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Ilfracombe surfer raises £1,320 for charity with snapped board

By NDJDuncan  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A SNAPPED surfboard auctioned on eBay has raised £1,320 for charity after the listing went viral.

Ilfracombe surfer Paul Barrington initially placed the ad as a joke after breaking the board in two while attempting to surf a powerful wave.

But when the tongue-in-cheek ad quickly spread on social media he decided to give the proceeds to charity as businesses and individuals chipped in extra prizes to increase the auction’s value.

The money raised will go to North Devon Cystic Fibrosis, which Paul chose after learning his friend’s newborn son had been diagnosed with the condition.

Bidding for the board ended at 2.30pm on Monday.

As well as the snapped board the top bidder has won a collection of donated goods including a brand new wetsuit, surfboard and even a holiday.

Mr Barrington said he was “a little bit disappointed” by how much the board went for.

“They’ve got an absolute bargain,” he said.

“I was hoping the bid would have matched the value of what they’re getting.”

Paul said selling the board had been “like a full-time job” and is now facing the challenge of coordinating the collection.

His original plan was to put whatever the board sold for towards a replacement.

But the response on social media was so big he publicised the listing to raise money for charity.

“Some may think this is just a broken surfboard but don’t be fooled,” the ad said.

“This is worth a fortune in its own right, saving the buyer the time, effort and embarrassment of actually having to learn to surf and actually get wet.”

Paul was surfing at a little-known North Devon surf spot when he took off on a wave and crashed into the barely submerged rock bottom.

“Unfortunately the wave proved to be the last one surfed on my well-love and trusty board as I felt the wave’s full force,” he said.

“Knowing I’d done some damage due to the blood coming from my face, nose and mouth, I realised I had half a surfboard still attached to me as I scrabbled about in the ankle-deep water trying to regain some composure.”

Although Paul’s cut head is healing well, he has not been back in the sea since the accident and has not yet bought a new board.

The winning bidder will receive:

1. A snapped surf surfboard

2. A brand new quiver surfboard

3. Two second hand surfboards

4. Board bag leash and tail pad from Board Barn

5. Advanced surf lesson from Croyde Surf Academy

6. Video filming and coaching analysis session from Damon R Beveridge

7. Wetsuit from hunter surfshop

8. Wetsuit from Tiki with a huge signed poster of Andrew Cotton

9. Holiday for four at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks

10. A night’s camping in a bell tent at Little Roadway Farm

11 A sports massage and hour in the float tank from Hands On

12. A selection of seeds from Seeds for Friends.

13. Bundle of wax and a shirt from West Coast Wax.

14. 100% organic tee from the Wave

15. Hand made bespoke sheepskin slippers from Exmoor Slipper Co.

16. Selection of nuts from Cracking Nut Co.

17. Full Kiteboard lesson in Dorset from Paracademy

18. A year’s membership to Surfing GB

19. A large surfing canvas from Wavedreamer.

20. Two limited edition hand prints thanks to puck collective and Robbies Brown Shoes.

21. A year’s subscription to Carve surfing mag and a Carve t-shirt

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