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Get Pegleg To The Mexican Surf Comp

£1,700 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 93 people in 3 months
Created October 28, 2017
You need nerves of steel to go over the ledge at Puerto Escondido, the Mexican big wave spot that causes the very ground to shake when the swell detonates onto the concrete-like sand. This place is not known as 'Mexican Pipeline' for nothing. The drop is fast, unforgiving and not for the timid.

Now imagine paddling into that drop with an artificial leg.

Pegleg doing his thing at home in Cornwall.

Pegleg (yes, really) Rik Bennett, a big wave charging amputee from St Agnes, Cornwall is representing Team GB in California at this year's ISA World Adaptive Surf Championships having finished a very creditable 5th last year. The team has been lucky to source funding for this year, not something that's exactly easy to do in any sphere of the surfing world.
The real kicker is that Pegleg has also been invited to the Adaptive Surf League Open a week later, in Mexico. There is no funding available for this once-in-a-lifetime extension to his trip, and Peg isn't exactly a man dripping in wealth. What he has got (in spades) is the ability, willingness and right blend of lunacy and survival instincts to actually throw himself down the face of potentially monster waves (with an artificial leg, remember that bit).

Peg diving for the bottom on the biggest wave I've ever seen at this spot.

Nice morning swim, having lost his board, watch and nearly leg and wetsuit.....

If you want to help do something amazing, and give a real hero (just look online for the amount of work he's done for charity over the years) the chance to prove himself against the best big wave Adaptive surfers in the world, please consider chipping in a few quid for this campaign - I'm pretty sure the warm feeling you'll get from knowing you've helped a one-legged man fall down the face of a bone-crushing wall of water will be worth the price of admission. It's going to make one hell of a youtube video at worst.

Donations will be used to fund Peg's travel from California to Mexico, accommodation and living expenses.
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This, the final update to our campaign for Pegleg, is not one I ever expected to write. With everything booked and organised, the Adaptive Surf League contest at Puerto Escondido suffered a massive and tragic loss with the death of Mexican big wave surfer Oscar Moncada and two of his friends in a car crash. Not only a local Puerto Escondido big wave charger, Oscar was someone who personified all the positives that Mexico has to offer at a time when many of the news stories seem to focus on the negatives. As a mark of respect to the local community and surfers, and given Oscar's huge involvement in the planning and organisation of the event, it was felt that the contest should not proceed as planned. Following discussions, and with the blessing of the local people, many of the adaptive surfers who were due to compete are still travelling down to pay their respects to a fallen comrade.

On the final day (today) of the ISA Adaptive World Championships in La Jolla, there will be a paddle out to commemorate Oscar and his friends. On behalf of Pegleg and his fellow adaptive surfers, we wish the friends and family of Oscar Moncada, Diego Oropeza and Waldo Rendón our sympathy and heartfelt best wishes at this very difficult time.
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I am delighted to inform you all that Pegleg is currently packing boards in preparation to represent Team GB at the Adaptive World Championships in California, and is finalising arrangements to continue on to the Adaptive Surf League contest at Puerto Escondido, Mexico.
We still don't know at the moment whether either of these will be live streamed ,but will put links in an update if they become available.

Thank you so much once again for your generous donations, which will help to make this one of the most amazing things Peg has ever done, and that includes getting to Everest Base Camp and climbing Kilimanjaro. At least this will all be downhill! ;)
Peg's boards for big and small waves ;)
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YOU'VE DONE IT! There should now be enough money in the bag to get Pegleg to the Adaptive Surf League contest in Mexico, and pay entry fees and basic living costs during the waiting period 08th -14th December.

Peg will be competing for Team GB in the Stance ISA World Adaptive Surfing Championship in La Jolla, California from November 29th to December 3rd, and I know he'll be rightly proud and honoured to undertake that task. What you've helped to give him with the Mexico big wave comp is definitely the biggest and best cherry-on-the-cake moment he could have wished for. I know he'll give it his all in both events, and hopefully we'll get to see some of the resulting footage/carnage later in the year.

A massive thanks to all who donated, shared or simply wished Peg well with the project. You're all legends!
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Almost three quarters of the way there! Thank you so much to those who have donated or shared, anything you can do to spread the word is massively appreciated. Let's see if we can get Pegleg the rid of his life!
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Raised by 93 people in 3 months
Created October 28, 2017
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