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.
Fistral beach was the scene of festivities on Saturday 13th December with over 30 surfers taking to the water on the sunny Decembers day to compete in a seasonal surfing competition for the Joe Way Appeal.
All competitors donned Santa outfits and took foamie surfboards to the water for the festive event. With the sun shining, spectators saw seasoned competitive surfers, to those in their first contest compete in both an Open cottony for men and women and an U16 category.
Zac Milnes made his way through the heats to win the U16 category and Matt Sutherland took the win in the open.
Event organiser Jenny Briant said "everyone really got into the festive spirit with lots of Santa outfits managing to make it through the whole heat. It was great to see so many people take part in the event and raise money for the Joe Way Appeal, we are already looking forward to the events return in 2015."
The event was supported by ERA Adventures, Fistral Beach Surfing Centre, Tolcarne Beach, Bon Bon Fistral, On The Lip, Perran Signs and PJ print.
This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the second year running and a record 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle, 1km relays and the RNLI memorial cup to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
The event raised £4033.00 which means the overall total for the Joe Way appeal is over £127,213.00 for over 20 different charities which has been raised over the last six years, you can still donate by going to Joe’s website.
The burger van raised over £650 with the food donated by Bookers and cooked for free by Ultra Entertainment, Coastal Crepes donated all their takings of £312, the rowing club and Skinners Brewery raised £250, Cornwall hospice cakes stand raised £186. The raffle, entry money, Harry Kazzam’s balloons and the Crowdfunding page made up the rest of the money.
This years good causes are Newquay and Lusty surf life saving clubs, Bowel Cancer UK, The Wave Project, Little Harbour, Surfers Against Sewage, Cornwall Hospice Care, The Noah Project (Sainsburys choice), Air Ambulance, Ronald Macdonald House Bristol, Newquay Leo’s, Assert which helps children with Angelmans Syndrome, Remembrance bench donation for a local family, Wave Slaves Surf Club, CLIC Sargent, AH20 which provides water filters in Nicaragua.
The family have donated £500 to Little Harbour in memory of Dr Nicki Gilbertson and Dr John Ellis who both passed away in the last 12 months and spent years looking after Joe at Treliske Hospital.
Claire Way Joe’s mum said “They both did so much for Joe and us as a family, we will always be grateful to them and remember them with a smile”.
Another £500 went to Bowel Cancer UK as a thank you to Actor Ben Richards who has supported Joe’s Appeal for many years, Ben has successfully fought Bowel cancer and is currently the Patron of the charity raising awareness of the dieses at a national level.
The 1km relay was won this year by Newquay surf life saving Boys team and the SUP section was won by the Surf Sanctuary team. The highest fundraiser trophy was won by Newquay SLSC who raised over £640.00 with donations from Councillors Geoff Brown and Joanne Kenny’s community chest funds, Newquay Rotary and the Pentire residents association.
NSLSC inspirational Paddler trophy went to twins Selin and Yasemin Sevinc for all their help setting up and clearing away at this years paddle event.
The winning team of the RNLI relay where the Constantine beach team and the Joe Way memorial cup was retained by North Fistral in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards.
Matt Way said, “We had a great turn out using all 150 places for the 1km and filling the fithteen four person heats for the relay. It was great to see all the surf schools and clubs joining in this meant a lot to us”.