The European Longboard Tour came to Cornwall this weekend. The three star-rated event, part sponsored by Extreme Academy, Hendra Holiday Park, Flowrider at Retallack as well as Skinners Fine Cornish Ales to name but a few, attracted some of the biggest names in the sport and was an absolute surfing show for spectators.
The event was organised by defending ETL champion Ben Skinner. He said: “I’ve been passionate about bringing this event to Cornwall - the ETL has been running for four years and until now we’ve never had a round here in the UK. As a surfing nation we’re really strong in Europe and this has been a great showcase for Cornwall and British surfing”.
With great weather conditions and outstanding community spirit the Paddle for Life Event was a resounding success on Thursday 23rd September down on Newquay Harbour.
The event saw over 200 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part to do their bit to raise money for their chosen charities, of which 20 charities will benefit from this single event. One of the many charities which took part in the paddle was the ‘Cornwall Blind Association’ lead by British champion Jonny Fryer. Ben Ford, one of the team riders (paddler) for the association had this to say about the event; “We can’t thank the Joe Way Paddle for Life team enough, their dedication to Joe’s story means surfers like us can really get involved in fundraising for our own charities”.
Over 600 spectators cheered on the paddlers, buying raffle tickets and taking part in the evening’s auction. With £5000 raised, the 2010 paddle looks set to be the most successful to date with the number of entrants and spectators.
Tiger 24 kindly donated their services, providing a live stream of the event to hundreds of online watchers many of whom used the new iphone app to watch the event on their phones. They also kept the crowds on the harbour entertained with their witty banter. Bookers wholesalers provided over £500 worth of burgers, sausages and rolls to create what can only be described as a barbeque of epic proportions. With the crowd fed and watered, the biggest highlight of the day made its appearance...TITAN THE ROBOT.
The Newquay Paddle for Life was held yesterday and what a success it was. With over 150 paddlers and over 400 spectators, including Titan the Robot, the event looks set to raise even more money for charities than last year.
Check the site regularly over the next few days for full information about the event including the amounts raised, winners of the events and raffles, photos and videos.
Thanks to all those who got involved, whether paddleing, donating, watching or spectating.