A teenager from Cornwall has won the UK Pro Surf Association award for Young Volunteer of the Year for his work with The Wave Project.
Dan Hobbs, 14, from Falmouth, scooped the accolade at the surf industry’s premiere event on Sunday night.
The Penryn College student was nominated for his work on The Wave Project, a surf therapy charity which he had been referred to as a client only a year before.
Wave Project coordinator Tim Hunt, who worked with Daniel, said: “It’s great to see Dan make so much progress in such a short time. We’re really proud of him.”
Daniel – who attended the awards dinner with a broken foot following an accident last week – said it was a great honour to win.
He said: “I’m so stoked. It felt great to win the award. Because I’ve been a client at the Wave Project, and gone on to volunteer I think I can relate to the other children.”
The Wave Project is a charity that helps young people improve their emotional health and resilience through an evidence-based programme of surfing and mentoring.
The project started in 2010 and received Big Lottery funding in 2012 to run courses across Cornwall and North Devon. This funding was extended in 2015, and now the charity delivers Wave Project courses throughout coastal communities in England, Scotland Wales.
Other young people from Cornwall who have been involved in The Wave Project were also nominated for awards.
They included 9-year old Maisie Robbins, who was nominated as Disabled Surfer of the Year; Jack Vage (the Courage Award); Luke Ball-Hymns (Young Volunteer of the Year); Adam Zacek (Volunteer of the Year) and St Ives Surf School (Inclusive Surf School of the Year).
The UK Pro Surf Awards took place at the Carnmarth Hotel, Cornwall on November the 20th, and celebrates individuals who have contributed to the UK surf scene.