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Paddle boarding across the English Channel for charity

Published: August 9, 2017

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Chris Macdonald is the first person to paddle across the English Channel in both a kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) according to Full Throttle Boat Charters.

This summer Chris paddled 18 miles from Dungeness to Boulogne in an inflatable SUP to raise money for the Wave project. Last year he did the same journey in a kayak to raise money for improving infrastructure in rural Uganda through the charity Link International.

Chris, a former Watersports student from Falmouth Marine School, aged 19 years said: “Since living in Cornwall and starting my course, I’ve fallen in love with the sea and have got to understand the positive impact watersports can have on people.”

“The Wave project do amazing work, improving the emotional health and reducing anxiety in young people by providing them with the opportunity to surf. So the perfect fit as the recipient charity.”

Chris’s adventures were supported by leading experts Full Throttle Boat Charters, who provide safety boats to escort unusual trips across the English Channel.

Will Chatwode from the boat charter company said: “Chris did remarkably well, completing the Sup in 7 hours and the kayak in 5 hours 30 minutes. As far as we know he is the first person to complete the journey in both a Sup and Kayak.”

In October Chris will be teaching watersports for Rural Adrenaline, a charity in Zimbabwe. Chris said: “I set myself this challenge because I love challenging myself and more importantly making a difference in this world. It’s a wonderful feeling being able to use my skills to help others.”

Course Manager Hannah Mason commented: “Chris’s passion and enthusiasm to help others is infectious. He was a delight to teach and it great to hear that he will now be teaching others.”

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