Surf’s up for young people in Dunbar

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A Cornish surfing project that boosts mental health in young people is making a splash in Dunbar.

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13th March 2014 by Paul Cardwell 0 Comments

People in Dunbar will soon be riding the waves to good health thanks to a new surf school.

The Wave Project, a successful Cornish project that uses surfing to boost mental wellbeing, is venturing into Scotland with a a six-week course of surfing lessons for 20 young people off the East Lothian coast.

Local charities and community members raised over £7,000 to make the project a reality in Scotland, including pledges of £3,000 from the Daisy Chain Trust and £3200 from Ponton House Trust and Souter Charitable Trust combined.

The aim behind the lessons, which are provided by Coast to Coast Surf School, is to help youngsters improve their confidence and motivation.

Wave Project Scotland coordinator Jamie Marshalls said he can’t wait until the project begins on 22 April.

"It's so great that the community in Scotland has got behind The Wave Project in such as positive way,he said.

"Having worked on the project in Cornwall, I think this service will be fantastic for young people in Scotland and really help to improve their wellbeing."