Ground Swell CIC

by in Newquay, Cornwall

We did it
On 4th April 2014 we successfully raised £4,010 with 61 supporters in 42 days

Ground Swell CIC is a non-profit community interest company that offers opportunities to young people through surfing. We are raising funds to support Ground Swell continue to develop, and put on the projects that help hundreds of young people make their dreams a reality. These projects range from surf coaching to foreign exchanges, work shops to offering subsidised or free training and qualifications. To raise awareness to the cause, we are also cycling 1600km to the south of France, which will be the location of our subsidised surf camp this summer.

by in Newquay, Cornwall


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Who are we, and what do we do?

Ground Swell is a non-profit community interest company, set up in 2009 to provide opportunities in surfing to young people aged 11-25yrs. We do this by providing a range of projects, led by young people, in all areas of skills from practical surf coaching through to educational workshops and training, aimed at those participating to finding work in the surf industry. Some examples of this are offering surf coaching from beginner to competitive levels, subsidised transport and accomodation to those wanting to compete on the UKPST, running programs and workshops in PR, marketing, business start-up, volunteering, retail, tourism & leisure, health and well being and much more. We also offer training and qualifications at little to no cost in lifeguarding, surf coaching and judging.

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Why are we Crowdfunding

Ground Swell runs solely on donations, sponsorship and grants. Without help, Ground Swell will be unable to provide these opportunities to young people. Therefor, we are asking you to help us.

The money raised will be used to keep Ground Swell going, and to help us provide the following projects and plans through 2014 and beyond:

  • Subsidised/Free coaching, at all ability levels, from beginner to competition
  • Providing workshops in photography, videography, social media marketing and PR, ICT, CV writing.
  • Supporting the UKPST Junior Tour, and providing subsidised transport and accommodation.
  • Providing subsidised NARS Beach Lifeguard and ISA Surf Coach Awards
  • Setting up an overseas surf camp
  • Weekend and after school surf sessions
  • Equipment and vital maintenance/repairs
  • Other related costs, such as accountancy fees, insurance etc

Our 1600km challenge

As well as Crowdfunding, three Ground Swell users will be taking on the challenge of cycling from Calais, in northern France, to Labenne in the south west, which comes in at just over 1600km! They are doing this to raise awarness of the fundraising, raise extra money through donations/sponsorship and also to set up and promote the location of Ground Swells summer camp.

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...and finally.

We are targeting to raise £6000 in total. £4000 of which we hope to raise through Crowdfunding, and the remainder through the sponsored challege!


We hope that you feel this cause is worthy, and with your donations, pledges and sponsorships we can make things happen!



The Ground Swell Team 




This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

An exclusive invite to our summer Ground Swell thank you party in conjunction with Loose People!

£20 or more

10 of 50 claimed

£20 Reward

A half-day surfing lesson at our fully stocked surf school in Newquay!

£30 or more

2 of 2 claimed

£30 Reward

A custom made Nalu Beads bracelet.

£35 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£35 Reward

1:1 Surf coaching clinic, our instructors are ISA qualified and ex-British Team competitors!

£35 or more

£35 Reward

The Ground Swell Package: 1 x Ground Swell T-shirt, 1 x Ground Swell Sticker (for Car or Surfboard), and 1 x ticket to the Ground Swell thank you party (run by loose people)

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward

1yr Carve Magazine subscription, with a free T-shirt!

£50 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£50 Reward

Custom board art by Kathy Evans

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

2 nights stay for two people at Trevellis B&B in Newquay. Also included in the deal are 2 half-day surf lessons for both guests as well. You can choose any date you wish after September all the way through till April next year.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£150 Reward

1 hour private hire for up to 12 people on the FlowRider at Retallack Resort.

£350 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£350 Reward

Brand new 6'6 Reload by Fourth Surfboards! This is a brand new model that hasn't been released yet, comes complete with Kathy Evans custom artwork and FCS fins! Almost £100 off retail.

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