Alan Stokes Supports RNLI Campaign

CURRENT UKPSA UK tour leader, Alan Stokes is the latest member of the surf community to back the RNLI’s current fund raising campaign, encouraging Surfers to show their support for their local lifeguards. “The two disciplines are so similar and occupy the same environment, it’s seems natural” he said, adding “If you’ve grown up surfing, you’d probably make a great Lifeguard.”

The RNLI is a charity, and provides the training and equipment needed to put lifeguards on more than 140 UK beaches, with your donations they can achieve their aim to cover more. Many of these lifeguards are surfers themselves and do the job through their love of the ocean.

You can back the campaign by picking up a red charity leash string, available from a growing number of surf shops who understand the importance of the job these guys do. Don’t just buy them for your board; use it as a keyring or wristband or any other way in which you can demonstrate your support. It’s a simple gesture that will help to save lives.

~RNLI Lifeguards have been operating since 2001, saving 367 lives and assisting 68,672 people to date. Currently more than 140 UK beaches are patrolled by RNLI Lifeguards and a good number of them are surfers themselves - including Robin Kent, Lifeguard at Chapel Porth and Mark ‘Egor’ Harris, Lifeguard at Fistral beach - both high-profile riders, lending their support to this campaign.

The aim of the RNLI Lifeguard service is to cover many more UK beach locations and make them safer, but this will not be achieved without support. The RNLI is a charity and relies on donations to provide the training and equipment to put lifeguards on our beaches.~

Ed Temperley

MSW editor. Instagram @edtemperley