’.
The team would like to thank all the corporate sponsors including Big Blue Surf School, Christian Surfers UK, Thanet Leisure Force, Orbit and Woodys Surf Ammunition. In addition the team would like to thank to all the individual supporters who have sponsored the paddlers, and will be contacted to explain the situation.
The charities ‘Surfable’ project provides disabled children and young people with surfing experiences through a network of surf schools across the UK. The money raised will give 600 children a unique and often life changing experience. Reflecting the charity’s aim to provide these lessons in all corners of the country the team is made up from representatives from Cornwall to Kent.
Once a new date has been set, the team will be communicating this, and in the meantime for more information about ‘Surf Relief UK’ log on to www.tsunamisurfrelief.co.uk or contact Phil Williams on philchristiansurfers.co.uk