Epic paddle's warm welcome
People can follow Brendon's progress around Britain via his live tracker thelongpaddle.co.uk/route/ and get further information about his epic mission , and support it, Brendon Prince is welcomed to Newquay by a gig from Newquay Rowing Club. PICTURE: ANDY HOBKINSON He went on to meet team members from the Wave Project, for which he’s raising money PICTURE: WR PHOTOGRAPHY
19th May 2021
By warren Wilkins
A man attempting to become the first person ever to paddle around mainland Britain was given a proper Cornish welcome when he arrived in Newquay.
Brendon Prince was escorted into the bay by a gig from Newquay Rowing Club whilst supporters cheered and applauded him into the harbour on Tuesday, May 11 at 6.30pm.
The 48-year-old was met by members of Newquay surf therapy charity the Wave Project, which will be one of the beneficiaries of his The Long Paddle fund-raiser.
Brendon was inspired to take on the mammoth 3,800 mile challenge to raise awareness about sea safety and £20,000 for various charities because he was the first responder on the scene of the Mawgan Porth drowning tragedy in 2014.
He subsequently set up the Above Water charity, which teaches children about water safety, after seeing the impact of the deaths on the victim’s families.
Brendon would become the first person to circumnavigate around mainland Britain on a stand-up paddleboard if he completes the epic challenge, which is titled The Long Paddle 2021.
He set off from Torquay in April and plans to paddle on average 50 miles a day for 90 days before completing the epic journey some time in early July.
Brendon said: “It was a fantastic welcome, from those who came to greet me and wish me well as well as the nice flat water of the harbour.
“A huge thank you to Safe Response for sponsoring the Newquay beach stop and for
supplying lots of our first aid and safety gear.
“It was great to meet the Wave Project Newquay team after the paddle too.
“The trend of the north coast seems to be a rough and bouncy paddle but getting into Newquay alongside a gig rowing boat and people on the harbourside greeting me was a good end to the day.”
Andy Hobkinson from Newquay RNLI said: “We were delighted to welcome Brendon into Newquay Harbour as part of his epic world record attempt.
“It was inevitably a scaled down reception due to current regulations, but Newquay did s proud, with supporters cheering and applauding from cliffs and quaysides as he crossed the bay.
“Brendon received a proper Cornish welcome into Newquay Bay, proudly led in by Newquay Rowing Club.
“After paddling from Gwithian Brendon was welcomed at the quayside by local supporters and members of Newquay RNLI, including one of our lifeboat helms who had been crewing the gig earlier and one of our RNLI crew, who is a former pupil of Brendon's from his days as a teacher in Devon!
“Our own RNLI volunteers worked tirelessly at the scene of the Mawgan Porth tragedy six years ago, alongside Brendon and multiple other emergency services, so it’s humbling to see something so positive come out of such a tragic day, and everyone at Newquay lifeboat station sends Brendon best wishes for the rest of his amazing journey around Britain.
“Having started the challenge two weeks ago in Torbay, Brendon was back on the water at 5.30am on Wednesday morning, en route for the Cornwall/Devon border.”