This years Joe Way Paddle for life was hailed another success after an amazing turn out.
This year’s event saw a footfall of over a thousand spectators for the second year running and 400 paddlers of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle, 1km relay and the RNLI memorial cup to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
With five bands and Titan the Robot there was something for everyone at this year's Paddle which had great weather and good sea conditions.
The event raised £4,529.00 which means the overall total for the Joe Way appeal is over £132,742.00 for over 20 different charities which has been raised over the last seven years, you can still donate by going to Joe’s website.
The burger van won the highest fundraise trophy raising £930.00 with the food donated by Bookers and cooked for free by Sarah-Jane, Martin and family from Ultra Entertainment, Phil Draper from Coastal Crepes donated all his takings of £368, the rowing club and Skinners Brewery raised £230, Cornwall hospice cake stand raised £328, the RNLI lifeguard entry money came to £100 along with a £50 donation from Riverside holiday Park. The raffle and entry money came to £1683.00 with another £340 being raised by auctioning off prizes unclaimed or given back.
This years headline sponsors Newquay BID paid £500 to cover operational costs that were not given for free and Start & Co also donated £500 which went into the charity pot.
This years good causes are Newquay and Lusty surf life saving clubs, Bowel Cancer UK, The Wave Project, Little Harbour, Surfers Against Sewage, Cornwall Hospice Care, CHSW (Sainsburys choice), Air Ambulance, Ronald Macdonald House Bristol, Newquay Lion’s, Assert which helps children with Angelmans Syndrome, Wave Slaves Surf Club, CLIC Sargent, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and Crohn's and Colitis UK.
The 1km relay was won this year by Newquay Activity Centre for a second time after a fierce battle of between activity, surf and surf life saving clubs.
The overall winning team of the RNLI relay and the Joe Way memorial cup was Fistral with the new Big Guns cup (sponsored by SW Engravers) going to a team made up of lifeguards from St Ives and Perranporth in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards.
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Fistral Surf Center hosted the Cornwall's first Santa fun and Surf competition with over 70 Santa's running a mile and taking to the water in some very windy conditions.
All competitors donned Santa outfits to run the mile on Cornwall's iconic surfing beach whilst surfers used foamie surfboards for the festive event. Spectators saw seasoned competitive surfers with those in their first contest compete in both an Open for men and women and an U16 category.
Matt Way, from the Joe Way Appeal said; "Cornwall Hospice Care and Fistral Surf Hire did a great job putting this event on and I'm sure it will grow each year".
Event organizer Jenny Briant said; "Everyone really got into the festive spirit with lots of Santa outfits managing to make it through the whole heat. It was great to see so many people taking part in the fun run and surfing event, we are already looking forward to 2016".
The final surf rankings were OPEN 1st Martyn Chapman, 2nd Clint Pope, 3rd George Mayes, 4th Joe Lobb and the U16's 1st Charlie Plant and 2nd Abi Pope.
Cornwall Hospice Care provides specialist care to people living with life limiting illnesses providing the only adult hospice care in Cornwall.
Rose Beattie, events fundraiser for Cornwall Hospice Care said; "The Santa Beach Run and Surf was a fantastic event and we expect it to raise over £2000 to support adult hospice care in Cornwall in our 2 Hospices, St Julia’s in Hayle and Mt Edgcumbe in St Austell as well as in the community. We would like to thank all of Team Santa Newquay Fistral, our team of volunteers, Fistral Surf School and the Joe Way appeal for their support with this event".
The competitors signed in at the Beach bar which also had a craft fare and with the free parking all day it was a chance to for the spectators to do some Christmas shopping.
The event was supported by ERA Adventures, Fistral Beach Surf Centre, Tolcarne Beach, Joe Way Appeal, The Beach Bar and Bon Bon Fistral.
There won’t just be one Santa coming to Fistral beach this year but a whole sea of them; and this year they will be running and surfing to raise funds for a local charity.
The Santa Surf and Fun run is, organized by the Fistral Surf Center, Cornwall Hospice Care and the Joe Way Appeal.
Matt Way, from the Joe Way Appeal said, "We are stoked to be invited to this event for the second year running and look forward to the Newquay community putting on a good show and raising money for a great cause."
You can run, jog or walk along the fun run across Fistral beach, which starts at 11am, and then enjoy some mince pies whilst watching the surfers.
The surfing Santa's will be competing to win some great prizes and the "Santa Foamie Surfing Contest", which starts at 12.30pm, is all about having fun. There will be an open division for men & women alongside an U16's division which see all the competitors wearing Santa outfits over their wetsuits.
Jenny Briant, surf event organizer said, "Last year's event was so much fun with a real mix of abilities and ages, we cannot wait to see hundreds of Santa's taking over the beach."
To enter the Fun Run or Fun Surf sign up at www.cornwallhospicecare.co.uk you can also get sponsors to raise more cash and your entry money includes a free Santa suit.