ON SATURDAY 4 December, dozens of paddle boarders took to the water in festive fancy dress to raise funds for the RNLI.  

The ‘Santa SUP’ morning, which was hosted by Penarth Marina, was one of a series of fundraising events organised by South Wales Paddleboarding Club and local surf and paddleboard shop Puravida Boardriders. Local restaurant The Deck also supported the event, providing a special lunch with proceeds going to the RNLI.  

After a tour of the marina, the festive paddleboarders were paid a visit by Penarth’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat, as the crew stopped off after finishing a training exercise.  

Dozens of people took to the water in festive fancy dress

The next fundraising event planned by South Wales Paddleboarding Club and Puravida Boardriders is a Bavarian Christmas Party on Friday 10 December, hosted by The Deck. Alongside food and drink there will be a fundraising raffle, with all proceeds from the night going to RNLI Penarth.  

More information about the event is available on the Puravida Boardriders website.  

Jim Brooks-Dowsett, owner of Puravida Boardriders, said:  

“As watersports enthusiasts we’ve always been big supporters of the RNLI. But especially now, with the huge growth in popularity of paddleboarding, we want to support the RNLI’s work keeping people safe and educating people about how to enjoy the water safely.  

“It was great to see so many people out enjoying the water on Saturday and helping to raise funds at the same time.”