Last year saw the first SUP event organised by the Wave Project, SUP4Life was a series of stand up paddle events around the UK that raised awareness, and some cash for the charity that works with young people who have mental health issues. The team at the Wave Project are at it again with events around the UK on May 21st, here is the press release for their event in Cornwall;
FANCY DRESS PADDLE FOR THE WAVE PROJECT
The Helford River will become a riot of colour next month when fancy-dress paddlers wearing FLURO take to the river to support The Wave Project.
Dozens of brightly-dressed paddlers are expected to take part in Paddle Out Loud – a sponsored paddle from Gweek Quay to the Ferryboat Inn, Helford which starts at 5pm on Saturday, 21 May.
Participants will wear fluorescent garb and follow the river on the outgoing tide, paddling in kayaks, rafts and stand-up paddle boards to raise awareness of children’s mental health.
The event will help raise funds for The Wave Project, a charity that runs free surfing lessons for socially isolated children.
Paddlers will be taking part in simultaneous paddles at locations across the UK as part of a coordinated national paddle.
Along with Cornwall, events will take place in Bristol, Brighton, Kingsbridge, Londo, Cardiff, Edinburgh and the Isle of Wight.
To take part, paddlers have to aged over 14 or accompanied by an adult over 18. The entry fee is £25. Paddlers may bring their own craft, or hire one on the day.
Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor said: “This is a really colourful, fun, family event that will help to both raise awareness of children’s mental health and raise funds for The Wave Project.
“There is lots of current evidence that getting children outside and doing fun things has a really positive impact on their mental health.
“We want to show children and families who are struggling with their mental health that there are fun things out there that they can do, in their own community, that will help improve their outlook and wellbeing – such as surfing and paddleboarding.”
Participants can register for the event and also, if they wish, set up a fundraising page via Just Giving. Each participant will get a free Paddle Out Loud t-shirt.
Some SUP boards and kayaks are being kindly donated by local firms Vertical Blue Adventures, St Ives Surf School and Era Adventues.
Paddle Out Loud coordinator Rosie Marns said the events promises to be great fun.
She said: “We can’t wait to get out on the water and light up the Helford River with our team of ultra-loud paddlers! We will be finishing up at the Ferryboat Inn for drinks and after party, and all the money raised will be spent on running free surfing and SUP lessons for children in Cornwall.”