What we've been up to this month:

This month saw our biggest event of the year, which took place at Watergate Bay in Cornwall – The Summer Surf Challenge. It was our biggest yet, with over 160 surfers taking part and 70 volunteers making their time in the waves an experience to remember.

The best part about the Summer Surf Challenge is seeing the beaming smiles on the children’s faces as they catch the waves. We worked with children with a range of additional needs, and many of those children were supported with our adaptive boards. We are so grateful to funders like yourselves that make these events possible – the specialist equipment is key to us being able to open up this event to any and everyone; from beach wheelchairs to our adaptive cerebra boards.

We had the BBC and ITV come down and film the event which was great wider exposure resulting in lots of volunteer sign ups the following week across the country.

Alex Cooper Barns surfed with us over the weekend thanks to the help of specialist equipment and volunteers.  Her mum Charlene Cooper said it was amazing to see as Alex has been experiencing a tough time in school lately.

She said: “It just makes the world of difference, she’s been quite sullen recently, but to see the smile on her face today, it’s just amazing.  She’s been having a tough time at school and surfing offers an emotional respite for her, the impact is huge.”

Dorothy Kenderdine, from Ivybridge in South Devon, was another child who overcame her fear of the water to catch her first wave at the Summer Surf Challenge.  Dorothy who is 10 and only has the full use of one arm was very excited to have caught her first wave.

Mum Sue Kenderdine said: “She had the most amazing time surfing.  Her surf coach and the volunteers were so fantastic and understanding.  We can’t believe she was able to stand up on the board – her Cerebral Palsy affects her left arm and can really affect her balance so for her to be able to stand up while surfing was a huge achievement for her.”

In other areas of the country, we are in the middle of delivering our Surf Therapy courses as well as Surf Club. We have a constant influx of new sign ups. This past month, we had approximately 50 children sign up as new surf club members, which means that they can now access surf club sessions as and when they’d like between April and October, with one or two special events during the cooler months!

 As ever, we are so grateful for you continued support.