We have been talking a bit about paddleboarding recently after demoing the Red Paddle Co inflatable paddle boards so this caught our eye. We have been aware of this event for a couple of years but never been that interested. Brighton is a bit of a drive after all. However – in light of our new found interest in SUP we thought we would spread the word about this event. If nothing else – it is for charity! They are charities we like too – the RNLI especially!
Here is a section the official press release:
Paddle Round the Pier â€“ Europeâ€™s largest annual free beach festival returns to the cosmopolitan Brighton & Hove beachfront on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July. 2011 is set to be bigger and better than ever, with over 84,000m2of sea, land and air sport demonstrations and exhibitions, retail stalls; live music performances and entertainment for the whole family; as well as the now internationally-recognised â€˜Paddle Round the Pierâ€™ on the Sunday afternoon. The annual charitable fun festival, which is run by a vast army of dedicated volunteers, hopes to beat its 2010 attendance record this year and attract over 50,000 visitors over the two days. Over previous years in excess of Â£100,000.00 has been given to charity. This year, all proceeds and donations raised will be split equally between nominated beneficiaries: â€“ The RNLI, the Teenage Cancer Trust and Surf Relief.
The â€˜Paddleâ€™ prides itself on offering something for everyone; from â€˜just for funâ€™ activities to serious athletic contests; and not satisfied with just handing a cheque to charities, this year will also see the return of the Disability Accessibility Beach,following outstanding praise from visitors on its debut in 2010.
Water based events
The headline â€˜Paddle Round the Pierâ€™ event is the worldâ€™s biggest water sports raffle with hundreds of paddlers participating in 2010. Entrants are awarded one raffle ticket per Â£5 raised in personal sponsorship, and compete for the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes including surfboards, beach cruisers, wakeboards, holidays and wetsuits.
The â€˜Paddle Something Unusualâ€™ invites social teams and businesses to paddle the most ridiculous thing they can around the West Pier. Previous entrants have tried a crane, a plane, an Iceberg and a Wild-west wagon to name but a few.
More serious water events with top athletes taking part from across Europe this year include The Euro-Enduro SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) 20 Mile Race; The â€˜BENNETTâ€™ Paddleboard Series â€“ 2nd leg of the British Paddleboard series; Outrigger Canoe racing and exhibitions; The SLSGB Ocean Ski British Championship 20 mile race â€“ the UKâ€™s toughest; The national open water 3km & 1km Swim-Brighton sea races; Surf lifesaving competitions; the Musto Dinghy Sailing Regatta; and the Errant Surf Holidays â€˜Pier to Pierâ€™ Malibu Races. For more information on prizes and entering races visitwww.paddleroundthepier.com.
Land based events
The 2011 Paddle festival will see a raft of urban land sports â€“ some as spectator events and some you can participate in. Skateboarding and BMX will feature prominently at this yearâ€™s Paddle with both professional teams and hot-shot locals taking to the ramps with lessons available on the day. Scale the climbing wall, abseil back down and have a run around in an inflated orb; or if youâ€™d prefer to keep your feet on the ground, you can attend Tai Chi & Self Defence workshops. For something a bit different witness Streetsurfing, Landpaddling â€“ the latest skate SUP Phenomenon, or have a go on a 19â€™ long dragon Skateboard.
Here is a promo video from the 2010 event:
It looks like a great event and Brighton is always fun! The guys from Kiteworld are always down there too – promoting kiteboarding.