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.

2018 Paddle For Life

The date of the 2018 Newquay Paddle for Life is Thursday 28th June...  See you there...

Event Gets More Support

Written by Scott Dickinson on .

The eighth Joe Way Paddle for Life gets ready for its ‘Sunset Session’ on the beach on Thursday 18th June at Newquay Harbour.

This year the water safety is being run by Cornish company K38 who were founded in 2005 by current K38 lead instructor Ben Granata and Chris Bertish who saw the need for professional water-craft training in the UK.

Ben Granata of K38 UK is the only instructor certified to teach K38 Rescue Watercraft Training in the UK and Ireland.  Currently there are no other training establishments or instructor who can train students in the 'K38 Way' in the UK or Ireland.

The prize draw that was already boosting an impressive list has also had 2 tickets for three different gigs at Lusty Glaze's Sundowner Sessions donated. The three gigs include John Butler, Xavier Rudd and the highly anticipated Symphony By The Sea.

This year's promotion of the event will also have 200 posters and 5000 flyers donated by long time supporters P&J print who have supported The Joe Way Appeal since it started in 2008 printing thousands of posters for so many different fundraisers.

Skinners Brewery are also donating another Keg to Newquay Rowing Club of which all the proceeds will go into the charity pot which raised £300 at last year's event thanks to the thirsty Paddlers that enjoyed the last band who always finish playing in the Rowing Club.

Joe's dad, Matt Way said; “This year's Business support and sponsorship has really grown and we are looking forward to working with our new Water safety crew K38 who are donating the cover for free along with land safety teams Purple Gecko Events, In Safe Hands, Frontline Security, Newquay Activity Centre and our usual beach team of volunteers who are made up of friends and supporters who come as far as Essex for the event".

Paddlers and swimmers ages start from 9 years upwards and the entry fee is £10 per adult, £15 for a team of four for the relays and £5 per child (under 18’s) which is paid on the day with everyone also getting a certificate, free prize ticket and a discount voucher for food. The event is about family fun and everyone helps each other along.

The paddling starts at 4pm 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.

For more information on the Newquay Paddle click here.

TV stars support Newquay Paddle

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The eighth Joe Way Paddle for Life gets ready to hit the beach on Thursday 18th June at Newquay Harbour and this years backers are signing up.

Actor Ben Richards who has been a long time supporter of the paddle took time out of his holiday in Cornwall to sign some Paddle posters for the prize draw and to get the PR started for the 2015 event.

Ben who beat bowel cancer several years ago and is the patron of Bowl Cancer UK which is one of the many charities supported by the Paddle said; "It's great to be back in Cornwall and we are enjoying our break at Retallack Resort and Spa, this year's Paddle for Life will be the biggest yet with five bands and an estimated four hundred paddlers taking part so make sure you get the 18th June in your diary".

Ben's partner, TV presenter Kirsty Duffy, who is expecting the couple's first baby in March also signed the Paddle posters and will be lending her support again via social media.

Ben had a master class on the Flowrider which they both tried last time they were in Cornwall.

Matt said; “We are grateful for the continued support of Ben and Kirsty as it raises the profile of the event along with the generosity of the Cornish people on a national level and its this sort of support that has helped raise more than £128,000.00 over the last seven years".

“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 at 4pm 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.

Joe Way Paddle gets a new supporter

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Robie Robes are supplying their latest waterproof changing robe for the safety team at next years Joe Way Paddle for Life in Newquay Harbour.

Robie Robes is the brainchild of Martyn and Tamsin Tarplee who both grew up on the beaches of West Cornwall, surfing, sailing, diving, swimming and rowing. With the rapid growth in ocean sports and with wetsuit technology enabling families to stay in the sea all year round it seemed ridiculous that people were struggling to change with just a towel.

In the Autumn of 2007, they designed a robe that would take the hassle out of changing whilst keeping them warm, dry and covered. Since then they have not looked back and the Robie Robe has become a kit bag essential for all those who love the water and the great outdoors.

Matt Way, Joe's dad, said; "we are really stoked to have this support. The safety guys spend up to 5 hours in the water and although the weather has been great the last couple of years, we have had rain setting up and  packing down and the Pro Max is the Lightest waterproof changing robe in the world so its perfect for the event".

The prize draw has also been started off with a top of the range  Robie Pro Max for one lucky winner with more prizes to be announced in the new year.

link: http://www.robierobes.com

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