Inside Summer Surf Challenge
Read on to find out what Wave Project Event Coordinator, Corinne Jones, thought of her first Summer Surf Challenge in 2017!
Summer Surf Challenge, until last year, was an event I’d heard of but never actually attended. As a Newquay local I had seen the event take place at the Fistral Beach location and had always thought what a wonderful idea it was. Last year I got the chance to coordinate the event at Watergate Bay and it was an incredible day to be directly involved in, plus it finally gave me the chance to see first hand the amazing work The Wave Project does.
Much to my anticipation, the event went better than I could have ever imagined, with perfect surf conditions, dry weather and even a touch of sunshine, which if you regularly frequent Cornwall in the summer you will know this is very lucky indeed!
With well over one hundred participants and a great team of volunteers on hand, the event ran smoothly. The happy faces in the ocean and on the beach all weekend were testament to what the event was trying to achieve – widening participation in surfing!
Personally I found the event extremely emotional; working behind the scenes I got the chance to chat with many of the parents, friends and carers of the participants and hearing their stories left me feeling completely inspired. For some this was their first time in the water or the first time they had worn a wetsuit, which really struck a chord with me. I take for granted the fact that I can surf every day and putting a wetsuit on is something that I’ve done since I was a child, it’s almost routine now.
Seeing these wonderful, inspiring and determined people push themselves, and overcome their boundaries and fears was unbelievable. If it wasn’t for events like The Summer Surf Challenge and charities like The Wave Project they might never get to experience the feeling of riding a wave and the confidence that inspires.
It wasn’t only the participants that amazed me, I found myself completely overwhelmed by the number of volunteers who had travelled considerable distance to support the event, giving up their free time to help and assist people they didn’t know was very humbling to see.
For most of the Wave Project staff and lead volunteers, this wasn’t their first Summer Surf Challenge event, but I had fresh eyes on it, as this was the first like its kind that I had attended. With it running better than I had ever expected, the weekend left me on a complete high, feeling like together as a charity and a community that we had empowered so many wonderful people through the most beautiful medium there is – surfing.
Don’t just take my word for it, experience volunteering at the Summer Surf Challenge 2018 event yourself by signing up HERE. Whether you’re a competent surfer or not, as long as you’re willing to lend a hand, have a friendly disposition and are happy to get stuck in and share the good vibes, you will fit right in.
Photo Credit – Checkered Photography