THE fifth Newquay Joe Way Paddle for life was hailed another success after a great turn out.
The original Paddle for Life started after lifeguards from Fistral Beach held a Joe Way memorial paddle to raise money for charity in 2008. Joe is the inspirational little boy who touched people's lives around the country and beyond. His story of hope and fighting against all the odds with a cheeky smile has made what could have been the worse of times, the best of times.
Although the weather was against the event Newquay turned out in force. Steel Appeal, Newquay's biggest steel band took shelter and kept playing to keep the paddlers going, Douglas the paddle dog, Harry Kazzam made balloon surfers for the kids, Dance group "Untitled" came up from Penzance to perform, Joe Francis sang on the harbour side and Lee Quinney from Straw dogs carried on in the rowing club and although it was the damp sessions rather than the sunset sessions everyone enjoyed the sounds of two of Cornwall's finest.
This year's event saw over 220 paddlers which is the biggest turn out of all ages and abilities taking part in the 200m, 1km fun paddle and the new 1km relay, to do their bit to raise money for some of the 20 charities now supported by the Joe Way appeal.
Matt Way said "we are so grateful that everyone braved the weather and I would like thank everyone for their hard efforts, it was great to see the all girl team from Pirate FM, surf clubs like Wave Slaves, SLSC and the wave project all taking part, we know that Joe would be very proud of what's been achieved in his name over the last four years".
The relay was won by Newquay activity centre who will now hold the Relay inspirational paddler trophy for a year Rob Barber said "this year's event was bigger than ever, there was an awesome showing from the local community and the hotly contested paddle relay saw some excellent performances. Newquay Activity Centre were stoked to win first place and will definitely be back to defend the title next year".
The Highest fundraiser trophy goes to the Wave project who raised over £400 and had a great time. The Wave Project is a community movement that was started by a group of surfers in Newquay, Cornwall. They wanted to use the freedom and fun of surfing as a way of helping disadvantaged young people to feel happier.
This year's front men Dean Woods, Karl Fice-Thomson and team organized the heats whilst entertaining the crowds with the back up of Will Whelan, Tom Fox, Ben Butler, Nicholas Pendreich, Jason Gray, Safe and Sound safety and European longboard champion Ben "SKINDOG" Skinner.
Sue Butler and Julia Sharland organized the registration and boards Sue Butler said "for the weather we had a great turn out as always and apart from the rain we had perfect sea conditions. The NSLSC Joe Way Paddle cup was won by Emelia Rundle who completed the 200m and 1km paddles even though she has just had surgery on her arm".
Once again local businesses and charities Perranporth signs, Scott Dickinson Creative, Hutton hire, Gould radio, Skinners Ales, Bookers, coastal crepes, ultra entertainment, Cornwall hospice care, Cornwall blind, Little Harbour, Newquay Lions and Leo's, Sainsbury's, Golant fire, Newquay SLSC, JLT insurance and Speedy hire who all supported the event which runs at zero cost. The event also had a prize draw and prizes where donated by Relentless, Beach hut, Lusty Glaze, St Eval candle company, Animal, Carrick Leisure and indo board Europe.
Titan the robot stole the show and the locally run global business pulled all the stops out with a great set in the middle of the harbour in between showers.
The whole event was streamed live across the world by Tiger24 with Anton Roberts organizing the sound system and on line production with his team. Media partners Surfdome help promote the even along with Pirate FM and at one point over 2000 people had gone through tiger 24 website. Anton Roberts said "It was a great event and with the on line streaming a real showcase for Newquay".
The event raised well over £2,700.00 with money still coming in which means the overall total for the Joe Way appeal is £106,700.00 which has been raised over the last four years, you can still donate by going to Joe's website.
Claire Way said "We are really grateful for all the effort the Paddle team and businesses have put into this years event. Everyone worked really hard to make it a fun and safe day we are really proud of what people have achieved in Joe's memory, it was great to see the weather did not put the dampeners on it and the team worked hard to make the event happen".
The winning team of the RNLI Joe Way memorial paddle were Fistral beach in a highly competitive battle between the RNLI beach lifeguards who also raised £200 by selling t-shirts this year and donating an entry fee"
To see what happened at this years Joe Way Newquay Paddle for life go to www.joewaypaddle.co.uk