Done it !  Managed to establish a new world record for Stand Up Paddle relay across the English Channel with myself, Jock Patterson and Simon Basset completing it in 5 hours 38 minutes and 25 seconds.  We had fog banks, dolphins, tankers, French Coast Guard, seals and finally champagne.  What an experience.  Thank-you to everyone who supported me!

I really want to support Surfers Against Sewage or SAS as they are known.  They have been working on all levels to keep out coastal waters clean and safe to go into for 20 years. 

I am going to cross the English Channel in June 2010, as part of a three man relay team, on my stand up paddle board for SAS, all you need to do is donate, I will do the hard work for you !

If you or your children live by the coast, or go into the sea during the summer time in the UK, you will have benefited from the work SAS have been doing.  Their campaigning is both local and international, it might be a beach clean up, or they might be working campaigning at Westminster or at the European Parliament to raise the standard of our waters.

Back in 1993 I was a student in Swansea, surfing whenever I could.  After one session at a break called Crab Island in Langland Bay myself and a number of other water users became ill as a result of sewage contaminated water.  The SAS were campaigning with Welsh Water at the time for better sewage treatment facilities, as at the time all of Swansea's raw sewage was pumped out into the sea.  The campaigning payed off and in 1996 a £90 million treatment plant was opened, benefiting beach users all over the Swansea/Gower area and beyond. 

SAS have been working on projects like this all over the UK for the last 20 years, that is why I support them, that is why I am asking you to support me.

Read our training blog on the Stand Up Paddle Global Magazine website for more information.

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Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage

Charity Registration No. 1145877

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research.

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Donations 35

Thank-you to all my friends who donated off line !

Donation by All my off line donations on 16/08/10


Donation by Peter Lancaster on 25/06/10


make sure you wear a jumper mate, could be a bit too fresh for the bikini

Donation by Chris Anderson on 15/06/10


Donation by Kate Whiteley on 10/06/10


Go for it Matt! All the best

Donation by Susan and Stephen on 07/06/10


Gosh... what an endeavour! Good luck, Matt.

Donation by Kerren Simmonds on 07/06/10


Good luck!!

Donation by Lorraine Clarke on 07/06/10


Every little helps! Pray for NW erly's? & calm seas! Gud Luck.

Donation by Viv Carline on 07/06/10

Be Lucky Matt . . . Remember to bring something to read on the way across . . . probably not JAWS!

Donation by Roy Donaldson on 07/06/10


Good luck Matt!

Donation by Steve Rendle on 04/06/10


Happy Paddling Matt - go Matt go!! Lyn Payne

Donation by Lynda Payne on 04/06/10


Bonne chance...and keep your mouth shut if you get a ducking... x

Donation by Emma Lowe on 01/06/10


Bon voyage!

Donation by Roger Holden on 28/04/10


Good luck Matt

Donation by Melanie Lintell-Smith on 14/04/10


Even though I am a fully paid up member of the alternative SAS, good luck!

Donation by April Taylor on 12/04/10


Here's to a nice following breeze... Good luck!

Donation by Roger Holden on 26/03/10


Rather you than me, best of luck. You can swim can't you?

Donation by Rozzle on 26/03/10



Donation by Chris and Tan Littlefair on 18/03/10


Thanks Matt for letting us know about your noble project. We wish you good luck !

Donation by Mark Vastershaeghe on 08/03/10


Matt, that crossing is no mean feat in a smallboat - let alone a plank! All the very best of luck

Donation by Alex Curry on 05/03/10


Good luck,

Donation by Gareth Grant on 24/02/10


Looking forward to seeing you in the Guiness Book of Records - go for it!

Donation by Pam White on 24/02/10


All the very best Matt...hope it goes swimmingly! Su

Donation by Suzanne Longden on 23/02/10


Good effort, Matt! You should do the Atlantic next

Donation by Vito Mastrolonardo on 22/02/10


And I always thought you were a sensible chap....

Donation by Scott Robertson on 22/02/10


Donation summary

  • * Online donations£850.00
  • Offline donations£31.50
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£881.50
  • Gift Aid£0.00

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