The eve of Weds 30th July saw the 4th running of Hayle Surf Life Saving Clubs ‘Surf to Salt Paddleboard
Race’; the 3.5km course starts from the Bluff beach then heads out into the bay, around the estuary
marker buoy and back up the river to finish at the viaduct end of Hayle harbour. A total of 77 paddlers
turned out to compete in near perfect conditions with the start line featuring many big names from the
national surf lifesaving and SUP scene.
It was Team GB paddler Ollie Shilston in the SUP division who led the field and crossed the finish line
first in a time of 21.56 followed by Hayles own rising talent Tristan Easterbrook 2nd SUP & Kingsbridge
based Crispin Jones 3rd SUP with George Haynes (Portreath SLSC) finishing 4th overall to win the
men’s open surf lifesaving category. Lewis Rosewell of Wales finished as 2nd lifesaver and kept clear
water between himself and a pack finish for 3rd which saw Tom Onley (Hayle SLSC) edge out 2 fellow
clubmates for the last podium position.
Emily Corin of Hayle SLSC had another superb paddle to take back to back ladies open titles ahead of
Charlotte Hewitt (Portreath SLSC) in 2nd with fellow Hayle club member Andrea Harvey taking 3rd place.
Marie Buchanan of Salcombe, Devon won the ladies SUP category with Anna Shekdar of Porthtowan 2nd
and fellow Devon paddler Jocelyn Jones 3rd.
The surf to salt race has always attracted a strong contingent of local junior paddlers (12 to 16 years)
and this year was no exception with a total of 28 competitors completing the distance in some extremely
quick times; much to the annoyance of their more senior counterparts! James Carpenter of Portreath
SLSC was the first junior home in 10th place overall with Jack Meggitt 2nd and Tom Barton of Newquay
3rd. Anna Steele-Perkins of Portreath SLSC matched her strong paddle of last year to finish as 1st Junior
Girl for the fourth year running ahead of Keia Wardman 2nd & Anya Piotrowicz 3rd
Jon Longman of Holywell Bay SLSC again took the men’s masters crown ahead of Holywell club mate
Steve Peck 2nd with Hayles Alan Roberts 3rd. Hayle SLSC’s multisport athlete Trish Merritt won the ladies
master category ahead of St Ives Jo Hill 2nd with Hayles Nicola Harrison 3rd.
Quotes from the winners:
Ollie Shilston – “I train on this stretch of water all the time so it’s great to be
able to race the distance with so many other paddlers. I am off for a well-earned cup of tea now!”
George Haynes – “Delighted to reclaim my title after losing out to my younger brother and an Australian
last year which left a big dent in my ego! This is an excellent race, good banter and great prizes”
Emily Corin – “Very happy with my win on the board, I spend most my time training and racing ocean
skis so this makes for a nice change”
All 77 paddlers had completed the course within 50 minutes which highlights the calibre of these
athletes. The majority of these competitors spend their summers working as lifeguards for the RNLI or
volunteering at local surf life saving clubs where board paddling is an essential skill. If you’d like more
information on Hayle Surf Life Saving Club or next years race please message us via our website.
The post-race presentation and rehydration took place in Foundry Squares Salt Bar where prizes were
awarded to the following:
• Open Male: 1. George Haynes, 2. Lewis Rosewell, 3. Thomas Onley
• Open Female 1. Emily Corin, 2. Charlotte Hewitt, 3. Andrea Harvey
• Junior Male 1. James Carpenter, 2. Jack Meggitt, 3. Tom Barton
• Junior Female 1. Anna Steele-Parkins, 2. Keia Wardman, 3. Anya Piotrowicz
• Masters Male. 1. Jon Longman, 2. Steve Peck, 3. Alan Roberts
• Masters Female 1. Trish Merritt, 2. Jo Hill, 3. Nicola Harrison
• Stand Up Paddleboard Male: 1. Ollie Shilston, 2. Tristan Easterbrook, 3. Crispin Jones
• Stand Up Paddleboard Female: 1. Marie Buchanan, 2. Anna Shekdar, 3. Jocelyn Jones
Special thanks go to Hayle’s Harbour Master ‘Peter Haddock’ for granting permission to use this stretch
of water, Needham Photography for their coverage of the event & the RNLI Lifeguards for assisting with
the safety cover. All proceeds from the event go towards the running of Hayle Surf Life Saving Club.
Over £1000 worth of prizes were very generously donated by our sponsors ‘Greenstick Surf Equipment’,
‘The Salt Bar’, ‘WeSUP Paddleboard Club’, ‘Ocean Sports’, ‘Jewsons of Hayle’, ‘Antoninis Italian Eatery’,
‘Sanders Fish & Chip Restaurant’, “Rodda’s of Cornwall”, “Curver”, “Aspire Gym”, “Birdies Bistro, Lelant”,
“Muscle Fitness Health Cornwall” and “Cornish Natural Spring Water”.
For further information please contact Ben Holtaway of Hayle SLSC on 07833547651 or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
All the event photos can be found on Hayle SLSC Facebook page HERE.