Summer Surf Challenge Success!

Summer Surf Challenge Success!

Over 100 brave children and adults with disabilities proved that surfing is possible for everyone as they hit the surf at The Wave Project Summer Surf Challenge. Children and young people, some with severe disabilities and complex needs, were undaunted by the 3ft swell at Watergate Bay and rode the waves with support from Wave Project volunteers. It was the fourth year that the event has run in Cornwall, and was bigger and better than ever, according to the charity. Founder and CEO, Joe Taylor, said: “It was so humbling to be taking part in a surf event with families who are facing such huge challenges It was hard not to get emotional when we parents in tears after their children caught waves for the first time. It was an amazing experience for everyone concerned.” Scores of local surfers from across Cornwall came to volunteer at the event, including a group from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service, the recruitment firm JJ Fox, the SmithCorps Charitable Trust. Insurance company Amlin Plc, which sponsored the event in conjunction with the Watergate Bay Hotel, also sent a contingent of volunteers from the City of London. For the first time this year, The Wave Project used a specially adapted surf board, donated by children’s charity Cerebra UK. This used a specially fitted seat enabled children with severe disabilities to experience the freedom of surfing. One of the children who used this board was Louie Baines, aged 10, from Porthleven, who suffers from cri-du-chat syndrome, which affects his ability to move and communicate. Louie’s family only intended to take him surfing on one of the days,...
Former head teacher appointed as Education Coordinator

Former head teacher appointed as Education Coordinator

The former head of Newquay Junior School, has been appointed to run The Wave Project’s new Beach School education programme. Andrew Reep is an active member St Agnes Surf Lifesaving Club as well as experienced teacher. He will oversee the scheme to help 240 Cornish pupils reach their potential. He said: “I am delighted to be heading up the Beach School programme here at The Wave Project and am very much looking forward to building on the fantastic success that the programme is having throughout Cornwall.“The charity has inspired and engaged hundreds of young people and helped to improve their education. I am passionate about working to ensure that all young people can engage positively with learning and fulfil their potential, and believe that learning outdoors within the beach and surf environment can truly inspire and motivate pupils, particularly those who find engaging with mainstream school more challenging.” The Wave Project received £100,000 grant from Comic Relief to run the Beach School project for 240 Cornish children who are at risk of not engaging in school. The award-winning Cornish charity has successfully been running the programme across the county throughout the past year, and has worked with six primary and secondary schools in the 2016-17 term. Pupils in years 9 and 5 spent one day a week doing their lessons on the beach, improving their knowledge of subjects such as geography, science and maths – with a bit of surfing thrown in. The participating schools were Penair School in Truro, Pool Academy, Brannel School in St Stephen, Bodmin College, Berrycoombe Primary School in Bodmin, Treviglas College in Newquay. Lessons are delivered...
Summer Surf Challenge 2017

Summer Surf Challenge 2017

Have you heard about our Summer Surf Challenge event? This is a FREE event sponsored by insurance company MS Amlin that we hold every year for people with any kind of disabilities at any age. We give them the chance to try surfing supported by lots of volunteers and experienced surf coaches. This year the event will be the 8 & 9 of July at Watergate Bay. Please share with people that might be interested in either participating or volunteering; the more people that are there, the more fun we’ll have! Over the weekend participants will be able to turn up to go for a free surfing lesson with experienced staff. Pro surfers and former champions including Hannah Harding, Tom Butler and Lucie Donlan will be among the volunteers. Participants will all get a medal and special prizes will be given to surfers who are selected by the sponsors. Volunteers will include staff from the Wave Project, Cornwall Fire Service, RNAS Culdrose and Cornwall’s surf lifesaving clubs. The event will also include live music on the beach and an after party at Wax nightclub in Watergate Bay village. Joe Taylor said the emphasis was on inclusion and having fun. He said “We’re stoked to be running the Surf Challenge once again this year. It’s great to be able to put on a free surf event for disabled people, many of whom find it hard to access our beaches let alone go for a surf. I can’t wait to see lots of smiles on the faces of the participants.” Joe said that the charity was particularly grateful to the staff...
Sainsbury’s stores support The Wave Project

Sainsbury’s stores support The Wave Project

Three Sainsbury’s stores have shortlisted The Wave Project for their charity of the year scheme. The supermarket’s branches in Newquay and Brighton, New England Street, and West Hove, Sussex, have shortlisted us among three other charities to support our Cornwall and Sussex projects. Funding from these initiatives will help children and young people improve their emotional health and resilience through an evidence-based programme of surfing and paddle-boarding combined with mentoring. Over the last two years, the project has supported many children and young people with a mental health issue, learning difficulty or physical disability. In the words of one parent, “The sea helps (my son) to self-regulate and reduces sensitivity associated with his sensory processing difficulties. He loves the fun of surfing with the volunteers and instructors and it has helped him gain confidence and trust in new people.” Antionette Hage, lead volunteer for The Wave Project in Brighton, said: “We’re just so stoked! As a small local charity, potential support from Sainsburys could make a massive difference to the number of sessions we can provide to children and young people across Brighton and Hove.” Newquay project coordinator Tom Butler added: “This funding will really help support some of Cornwall’s most disadvantaged children and young people and help them to build confidence through surfing.” The Wave Project are urging the local community to back the Project by popping in either the Brighton New England Street store and the West Hove store to vote. Alternatively, you can vote online at...
Wave Project Shortlisted for the 2017 Charity Awards!

Wave Project Shortlisted for the 2017 Charity Awards!

We are delighted to announce that the Wave Project has been shortlisted for a national award. The winner will be announced at a reception in The Tower of London on 8 June. Wave Project founder Joe Taylor said: “We are delighted to be one of three charities to be shortlisted for this prestigious award – the charity sector’s equivalent of the Oscars. “The Charity Awards are rigorous and shortlisting is a highly competitive process. It is a tribute to the hard work of our small team at The Wave Project that we have been nominated alongside much bigger charities.” The Charity Awards is the charity world’s longest-running, biggest and best-known awards ceremony. This year’s charities have been judged by an independent panel of charity leaders as having demonstrated outstanding best practice. Julian Chislett, chief executive of Civil Society Media, which organises the Charity Awards, congratulated all the shortlisted charities on making the highly-coveted shortlist said: “The standard of entries this year was incredible, and the charities we shortlist remain a constant inspiration to all of us. “For 17 years the Charity Awards have been identifying and celebrating the fantastic work that UK charities do. Our rigorous judging process singles out those charities with the most innovative ideas and the most inspirational approaches to delivering maximum impact. John Low, chief executive of Charities Aid Foundation, overall partner of the Charity Awards, said: “Nominees on the shortlist this year are examples of large and small charities at their very best. They are truly leaders in their field innovating, supporting and helping people in communities across the UK and overseas. “Recognising the...
Career change for big wave surfer Tom

Career change for big wave surfer Tom

He hit the national headlines in December after nearly losing his life in a wipeout on a 45ft wave. Now big wave surfer Tom Butler is helping young people experiencing anxiety and trauma to overcome their own fears. Tom, 28, took part in the elite Big Wave World Tour last year – one of only 24 big wave surfers across the world to be invited.  In December, while surfing a huge 45ft wave in Nazare, Portugal, he came off his board and went tumbling into the ferocious water. The incident left Tom in hospital and generated headlines in the world press. Six months on, Tom has had a change of direction in his career – and now he his teaching anxious teenagers how to be fearless. He has started work as a project coordinator for The Wave Project, a national charity that helps young people develop resilience and positive self-image through surfing and mentoring. He is running supported surfing lessons free of charge for young people in Newquay, Cornwall, who have been referred to the charity by local mental health and social services. Tom said his experience of wiping out in Nazare prompted a change of career direction. He said: “When I came off the wave, it felt like I’d been winded. At first I wanted to get back out there and keep going, but when I hit the sand I realised it was more serious than I thought. The next thing I knew I was on the sand being examined by doctors and then I was taken to hospital. “I was in there for 4 days and in...