The Cornish coast played host to an Ultimate Coasteering Challenge on September 29th as our highly skilled crew of coasteering experts took on a challenge of a lifetime.
In raising money for multiple charities. Newquay Activity Centre’s elite coasteering team embarked on a unique coasteering challenge that saw 5 men, sea swim, traverse cliffs, jump and rock climb from St. Agnes to Newquay Harbour. The group covered a staggering 24km of ocean and cliff face, the challenge tested their fitness, stamina and determination which at times, particularly through the longer swims pushed the group to the limit. The crew chose to support 5 separate charities who they felt benefited their day to day life working in the ocean, they chose; Surfers Against Sewage, Newquay Lifeboat, Cornwall Search and Rescue, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and as they regularly supply coaching for military groups they chose to give their support to the Help for Heroes campaign.
The coasteering crew waited patiently for perfect conditions and finally the low winds, small swell and sunny weather at the end of September has served up the perfect mix for the expedition. Pioneering the Ultimate Coasteer Challenge, professional surfer and coasteering expert Johnny Fryer said ‘We spend our days asking people to challenge themselves at the activity centre so we thought it was about time that we also challenged ourselves. At Newquay Activity Centre we work with large military groups who come from all over the UK to under go force development and Adventurous Training in different environments. So I personally decided to support Help for Heroes. Johnny was joined by Jorrin Massingham, Joe Woodhouse, Sam Bishop and Danny Millar.
It was tough as some parts were relatively unknown coastal territory, but it was equally exciting and it will be painful! We are raising money for the Military heroes who have been wounded in British conflicts. We will also be supporting the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Surfers Against Sewage, Newquay Lifeboat, Cornwall Search and Rescue. We would be most grateful for your support, that can be shown by donating our Just Giving Page (search Ultra Coasteer).
Newquay Activity Centre Operations Manager Jorrin Massingham commented ‘I want to thank Surfers Against Sewage amongst other charities for putting in the time to maintain our fantastic coastline. It really is worth protecting. If you have not tried coasteering it really is an untouched world on our coastal fringes.’
The Ultimate coasteering route started with an amazing sunrise at 6.30am and it took 10 hours of constant climbing, swimming, caving and scrambling. Friends and families supported the crew on land and sea, paddling kayaks, taking photographs and showing their support. Newquay Activity Centre Director Rob Barber commented ’This was one epic challenge, these men have strong knowledge of this area of the coast, have years of coastal and tidal experience and most of all, the fitness and determination to take this on, all at the Newquay Activity Centre are proud of them for completing this awesome challenge in the interests of helping out charities’. The event raised over £1000 for the respective charities with the total hopefully still to rise.
We were really stoked to get on the front page of the Cornish Guardian as well some other great news and media coverage in Cornwall. Take a look at the images below.
Photos: Aaron Parsons Photography