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The great big paddle parade

Love paddle boarding and want to be a part of something really big?


Wesup has teamed up with the RNLI to host an epic World Record Charity Fundraiser as part of their National Water Safety Campaign. The ambition… To have 1000 paddle boarders taking part in the largest guided coastal tour in the world to raise critical awareness of SUP safety, to raise vital funds for the RNLI Torbay Lifeboats and to inspire a generation of people to safely connect to their coastal environment. 

This event will also be the largest ocean cleanup event by SUP. We’ve teamed up with Planet Patrol to collect all ocean litter on route and hand it over at the destination for the team to collect, sort and recycle, making this a huge win for the environment!

Tickets are just £15 from any location and 100% of profits will be donated to RNLI.

The great big paddle parade

So how will The Great Big Paddle Parade work and how do you get involved?

Think of The Great Big Paddle Parade as an epic guided coastal tour. Choose from one of 6 starting locations based on the distance you can paddle and enjoy a breathtaking cruise along the world heritage, UNESCO Global Geopark coastline of the English Riviera.

Led by Wesup’s most senior SUP instructors, you will pick up the groups at each location until all One Thousand paddle boarders end up gliding into the beautifully secluded bay of Fishcombe Cove for the official adjudication and one epic aerial photo! The groups will then be guided back to their original starting location… For some this will be an epic full day adventure on the water!

Locations offer paddles with total distances (there and back) of between 2km to 20km, giving paddlers of all fitness ability the opportunity to join us on this truly special event. To be totally clear, paddlers will be encouraged to select the location from which they are able to paddle there and back. This is for reasons to do with safety, parking logistics and personal experience.

We’re raising money for charity… Challenge yourself in the safety of the RNLI’s boat support with this beautiful and epic adventure event!

Start Locations & Launch Times

Choose from one of 6 launch locations around the bay, perfect for paddlers of all capabilities!

  • Abbey Sands: 10am on the water – 10km 
  • Preston Beach: 11am on the water – 7.5km 
  • Paignton Beach: 11.30 on the water –  7km 
  • Goodrington Beach: 12.30 on the water – 5.5km
  • Broadsands Beach: 13.00 on the water – 3km 
  • Brixham’s Freshwater Quay: 13.30 on the water

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Event FAQ's

You will need to be confident that you can comfortably kneel paddle for the duration of the guided paddle and return. You should also be comfortable with choppy sea conditions and wind up to 15mph as we cant guarantee perfect paddling conditions, although that’s what we’re praying for! 

We suggest that if you are unsure that you can make the distance that you have a proper lesson ahead of the event. There are a number of great water sports centers dotted all over the country now who can support your paddling ability. Wesup is based all along the South Coast and are offering ½ price lessons for all Ticket Holders.  

Unfortunately not. Children over 12 are able to join the event, however, for health and safety reasons they must be on their own boards and must have their own tickets. All under 16’s must launch Brixham Freshwater and be accompanied by their legal guardian on the water.  If our guide deems the paddler unfit to complete the distance, the paddler will be asked to leave the parade. Well behaved dogs can join you on board but they must be great swimmers!

You should wear a personal floatation device (PFD) if you are a weak swimmer and if it makes you feel safe and more confident on the water. Wesup highly recommends a vest style PFD or one that allows you to still easily self recover to your board, with minimal obstruction. A buoyancy aid is not compulsory.

Absolutely yes! As a paddle boarder, you should never leave the beach without your leash firmly connecting you to your board. Your board is essentially your liferaft and your leash is the most fundamental and critically important component of your personal safety.

Ensure your leash is in great condition and the velcro functions perfectly as it will be checked by our marshals prior to entering the water.