Surfing with Olympians What we've been up to this month: SURFING WITH OLYMPIANS We were delighted to welcome our patron Victoria Pendleton CBE and fellow 2012 Olympian Michael Jamieson to our Newquay HQ this month. The duo delivered a questions an answer session exclusively for our members and volunteers before diving into the surf with our local surf club. OUR SURFER OF THE MONTH Tyler is one of our students. He has epilepsy and can experience up to 60 seizures a day. It's always fantastic to receive feedback from parents about how surfing is helping their children - but this month, this feedback really blew us away; "I just want to say (nothing can be medically proven - yet) but, since Tyler has been surfing with you guys, he has had an EEG during one of the weeks when he was on the course which has showed no seizure activity at all and his abnormal brain activity has improved. This is amazing results for us as Tyler can have up to 60 seizures a day and we were told his brain abnormalities would never improve, like I say I can’t prove medically- but it’s the only thing in Tyler’s life that’s changed." A NEW HOME FOR OUR NORTH DEVON PROJECT Our amazing North Devon project has been running since 2012, making it one of our longest running programmes. In that time, we have supported over 300 young people locally - but we've never had a permanent base for operations. - Until this week! It was a massive moment to cut the ribbon on our new home at Georgeham Chapel, where we will base our North Devon project for the future. Huge thanks to the committee at Croyde Baptist Church who have supported this move. We are really looking forward to working with the committee to oversee the refurbishment of the chapel as a new youth centre and sports club for local young people. BEACH SCHOOL Beach School has been running again in September in Newquay and the children attending have learned lots and had tons of fun, learning in a fresh environment. This past week, the lesson was all about the history. The children learned about different kinds of castles and then went out into the sand to build their own, identifying the specific differences in castles. They built their confidence and learned team skills. The wind didn’t stop them from getting in the ocean – they had great fun body boarding together. This is a lovely speech written by one of our young surf club members, Poppy. Poppy took part in a Wave Project fundraiser called the Jess Memorial in Polzeath and afterwards, she gathered everyone around and boldly shared this speech about what the Wave Project means to her.