Ben “skindog” Skinner and Adam Griffiths along with Ben Bates (17), Raife Gaskell (17) and Britain’s number one female Claire Smail have been selected to surf for Surfing GB and are currently competing in at the ISA World Longboarding Games in Peru.
They are at Huanchaco beach competing against the best longboarders from around the world in the surfing equivalent of the Olympic games, on the hunt for Britain’s first Gold medal.
However the team has no funding and is aiming to raise £10,000.00 to cover the trip and to also have some money left towards training the next generation of team GB as there is no current funding for surfing.
They have raised over £5,250.00 on their www.crowdfunder.co.uk/teamgb page where you can make a pledge for goods and services from the team.
Global musician, James Morrison, who grew up in Newquay has donated a signed Guitar, but you only have days to grab this by pledging at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/teamgb
James, who is a keen surfer, has supported many charities, including Newquay’s Joe Way Appeal which has also raised £1000.00 for the team to thank them for their support over the last five years.
James has come forward to support one of his oldest friends Ben Skinner and the GB team after hearing about the fundraising from Ben.
The team’s first heats started Monday with Ben Skinner going through and Adam Griffiths going through to surf in the repercharge heat to progress. Claire Smail started her heat by catching the first wave and fought hard against some tough surfers which put her in 3rd position which means she can still progress in the repercharge heats. Ben Bates in the last heat of the day came 2nd and is through to the next round so a good day for the team.
To watch the team live on line go to www.isawlc.com/en now.