Life-long surfer Darryn Allen will paddle a board 9k along the River Welland in Spalding to focus public attention on the rubbish dumped in one of the town’s most beautiful attractions.
The father-of-two aims to raise £500 for the charity Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), which works to protect our oceans, waves and beaches from rubbish and pollution.
Darryn, a manager with family firm APC Wet Paint Ltd, in Clay Lake, has been surfing since he was a lad and will complete his river paddle on July 30. He will do one half of the route on a body board and the second on a surf board.
He said: “It is a bit of a bizarre thing to do. I had this weird dream of paddling the river one day and then I thought I am just going to do it.”
Darryn (37) picked the Welland because “it’s a beatiful river” but says it’s full of rubbish and shows the underlying problem we have with our waterways in the UK.
He wants the public to think twice about where they put their rubbish, saying people have a choice about swimming in the river while animals who live in or on the water have no such choice.
I won’t be drinking the water.Surfer Darryn Allen
Darryn is practising for his paddle in the dive pool at The Castle Sports Complex and his provisional route on the day will see him set out from Welland Yacht Club to the water taxi boarding point in the town centre. He’s now deciding whether to go on to the Twin Bridges and back to the water taxi point – or head for Springfields, making the distance about 11k.
The water taxi will be around to provide back-up on the day. As well as the paddle, Darryn hopes to organise a clean-up along the Welland riverbanks. Darryn says the river is considered clean enough for swimming, but points out: “I won’t be drinking the water.”
• To donate to Darryn’s paddle visit www.justgiving.com/darryn-allen/