Float the surfboat

by tomhanna in Porthtowan

We did it
On 31st August 2015 we successfully raised £1,100 with 20 supporters in 28 days

Help get Porthtowan back in the race for the world championships by replacing their broken boat

by tomhanna in Porthtowan


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!

Project aim

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


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

TRAINING SESSION Part of the team now! Receive a personal postcard from the Porthtowan team featuring the action on the beautiful beach. Cheers for the support!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

SUNSET TRAINING SESSION Receive a regular surfboat report including pictures of all Porthtowan races and training progress throughout the season. First to hear about all the action. Fingers crossed!

£20 or more

£20 Reward

PRACTICE RACE SESSION Receive a limited edition Porthtowan surfboat DVD produced by our very GregDennis productions: http://gregdennis.co.uk/ Your name will appear in the credits. Backstage interviews and 'carnage' section. Only 20 copies ever made!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

UK OPEN CHAMPION Get your name on the side of the boat as an official contributor. Be a part of the Porthtowan surfboat support team winning titles and events all over the world.

£75 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£75 Reward

EUROPEAN CHAMPION Surfboat canvas-limited edition (40cm x 30cm; 16" x 12"). Original iconic Porthtowan surfboat photography captured by Greg Dennis http://gregdennis.co.uk/ Only 10 being made. Keep a piece of the action!

£100 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

WORLD CHAMPION Original Experience Day - Gift voucher. Perfect gift for those adventurous difficult to buy for people...or just something you need to try once! Spend the day learning to row in the waves with PT surfboat team. Followed by sundowner drinks with the crew at the Blue Bar. Includes a DVD of in-boat go-pro footage to re-live your experiences surfing the waves in a boat forever. You never know, you might even make the team!

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