Surfers Paddle for Charity – Organised by X-Train -2XS and the Shore Surf Club.
Sunday 24th July saw 56 entrants to the Wittering Charity Paddle Race.
Entrants had to paddle against 20 knots of wind from East To West Wittering. The course is just over a mile from East To West Wittering which would normally take (on average) around 20 to 45 mins. However, the windy conditions made it much harder and it took the last competitor just under 2 hours to compete (the fastest time was 24 minutes 39). Even though the conditions were hard, nearly everyone fought on through and there were smiling, happy faces all over the beach at the finish line.
From West Wittering Windsurf Club, it was great to see Oliver Chipperfield and the McKirghans. Emile Kott managed to just squeeze in front of the boss (Simon Bassett) and James Randall managed to beat the old man by a convincing five minutes!
The event, which is in its 7th year, brings the surfing community together to raise money for local charities. This year, the charity was The Sussex Snowdrop Trust.
The event raised just over £1000 for the charity and money is still coming in. Everyone involved enjoyed a BBQ at West Wittering Windsurf Club where there was a prize giving at the end of the day.
A lot of people put in a great deal of time to make the event happen, including the Shore Surf Club Team, the WWWC team, Puma Safety, West Wittering Estate Lifeguard.
Thankyou very much to event sponsors 2XS, X-train, The Shore Surf Club, Wittering Surf, Crouchers Country Hotel, The Beach House, Indoboard and Boardshop.co.uk.
The 2012 dates and times will be announced soon on www.2xs.co.uk and www.shoresurfclub.co.uk.