After being beaten by the weather in 2010 the cross channel paddle is on for 2011. Five hardy surfers are raising funds for Surf Relief UK, the country’s leading surfing charity, by paddling surfboards across theEnglish Channel. This is the first time a number of individuals have attempted a cross channel paddle for charity.
The paddlers will set off fromDoverattempting to paddle the 26miles to the north coast ofFrancea 6-7hour challenge for those taking part. The paddlers are being provided with specialized Australian Bennett Paddle Boards kindly donated by Aqua Sport International and have the backing of a number of sponsors includingBigBlueSurfSchool, Thanet Leisure Force, Orbit and Woodys Surf Ammunition.
The aim of the paddle is to raise £5000 for the Charity’s Surfable project. This project provides disabled children and young people with surfing experiences through a network of surf schools across the UK. The money raised will give 600 children a unique and often life changing experience. The team is raising money through personal donations but is also offering companies and other organisations the opportunity to be part of the attempt. For £200 corporate sponsorship those donating will have a logo on the boards and rash vest worn by the paddlers and be mentioned in all media releases and sponsorship material including the event website. If you are interested in supporting this unique opportunity, go tohttps://www.charitiestrust.org/members_data/event/channelpaddle2011/index.html