The Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008.  Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond.

Our aim is to raise awareness of Joe’s story and inspire people to raise money for their chosen charity.

2019 Paddle For Life

The date of the 2019 Newquay Paddle for Life is Thursday 20th June...  See you there...

Cornwall’s Prize Draw in memory of Newquay Toddler

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As it’s the tenth Paddle the prize draw has a great list of prizes including a custom surf board experience with Ben Skinner, who will make one kids dream come true with a tour of his surfboard factory and a custom made SKINPUP surfboard, two nights on Tolcarne beach for two in a beautiful surf cabin on the sand, two tickets at Lusty Glaze to see RAZORLIGHT, a Jet ski experience with the guys at Wave runner, Urban Beach wet bag and goodies as well as an indo balance board signed by champion long boarder Ben Skinner and big wave rider Tom Butler.

You can buy your raffle tickets from Towan Blystra Lions, Matt Way, Surf Life Saving clubs, The Boardroom surfshop in Newquay and the Newquay Voice office by Sainsbury’s.

Matt Way said, “We are the only FREE music gig which is held in the harbour and the paddle is all about the community coming together, celebrating Joe’s story, raising money for over 20 great causes and showcasing the Newquay spirit. As a family, we are very proud of how the town has made this event so special”.

The paddling starts with the skydive onto Towan beach at 3.30pm and the last registration for a heat is 6pm so there is plenty of time to arrive when people have finished work, the Joe Way memorial RNLI lifeguard race is just after 7pm. Boards are provided with lots of help from Newquay and Lusty Glaze Surf Life Savers so all you need is your wetsuit!  Swimmers, SUP’s and canoes are also welcome.

To take part in the Joe Way Paddle for life 2017 and get up to date news see our paddle event page.

Joe's Paddle splashes the cash

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The ninth Joe Way Paddle for Life gave out the money raised after its ‘Sunset Session 'on the beach in glorious sunshine was hailed a success.

The annual charity paddle has a great musical sunset session and this year's line up consisted of The Steelers from Treviglas Community College in Newquay, Perranporth’s singer song writer Jamie Gifford and Newquay singer songwriter Emma Chamberlain, Ten Bob Notes finishing the night in the Rowing Club and Titan the robot entertain the crowd.

The first paddle skydive was a huge hit for the crowds Ben, Dave and Andy Woods from the Cornish Parachute Club all jumped for FREE to support Joe's appeal, between them they have over 24,000 jumps.

The event raised £5,297.00 and has donated to 16 causes this year including Help Izzy Walk, Lusty Glaze Surf Life Saving, Newquay Surf Life Saving, Bowel Cancer UK, Wave Project, Children's Hospice South West, Surfers Against Sewage, Cornwall Hospice Care, Sainsbury chosen charity CHSW, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Ronald McDonald House Bristol, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions, Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Assert, Watergate Surf Life Saving and Esmee Polmear's Summer House Fund.

The paddle relay was won by Newquay surf life saving with over 17 teams taking part.

This year's highest fundraiser's went to Booker's of Newquay who supplied the food that was cooked by Ultra Entertainment all for FREE raising £1,200.00.

The inspirational Paddlers award which is sponsored by Start & Co, North Shore surf shop and Colourworx was awarded to LSLSC- Lilly Williams youngest girl to do 200m paddle, LSLSC Lusty Ladies – novice 1km paddlers and the Wave Project's - Jacqueline Harmann volunteer

The RNLI race was one of the fierce to date with Fistral taking the Relay and the Joe Way Memorial Cup. The big gun’s trophy was won by Andrew Houlder from Mawgan Porth

The Paddle event has a lot of local business support with great raffle prizes and the Way family would to thank the following people: Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Surf Life Saving, Lusty Surf Life Saving, Perran Signs, P&J print, The Garage Co, Newquay Fruit Sales, Hutton hire, SW Hire, Skinners Ales, The Rowing Club, Callestick Ice Creams, Bookers of Newquay, Ultra Entertainment, Anton Roberts, Beach safety team, Newquay Activity Center, Water safety provided by Cornwall Surf Life Saving, Newquay Water Sports Centre, Harbour Master, Coastal Crepes, Gould Radio, Christian Surfers, Newquay fisherman, POW Energy Water, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler, Russell Winter, Newquay Towan Blystra Lions, Frontline Security and all the family and friends who helped and supported the event.

The raffle and Crowdfunder page were supported by Saltrock Clothing, Boardmasters, Retallack Aqua Park, Surfers Against Sewage, The Garage Co, Ben Skinner, Tom Butler and Osprey surfboards.

The following charities also supported the event The Wave Project, Children's Hospice Southwest, Cornwall Air Ambulance, Cornwall Hospice Care and Surfers Against Sewage.

Matt Way said "Next year will be the 10th Paddle so we are already looking at how we can make that special and thank everyone for the hard efforts over the years".

Ellie gets tuff for Joe's appeal...

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Ellie Tyson, aged just 8, took part in the junior "TUFF ENUFF" endurance challenge in Penzance on Sunday 29th May.

The Tyson family, who knew Joe when he was alive, backed Ellie's challenge supporting the Newquay toddlers "Joe Way Appeal".

Ellie endured a 5k assault course over a variety of terrain including mud, rock and military obstacles which are designed to test strength, nerve and courage. She then tackled this course alone with enthusiasm and determination and despite getting stuck in the mud she never lost her nerve and always had a smile.

Ellie looked through the charities that Joe's appeal support and chose to donate the money to the 'Help Izzy Walk' campaign as she would love other children to have the same chances and opportunities that she has and is thrilled this will hopefully make a difference to another child's quality of life.

Matt Way, Joe's Dad, said; "We were really grateful for the donation and effort that Ellie made to get through the course, we think she was very brave and did an amazing job".

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