The Jess Memorial 2017
On Saturday 30th September 2017 Polzeath Cornwall hosted the The Jess Memorial, a community surf competition in honour of Jess Solley who sadly took her own life in 2009 after suffering from depression. Jess’ family and friends created the Jess Memorial Surf Competition which is now in its 7th year. The event was open to all ages with the pure focus of having fun and raising awareness!
Jess’ family and friends chose to host the event in aid of The Wave Project. Jess grew up in Polzeath and spent a lot of her childhood at the beach and surfing with her friends and family, so they felt that supporting The Wave Project would be apt. The Wave Project is a national charity operating at 12 locations across the UK, helping young people to improve their lives and wellbeing through surfing. Through a team of awesome volunteers, The Wave Project runs surf sessions for young people aged 8-21 years old, who are referred to the charity by professionals working with them.
Pam, Jess’ Mum and event organiser, said: “Everybody seemed to enjoy it which is fantastic, they all had a happy day as well as raising money to help other youngsters to have happy days so a win all round”.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Under 12- 1st Kaja Millward | 2nd Mabel Harrison | 3rd Seth Doyle| Under 16- 1st Sam Stonebridge | 2nd Logan Chatterjea | 3rd Aiden Heymann| Women- 1st Beth Bosley| 2nd Rosie O’Neil | 3rd Anneka Lange| Men- 1st Paul Varcoe | 2nd Sam Gill | 3rd Harvey Tregidgo| Masters- 1st Sean Egan | 2nd Sam Gill| 3rd Will Doyle| Tandem- 1st Wailin and Mable Harrison | 2nd Tiger and Mali Harbour | 3rd joint Matilda Jones with Dan Runnalls and Rio Grande with Isla Grande
The Jess Memorial raised £2,465.59 and thank you to everyone who took part. Lots of local businesses showed their support; thank you to: The Sandbar for the catering of the event; Era Adventures for the water safety; Surf’s Up for the rashvests and TJ’s for their paddleboards along with many more. The Wave Project Founder and CEO Joe Taylor says: “We are really grateful to Jess’ family for choosing The Wave Project as the selected charity for her memorial event this year. It is a great privilege to be the partner charity. The funds raised will help young people improve their wellbeing and mental health through surfing.”
The event will be taking place again in 2018, with a proposed date of Saturday 29th September so watch this space! Your involvement can help to continue Jess’s legacy and to save others like her through the power of surfing.