This year’s Paddle Round The Pier, sponsored by Feelfit, sees two great surf races for those who really want to push themselves and raise money for three great charities, plus two very different surf comps.
The Errant Surf Holiday Pier to Pier race will see competitors paddle boards over 9’ from the Brighton Pier to the West Pier – a distance of over two miles and against the current.
There are two categories for the race – ‘Pros’ which takes place on Saturday and ‘Amateurs’ which takes place on the Sunday.
The winners of each category will receive a week’s holiday to northern Spain, courtesy of Errant Surf Holidays. Previous winners of this race include Elliot Dudley, Nick Thorne and Richard Balding.
And this year’s event sees the return of Europe’s biggest endurance SUP distance competition, with the SurfAid International Euro-Enduro SUP Race. This will see competitors from across the globe race from Brighton to Worthing and back, some 20 miles of paddling which promises to sort out the men from the boys. With £2000, of prize money up for grabs, competition will be fierce.
A1Surf.com, in association with Pure Spirit Surf School and Alder, will be hosting a groms surf comp on the Saturday of the event, but this one is for the stars of the next decade as it will be open to Under 7’s.
Adding to the fun will be Lagoon Watersport’s Surfing Dogs competition, with man’s best friend ripping it up.
Dave Samuel, Paddle Director, said “The Paddle Round The Pier is now well established as the fun event with the international reputation. We all raise some large amounts of money for great causes whilst having a party in the sea and on the beach – what more could anyone want?”
The Paddle Round The Pier, sponsored by Feelfit, is looking to raise in excess of £20,000 for this year’s charities – The RNLI, SurfAid International and local children’s charity, The Rockinghorse Appeal.
Around 20,000 surfers and other watersports users are expected to head to the event across the weekend.
For more information on all these events, including how to enter, check out www.paddleroundthepier.com