Help Pacha get to Worlds!
Hi! My name is Pacha Light and I am a 15 year-old surfer from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Last December I qualified for the Australian Team in the ISA World Junior surf titles to be held in the Azores Islands in Portugal this September. I’ve shared the story about my result in the Australian National Titles here: https://pachalina.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/road-to-nationals-2/
And a recent news article here: Courier Mail
Portugal is a long way from Australia and I’m looking for some help to get there! I’ve been saving my busking money, part time work and am getting some help from my sponsors to aim to raise half the funds needed.
Can you help me get the rest together?
I will be posting about the travels through Instagram (@pachalight), Facebook (Pacha Light)
and also a snapchat (pacha.light) where you can travel with me and I'll be able to keep you notified about wherever and whenever I go!
For the biggest donor, I will also offer a personalised surf session - a meet, greet and surf! (but you’ll have to get to the Gold Coast though - or maybe Hossegor in France!).
My surfing story began only a few years ago when one of the world’s best female surfers, Laura Enever, gave me a surfboard after seeing me busk at the Roxy Pro, Gold Coast. ( https://youtu.be/2jK4KHR5bCM)From that point I spent every chance I could in the ocean! Surfing makes me forget whatever is bothering me, I feel refreshed and lighter when I surf. It seriously is the best thing in the world!
Given this amazing opportunity to travel, I also want to make the most of it by staying on in France for a month as part of a Boardriders Club surfer exchange in Hossegor. Any extra funds will go towards my bid for the world qualifying series next year.
Adrenaline Shots Photography
Please feel welcome to watch the contest on line by searching for 'ISA world junior surfing championships' or using this address: http://www.isasurf.org/events/isa-world-junior-surfing-championship/
Dear GoFundMe Friends and Supporters,
Thanks to you I’m joining team Australia at the World Junior Surf Championships in Portugal next month!
Your generosity and support has literally meant the world to me and shown me that anything is possible.
I’ve been working as hard as I can to do the best I can, knowing that in surfing there are so many un-controllable elements! So my aims are to be adaptable and flexible to whatever conditions may come up, be positive and open to new cultures and experiences and stay focussed on the task at hand.
In case you are near my local area (Gold Coast, Australia), we are having a thank-you event at the Dust Temple art gallery in Currumbin on Thursday 25th August from 6pm till 8pm. You might even catch me singing along as part of our little family busking squad!
And to the GoFundMe team who not only promoted this campaign but gave the biggest donation – I’m so looking forward to thanking you in person one day, hopefully with some good waves on the coast somewhere!
In the meantime, please feel welcome to following my travels on snap-chat, Instagram, blogging and video logging – I’ll do my best to keep it all updated…
You are so welcome to follow the rest of the story - I'm just starting a new travel vlog (YouTube: Pacha Light) where I'll try to keep things updated.
Thank you so much for your support, from all around the world - it's pretty amazing - already half way to the goal!
A big thanks also to the team at GoFundMe sharing this on their Facebook page!
As a result of all this, I've found new friends all over the planet, keen to find out more and get involved in surfing. I've even been able to connect with a young surfer girl who lives on the Azores Islands (where the world junior surf competition will be held).
Before the comp I didn't even know the Azores islands existed and in checking google maps and wikepedia ( https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azores) I've found out they are one of the most beautiful places on the planet in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! I can't wait to go there and am so excited to be able to meet local people who live there and find out more about life in the Atlantic.
I've been surfing and training every day while trying to keep up with my school work and also think of ways to help the coastal communities in Ecuador who have been devastated by the recent earthquakes.
So thank- you! Check out my blog pachalina.wordpress.com and Instagram @pachalight to see more of what I've been doing.