In recent years the idea of using the internet to fund projects has been growing. Platforms such as GoFundMe and Crowdfunding have provided opportunities for funding to all sorts of projects and ventures including films, music, business expansion and sports activities.
One group of Cornish surfers have taken the initiative to use the platforms in an attempt to fund their way to the World Surf League which, to all non-surfers, is as big as it gets competition-wise for surfing.
The age and level of competition varies throughout the group, but alongside support from their sponsors they all need additional funding to make it into the international world of competitive surfing.
Carpenter placed second at the under 18’s English National Championships last year. The 17-year-old from Penzance currently attends college and in the tourist season works as a surf coach. He now has the opportunity to compete on the European Junior Tour, and if selected after this the World Junior Championships later in 2018.
He told Truthfal: “I was motivated to start the fundraising because I wanted to push myself to the next level. This is my last year in the Junior category so I had to do it this year.”
Carpenter has some big brands sponsoring him but, in addition to their support he needs to raise money to fund England training camps, entry fees to the events, travel to the events and accommodation.
The young hopeful is aiming to raise funds in time to compete in France in May. He said he is “really looking forward to starting the comps this year as I’ve got lots of national and international ones coming up. Hopefully this year is going to be my most successful yet.”
Check out his JustGiving page here.
Huck and Woody New
The 15-year-old twins call Sennen Cove their local surf spot. They’re also often found surfing Praa Sands, Porthmeor and getting barrelled at Porthleven.
They’re hoping to swap their local breaks for a series of competitions across Europe called the Pro Juniors.
Woody told Truthfal: “The competitions are very expensive to go and compete in as they are abroad. We started up a crowd fund to help us achieve our goal of competing in these events.”
Between the pair they have racked up some good results at competitions over the past few years:
2017 was Huck’s first full year of competition. Success came when he won the Penwith and Cornwall School events. This was followed by placing 5th in the English Nationals, and finishing the year ranked the 7th best surfer in his category in England.
When asked how they were feeling about their upcoming competitions Woody said: “As expected we are both nervous going to surf against the best in all of Europe and it’s our first time entering these comps.”
He added: “But we are both very excited to go from the nationals to Europeans and see what the next stage up is like.”
The twins first heat is in Portugal on the 26th of March. They will then be going to France in May for two back-to-back competitions.
Here is an early morning training video from the twins’ Vimeo account.
You can also check out their Pledge Sports fundraiser here.