Surfboats used to be the main craft lifeguards used to rescue drowning swimmers from the surf. Surfboat racing between beach surflifesaving clubs was used as a way to maintain and improve these life saving skills and fitness.
Nowadays much of the rescuing is done with motorised boats, but smaller crafts are still used daily on our beaches by lifeguards to save life.
Porthtowan surf lifesaving club still regularly competes in surflifesaving competition both locally and internationally. Despite being a small club with limited resources they are the current UK, European and World champions.
They have raced fiercely over the last 10 years, taken a lot of hits and now both the rowers and the surfboat are old and broken. The next generation of surfboaties are training hard to re-claim the titles held by the club but a new surfboat is desperately needed.
They have raised much of the money themselves including digging deep into their own pockets. They are only £1,000 away from being able to buy the new boat from Australia in order to keep the dream alive.
Any support you can give would greatly appreciated and we'd like to take you with us (metaphorically, unless you actually want to come) to the World Championships 2016!
Help get Porthtowan back in the race for the world championships by replacing their broken boat
About the project
Here are a few videos of the Porthtowan team competingin events around the world with our old (now broken) boat