With less than a month till they are due to land in Panama, the Great British Junior surf team are appealing for financial help to give the team the best possible chance of success in the upcoming world championships.
All the members of the junior British Surfing team are stepping up their campaign to raise funds to get them to the ISA (International Surfing Association) Junior World Championships in Panama next month. The competition is the largest junior surf competition in the world and features nearly 300 of the worlds best juniors from 35 countries, and our talented team aim to record the highest ever UK placing, and who knows maybe even get a medal.
The squad of 12 need to raise £25,000 to cover the 3 week round trip and the chance to compete against the best surfing talent in the world and they’ve already been busy raising funds washing cars and fixing dings.
From raffles and auctions to car washing and sponsored board signings, the youngsters have been busy trying to raise cash for their cause.
Team member 15 year old Harry de Roth from St.Ives, Cornwall has been selling off some of his old competition prizes, he says; “We had a raffle at my dad’s house and an auction where I managed to raise money by auctioning off things I’ve won like skateboards and sunglasses. I’m also doing ding repairs on people’s surfboards to raise some extra cash.”
Ellen Harding, 15 from Aveton Gifford in South Devon has been asking people to sign her board. She explains; “I’m asking people to donate £1 to sign my board. One is already covered in signatures so I’m now on my second! Before I leave Panama I hope to give the board to one of the children there. They love to surf but they simply couldn’t afford to buy their own board so hopefully with one of mine one day they may get the chance to surf competitively like me. It’s also nice for people to know that the board they signed will be surfed in world class waves.”
Ellen along with other team riders, Peony Knight, 14 from Croyde and Lucy Campbell from Woolacombe also raised £150 recently by washing cars and vans at Putsborough carpark, while Under 16’s member, Max Payne, has been getting signatories on his board. First to put pen to polyurethane was Graham Bunt from Wadebridge based Local Hero surfboards
Former Pipline Masters champ Joey Buran who has been helping coach the team said: “I believe the 2012 British Junior Surf Team looks to be the best in the history of British Junior surfing. This team is made up of 12 talented and committed individuals lead by world class surfers Luke Dillon, Jobe Harris, and Tassy Swallow. These three surfers have loads of talent and international experience and the sky is the limit for their potential results in Panama. The under 16 boys, though untested in ISA competition, represent the nucleus of the future for British Junior surfing, they are very talented and well prepared for this year’s upcoming event. I am confident that this group of surfers and coaches have done everything possible to be ready for this year’s ISAWJC. A new era has dawned in British surfing and the world is about to see it.”
Wrexham based family owned drinks company Calypso have stepped up with a major contribution as well as their continued support of junior and grass roots surfing in the UK.
Richard Cooke, Sales & Marketing Director at Calypso commented, “We’re delighted to continue our long-standing commitment as sponsors of the British Junior Surfing team and to help develop the sport for juniors across the UK. We know how difficult it can be to raise funds to surf on the international stage, so we’re happy to help and we wish the team every success in Panama.”
The team have just a matter of weeks to get the rest of the money together before flying out on 7 April. Meanwhile, Surfing GB, the body responsible for the team is encouraging other companies to get involved and sponsor the youngsters .
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