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Surfing rookies sought for ‘gnarly’ challenge

Surfing rookies sought for ‘gnarly’ challenge

Sunday 19 January 2020

Surfing rookies sought for ‘gnarly’ challenge


Surf rookies are being sought to test their wave-riding skills and raise money for charity.

Organisers of the gnarly 'White Collar Surf Competition', Le Rossignol Estates, are on the hunt for 32 first-timers wanting to catch some waves and fundraise at the same time.

The beneficiaries of the fundraising will be Healing Waves, a charity which helps those with disabilities to safely take part in water sports, and Peas and Glove, a group that supports Jerseyman Olly Newman after a serious car accident left him in a critical condition. 

The 32 beginners will learn to surf at the Watersplash Surf Centre, beginning lessons in May of this year, before taking part in a surfing competition over the summer.

Speaking about their experiences at the inaugural competition, the ‘Class of 2019’ have pitched in to find this year’s hopefuls. 

Michelle Palmer said: “If you’re thinking about doing it, even just a wee bit, do it.

“Do it to push yourself, for the good causes the event supports, to put yourself out there. Do it even if you’re terrified – do it especially if you’re terrified. Do it because everyone should catch at least one wave in their life and experience the feeling as there are no words (that I know) to describe it.

“Be warned though, there are potential side effects, including, but not limited to, needing (not just wanting) to feel what it feels like to ride a wave over and over again and wanting to do it better and better each time, checking magic seaweed on at least a daily basis and being beyond frustrated when there’s no waves you can ride.

“Even if you never pick up a board after the event again (most unlikely) life is just better with salty skin and sandy toes.”

In addition to the 12 sessions at the surf school, the white collar surfers can also borrow a board and wetsuit to practice outside of lesson time.

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Pictured: The challenge raises money for local causes.

Another of the challenge’s alum, Lauren Ferguson, said: “White Collar Surfing was such a fun, wonderful and fulfilling experience! Going into it with no surf experience was daunting, but straight away I felt supported and encouraged to do my best and just enjoy the experience.  

“The coaching was phenomenal and the little support network that blossomed from the enthusiastic staff members, and from a welcoming bunch of people was invaluable to my experience. I am so grateful to have taken part, not only for my own surfing ability, but also to have the honour of raising money for two incredible charities. 

“I cannot recommend this enough to anyone thinking of taking part! You will have an absolute blast, make some amazing friends, give to two incredible causes and most importantly fall in love with surfing!”

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