North Devon storm surfer sells off busted board for charity

Do0wn but not out: Paul Barrington with his broken board and (left) Matt Knight, Taz Knight, Nick Lloyd plus Ste Coccoran and Peony Knight. Picture: Zac Gibson. Do0wn but not out: Paul Barrington with his broken board and (left) Matt Knight, Taz Knight, Nick Lloyd plus Ste Coccoran and Peony Knight. Picture: Zac Gibson.

Friday, February 14, 2014
12:50 PM

Paul Barrington puts his broken pride and joy on eBay to help North Devon Cystic Fibrosis after being battered by huge waves.

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Last great wave of a great surfboard. Picture: Zac GibsonLast great wave of a great surfboard. Picture: Zac Gibson

A well known North Devon surfer has found a silver lining in the latest storm clouds after auctioning off his wave wrecked for charity.

Paul Barrington, often known locally by his nickname ‘Barracat’, took a nasty tumble as he surfed the huge storm surge swells, with one massive wave snapping his unique surfboard in two.

Undeterred and after his cuts were stitched in hospital, he listed his six foot two inch and two piece Quiver Poppa with custom artwork on internet auction site eBay to raise money for North Devon Cystic Fibrosis.

He was stunned and delighted to learn that his tongue in cheek listing has already seen the bidding soar to £1,000.

Surfer Paul Barrington snaps a picture of his injuries after arriving at hospital.Surfer Paul Barrington snaps a picture of his injuries after arriving at hospital.

Would be surfers are invited to bid on ‘this stunning piece of surfing equipment’ and be the envy of their landlocked friends as they regale them with tales of ‘trouble at sea, shark attacks and world record breaking waves’ they had bravely faced.

In fact, ‘the lucky winner will receive two small surfboards for their winning bid although they will both need some minor adjustments to be fully up and running’.

Since Paul listed the board on eBay several companies and individuals have also added some great donations to the listing including a brand new surfboard, a years membership to surfing GB, a board bag, tail pad and leash, a t-shirt, several unique canvases, private surfing lessons and a pile of wax and stickers.

The fateful demise of the board came as Paul and his friends took advantage of forecast monster swell to hit a beach not too far from home.

First aider Matt has to miss barrels to apply a bandage after Paul Barrington's tumble. Picture: Nick Lloyd.First aider Matt has to miss barrels to apply a bandage after Paul Barrington's tumble. Picture: Nick Lloyd.

As he ventured further in search of a bigger wave, he found one… “Unfortunately this wave proved to be the last one surfed on my well-loved and trusty board as I felt its full force,” he said.

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

“In the end all was well and a few stitches and glue sorted my head. Alas the board was a goner.”

He added: “I thought about a friend of mine who like me has just had a new baby boy. Unlike my little boy however, my friend’s lad has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis.

“So I decided to donate the money from the broken board sale towards a small charity in North Devon that helps families with travel to appointments, fun activities for the children and monetary help for people who haven’t got the means to provide for their kids in this economic climate.”

* The eBay auction ends on Monday at 2.30pm. To view Paul’s beloved board or even to make a bid, click here

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