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CSUK National Director all set for Marathon Surfboard Paddle challenge

25th July 2011

Christian Surfers UK National Director involved in 1st ever crossing of English Channel on surfboards, all set to go on 26th July 2011.  (Updated 25th July 2011)

Four hardy surfers are raising funds for Surf Relief UK, one of the country’s leading surfing charities by paddling surfboards across the English Channel. With the weather for the week set fair, the paddlers will be attempting the challenge on Tuesday 26th July 2011. Last autumns attempt was scuppered by bad weather, but this time the team are really optimistic. This is the first time a team of individuals have attempted a cross channel surfboard paddle for charity.

One of the team is long time Nailsea resident Phil Williams. He is a founding Trustee of the Charity Surf Relief UK, as well as National Director for the charity Christian Surfers UK. Phil states that “Really excited that we are all set to go for this challenge, after two previous postponements. Despite the disappointment of last year’s postponed attempt, my passion for the charity work continues, and this still sounds like a fantastic, but slightly mad idea to raise awareness, and funds, by enthusing others to support the cause. I am looking forward to the challenge, but slightly apprehensive about what we might encounter along the way. I have been practicing pretty regularly off the coast of Clevedon, which has been a good learning curve. The project though is a really exciting one, so as much sponsored support as possible would really be appreciated” 

 The surfers will set off from Dover attempting to paddle the 26miles to the north coast of France. Given the tidal movement and channel currents experts estimate the actual length of the paddle will be 30miles - a 6-7hour challenge for those taking part. The paddlers are being provided with specialized 12ft Bennett Paddle Boards kindly donated by Aqua Sport International, and supported by a number of Sponsors including Big Blue Surf School, Christian Surfers UK, Thanet Leisure force, Orbit and Woodys Surf Ammunition.  

The aim of the paddle is to raise £5000 for the Charity’s Surfable project.  Around £1200 was pledged last Autumn when bad weather intervened, but the team are determined to complete the task this time. This 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.


 The other Paddlers taking part are :

David Manley - Chairman Surf Relief UK, 46 years old from Devon 'the children the charity works with face many challenges in life - doing this small challenge for them is a pleasure - please support us in our efforts in using surfing to change young people's lives'


 Toby Young - Surf Instructor 24 years old from Kent but working in Cornwall 'working with disabled children with Surf Relief UK has changed my life and organising this event is way of keeping this work going'


 Nick Thorn -  A Surf school owner and  internationally renowned long distance paddler, who last week completed the incredible challenge of paddling from the North Devon Coast to Lundy and return.  

  Surf Relief UK

Surf Relief UK was set up to help coordinate the UK surfing community’s response to the Asian tsunami of Boxing Day 2004.

Having experienced the generosity of the surfing community, organisers realised that there was potential to raise further funds for other projects by acting as the UK’s surfing charity. The charity is currently running Project ‘Surfable’, a scheme which introduces disabled young people to the sport of surfing - for many a life changing experience - by funding subsidised lessons through a network of established surf schools around the country. All proceeds from the Channel Paddle will support project Surfable through a network of surf schools across the UK.


The team are raising money through personal donations but are also offering companies and other organisations the opportunity to be part of the attempt.
For £200 corporate sponsorship those donating will have a logo on the boards and rash vest worn by the paddlers and be mentioned in all media releases and sponsorship material including the event website. Please contact the organisers below if you are interested in this unique opportunity.
if you would like to support this effort personally, or donate directly to the fantastic charity, Surf Relief UK, see the links  below. PLEASE seriously consider this amazing opportunity to support some amazing children.  

For any more information, or if you can support this exciting project please contact log on to , or contact Phil Williams via e-mail  or phone on 07774 138143

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